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Thread: Sewing room vs kitchen table

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    I have a sewing room with my longarm in it. I am considering moving my sewing out of the room and into the dining room. I live alone and often have friends over to quilt so, if I move my sewing space I can rearrange my pile of fabric and batting, move my longarm so I have more room to maneuver and I believe not feel so cramped in. I live in a double wide mobile home so I have more space then I need. Before I moved here I had a 24 x 24 pole barn space and had to really downsize.

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    When I scrapbooked all the time, I did it on the dinning room table. It was there, saw it all the time therefore I would sit down and work on a layout nearly everyday. Then moved it to a bedroom, my space, loved it but didn't scrapbook nearly as much. It wasn't where I could see it. Then decided I wanted to learn to quilt (still a beginner) and I enjoy having a place that is all mine. Our children are grown and my husband is gone a lot, no one to bother me while I sew and then have to Unsew. Quilting is stressful when trying to learn how to make corners meet. But loving it!!! It has to get easier as time goes by.

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    I sew in my kitchen family room. If I was in a room all by myself I would feel lonely and isolated, even though I am home alone during the day and only really sew when my family is gone. Love to be in the middle of the house though. Would like more room to display my fabric though. Don't like hunting around for it in tubs in the laundry room.

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    I completely understand both. Stuck away in the sewing room keeps you away from the rest of the activity, but I love my sewing room!

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    I had not sewing room for years, I did not like having to pick up everything then drag it all out when I started back, sometimes it kept me from sewing.. I have a computer in the basement with a tv and my hubby stays down there alot. I am always afraid for my grandkids and greatgrandkids to be around all of my sharp objects. But hey if it works for you go for it. You have to be comfortable in able to get you sewing groove on....

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    My husband works abroad and whilst he's away the dining room is all mine . Nothing goes away and my projects can be worked on long into the night if i want. He's due home on leave in 3 weeks and excited as I am that he's coming a little bit of me groans as I have to tidy everything away.

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    When we moved here I had a separate room downstairs (basement all finished) for my sewing. I thought it would be great and I moved all my stuff down there. I even put a design wall up. I felt isolated and lonely. I eventually moved my sewing table upstairs in our gurest bedroom where I could be with others. I sew alot move now that I'm up and I have a window to look out and a TV in the extra room. If we have people over spending the night I put my things up; I'm not usually sewing if I have overnight guests. I run my completed blocks downstairs and put them on the design wall. As they say, "be careful what you wish for, you might get it". I got my sewing room and my sister was surprised to see that I don't use it.

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    I have a sewing studio that's right by our bedroom & so it isn't isolated. I have a TV & the whole 9 in there. But I still kinda like sewing on my kitchen table (tho it's a pain to have to drag my ironing board & everything out there). I do all my hand work laying in bed. Sometimes I sew on our screened in porch (mostly hand work). I like sewing in the living room (I plan to go out there & cut some fabric on my coffee table later today as a matter of fact). Plus *Mommy* not being secreted away in her sewing room makes my dog happy... LOL!







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    I took my 2 car garage and made half of it into my sewing room. I love it. I can see who coming or going out in the yard good light and can walk away and leave my mess and no one will bother it. My call it my play room no kids alowed..lol but my cats do come in and set and watch me sew. I never knew how much good junk I had for sewing,untill I started getting all out from underbeds and closets. Now wish I turn all the garage into my play room... But who know ,just might do that latter on.

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    I have 2 rooms I could use as a sewing room, but I have divided my large living room in half, and have made a sewing area out of the back half. When I tried to sew in a room I felt closed off from everyone. I have a TV and phone in the vacant room but still I like it out here in the LR. I live alone so that should not make a difference but it does.
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    Sewing room vs dining room table. I have a sewing/TV/Computer room. I can close the door if we have visitors. However, I concur that it still isolates me from the rest of the family. While in my sewing room, I am not very productive. I just set on my loveseat watching TV and think about the fact that I should be sewing. I, too, used to sew on my dining room table. This is long ago when I made my own clothes. I'm not sure my husband would appreciate my "noise" at the dining room table as these two rooms share the same space. What shall I do? I hope I find out soon because I sure have a lot of UFO's and new projects to get done.

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    I know what you mean my sewing machine is in the computer room in front of the window but I seem to accomplish more out here by my hubby don't know why if it's just being by DH altho sometimes I can work in the computer/sewing room. It's funny when DH was working I got more done than I do with him home. Guess we all have similar ideas. Happy sewing everyone. Sue

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    OMG YES!!! I have a wonderful sewing room in the lower level of my home where I keep everything for sewing and embroidering. But I love sewing in my dining room. It is very bright in there, the TV is nearby, I can see outside and I am just so much more comfortable there. So I know how you feel. Recently bought three vintage machines in cabinets and they are all in my dining room and it is so much fun jumping from one to the other with different projects. Don't have to change threads and bobbins and all that stuff so can keep many things going at once.
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    This is a very interesting thread!

    I could have an unused bedroom for sewing, but it's downstairs, with no natural light and feels isolated, so I have made myself a sewing space in about 1/3 of our family room. It has great natural light and is near to the kitchen. This is also our TV room, and my husband's 'office' is in one corner. I had to gradually add pieces of furniture to it, as he is very tidy and is concerned about my 'mess' (I admit I'm a messy quilter!). I do tidy and vacuum after a project is finished, but he has accepted that my cutting table will be a disaster when I'm in the middle of something. We are both retired now, and enjoy just being in the same space, especially in the evening.

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    I am very lucky that I do have a sewing room and mine is in the middle of the house so the kids, the dog and my DH are always passing through my sewing room to get to the office to go upstairs and there is a door that leads to the kitchen and another archway that leads to a sitting room where the kids have toys and a computer. I have the best of both worlds!
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    As soon as my oldest went off to college I moved all my sewing gear into his room and never looked back. I like leaving things out where I can see them. If I put them away, just the process of getting them back out often seems like more effort than I want to exert. My sewing room tends to be the messiest place in the house, but it works for me.

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    I like to be out where I can keep track of things plus its easy for everyone to find me.
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    sometimes I think are minds and hearts are more relaxed there we are do things for our loved ones
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    I completely agree with you. We have a big L-shaped finished basement where I took the end part and made a quilting studio. Now that my girls have moved out of the house, I spend many happy afternoons there. It does get lonely sometimes being an 'empty nester', but when they come to visit, we usually end up in my corner of the basement working on a project together.
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    I love having my separate sewing room. I don't have to pick up anything and if I don't sew for a week or more that is OK. I live alone so don't have a hub.

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    I have a sewing room, but I love to cut on my large kitchen bar or my dining room table. I find I am more apt to sew if the sewing machine is in the great room. However, when I need to do laundry I use my downstairs sewing room. I think I like my open space best, and I do like to be close to the kitchen.
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    Yes, I understand what you are saying. Right now I drag everyone into the sewing studio with me. I have a large screen tv in there, I won last year, and several couches. Also I have several people sewing with me. If they would not be up there with me I would move downstairs to them. LOL
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