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Thread: I WANT a LA - but where to put it? They are huge!

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    I WANT a LA - but where to put it? They are huge!

    I don't want to give up my guest room, and hubby says I can't take over the photography studio, so that rules out all non-essential rooms in the house. Where do I put one?
    ​Nancy

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    Do you have a basement or a garage? If you live in the country, do you have a building that you could use? I understand your problem, I,too,don't have room in my house for one. Have you ever considered quilt as you go patterns? I made one and it turned out beautiful! Just a thought.

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    Wish I knew. I have a sewing room but it wouldn't fit. Cannot take over the guess room. I either wait for son to go to College or choose a sit down LA. Those fit in a small place and you can extend the surface for more support. I sat dow on one yesterday at a show but work on samples so I dont know how bad it is the dragging of the quilt.
    Let us know if you figure out were to put it!
    :-( I wish I was a full time quilter!
    Andrea (Margate, FL)

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    How often do you have guests in the guest room? If it is only one or two times a year, take it over, you can probably come up with another solutions for over night guests.

    I took over our guest bedroom for a sewing room 11 years ago. Never looked back. We have a sofa bed in dh's office and an RV in the driveway where we can put up guests. discovered most guests want to sleep in the RV.
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    Quilter2090 whch Quilt as you go method did you use?

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    I guess- I would set it up opposite the bed in the guest room. A duel purpose room.

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    Both my guest rooms went. Guest don't come enough for it to be worth it for us.

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    I took an upstairs bedroom for mine and never looked back.
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    I don't have a guest room. Have RV in side driveway. No more often than we have out of town visitors, we off the RV or pay their motel bill. But the Statler stays (hubby says we have a quilting house).

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    Converted our two car garage into a sewing room and love it!!!

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    If the photo studio is your husbands, why can't you have your own sewing studio?
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    I have a small house so we took out the kitchen table to make room for my 10 foot Tin Lizzie.
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    this is one reason that i have a Hinterberg Stretch frame. when it's not being used, it is very easy for one person to take down and store. i know many quilters who make lots of tops, then set up their frame, sometimes in the living room even, to quilt all of their tops for one to a few weeks.
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    Well I moved with the idea of getting a LA one day in mind, so I looked specifically for a house with space for one, but if you can't/don't want to move you could maybe put it in the guest room, or set up in the living room. When I was shopping around (took me 2 years to make up my mind) one person I talked to said she knows a few people who get wooden frames and stain them really nicely so they kinda look like a piece of furniture in the living room. I'm sure it'd make a nice conversation piece.

    Had I not moved though I would've just taken over the spare bedroom. Good luck finding a space and have fun shopping!

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    You are right, the frame takes up a lot of room! I have mine in our FROG (family room over the garage) and not much else fits there.

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    QuiltnNan,
    What machine are you using with your Hinterberg frame? I have a Horizon 7700 and don't know what frame would work with it. Any ideas out there?
    Pat

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    My problem too, I use a small bedroom for a sewing room, not sure a long arm would even fit in there and if it did, not room for my sewing machine too. I have to keep a room for the grandbabies. If I had room, I would have a machine. I will eventually add on or close in the garage, but I would have to have another garage to keep all hte garage crap in. I can't make it work, . One day I will!

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    Room for the rack is a huge consideration. You don't mention if you live in a temperate climate which would definitely impact if you could take over a garage. They do need to be in a climate controlled situation and also for your quilting comfort you need heat or AC in the designated space. Additionally if you have pets you need to keep it in an area they can't get to, especially cats who will consider it the best kitty hammock known to mankind when you have a quilt loaded. If you quilt for others you don't want to risk having pet hair all over everything not to mention the hazard of a pet eating thread, batting or a pin. So ideally you want it somewhere you can close off. I put mine in a back bedroom but the room was small so it limited me to a 10 foot rack. I would have loved a 12 but no room. As it is my LA takes up that entire room with only enough space left for storage of batting and threads.

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    I have a friend in the southwest who bought a wood storage shed for her quilting studio. If a LA fits in your guest room, you could put a futon, sofa bed or even a Murphy bed in the room & keep it as a guest room.
    Carol in Michigan

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    I understand your dilemma, mine was the same. I knew I wouldn't want to quilt in the garage and worried about the equipment being in the heat during summer. I still dream of one, but have settled for the HQ Sweet 16 sit-down model. It only takes up about 36" square and is a dream to quilt on. Plus it saved me a lot of money! If I have a special quilt I want longarmed, I just take it to my amazing quilter who has a Gammil.

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    I can't just kick him out of existing space! He is however measuring how we can convert 1 car garage into a studio. We live in Delaware, which gets pretty cold in the winter, but we could heat the space when I'm in it. How much climate control would it need?


    Quote Originally Posted by Normabeth View Post
    If the photo studio is your husbands, why can't you have your own sewing studio?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat1969 View Post
    QuiltnNan,
    What machine are you using with your Hinterberg frame? I have a Horizon 7700 and don't know what frame would work with it. Any ideas out there?
    Pat
    I use a Juki TL98Q but will be getting a Bailey 17 soon, i hope. I'm fairly sure that your horizon will fit just fine. go to the Hinterberg site, they are very helpful and will tell you for sure if it will fit.
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    It doesn't matter how many times I measure my room it isn't big enough for a long arm. My husband suggested I clean out an old house his grandmother used to live in. It would be a huge project - it is filled with junk, the floor is rotting and it has no electricity. I think I might take him up on the challenge! It will take at least a year if I decide to do it. In the meantime I'm learning how to quilt on my Bernina 830.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigredharley View Post
    I can't just kick him out of existing space! He is however measuring how we can convert 1 car garage into a studio. We live in Delaware, which gets pretty cold in the winter, but we could heat the space when I'm in it. How much climate control would it need?
    Best to check with a dealer on that. Drastic changes in temps could effect the electronics in the machine and oil viscosity. My dealer told me to not run my machine if it was over 90 in the room. I have an Innova. It isn't computerized except for the stitch regulator.

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