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    Sewing in laundry room

    We will be moving in July, and the new place has less bedrooms. What is your opinion/experience with having my machine set up permanently in the laundry room? The dryer is vented to the outside. Thanks.

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    As long as there is no moisture of your washing machine it should be fine. Do you hang wet clothes in the room? My mother always had a clothes line she use to hang her delicates on in the area.

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    Before our daughter was born & until she moved away from home I had to sew on the dining room table....push everything to one side to eat & then pull it all back out again to sew. Then if company came over I had to take it all away. This went on for almost 30 years but now I have her old bedroom. I'd say the laundry room is a terrific place to sew considering the alternatives.

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    Since the dryer is vented to the outside, moisture should not be a problem. Go for it!

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    As long as you have enough space, and you won't be bothered by the noise of the machines (if you sew at the same time as you do laundry). I can think of no reason why you shouldn't. On the plus side, when you have visitors, nobody ever looks at your laundry room, so you can close the door on the mess and relax!

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    I would cover the machine and fabric when not in use. Even though your dryer vents outside, a lot still on ends up in the room...

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    When I was growing up our house had a combined laundry/sewing room. It was a construction mistake (the laundry room was built bigger than intended), but it worked out well. As long as the laundry room has good lighting and enough space, it can be a great arrangement. If you have a front loading washer, a countertop on top of the machines can be a nice work space for both quilting and laundry folding. The iron and ironing board are right there for both activities. Starch, synthrapol, etc. work for both.

    Oh, for comfort's sake, check if there is a ventilation fan or air conditioning in the room - it might get too warm to sew if the dryer is running. This really depends where the room is situated in the house.

    And, as Peckish says, it is also nice to be able to close the door on it!

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    Just think of what you'll get done! Sew, throw load in washer, sew, put in dryer... lol I think it's great use of space, unless your doing laundry constantly it's wasted space so think it's great idea!!

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    My laundry room has a half bath in it. Total waste of space as no one uses it. I would have had room for a large ironing station without the bathroom.

    I would think of it as a washer and dryer in my sewing room not my sewing room in the laundry room.
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    Do you LIKE the idea? Will all the bedrooms be occupied by people every day? Is your laundry room well lighted and inviting? Have outlets? I personally would not like it because my laundry room is in the back of the basement, musty, away from everyone, and prone to its own clutter. Is there a room besides the bedrooms or bedrooms that could be turned into a sewing room or shared with your sewing stuff?

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    I think it's a great solution if you have enough space. Laundry rooms can be quite cozy. We have a small bed in ours where I am sleeping more and more, due to hubby's snoring and sleep disturbances. I love it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Painiacs View Post
    Just think of what you'll get done! Sew, throw load in washer, sew, put in dryer... lol I think it's great use of space, unless your doing laundry constantly it's wasted space so think it's great idea!!
    Absolutely.......I agree!!!

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    I sew just outside of our laundry room and love it. I can keep an eye on the laundry and get more laundry done when I'm nearby. It also makes me get up and stretch every 30 minutes or so, which is really important.

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    Sounds like a wonderful idea!
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    I had my sewing machine set up in the laundry room for many years. Fabric stored in rubbermaid containers. Didn't mind the washer and dryer noises (kind of liked it). Had a radio set up there as well. My own little domain.
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    My dryer is vented to the outside too, but the room gets very dusty; more so than any other room in the house. I suppose if you vacuum frequently it would work. MHO

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    It sounds great to me, assuming you have enough space, light, ventilation, outlets, etc. My dream sewing room plans include a little stackable washer/dryer, just for the sheer convenience. I'll probably never get to build my dream sewing room, but while I'm dreaming, the washer & dryer are there!

    Lint might be an issue though. Our dryer vents outside but every time we pull the lint trap, lint flies out and scatters itself across the top of the dryer. So you might find yourself doing a lot of lint-rollering.

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    For years I wondered about the excess lint in my bathroom which is upstairs over the laundry room. Dryer vents outside thru the roof. Not all lints ends up in the filter. And then there is the dampness from the washing machine. Still you might try it. How about a closet?

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    That is where I am set up and it seems to work just fine for me.

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    My sewing and laundry are in the same room. It is a large room. I have never had any issues with them being the same.

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    I think any room big enough to include a sewing room is a great idea. If moisture from your laundry isn't a problem the I say go for it. Have fun!

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    I used the laundry room for many years then when all the kids came along it was a corner in our large master bedroom. What ever works, enjoy.

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    I have never lived any place with a big enough laundry room. Space would be my only concern.

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