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Thread: My room is a blank slate....need your ideas!!

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    Senior Member Stitch124's Avatar
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    My room is a blank slate....need your ideas!!

    Help me create my new sewing room!!! My daughter and her two girls after seven years are finally moving to their own place and I will have two bedrooms and a bathroom back. Yippee!!!

    One of the bedrooms is going to become my sewing room. It's 11x11 and basically a blank slate. I need some advice about your sewing rooms and what you have found to be the MOST valuable thing that you use to get and keep organized.

    I have two 'lunch' tables I can use...one is 6' long and the other is massive...gotta be at least 8' feet...and pretty rough looking so not sure I want to use it. Also have a white cabinet that I found at Target. Nothing special. Also have a couple of plastic cabinets. I have 5 FW's, 4 black ones that are for my grandchildren. My white FW is used for piecing. A 1971 Kenmore 158, a Singer 301A, and a Singer 401A in a cabinet, but I'm trying to sell this one. Also a treadle cabinet, but no machine in it at the moment. This one will probably go in the foyer. Other than that I have nothing! Even planning to put down new flooring if the carpet doesn't clean up nicely.

    Help...I need your input!! What set up has worked out best for you?

    Thanks much, - Julie
    Last edited by Stitch124; 02-27-2013 at 05:01 AM.

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    Senior Member happyquiltmom's Avatar
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    Make sure the table you use for cutting is hip height to eliminate backaches!

    Keep your fabric out of direct sunlight to prevent fading.

    Try to incorporate a design wall of some kind.

    It would be cool if you could display your FWs and other vintage machines on a shelf.

    Curator of an 1889 Singer model 27 Fiddlebase Treadle, a 1951 Singer Centennial Featherweight, a 1956 Singer 401A, and a 1982 Bernina 830 Record.

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    Member wandascrap's Avatar
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    Here is what I have learned: You need at least one table for your sewing machine, one for a cutting table (I put the bed risers under my cutting table so it is tall enough), storage drawers for my sewing supplies, someplace close to your cutting table for your cutting supplies (I have a pegboard on the end of one of my shelving units & a shelf on the wall), fabric storage (I have 3 - shelving unit for large pieces - 1/2 yrd & larger, dresser drawers - fat quarters to 1/2 yard, & photo boxes - for cut pieces - I use Bonnie Hunt's scrap cutting method), a design wall (mine is portable but I'm trying to figure out how to get a permanent one). I have extra items in decorative display (buttons & misc supplies in jars, etc). I'm still organizing my studio but will have pictures soon.

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    Senior Member ksdot417's Avatar
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    I love my pegboard. I have one by my cutting table and one by my quilting machine. It's so much easier to stay organized when things have a place and having my rulers visable have been great.

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    I would keep the 8 foot table even if it needs a fresh coat of paint if you have room for it. It would be great for laying out quilts to spray bast. You can always put a new top on it if it is really rough. Decide on a colour and repaint the walls before moving everything in. One of the large metal racks would be good to store your machines and quilt batts on. If money allows gets a couple of large standing closets with shelves and doors for your stash. I find most sewing room don't make use of the wall to ceiling space enough. A design wall would be a nice addition as well.

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    Sounds like all is already been covered. But remember this is YOUR room, fix how it will work best for you. We have 2 hobby rooms and have rearranged them several times until they were best for us. Don't make it feel like a chore, have fun with it!... Enjoy your new room, can't wait to see the pics!
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    Go to the QB section "Mission organization" (which is where your thread is) and spend an hour just looking at the pictures and reading what others did. You have an encyclopedia of information at your fingertips!

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    There are so many idea here is this section have fun and enjoy!!!

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    Good lighting is imperative. Tartan is right, we usually don't use all the wall space in a sewing room. You could make one of the walls your design wall. That's what I did and it's worked out really well.

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    I had a thought about your 8 ft. table. You could have a piece of smooth plywood or laminate cut to fit a large portion of it, but, save a couple feet & make an ironing space out of it. You could use the other 6 ft. or so for cutting if it was put on risers. Just a thought. No matter how you set up your room, it will be great & it will be YOURS.!!!
    Vonda-Texas MiMi of 4 Beautiful Grandbabies

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