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    I use bath towels. When I finish sewing for the day I cover what I am working on with a towel and lay one over the ironing board close to machine. My big ironing board in other room I keep a large cutting mat on it. My cat loves to lay where ever I am and I have to move her alot.

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    A spray bottle of water will do the job. Every time they get onto a surface you don't want them on, take the bottle and
    spray them. It will not take long before they stop doing it. It is totally harmless to them, but it works.

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    Try a spray bottle of water. All I have to do now is pick it up and she knows enough to get down.

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    I made a couple of areas for my cats to sleep/watch in my sewing room. One of them loves chairs -- so I've got a chair with an old towel on it and she'll sleep there for hours on end! However, I do have to make sure that the chair is far enough away from my sewing area that she isn't tempted to jump on it.... :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by debbieumphress
    Suggestion only. LOL
    You're a riot debbieumphress! How funny!
    Kind Regards,
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    Oh Mia is sooo cute! I would have had to keep her too!

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    For a couple days, when they get up on things you don't want them to, take them down and say 'NO' firmly. Works with my two!

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    Hey Debbie I love your idea about how to keep the kitties off your sewing things. LOL LOL Now my problem is when I am sewing my little Bandit gets under my sewing machine and I don't know he's there until I start to get up and then trip over him. Can't seem to stop him for getting under there, he has to be where I am at all the time. But thats alright I would be lost with out him.

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    I have beachtowels I spread one on the ironing board, one on my waist high cutting table and the last one on my small table behind my sewing machine. I have 2 cats and they love laying on these areas whether I am there or not. This eliminates all the hair that gets everywhere on those places.

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    Good Luck. My kitty is my sewing partner. When I am sewing she is right there. Actually she is where ever I am all the time. My sewing machine is in the corner, with windows on both sides. She lays up against my sewing machine and watches the birds outside. When I do chain piecing she loves to play with the strips coming out the back. We also have a game we play. When I get up to do some pressing at the ironing board she immediately gets in my chair. I put her down only to have her do it again the next time I get up. If she is not the way and not causing problems I love having her with me. Also I buy lint rollers in bulk at Costco.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhansen6
    Good Luck. My kitty is my sewing partner. When I am sewing she is right there. Actually she is where ever I am all the time. My sewing machine is in the corner, with windows on both sides. She lays up against my sewing machine and watches the birds outside. When I do chain piecing she loves to play with the strips coming out the back. We also have a game we play. When I get up to do some pressing at the ironing board she immediately gets in my chair. I put her down only to have her do it again the next time I get up. If she is not the way and not causing problems I love having her with me. Also I buy lint rollers in bulk at Costco.
    I tell ya, those lint rollers are a life saver! I use them for everything quilting related, and I have to use them on my clothes before I leave the house or I leave with threads all over me :)

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    Our 2 cats really like to be around us, whatever we are doing. Our current cats don't care to be right on the sewing machine, but if the table has the leaves opened up, they like to be on there. That's ok with me. I usually put a small baby quilt of theirs up for them to sleep on and that keeps them off the "current" project.
    So if you can handle having them in the room with you, then i think, aside from the other suggestions here, my best advice is to make a space for them that is just as comfy as the work you have in progress. It has to have batting and your scent on it. You may be able to make certain areas within the sewing room "off limits" (like the ironing board or rotary mat) so they don't get hurt, by using the water bottle.
    For cat lovers, check out youtube's Simon's Cat videos. You have to smile! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s13dLaTIHSg

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    Quote Originally Posted by blzzrdqueen
    I have 4 cats, all of whom like to lay on top of high surfaces, like tables and ironing boards. I make them shoo off of these surfaces several times daily. My sewing room is my dining room, and I have my mini ironing board and my cutting mat and my box of current fabrics on my table and my sewing machine on a smaller desk. I'm forced to wipe down my surfaces and lint roll my ironing boards and I'm simply too lazy to put things away. How do you keep your kitties off work surfaces and ironing boards and where ever else they may lay?
    I have two kitties. It's pretty hard to keep them off surfaces they like, especially if they've always done it. I have tried, with limited success, to teach them to stay off certain places (like kitchen counters), but they are very much creatures of habit. If they've staked out their territory in one place or another, it can be hard to change their behavior.

    One thing you might try is providing them a space to lie and making it comfy with pillows and old blankets. I've sprinkled dry catnip on those surfaces to attract them, and that has worked sometimes.

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    Cute Debbie!!
    (1) Moth balls (2)spray them with water only when they're on the no-no's
    these are worked for mine
    Cats don't like moth balls....can remove from area once they shy away from it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nwm50
    Cute Debbie!!
    (1) Moth balls (2)spray them with water only when they're on the no-no's
    these are worked for mine
    Cats don't like moth balls....can remove from area once they shy away from it.
    I would avoid moth balls...very toxic to cats and other pets!

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    OMG....that simon cat utube has happened to me! Very funny...gotta watch this one for a good laugh.

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    My cat well not leave my pin cousin alone.Whenever she can find it she pulls all the pins out of it with her mouth and drops them everywhere.I keep it in a drawer and only have it out when I am using it.Darn Cat!!! Handquilter

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    Mine trys to to do that also. I found a magnetic dish in the auto dept at Wal-Mart and keep the pins that I use the most in there. She can't get them out.

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    I kept a spray bottle with water in it & when they were small I would spray them when I caught them. Did that when they scratched my furniture with thier nails too. Now all I have to do is pick up the bottle & poof they skatter, but just the same they STILL sneek on my work. If my projects are small I cover them with my cutting mats, rulers & so on, otherwise I use a table cloth. :hunf:

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    Good idea with the magnetic dish, ill try that, thanks lots. Handquilter

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    Be sure not to sit close to machine if computerized.

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    We have lots of cats and dogs, but it is our chihuahua who is the trouble maker ;-) He jumps up on the tables, just like a cat, and drags things (fabric, thread etc.) down for his bigger buddies to "play" with.

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    when wwe had a cat, I used a spray bottle , squirt gun works also, filled with water. A few shots of water broke bad habits.

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    I haven't read all replies, so I don't know if anyone else has suggested this, but you can put cookie sheets with a little bit of water on the surfaces. They don't like it when they jump on it. You won't have to do it all of the time, just until they are trained.

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    My 2 cats like to sit in my work space when I am trying to sew. We call them the supervisors. They also like to test drive any quilts I am working on. Hopefully, my grandbabies won't mind the quilts with cat hair pre-installed. :)

    I once had a parakeet that had full run of the house. One of his favorite tricks was to "help" me when I was cutting out a pattern. He would follow along as I pinned the pattern to fabric. He loved to pull the pins out. Sometimes he'd play tug-of-war with scrap bits of pattern paper.

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