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    Yes, Ms. Greyhoundmom my sewing room is in the basement (with a dehumidfier) for Spring to Fall comfort-it runs non stop in the warm months. I have so much room and I love it..................totally.

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    More.........My husband finished ours' and we have a small separate office for the computer etc. We also have wood floors "Again I love it" & so does he
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    I'd go for the basement too. More room is always better. I have an upstairs bedroom since I don't have a basement. I just took two metal 3 shelf units from Home Depot and put a board over them covered with batting and the reflective fabric you buy at Joanne's to make an ironing station. I made it long enough to give me knee room in the middle if I choose to sit while I iron. I now have six shelves to store stuff underneath. It's wonderful.

    As far as the floor, look into the new durable vinyl floating floors. I have Pergo and hate it. Too noisy, if you drop your scissors, there is a scratch and I find it too slippery. Plus in the basement, in case you do ever have a moisture problem, Pergo can warp, as me how I know.

    Good luck. Having your own dedicated space makes any hobby so much more productive.
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    The last sewing room I had was in an unfinished basement, and it was dark. But with enough lighting, it was good and quiet. Now my current sewing room is also in the basement, but it is a finished basement. I did put in a closet saver in my double wide closet for lots of extra storage. DH was allergic to work so I did it myself. Well to be fair, it was a whole lot easier to put it in myself, instead of listening to him foul of the job and the air. Now, it it time for the annual cleaning. YUK!
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    Quote Originally Posted by greyhoundmom View Post
    Thanks for all the great replies so far! I am really starting to think this might be the way to go.
    AND, maybe if the exercise equipment is UPSTAIRS, I will be more motivated to use it!!

    I think I have plenty of heat in the basement--it's mostly finished.
    Might have to address the floor: carpet or something else?? Any suggestions? I was kind of thinking something like Pergo....
    If putting down new flooring be sure you get the floor insulated well which should help with the cold feet problem.
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    In my former house, I had a studio in my basement (our current home has no basement or I would be down there now.) I put down a big, thick area rug and hung posters on the wall and from the ceiling joists. I had a television and stereo speakers and couldn't have been happier. The lack of natural light didn't bother me since I was working and sewed at night so there would not have been light anywhere. The biggest benefits were the almost limitless space and the lack of any need to straighten up the work space after a sewing session since no one else came near it.

    Hope you enjoy your space half as much!

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    I had a sewing room in the basement a couple of times and loved it. mainly because I had so much more space.
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    My sewing room is in the basement. My DH finishedthe basement and we put the sewing room far away so people can not find it by accident. (hehe)
    After a year or so, DH and my cousin put me in floating wood floors and it is great for swiffering up fabric scraps. The padding under laminate floors make it nice. Due to my age, he had to put ceiling fans up for the hot flashes so heat is not a big problem. Have a small heater just to make sure machines are warm.
    Lighting is everywhere, large shop light over cutting table and ceiling fan over sewing machines (at serger end of table) and another work counter. Extra screw on positionable light over sewing machine ironing. Additional desk lamp above ironing board. Make sure several plugs and power cords. There will be positives and negatives to whichever room you pick. Go down and sit in it. Picture how you would set everything up that will save you lugging stuff back and forth until you know as your final answer. hehe Good Luck and have fun. T

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    Well, I've read all of the previous 82 posts and have not seen one that matches my situation so here goes. I have lived alone in a 3-bedroom rancher since my younger son moved out on his own. His bedroom (12 x 12 with a wall-to-wall closet) became my sewing room, but lots of fabric was stored in the cabinets in the laundry room at the opposite end of the house. Son #1's bedroom had become the guest room. A few years ago, I decided to have two skylights installed in the master bedroom (20 x 24). All furniture had been removed so that I could paint that room after skylights were done. One day I found myself standing there loving the natural light and seeing the trees (it is a wooded area) and I decided that it was going to be a waste using it to sleep in. My house! I could do whatever I wanted with the space. Then and there it became my sewing room. All of my fabric was moved into the double closets and additional shelves I brought in. Cutting table, sewing tables, ironing board, etc. I have the bathroom, a TV, my recombinant bike, two sewing machines and a serger all set up. I can close the door, if I don't want anyone to see my mess. Son #2's bedroom became the master (fortunately the furniture all fit). Mind you there is a 54 x 44 basement with poured concrete walls that were insulated and drywalled, a concrete floor, lots of electric outlets sitting under the house. It houses two Christmas trees and items being stored for each of the sons. No regrets! Moral of the story... Do what feels good to you.

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    I've previously had my studio in the basement. I had industrial lighting put above my machine/table area...worked great.

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    one last question......it the flooring, etc. in the current sewing room able to handle the weight, strain,etc. of the gym equipment ?

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    I sew in our basement and it has one small window not near to where I am. The space is probably about 20 x 18 where I sew and my DH has the other half of the basement, it's divided into two rooms. Our AC and heat are piped down there so humidity is no problem and we live in the deep South. I love all the space.

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    i have a basement sewing room. It has a full sized window and gets a decent amount of light, but I don't like it. It feels too separated from the main area of the house. I sewed more when my sewing was in the dining room of a previous ho use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SunlitenSmiles View Post
    one last question......it the flooring, etc. in the current sewing room able to handle the weight, strain,etc. of the gym equipment ?
    I am pretty sure it would be fine. We only have a treadmill and a stationery bike. Plus, there is a baby grand piano in the living room, right next to where the gym stuff would go. There's not much of anything heavier than a 5'4" baby grand!

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    We live in a part of the country where we can't have basements, and I felt I'd lost a third of my house when we moved here. There are a couple of things to consider. One is that like you, I have my computer in the sewing room and the dust/lint generated by sewing activity is bad for the computer. The other is that if there is radon in your area, the basement should be tested for that before you set up something that will make you spend a lot of time down there. Otherwise, if you can get a comfortable, well lit arrangement in the basement, why not?
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    I have had my sewing room in the basement for probably 6 or 8 years now. I love it! Concrete floor means it is easy to sweep up all the thread and fabric snips. Lots of fluorescent lighting. Lots of space. I don't have any natural light, so if I want to match colors I run upstairs or use an Ott light. I do run a dehumidifier but it doesn't do much condensing since it is so dry naturally. I find I get cold more in the spring and fall when the central heat isn't running much, so I have a space heater I turn on when I need to.

    I'm looking at moving soon, and I may actually have to use a bedroom for my studio. I am definitely not looking forward to carpeting!

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    I have my sewing in the basement it is a finish basement . where my sewing room is there is no windows but a lot of lights & I really like it no one gets to see it unless I show it too them.

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    I have a sewing room on the main floor and a craft\sewing room in the basement. I really hated the way when I begin a project and the mess just multiplies faster than rabbits. I had my DH make me a room off one corner of the basement and it is a w e s o m e!!!! This was just recently completed so I am taking down stuff I would use in the pre-sewing phase. In other words, my plan is to cut out the majority of patterns and material downstairs to hopefully keep the upstairs room 'relatively' clean. I hate looking at the mess cut pieces and clipped threads make on the floor and I'm not able to clean them up 'relatively' (there's that word again and used as optional in both cases) quickly. I realize we don't all have a basement or if we do, we don't have someone to transform it for us. But if you do....go deep!!! I love my craft\sewing room downstairs! My DH made me a 4x8 formica top (that he made-he glued the formica to particle board) with two storage cubes under to support the top instead of legs. I do have an egress window in this room and three lights, but I want to get long tube lighting. He's made shelving off to one end of the room and on each sided of the egress window there are shelf units approx. 24" wide x 18" deep. He cut a pieced of plywood to put under the window to serve as a shelf and under that he made me another shelving unit that I use to keep supplies in storage boxes I got from Wal-Mart. It is really nice....I love it down there. I have a couple of machine plus a serger down there and I can make my cutting mess and when done, if I have to stop for any reason, I can just walk away and I don't care what it looks likes. Oh..one of the nice bits of this room is the door to it. We got two 12 pane oak framed glass doors at a garage sale for $50.00 and DH used one for my craft room and one for his Man Cave! (awesome!!) (I love getting stuff at gs's) And now for the best part....(drum roll) DH wants to learn how to sew!!!! A W E S O M E....do I say that too much...sorry...but....A W E S O M E!!! He has some things to get finished on main floor (painting, patching) and then we are going to get him started sewing. He's already done some practice stitching on some plaid flannel followin the lines...
    oh, we are empty nesters...(can you say 'H E A V E N L Y!!!' )..so this will give him something to do to keep busy....I can't wait...I've been wanting someone to sew with for a long time! My one DD lives a 2hr. round trip away and the other lives in WI. So, 40MPHK9, use up as much basement as you can and enjoy!!!!....oh, I do use a dehumidifier and heater for when it gets too cold. Let us know what you decide and have fun! (don't forget pics!!!)

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    I moved my sewing room from a second story bedroom to our mostly finished basement six years ago when our youngest son went off to college. Previously he and his buddies had been using the space as a poker/recreation room. There would be up to a dozen of them playing cards at the same time, so they had set up several desks and tables of similar heights so that they could all play one game together. So I had an immediate set up for laying out my quilts to pin. It is a daylight walk-out, but I still need to supplement the overhead lights with a few spot lamps, but that seems to work for me. The biggest problem has been the size of my stash, which has increased to fill my space--LOL! As far as heat, just put on a sweater and enjoy the productivity from being able to work harder without sweating too much! It has also been great in the summer as it's nice and cool down there!

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    I think I would take the area with the most space, however I would definitely watch the humidity. I know I would rather be in front of a window but I think space would win out. Good luck and post pictures after so we can see your progress. Welcome to the board from Florida
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    Quote Originally Posted by 40MPHK9 View Post
    Thanks for all the great replies so far! I am really starting to think this might be the way to go.
    AND, maybe if the exercise equipment is UPSTAIRS, I will be more motivated to use it!!

    I think I have plenty of heat in the basement--it's mostly finished.
    Might have to address the floor: carpet or something else?? Any suggestions? I was kind of thinking something like Pergo....
    I would check out what's available for a hard surface floor covering: laminate plank flooring, cork, vinyl flooring, etc. I have cork tiles in my sewing room on the main floor. You can pick from a bunch of colors- it's not all dark brown like bulletin boards. When we installed a laminate floor in our basement 14 years ago, they at that time said, to not use Pergo. If you ever had water issues, the Pergo would delaminate and be ruined. There are other brands that work - we used Wilsonart. Whatever you choose, I would for sure, not choose carpet.

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    My mom used to sew in the basement and was also toying around with the idea of keeping her sewing room downstairs but then decided after moving all of the computer stuff into the other room that she had my previous bedroom all to herself and she is much more happy now. She has more light and when her joints don't really like the stairs she can stay upstairs and sew to her hearts content. She still has her mid arm downstairs as that is where it has always been.
    But back to your question, I am not really sure if I would want to stay downstairs to sew all of the time or not. I really enjoy the natural light that I get from the window and I only really get alot of sun in the late afternoon, so I am blessed with just light natural light for most of the day. I would really miss that light if I was downstairs. But if the sun is not out and it is cloudy, you still have more light then than if you were downstairs anyways. But if you want extra light then I would get some Ott lights they are wonderful to use and give great light to any situation. I would probaly also move the couch and other things, except for the dog bed. You can put the dog in the corner by the sewing machine. Mine likes to sleep under the ironing board, go figure. I would be worried that I would get hit in the head by the iron. Oh well. Hope this helps, was a bit long winded. sorry.

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    WOW! what beautiful space you have, I live In VA and we don't have Basements, I wish I did have one
    because that would be my sewing room! love the pics,you have a wonderful room to sew in
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    stick with the room you like to be in. I could use upstairs rooms for a sewing room, but I wouldn't like being up there! The basement might need a dehumidifier, as usually they are damp. do what is most comfortable for you. Clutter is not bad!
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    Well from my experience......when I had my sewing room in the basement I didnt seem to get much done...for several reasons.....my laundry room was around the corner.....so I did my laundry and always would say okay while thats getting done I will sew...well that didnt work all the time...and then my hubby has our TV/BIG lol around the other corner with exercise equipment....are you getting the picture lol...I had so many obstacles that when I wanted to sew something was always distracting me.....so I thought okay I need my own space with lots of light a window for fresh air and just to see outside from time to time....so I took my daughters room which is a spare room for grandchildren or guests....well let me tell you it was the best thing that ever happened....now I dont hear hubby when those football games are on and hes exercising and grandchildren getting into my threads etc.....so PLEASE do yourself a favor have your own space.....and one very important factor is the temperature of the room not to mention dust and moisture which seems to be in rooms in the basement....which leads to problems with your sewing machines so thats my advice....good luck and have fun doing your own room making it yours........it took me 3 months to get everything the way I want it and Iam still doing things to make it workable is that a word lol......God Bless Trish

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