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    My sewing nook is the very small area that is supposed to the dining area in my small one bedroom apt. But it's pretty handy and I am glad to have it.
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    This is all I have; but I make the most of it and enjoy my space.
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    I'm LOL because I did sew in my bathroom. The BR was 6 x 12 and at the far end I had a place to put the old treadle I used as a base for my portable machine! It's been so long, but suppose I stored fabric in my laundry room, which was very cold in the winter, and very hot in the summer. But know I didn't have much fabric. I would remake old clothes for my DD everyday play dresses. Later when I got a new dining room and kitchen, I moved into the old kitchen, which was a 4 x 10 pantry. Big improvement, right? I did sew tons of clothes for our 4 kids--even their blue jeans. My kids were so skinny, couldn't find anything to fit them--Kwik Sew slim jeans to the rescue. Still have those patterns. Thanks for taking me down memory lane!

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    Well I like the idea of the bathroom. We actually have two so maybe I could just steal one away. Lock myself in and say I don't feel well -like for a week! I have a homemade table in a spare room but normally sit at the breakfast bar so I can converse with family and watch my favorite shows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shnnn
    Quote Originally Posted by charismah
    I used to sew in my livingroom....I had to clear everything off the dining room table at dinner time ( I hated that). I actually have two dents in my wood floors where kids were running through the livingroom and knocked the iron off the board and dented my floors...not once but twice! LOL
    Then I moved to the family room.....and all my "stuff" took over. I sold the furniture and everything to fit my long arm. Then the kids started complaining that they needed their game room back...so now my studio is in a converted garage ( which is attached to the house).


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    I have scorch marks on my carpet from my kids/dogs knocking the iron off the board -- more than one -- and I finally got my corner of the kids computer/play room cleared out again so I can sew in there - my dining room table is clear for the 1st time since christmas!! I just left all the extra leafs in it so I could move all my sewing stuff to one end when we sat there.
    ...and then the kids grow up and your heart aches for them to be under your wing again. LoL! We are funny people! :-D

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    I have sewn sitting on the floor, to the kitchen table, to a space in the bed room, where I came home one day from grocery shoping to find a note from my husband that he had to take the youngest son to the hospital, then 2, because he had pulled the machine down off the desk onto his head and was pinned under it. Fortunately nothing hurt. Lessons learned: lock on door, don't leave kids with husband has no idea what it means when they are very quiet. Got a sewing cabinet that the machine folds down into so when not in use it was not available to little hands, in case the door didnt get locked. Stash can be put in the rolling containers under a beds, rolls out easy access. You could install folding screens attached at the walls that could close off the area and locked when not in use, and opened and folded back when using the machine. A wall ironing board installed, with the timer is great as it closes up, if you iron in that area also, A table that the sides fold up/down into a much smaller table are nice if you have the room. Shelves installed over your area to hold books etc. or stackin kitchen cupboards to make a tall, one with child proof locks , in a small space think vertical. Hope this helps. DEB

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    OK, you asked for it. I live in a small house with my daughter, grand daughter (8 years old) and my handicapped son. The only place left for my sewing is the corner of the dining room. You can see my sewing area and my computer/ sewing area. I do have a frame and a Juki sewing machine in my bedroom. That's where my stash is stored. It's close and claustrophobic and is my favorite place in the house.
    This is just like home - sorry no photos to send - only difference is I am alone.

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    put an empty bobbin on your bobbin winder and the needle will not sew tiny fingers or just unplug it.

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    also, i never leave an iron on the ironing board. i always iron next to a counter top or a shelf to set the iron on. a crawling baby pulled the cord of a hot iron off a ironing board when i was young. it fell on his little hand and stuck. they did skin grafts from his little legs for years. i will never forget that. i have always set the iron up and away for safe keeping.

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    Hmmmm - just came out of the bathroom and started measuring the tub area to see how many shelves would fit in there....

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    My daughter says I have sewn in every room in the house, except the bathroom. I have fabric in everyroom except son's room but have sewn in there. My daughter is away at college so I now uses her room to sew but I also like sewing in the living room because there is so much more sunlight. I have not sewn in there since Christmas. I moved my sewing machine out to make space for the Christmas tree. I hate when people come to visit and they just stare at your sewing area so I have not put sew machine back in there. After reading your stories I will be sewing in the living room again.

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    I have sewing set up in living room in my small apt also my computer space just bought folding card table to put my feather weight machine on but it stays out I live alone so no worries about that one side of living room as my sewing other side ny small desk and computer works for me use to sew on dinning room table was glad when i found the folding table at thrift store

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    This is where I did all my quilting. Small room which
    is my tv room and computer room.
    Now I do all my quilting in the family room in the
    basement. More room for sure!!!

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    lots more room
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    just a part of the family room
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    I just have a corner of my bedroom, but room in the closet for my boxes of fabric. We learn to make do.

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    There used to be 13 of us in a mobile home, mom, dad and 11 kids. I used the dining/living room room table for sewing and cutting and would just set up every time. I had a display wall in my bedroom. The bedroom was off the dinining living room. I had a an ironing board that I would set up and take down set up in the bedroom. Under the bed were those plastic bins with fabric and I had also filled the dressers in the bedroom with fabric. Rulers, cutting mat and all that stuff was in a large tote. The sewing machine when not in use was packed up and put in the closet. It forced me to be super organized but there was no way I could leave anything out because of the kids. At that time they ranged from 19 to babies.

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    My daughter moved out and I took over her room. Well in January, she needed to move back in with my beautiful granddaughter. It was extremely worth it to give up my "studio". I am now in the kitchen/dining room and I like it alot more than being in my own room.

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    When our kids were little, I sewed at the kitchen table. Then bought a sewing cabinet from a neighbor and fixed up a small corner in the basement with a play area for the kids. When we moved to our current house, I sewed in the basement laundry room. Sometimes the pipes dripped and the kids would throw stuff on top of my machine, but it was ok. When my daughter moved out, I took over the room that we made for her, but my DH had to walk through it to get to the room where his computer was. He'd complain about stuff lying around that he'd have to step over. Then 2 months after I moved in there, my son moved out and I took over his upstairs bedroom. It has more space, but man does it get hot in the summertime! If I had known that he was moving out, I would've just waited and moved my stuff once! But I love having my own space. You ladies are very creative in finding ways to quilt w/ o separate sewing rooms.

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    The first quilt I made (queen) was in a 587 sf apt (1 BR, 1 LR, galley kitchen, 1 BA) that I shared with my DH, a dog, and a cat. Every square inch of wall space was taken. I did my cutting on a top to an night stand that I laid on the floor. The only place large enough to spread out the quilt was on my bed. My sewing machine was sitting on a singer sewing table I had, also in the bedroom. All of my sewing stuff was stored on top of the dog's crate, also in the bedroom. Now, a widow, I am living with my 85 yo DM, have a large BR 11 x 21, which houses my new king Gracie Pro and Juki, all my stash, a 3'x7' cutting/sewing table, two sewing machines. It's always a mess, but it is MY mess

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    I have a small house and a large family, however I do live alone. I care for a 2 1/2 yr old great grandson 2 days a week and once or twice a month we have birthday/holiday parties here. There are usually 19 to 23 of us.

    My machines are set up in the west end of my family room. The folding table in front of the Juke does double duty when we are all together. The double doors lead to the utility room where I store my stash and the ironing board when not in use. The yellow armoire has all kinds of stuff for quilting, pens, pencils, fusible, anything. The other picture is of a floor to ceiling cabinet my SIL built for me. This was was not use for anything because of where it was located and this cabinet only takes 1 foot out of the room. It holds a TON of stuff. Has 9 shelves. The design board is a piece of rigid insulation from Home Depot and I move it is free standing so I can move it where ever I want it. Everything can be quickly put away and brought out again.

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    I have converted an extra bedroom into a sewing room so I'm not sewing in the dining room anymore. Everyone enjoy the space they have for quilting and enjoy the experience and the pleasure of making quilts, table runners, purses, etc. Enjoy!!

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    I never had a place to call my own untilly recently. We have a room that is 14 by 20 and that is where I go. the only problem is that we also have to use it for a guest room and that ogten means putting everything away. Of course it is worth it to see my kids. We raised our family of 8 in a 4 bedroom 2 bath home and I ran a daycare from my closed in garage so I was either scrunched in my bedroom or a corner of the LR when I wanted to sew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann63
    My daughter says I have sewn in every room in the house, except the bathroom. I have fabric in everyroom except son's room but have sewn in there. My daughter is away at college so I now uses her room to sew but I also like sewing in the living room because there is so much more sunlight. I have not sewn in there since Christmas. I moved my sewing machine out to make space for the Christmas tree. I hate when people come to visit and they just stare at your sewing area so I have not put sew machine back in there. After reading your stories I will be sewing in the living room again.


    I tell people that if they come to see me come anytime but, if they come to see the house make an appt. I live here and I am not going to keep my home as neat as a pin just in case someone drops in.

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    All you women are amazing! What I got from this whole thing about sewing spaces is that you have rich, wonderfully busy lives. Lives that are as colorful and full of love as your quilts.

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    My Mom raised 7 kids plus in a 3 bedroom house, about 1200 square feet. Her sewing machine was in a closet that was just a bit wider than the open cabinet. Dad built little narrow shelves with bars across to hold patterns, etc. Mom didn't have much of a stash because fabric was only bought to make clothes, including jeans, for all of us, including the foster kids. But there was always a box full of scraps that we could pull from for doll clothes, and that she could pull from to make scrappy quilts. We cut on the dining room table (is was the only one big enough), we set up the ironing board in the kitchen, and we did our fittings in the hallway which is where the sewing machine closet was.

    Where there is a will there is a way. Mom always said you just have to keep a small space tidy so you have room to turn around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GagaSmith
    I have a small corner of the basement family room for my sewing area. I'm pretty okay with the space but what i hate is the lack of windows (there are none). I have several good lights but there's nothing like being able to open the window and let in some fresh air and light.
    I'm with you, GagaSmith. I, too, have my studio in the basement. There is a tiny, tiny window over my cutting board, but because I'm so short, I cannot really see anything out of it. I envy those with big wiindows, but am very appreciative to have a dedicated space. That portion of the basement is unfinished, except that my dear DH did put in a ceiling with great lighting and some beautiful built-in cabinets.

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