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Thread: Do You Let Your Pets in Your Sewing Room and, If You Do, How Do They Help?

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    Senior Member quilter on the eastern edge's Avatar
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    Henry "lies in guard" in the hallway outside the sewing room to protect me against intruders. There isn't enough floor space inside the room for him to stretch out and be comfortable.

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    Interesting topic. My cats supervise and I have been in two quilt shops where there were cats. One was even sleeping on some fabric!

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    Bess always has to lay on a freshly finished quilt. She is my judge and jury when it comes to a comfortable quilt. She has done this since she was a puppy and she is now 8 years old. She also naps close by me. Not too close or I'd break my neck - she's 84 lbs. I don't have a sewing room, I have a sewing area, which faces to an east window. Best place in the house (four room house). We have a little bungalow built in 1921. Such a sweet home for my husband, Bess and me! Edie

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    I have a little Jack Russell, Chloe and she likes to steal my seat in front of my sewing machine when I get up to iron! Its so funny! I think she really just wants a sewing lesson! ROFL!

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    It's nice to hear a cat owner who restricts their cat away from sewing projects. I took our guild quilt to the LA'er yesterday. If it had been my quilt, I'd have left with my quilt as fast as I could. She tried once to get the cat off our finished top, but it kept coming back to where she was discussing our project. It's a good thing she's an excellent longarmer!! I was not happy with the scene.

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    No sadly our dog passed last summer, but I sew in basement and he didn't come downstairs. No new dogs for us as we want to travel to visit our children.

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    My sewing room is in the basement and the dogs don't go down there. But I have put a sewing machine in an upstairs room. The Rottie won't come in the room, but the Dane comes in and goes back out. My dogs have rules to follow. They know they are not allowed in the kitchen at mealtime, and know they are not allowed around any of my sewing. Any animal can be trained to know what NO means. A lot of people have pet allergies and/or just plain don't like animals in the house. I don't allow the dogs around my charity quilts, even though I wash them before delivery, I try very hard to keep animal hair away from them. There are also a lot of dangers in a sewing room. I am rather paranoid about pins on the floor; don't want the dogs stepping on them. Cats being so inquisitive should not be in a sewing room.

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    I love animals but don't have any in my house. It stems from my younger years when I had kids that were always dragging in animals that weren't potty trained. So, I have to be my own quilt police.

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    I have a beautiful Bengal cat who is now 16 and he is devasted if he cannot be where ever I am lol he tells me loudly (they are a very vocal breed) if he is not happy! We have decided that until Charlie has inspected the work and the quilts they are not 'real' quilts! lol

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    I have three cats and love when I'm in there and they join me. That being said, I have had cats for 34 years, love them dearly, and have in the last year given in to wool applique. I fought getting into this because I just didn't need another fixation. Boy, do I love it. Anyway, my newest cat, he's a year and a half just LOVES and I mean LOVES to eat my wool. He also eats shoelaces down to the nub too but he just made swiss cheese out of a $34 piece of hand dyed wool. Still, I let them in, just have to keep my wool locked up. LOL

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    I have a screen door at the entrance of the studio. YES a screen door in place of the original door. There is a perch outside the door where the kitties lay and watch the "goings on" It works for me. Keeps fir from the fabrics and keeps them out of threads or pins that might migrate to the floor. I made a curtain that I can pull closed when I am not in the room.

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    I have 3 non-shedding fur-faces in the house and they keep me company no matter what I'm doing. Never any doggie-hairs anywhere - one of the main reasons they are allowed to come and go when and wherever they choose.

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    I have two kittens abt 6 mos old that I adopted from pet rescue. They help me a lot. They inspect everything. I have to remember to close my rotary cutter,box up my projects before leaving the room.

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    it makes know difference which room I'm in there always there with me but I do hide the thread,pins and bobbins and shut the door when I am not using the sewing room, There my babies 1 shih-tzu,1 cocker spaniel and 1 fat cat .

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    I have 2 Goldens and and Yorkie-Poo, known as "the girls". The two big girls lay at the doorway, just in case I might try to make a break for it; the little one has a bed under the sewing table and keeps 1 eye open, incase the other 2 girls don't tell her I have left. LOL

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    Cats are more stubborn than dogs. I have only ever been able to train my cat to a certain degree. She roams the house. No matter how hard I have tried to get her to stay off counters and tables etc. It hasn't happened yet. But she is a great mouser :)

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    my cat would have a fit if she was locked out of my room. She's usually pretty good except when she wants to nap on the ironing board. I've actually "shared" it with her before but typically she comes in and lays on the bed (I have a twin in the room) or on my daughters table which is at a window - she loves when the sun is shining to lay on the table.

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    my kitty likes to keep my fabric warm - especially the "to be ironed pile". She also will find the pins I've dropped on the floor and move them around for me. But her main job is to supervise and keep an eye on me.

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    Andy helps by holding down the floor. Of course if I happen to have a quilt or fabric laying on the floor he tests it but mostly this is what he does.
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    My two dogs follow me EVERYWHERE, just to make sure I'm in the house. I have to step over them to get to the ironing board.

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    I have one that sits on the small of my back when I sew (or type). The others hang out. They don't bother anything.

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    I have two Shih Tzus. They come in every now & then. They usually lie down and sleep. They just like to be where I'm at and it's more the female (Jazzy) than the male (Rufus). All my fabric is placed high where they can't get. They've never bothered anything other than my feet which Jazzy likes to either lie next to my feet or on top of them.

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    Well, my little girl, likes to get into my chair everytime I get up,
    I can't tell you how many times, I have sat on her. She is
    quick to jump in my chair. And as you see, my drawers.

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    Please just be careful.... a friend of mine's cat grabbed a threaded needle and swallowed it. Off to the vet they went. Luckily the cat survived but there was much concern over it. Be safe.

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    Oh, you are so lucky! I've had my 4 pound chee-wawa for almost 3 years now. There is nothing that goes on that she is not aware of!!! We got her when she was only 8 weeks old, and I don't think she even weighed a pound then. Because she was so tiny she could sit in my lap while I sewed, and she would sleep on my shoulder while I was watching TV. After awhile she got too large to do those things comfortably, and she got mad at me for it, like it was my fault. She doesn't sit in my lap any more when I sew, but she has a little heated bed right beside me. The only time she leaves me is when she hears my husband in the kitchen, cause he is always having something to eat, and she wants some of whatever it is. She is just a little bundle of joy, and I hope you have just as much fun with your little one!

    Quote Originally Posted by bunniequilter
    Hubby just gave me a chee-wawa puppy...too lazy to check the spelling right now. Her name is Lucy and she loves my sewing room. She tries to steal anything she can get ahold of and stash it in her bed. Couldn't keep her out anymore than I can keep Hubby or kids out.

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