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Thread: Small room for sewing

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    Small room for sewing

    When my husband died in 2010 I waited a couple of years and then decided I no longer wanted the responsibility of a large house. So I got rid of the house and moved into a nice "seniors apt". That meant I had to give up my 11X15 sewing room, BUT NOT give up SEWING AND QUILTING. In one of my new bedrooms there was a 5'9" X6'7" closet and after a little measuring, I made it my new sewing room. There is room for my serger, and sewing machine, along one wall, and shelves on the other long wall too store my fabric stash. On the wall by the machines I put up a peg board that my DH had made for me and it holds all the rulers,etc. that I use. There is plenty of room to sit and sew and do everything I need to do except cutting....I do that on my dining room table. Also my ironing board is placed just outside the door so I just roll my chair a foot or two and can press everything. It does NOT feel claustrophobic as the door is always open when I am working in there and my machine is right next to the door. It is very light and also has an AC/H vent in there. I just open the door, open the window shades on the opposite wall of the BR and Walla!!! I am ready to sew. When I am ready to quit I just shut the door. Where there is a will, there is always a way.

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    very inventive. sounds like a good system
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    That sounds like a nice & cozy spot to sew.

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    You go girl!
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    Sounds like you made yourself a good place to sew and quilt. It's nice that you gave yourself the time to make the decision to move and I think you made a good decision. You still have your independence but you don't have the issues with home maintenance. Good for you!

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    Several years ago when I was looking for a different apt, I looked at one that had a closet like that and my first thought was "sewing room"!! Wish I had one like that now!

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    I miss my old house that had a room the size of yours on a half-landing. Like you, I thought the size was just perfect and not at all claustrophobic. All the best to you in your new life.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    This sounds like a wonderful and peaceful place for you.
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    Sounds like a nice spot to me!

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    This seems like a great adaptation for you. The coolest thing, as far as I'd be concerned, is that you can shut the door on the whole mess and no one would be likely to open it and see inside!

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    What a great solution. If you weren't using it for a sewing room, you'd probably fill it with your stash anyway!

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    You are commended for waiting before making a serious decision. I hope you continue to enjoy your sewing centre.

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    Ah, making lemonade out of lemons. Good for you! It sounds like you have worked everything out to suit your sewing style. I also recently moved and my lemonade is not very tasty yet. Hoping it will get better.

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    Good for you! It sounds like a very nice place to sew and enjoy your quilting. So sorry to hear about your husband.

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    Please post a picture as I am going to have to downsize and all the visual ideas would be wonderful.

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    I like your can-do attitude. I am hoping for a smaller house myself, and will remember your ideas.

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    I have a friend who did something very similar to your idea and it has worked well for her. Enjoy and create.
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    Good for you! When I was still working, I used a walk-in closet for my home office. It worked very well and kept my working mess out of sight - just closed the door.

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    It's great to have a room to yourself for sewing. You are nicer then I am. I would have put several roll a way beds in the small room and made a bedroom my sewing room. LOL
    Got fabric?

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    Sounds really nice and you can just shut the door until you want to sew again. Good you waited to make that decision. Have fun. Sue

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    Good for you. Glad you worked it out.

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    Sounds like a wonderful space. You know as long as we are quilting, we can work just about anywhere! Enjoy your quilting studio!

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    The lady who lives across from my aunt in senior housing did exactly the same thing! What my aunt uses for a pantry closet, she uses as a mini sewing room. I think it's an awesome idea!

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    Passion always finds a way.
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    I know it is a difficult adjustment when you lose your mate, but, I think it is great that you are able to do your quilting in the smaller area. It is very therapeudic

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