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    Cool men vs women's perspective

    We're having a modular built and one room, which was originally a family room, will be my sewing room. I wasn't able to change the size of it or it would have reduced the size of the kitchen and dining room (and with 5 of us, we need that room). So anyway last weekend we went to look at the progress. When I saw my sewing room I thought "hmm it's not looking as big as I'd hoped" while dh said "wow, you'll have a nice big sewing room!". LOL

    Thankfully we'll also have a nice size usable basement so I can store a lot of what is filling up my current sewing room down there in big tubs.

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    Plan on vertical storage!

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    Congratulations on your new home. I'm sure you'll be creative enough to get everything in there that you want.

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    Actually my goal is not to cover up the walls like they are in my current room. I'd rather go to the basement for some things. To be honest, about 50% of what's in there hasn't been touched in a long time. I'm not quite ready to let it go so storage will work for me. I want my room to look nice, like the ones I see on pinterest. lol. Plus it won't be closed up so guests will be able to see it (scary, huh).

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    In the long run - that might be a good thing.

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    I think the same thing. I'm looking at some shelving units for the basement. I'm not quite ready to let some things go, but need more space. I have two 10x10 rooms and I'm bursting at the seams.
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    My room will be about 14 x 16. Is that a good size? When I looked at it Saturday it looked small to me.

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    That sounds like a really nice size room. Mine is about 10 x 12. I have a lot in that little room!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gale View Post
    My room will be about 14 x 16. Is that a good size? When I looked at it Saturday it looked small to me.
    Depends on what you have to put in it. I have a longarm on a 10 foot frame, so your room would be about the smallest I'd want to go.

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    No longarm. I do sewing and papercrafting. I have several machines (but only one out at a time), a silhouette machine, a big shot pro, a regular big shot, a printer, a laptop, lots of paper and fabric, lots of books, too much of everything else. I just ordered this cabinet to put in there (my current one can't be folded up-this one has a back leaf that will let me roll the cabinet out from the wall and use the leaf, and then fold it back down when I'm not using it).

    http://www.arrowcabinets.com/media/g...center_q85.jpg

    I have a large L shaped desk for paper crafting plus a fabric cabinet (old fashioned 2 door tall metal one) and about 25 of those 14" storage cubes from Michaels. 2 filing cabinets full of paper plus will be able to use an old 24 x 60 base cabinet for an ironing table. In addition, I can make shelves to fit any extra free space i have. I may try to build this to put on the wall:
    http://ana-white.com/2013/07/plans/s...use-wall-hutch

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    Mine is 12'x16'. Seemed pretty big till I started putting everything in. Lol! I have a shelf unit on each side wall and adjustable shelving on the metal "tracks" along the entire back wall (interrupted by a/c - heater at top). Then have sewing machines and ironing board along rest of side walls. Have ribbon rack under one front window and "stuff" under the other. Above my machine I have my flannel backed tablecloth design wall. In the center of the area I have a 6' plastic folding table set on cinder blocks to get it tall enough for my cutting table, which I can work on from any side. No pictures right now cuz it's a big mess. Little helper. . .

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    The room will change sizes as it is painted and equipment put in. I had a new office it looked small then large I was amazed at how my preconceptions altered as it was changed.
    Enjoy it sounds like a good size to me.
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    Sounds like a nice room! I love your furniture/ cabinets you'll have there!

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    I have mine in the basement, I really like that when I make my creative messes... I can walk away and not have to look at it. Even better no one knows it there if company stops over. No scrambling to neaten up for guests.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    I have mine in the basement, I really like that when I make my creative messes... I can walk away and not have to look at it. Even better no one knows it there if company stops over. No scrambling to neaten up for guests.
    I considered that but my knees wouldn't last long if I had to go up and down the stairs that often. Plus, our basement will only have access through the garage. So I would have to go out to the garage and then downstairs. And it won't be a finished basement.

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    I'm happy for you! I've not measured my room, but it is our original guest room. It is a smallish bedroom size.

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    When we added on my sewing room, I thought that 18 x 18 was a large enough space. By the time I got my 10' frame, table for cutting, large ironing board, and had collected all my sewing stuff that had been stored all over the house, I had run out of room. Partly from some poor planning on my part as to what I wanted and not wanting to give up some other stuff. As they say, hindsight is usually better than foresight.

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    Congratulations on the new modular. We are planning on one to replace our Hurricane Sandy destroyed home, but we will have to have it placed on a foundation that is 12 feet high. That means the ground floor, except for the vestibule area is free! I plan to have my studio down there. If there is another flood I can run the machines upstairs and put bins of fabric on a garage gator and hoist it to the ceiling! YAY! Well, eventually, YAY.
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    CoNGRATS on your new home and sewing room!! Send us pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    I have mine in the basement, I really like that when I make my creative messes... I can walk away and not have to look at it. Even better no one knows it there if company stops over. No scrambling to neaten up for guests.
    ME TOO!! My daughter and son in law finished the basement in our retirement home, so we have a storage room, DH's exercise room, and the rest is for my sewing and quilting.......I can leave everything AS IS, and go back to it whenever I feel like it.........and it is always so cool in the summer.......

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    I don't think real people use the rooms on pinterest. But the do look good.

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    Mine's 10'x8' so your's, to me, would be lovely. I have an 8' foot quilt frame on one side and a Horner sewing machine table on the other. There's barely 2' between them but it does work. I have to have separate storage and so it's up in the attic in see through tubs on shelving. Though I might be a tad envious of other sewing rooms, I am glad I have a space of my own, to play in and I enjoy every moment of it when I can drag myself away from this board and all your amazing ideas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gale View Post
    My room will be about 14 x 16. Is that a good size? When I looked at it Saturday it looked small to me.
    I would love to have a 14x16 ft sewing room. I started out in a one car garage, which had a 12 ft quilting machine plus a LOT of my sewing stuff and our clothes dryer, a clothes rack, a freezer and big shelves for my stuff and it soon became too much for me to work in not only due to the heat and cold, but also my hubby just kept putting his tools and junk in there. I don't even use the quilting machine and would sell it if we could get it out, but the garage door is sealed so that it can't be opened. It was unreal the amount of things in that one little space. I still keep my things in there, but now I sew in a corner of the bedroom. We have a large patio that isn't use, but don't have the money to enclose it. So, your room sounds like a dream to me. Enjoy it.
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    It would seem small to me; but I have a double car garage for my sewing room (and its behind the 2 car garage already there !LOL). As long as you don't do Long Arming you should be just fine.
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    I had to laugh when I read this post as I have heard my DH say at least 200 times "oh, you'll have a nice big sewing room" when the remodeling is finished. I don't see it as that big. I don't think I have ever commented on the size of his shop in the basement which is about 3 times as large nor his gardening work shed which is as big as my sewing room, nor his RV building which is humungous since we don't have an RV any more. Sometimes I just want to give him a big smack on the side of the head because it sounds so indulgent of him to do this "for the little woman" and I know (at least I think I know) that he does not mean it that way. But, yes, I agree I think there is a difference in perception.

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