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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 cmw0829's Avatar
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    I'm always mystified when I see a "for sale" ad (here or elsewhere) stating that the animals aren't allowed in the sewing room. How do you keep them out?

    If I tried to keep my cats out of the room, I'd hear nothing but wailing and scratching! They have the full run of the room and often try to help.

    My avatar likes to supervise my ironing and help the thread move off the spool as I sew. She likes to squeeze under the closed cabinet and make sure the foot control is OK. My other cat just likes to lay on the chair.

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    I have dogs. They come in every once in a while but have been trained to know what "go Away" means

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    My cats like to be involved in every aspect of quilting. In fact, one of them grabbed 3 pearl headed pins from the magnetic holder today and took off running with them! They would have a fit if I locked them out.

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    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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    I don't sew in a room but in a nook at the top of the stairs and my dog comes upstairs with me and hangs out while I sew. Sometimes he "helps" by trying to eat all the little snippets of fabric that hit the floor :roll: but most of the time he just makes sure the throw rug isn't getting away :lol:

    Susan

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    The dog knows he can't come in my sewing room. So he lays across the door way and keeps the cat from coming in. The door is shut when I'm not in the room.

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    My dog likes to lay under my sewing table when I'm working in the room- which is fine unless she gets comfortable before I start using the foot pedal- then she grumbles at me when she has to move LOL.

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    All my cats (9) have to test anything and everything I make, the Chihuahuas just want to be loved and held while I try and sew. I have learned to at least keep my spools of thread and bobbins in a safe place.

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    My room doesn't have any doors. The kitty comes in and she likes to sleep in my sewing chair while I am on the computer. Otherwise she doesn't get into anything in here. Weird, I know. But she just doesn't. She doesn't sleep on the fabric or anything. Well, once in awhile she will try to eat a thread from the trash. But I cover them now.

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    My oldest cat (15yrs) will come in at regular intervals & squawk at me in his part-Siamese big mouth. So I finally made a bed for him by my chair. Now he peacefully snores away while I sew uninterrupted.

    They aren't allowed to free roam on the furniture, but I know they have been on the dining table when I'm not home to investigate my projects. This I know because I had to redo a baby quilt I had laid out & ready to begin sewing. Which they gave me their opinion on by rearranging it for me in what they thought was a better design. :D

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    I have one small poodle(Molly), and since I quilt in the living room she is with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmw0829
    I'm always mystified when I see a "for sale" ad (here or elsewhere) stating that the animals aren't allowed in the sewing room. How do you keep them out?

    If I tried to keep my cats out of the room, I'd hear nothing but wailing and scratching! They have the full run of the room and often try to help.

    My avatar likes to supervise my ironing and help the thread move off the spool as I sew. She likes to squeeze under the closed cabinet and make sure the foot control is OK. My other cat just likes to lay on the chair.
    I love my cats and dogs and they are welcome anywhere in our house. In fact I have dog beds in my sewing room that are occupied by both species. Okay you got me, I too sometimes lay in one of those beds with a pet.

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    Trudy follows me everywhere. She has a bed upxstairs and a bed downstairs along with toys on both levels. She goes where she wants, and rarely bothers me when I am sewing - unless she wants to go out

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    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.
    That spelling looks great in my book, of course I have always been spelling challenged. During spelling tests I had the words spelled on my blotter. Does that show my age?

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    My sewing room is in the basement and no I don't let the cats down there, much as they want to. I also sew for profit so I can't have cat fur on customer's garments and curtains.

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    I finally gave up and put the bean bag footstools under the table so they can lay close to me. Sometime though the cats will go by and reach up and smack my arm just to let me know they are still there.

    They go where they want or you could hear them a mile away with their caterwauling.

    Since they are home more than me, they let me in to feed and adore them...they tolerate me and DH.

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    My dog supervises my sewing. Sometimes she punctuates the movie I have on with snores. She has to move every time I move to cut, or iron, or use the machine. Sometimes she supervises from the hallway when she gets tired of all the moving.

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    i allow my cats in my upstairs studio but not in my downstairs studio.

    my stash is kept downstairs and i do all client work downstairs.

    when i'm doing my own work i do it upstairs.

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    My catbeast helps by sitting in the middle of whatever I'm doing. He also knocks things off the desk or table when he decides I'm done with it. He's just keeping my workspace clear...

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    goodness no, i don't let mine in. i have 3 cats now. my earlier cat, we lost at 17 years, had evidently eaten a tiny, tiny bit of poly batting and started throwing up everything. he ended up getting a barium enema and x-ray and another enema to get rid of the barium.
    so my 3 stay out. i have a bi-fold door and have to put a gallon of distilled water in front of it to keep them from opening it. but they behave and wait for me.

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    idk! I can't take the screeching if I shut the door!! I have tried to keep my cat out (big persian) but he will have none of it!! He does however keep the dog out! :D

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    My 2 little dogs know they don't come in. They get enough attention, so they just curl up in the chair in the LR and go to sleep.

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    Sounds as if we have a lot of softie pet-parents here.

    For those who sew for clients, better safe than sorry - can you imagine delivering a big job and having your client start wheezing and sneezing?!?!?!?!

    Enjoyed the stories!

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    the dog is not allowed upstairs- in any of the rooms. We have a baby gate to keep her in the kitchen and family room. When I move to the basement, she won't come down there because she doesn't like the steps. No problems here. She has her own quilt with her name fmq on it. She's spoiled.

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    LOL.. I have a 2 1/2 year old hyper as hell cocker spaniel. She is spoiled rotten. She loves to sit on my foot. While I am sewing (at the kitchen table) she sits on her designated kitchen chair like a good girl and just watches everything. She growles (nicely)at me when she has to go out. Other then that she pretty much just stayes at my feet no matter where I go. When the blinds are open she is positioned on the back f HER couch looking out the window keeping my apartment safe. Yes my do has her own couch.

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