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Thread: Setting up a Sewing Room

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    a good chair, good light, a high cutting board, ironing board (of some kind and shape).....and your good and faithful machine.....after that everything is icing on the cake. bookshelves, plastic bins, planning board, TV, microwave, coffeepot, wine cooler........and the list goes on and on and on................
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    I was surprised to find I much prefer my sewing machine in the middle of the room and everything else placed around it. I made a pressing board that I keep at a 90 degree angle to my sewing machine so I don't have to stand up. Then a cutting table behind me, a design wall to the side behind the pressing board and next to the cutting table, and shelves to the other 2 sides. I have repurposed furniture from arou d other parts of the house. My favorite is my expedit bookshelf from Ikea, standing tall. I keep my books, thread, big notions, featherweight, iron, and snap press in them.

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    What a small world! We lived in Midland for almost 6 years and moved to DFW 5 years ago.

    I have *many* pictures pinned on my Pinterest craft room board if you want to look for inspiration. Please post pics of your room when you get it finished!

    I also posted pics of my "art nest" on the board awhile back. It has evolved quite a bit since I posted the pictures.

    Most of all, have fun and make your room into your little nest.

    http://pinterest.com/txstitcher/insp...g-craft-rooms/

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    I was in the basement (where my sewing area is) and remembering this thread. I am also very thankful that it is in the basement away from eyes. I can clean up when I feel like it!!
    my name is becca and i'm a quilt-a-holic :-)

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Size:  226.3 KBI converted a 10x 10' bedroom into a studio and DH put shelves in the closet for me. This is befor I totally filled it up! he also installed a work table along the length of the farthest wall. I love it.
    This is from before I loaded it up with all my stuff!
    Last edited by ube quilting; 08-26-2012 at 03:19 PM.
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    Good lighting; as many electrical grounded outlets as possible --hire a great licensed and bonded electrician; cutting table; bookcase/shelf for your patterns and books; Large kitchen trash can for your snips etc that go in garbage or recyling; Peg board to hang rulers etc on; lock box or small safe to keep your rotary cutters, scissors, anything you need that might wander to someone else's tool chest ; I like a locking mechanics tool chest ---holds just about everything; an office chair and a sewing cabinet or table that works for you with your machine/s;a nice closet with both shelving and hanging rods for storage of fabric and projects; tv and dvd player for learning new techniques etc;A drafting table and stool; light box;paper and paper storage for drafting designs and patterns...just the tip of my iceberg.

    Quote Originally Posted by texas8823 View Post
    This question may have already been asked but.....I'm turning one of my spare bedrooms into my sewing room. It's a pretty small room. I have a little money to put into it. So, what is a must have in your sewing room?

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    ube ....Iíve got all ten of the BH&G Quilt-Lovers Favorites, too! Yours have more bookmarks, and Babe is a great movie. Yep, itís a small world. Sorry for the threadjack....

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    Check craigslist for 8 or 16 cubby "Expedit" storage - I dont know how I kept my 'stash' organized before I found mine!! Also, your cutting table can be placed on 'bed risers'. They brought mine to the proper height. Be sure your light source is good. You don't have to buy expensive Ott lights, but treat yourself to the Ott Light bulbs!! I hope your chair is comfortable. Once you get the room as you want it, you're going to be spending lots of time in there!! Post photos as you go along!!

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    For me, the most critical (and most difficult to find for a reasonable price) thing was a sewing machine table of the PROPER height. All the tables I tried were too tall and I got terrible neck & shoulder pains after just an hour or so. I didn't want to shell out hundreds of dollars for a real sewing table so I went down to the local hardware store and bought a couple extra-heavy-duty shelf brackets and a piece of plywood made specifically to be used as a desktop (It's glued together in such a way that it is supposed to be resistant to warping, plus it was the perfect size so no cutting needed). Covered the wood with a thin layer of batting and some leftover vinyl I had on hand and now I have the perfect sewing table! Total cost = $80. And included in that; I found a closet hook set that fit the bracket system - it holds all my scissors in easy reach. Plus everything is adjustable so if I'd gotten the height wrong I can move everything up or down.

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    If space is at a premium, make use of foldaway features. A large ironing surface that can also be a basting surface, and with a cutting board layed on it can be a cutting surface. I've used an old interior door that was flat with no trim. I covered it with 2 layers of batting and then a layer of pillow ticking. Then I mounted it on hinges on the wall so that when it folds down, it becomes a table. I use a feet made from stair railing balusters that support it. By mounting it at a good height for you, it becomes a custom surface. When you don't need it, fold it up against the wall and hold it there with a hook and eye or other latch.
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