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Thread: Basement Sewing Rooms

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    Basement Sewing Rooms

    I am new to this board and want to ask you all, how many of you wonderful quilters have your quilting/sewing rooms in the basement? There is a possibility in the not too distant future that we will be moving from California to Washington and the only logical option for my new creative space will be the basement. Thank you.

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    I have seen pictures of some awesome basement sewing areas. In Wasington, you have to remember basements can be damp, so be very careful about the house you buy if you plan to use the basement for sewing.

    My currrent house has a great daylight basement -- it is dry. In our old house the daylight basement was very damp and we were constantly trying to dry it out.
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    I'm lucky enough to have my own space that is not in a basement and I love the sunlight I get. I'd suggest that you prepare to invest in some good lighting....maybe even an Ott light or two and some extra lamps if you can't add overhead lighting. The other suggestion is to paint the walls in pretty colors so that it's not too drab. I've seen a couple of blogs where quilters were thrilled to have basement space, so it can't be too bad. Good luck and enjoy the west, where ever you end up.
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    It is not a daylight basement, but appears to be dry for now. Thank you for responding with great advice!
    Last edited by WA Vet; 08-22-2012 at 07:00 PM.

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    I just don't want to have to go to the basement to sew. I want to be upstairs with everyone else. So, consequently, I don't have a big sewing space.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kathdavis View Post
    I just don't want to have to go to the basement to sew. I want to be upstairs with everyone else. So, consequently, I don't have a big sewing space.
    Yes, this is my worry as I too want to be with everyone.

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    Not all of Washington is wet. On the other side of the mountains, heat and dryness in the summer and cold in the winter are issues to take into consideration. I was talking to a lady at open sew early this evening and she was telling me about a friend who's LA was in the basement. Apparently the floor was not exactly level and over time had an effect on her quilting frame and never could get right.
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    So many things to consider. I definitely do not want to cause any harm to my quilt frame. I will just enjoy the space I have for now and worry about my future quilting space later. Thank you.

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    I live in Eastern WA., and it is dry here, and cold in winter. I do have my LA downstairs, but also use a small space heater when needed. I don't have any issues with this set up, as I have a sewing room upstairs too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kathdavis View Post
    I just don't want to have to go to the basement to sew. I want to be upstairs with everyone else. So, consequently, I don't have a big sewing space.
    I'm the same... our walkout basement is finished with a "MIL apartment"(which ain't happening) with a living/TV room/ a pool table/ a 2nd laundry room/a kitchen/a Master bed and bath... but I use the second bedroom on the main floor for a craft/sewing room. I still have three more bedrooms on the top floor, so we didn't need to use it for a bedroom. It's been my craft room since we bought this house. I love it, I can just pop in there in the morning with my coffee and sew and then again in the afternoon or evening.. and back out to the kitchen or whatever. I wouldn't walk up and down the stairs that many times a day either.
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