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Jim's Gem 01-07-2010 12:01 PM

I think I would move to the basement again too. But, protect that fabric! Rubbermaid tubs and other such items will help to keep things dry if it gets damp again. I'd also get some of those, I don't remember what they are called, but they are containers that absorb moisture. Keep an eye on them to see how much moisture they are absorbing.

mistiliz 01-07-2010 12:12 PM

I had the samething happen to me at our last house! The sickening part is I had to THROW EVERYTHING AWAY. My entire sewing room including machines! We had HEAVY rains one year and we had 4' of water in our basement. Luckily our homeowners insurance covered everything because everything was a total LOSS!

I would go for the basement and store everything in bins and put a couple of wooden pallets on floor so that your bins will be off the actual floor. Hope this make sense.

Good luck! :)
Liz

Darlene 01-07-2010 12:24 PM

Youi can use large pieces of styrofoam to lift items off the floor and they don't look too bad. This is what I do with my Christmas tree box.

MadQuilter 01-07-2010 12:27 PM

Oh honey - claim the cave. Make it pretty, make it yours. The move will be a pain but soon forgotten. You will be fighting with the little room forever. (Mine is less than 11x11) I understand. Although, not having a room versus having a room - well, I don't need to spell that out, do I?

QBeth 01-07-2010 12:32 PM

Guess I'll be the one dissenting vote when it comes to the basement. I'd stay upstairs! Mine is on the second floor, the sunniest of the two bedrooms. Great light during the day. Also, gets me out of that "cave" environment; i.e., I work in an office building all day.

Another reason... we've all been griping about our over-stocked, messy, disorganized sewing rooms. Mine's the same, plus some. What better way to limit yourself and enforce organization than staying in a better defined space? Why not use the basement when it comes to pinning and quilting large tops?

Just my opinion.

MadQuilter 01-07-2010 12:34 PM


Originally Posted by QBeth
Guess I'll be the one dissenting vote when it comes to the basement. I'd stay upstairs! Mine is on the second floor, the sunniest of the two bedrooms. Great light during the day. Also, gets me out of that "cave" environment; i.e., I work in an office building all day.

Another reason... we've all been griping about our over-stocked, messy, disorganized sewing rooms. Mine's the same, plus some. What better way to limit yourself and enforce organization than staying in a better defined space? Why not use the basement when it comes to pinning and quilting large tops?

Just my opinion.

SO what you are really saying is to claim both spaces. I love the way you think!

LovingIzabella 01-07-2010 01:59 PM


Originally Posted by MadQuilter

Originally Posted by QBeth
Guess I'll be the one dissenting vote when it comes to the basement. I'd stay upstairs! Mine is on the second floor, the sunniest of the two bedrooms. Great light during the day. Also, gets me out of that "cave" environment; i.e., I work in an office building all day.

Another reason... we've all been griping about our over-stocked, messy, disorganized sewing rooms. Mine's the same, plus some. What better way to limit yourself and enforce organization than staying in a better defined space? Why not use the basement when it comes to pinning and quilting large tops?

Just my opinion.

SO what you are really saying is to claim both spaces. I love the way you think!

I would have to agree with you Mad!!
Thank you ladies for your input. We have put a dehumidifier down there as a precaution (have yet to use it :-( ) and I picked up one of those containers that absorbs the moisture too just to see. I just went down when I got home from work and re-measured the space and it is 14 x 30. Decisions..decisions
Hugs
April

amma 01-07-2010 02:10 PM

I see a large cutting table, another large ironing surface... a murphy bed style drop down table to use for pinning/spray basting larger quilts :D:D:D
Sorry...talking about MY dream space LMBO
I would go for the bigger area :D You will have room to grow, and if DH is handy, think of the storage and nice large work surfaces you will be able to have :D:D:D Plus, if company does come, or you need to use your other room it is always available :D:D:D If you don't claim this space now, DH may decide to turn it into a man cave...and where will you put that long arm quilting system in the future??? :wink:

LovingIzabella 01-07-2010 02:24 PM

LOL Amma you are too funny!
DH already has the man cave along with the tool shop and the garage! He can't have any more space lol
And you are right where would I put that long arm if I don't claim the space now!
Hugs
April

Bobbinwinder 01-07-2010 02:24 PM

Oh my goodness, wouldn't we all love to have these options? I'm thrilled for you! April, you don't say if the basement is a shared space...at least, I didn't read it. My point is that if you are making the bedroom work for you and it is a totally dedicated sewing room but the basement would be shared...I'm just pretty sure that I'd stay in the cubby hole room that is all mine all the time.
I'd be giving the water issue no more consideration...I'm sure you've done everything to correct that unfortunate situation. It's about happy in the overall...which place makes you the most happy?


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