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    A friend has a new house and her basement is where she sews. She has her long arm machine set up there, and built a tall work table, so now her back doesn't bother her. They put in lots of great lighting and it's a little piece of heaven. If you have a moisture problem you can set up a dehumidifier. Let us know what you decide to do. Enjoy!

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    I also took over the basement. Was a finished family room that did not get used much. I had a job that I had to do paperwork every nite so I set up my work space down there then it just evolved into "my" room. I can leave my many unfinished projects out where they remind me to get busy.

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    I sew in my basement/laundry room. I have no problem with it other than the floor being a little cold (I threw down an area rug to warm my tootsies). It is not the prettiest room (I just posted recently about thinking of reorganizing and painting it) but it works for me, it is out of the way, it has enough space, and it would be essentially wasted space otherwise. No problems for me with light, I have a long bar of flourescents that were already down there and I supplemented it with an Ott light right over my sewing area. When I get around to buying new bulbs for the fixtures, I will get full spectrum lighting and it will be glorious!

    I think space is more important than location - if you can't make the space upstairs work well for you, then go for the switcheroo!
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    My studio is in the basement. I really like it. The hubby has a room to watch tv and play on his computer down there, along with a bathroom and the laundry room. I love my space. I smile everytime I go in there. The floor does get a little cool this time of the year. But, I just wear my fuzzy socks and I am fine.
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    My sewing area is in the basement as well. I love it. It used to be our family room but now it's mine. There's a sitting area, a bathroom, and lots of space for my quilting stuff. I have 2 windows below grade but they really seem to flood the area with light during the day. I also have lots of lights around the room. I hung some of my quilts to make it feel a little more homey. I have carpet on the floor (because it was a family room). I really haven't noticed much difference in the temperature or humidity. Here's a link to my pictures if you want to see it.

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    I would go for the basement in a snap. Room is a precious commodity and if you have it use it.
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    My sewing room is in the basement, never a problem during the winter or summers. Love it for all the room. Can leave whatever I am working on without a worry about a mess. Hubby is down there with me in the tv portion. Would not trade it trade it for a smaller place!
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    I would carpet the basement room...carpet is warmer, and best of all, traps the threads into the ONE room. I have had both. My current room is lamenant flooring, but I have a carpet under my sewing areas just to keep the thread in the one room...otherwise it is like dog hair..all over the whole house

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    Hmmm....I suppose I have both - against my will. I don't really like basements. I have resisted strongly having a sewing room down there BUT my quilting machine is down there. I am still trying to figure out a way to have everything in the biggest bedroom on the second floor. He says it can't be done.

    Currently I have 3 machines going at all times and a 4th part of the time in a 8.5 x 12 room. I don't like stuff on the wall. I have a cutting table shoved back in the corner under the eave that takes up 2' of the 12' length. I have a closet on the opposite end. It is a northern room but I love it in the summer when I can open the windows and here my fountain in my water garden.

    I say do what works best for YOU. I could have almost our entire basement but I would be miserable. So, I stick with my little space right now and run up and down the stairs for excercise.

    I did move the ironing board to one of the other bedrooms now that the kids are gone. It also gets me exercise!

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    i live in a mother in laws apartment in the basement of my sons house. It is as comfy dry and cheerful as any other apartment. The plus side is if you don't want to answer the door no one knows you are home. My living area is carpted my studio is tiled. I have no problem with moisture however in summer time I do run a dehumidifier. When sevear weather hits I am safe and can continue working on my projects.

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    My sewing room in in the basement and I LOVE IT. I dont have to pick up everything when I quit for the day, its a big enough space (24 X 25) that I have several machines set up, including a longarm, and lots of room for shelving and fabric. I run a dehumidifier in summer when its needed, in winter there is heat. Its a partially finished basement , with phone, tv, computer and anything else I need or want.

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    Let me add to the comfort/cold floor issue: If you are going to put down some kind of flooring anyway: Look at radiant heating possibilities! Lowe's has an electric mat (I am not home so I don't have info) that we installed ourselves that is heavenly! It has a thermostat and heats in minutes. We keep it on all winter in our bathroom and the electric bill did not even register a blip , but electricity is still relatively cheap in VA (for a short while anyhow). The mats come in different sizes and you can connect as many as you need. I would not do the whole room, only where my machine was going to be. You aren't trying to heat the room - just your tootsies! http://www.suntouch.com/diy/

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    I would prefer the bedroom to the basement. Your bedroom has a closet which can provide a lot of storage shelves for your stash. I would remove the clutter from your sewing room/bedroom. Quilting stuff only!!!

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    I sew in the basement and love it!!! So much more room. I originally was sewing in a room that was
    10 by 10 and it was my sewing room and office too. It got really crowded. So, I sold the pool table
    down in the family room and moved all my machines down there (except my treadle).

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    I have a sewing room upstairs and just installed natural daylight track lighting all around the room. Wow, what a pleasure it is to have all that lighting. You could do this in the basement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ksdot417 View Post
    My sewing area is in the basement as well. I love it. It used to be our family room but now it's mine. There's a sitting area, a bathroom, and lots of space for my quilting stuff. I have 2 windows below grade but they really seem to flood the area with light during the day. I also have lots of lights around the room. I hung some of my quilts to make it feel a little more homey. I have carpet on the floor (because it was a family room). I really haven't noticed much difference in the temperature or humidity. Here's a link to my pictures if you want to see it.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/members...albums878.html
    Wow, that is AWESOME! I love the cutting station base, with all the drawers....and what a great idea to use two small chests (with drawers!) to put the ironing station on.
    I don't have one of those 'long arm' machines, so I won't need that much space. BTW, I am kind of fascinated by those machines--it's what my quilt is going to be quilted on (at the lady's house now).

    Thank you everyone, and don't stop replying....looks like the basement might be the way for me to go. My DH always likes a good project, and this might be just the ticket!

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    Wow!!! Everyone is so lucky that has a basement. Can't have one in Southeast Virginia!!!! Would be wonderful to have all that room!

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    I LOVE my "sewing studio" in the basement. My dogs don't go in the basement so it remains dog hair free; but then I get my exercise running up the stairs to visit them when they whine.

    I keep a humidifier going all the time. I have it set for 45% humidity, so it comes on automatically when necessary. Everyone comments on how bright and cheery it is down there. Another thing is LOTS OF LIGHTS and no carpeting. I can post pics if you want some ideas. I have a laminate floor which is insulated underneath so doesn't get cold in the winter, and lots of storage behind doors.

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    WOW, there's more of yous in the basement that I thought. We built this house 10 yrs ago & was debating where to set up MY sewing area, so......................................... I told my DH that he can have 1/3 ^ I get 2/3 as the stairs divide it that way, he has the MAN CAVE & I have a QUILT SHOP. I have remnant carpeting all over. In the center of the basement I have 4 banquet tables for working on quilts, cutting, you name it. Away from a wall there are 2 long banquet tables side-by-side , on one end of the table I have my Bernina sewing machine & serger & on the other end is a machine for the grand-kids to sew. Have lots of totes for each color & DH built me shelving to pile my batting on & bolts of fabrics. I'm not lonesome there as next to the Bernina I have a TV, DVD player & phone. I find sewing so stress free & relaxing & I completely forget about housework who wants to do it any way My kids call it Mom's Quilt Shop
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    Quote Originally Posted by grann of 6 View Post
    I LOVE my "sewing studio" in the basement. My dogs don't go in the basement so it remains dog hair free; but then I get my exercise running up the stairs to visit them when they whine.

    I keep a humidifier going all the time. I have it set for 45% humidity, so it comes on automatically when necessary. Everyone comments on how bright and cheery it is down there. Another thing is LOTS OF LIGHTS and no carpeting. I can post pics if you want some ideas. I have a laminate floor which is insulated underneath so doesn't get cold in the winter, and lots of storage behind doors.
    Pictures would be wonderful! Thanks!

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    I have my sewing in the basement. My DH and I are both retired, and he quilts with my longarm in the basement. We both are there quilting, but I also spend some quiet time sewing and quilting when he is upstairs doing his thing. The basement lets me leave what I am working on laying out, and I can start up the next day where I left off. I do have wall board heat that I can control there. I do wear warm socks and slippers in the winter. We put the under cabin lights above my sewing machines and I have several other wall lighting in the area. Good luck, with what ever you decide. Just understand what is good for me, maynot be for you.

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    I sew in the basement. It's a small room, no windows, carpeted floor. That doesn't sound like a good deal, but I love it. It's my space. Everything stays out where I use it, and I don't pick up anything until I'm ready. The floor is warm, and generally covered with lots of clippings and threads. Elenor would be proud of me. I have a little TV, my IPOD, a phone, good lighting from above and some movable OTT lights. It's like walking into a different world. Right now I have a quilt under the needle waiting for me to return to FM quilting. Good luck with your planning. Think about what makes your sewing enjoyable and go for it. Everyone has different needs.

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    My sewing room is in the basement and i LOVE it...'cept for the fact that it is way too cold in the winter, so I don't sew much in the winter. It is a 1920s unfinished basement, but when I replace the furnace in the foreseeable future, I'm going to see what I can do to make it warmer down there and only when I want it warm down there. I do quilt in my office upstairs.
    my name is becca and i'm a quilt-a-holic :-)

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    My sewing room is in the basement and I love it. It's quiet down there and we don't have a problem with heat or with moisture. It's a walkout basement so it also has a large window to provide light. It's the largest space available in my house and so it works great for me. good luck.
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