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Thread: Turning living room into sewing room

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    Super Member pollyjvan9's Avatar
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    My Den is my sewing room and the only disadvantage is that I have to put everything away once a month when we have our family birthday party and I have 15 to 20 people here for lunch. The light is good. I have my Juki in front of one of the windows so the light is just right coming from the right side. I can see what is going on outside, etc. I say "go for it".

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    I changed my sewing room in the small bedroom into my master bedroom and now I don't have sewing stuff scattered all over the house. I live alone too.
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    Its hard, I'm down to my bedroom from a 3 bed home that I had taken over completly after kids left, but when new home gets built a small 1 bed room, lr and kit with a screened back porch, can't wait, already told Son he will need to widen back porch, he's complaining because it will change roof pitch, oh well he's gotta make be happy. lol

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    So many times people don't use their space to it's maximum. I think it'd be fun to have a sewing space like that..And just the enjoyment of sewing in a place you like is great

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    I also say do what works best for you. I did that in a small house I had and it worked great.
    SMILE- it will make everyone wonder what you are up to.
    Stay strong and keep looking up.

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    I am fortunate enough to have both a living room and a family room. Since we do entertain and have a weekly Bible study here, the living room is use for that. My family room has been converted to the Sewing and computer room. It is so nice to not have to clean it up when people come for Bible Study. They all know I make quilts and if they do venture into that part of the house it is to see what I am currently working on.
    I say, go for it!! If you never entertain then why not. I always wondered why my parents kept the Living room a spotless room that we kids were never allowed into. As soon as we moved into this house, that's where the TV and stereo system went along with the couches. This family room is in the back of the house and is used for "our" living!!!!


    My newest Grandson, Caleb Austin, was born May 29th. I am now Grandma to 4 precious babies. I am so blessed!!!!

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    It's your home, use the space as best suits your needs.

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    It is only a matter of how you furnish it. Take a chair out, put in the machine and table. Take another item out for the cutting table. Don't forget fabric storage and ironing board. Depending on the size of your room, there may be room for guest seating.

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    I say do it. It's your apartment so make it the way that works the best for you. I have a friend who has made her living room her sewing room and she loves it.

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    If I lived alone I would probably turn the whole place into a sewing room. I don't always sleep alot so I could just sew whenever I wanted, wherever I wanted.

    I say go for it.
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    wow i thought this was an inspired idea but my husband said no maybe someday ill talk him out of the garage its not like we could park in there anyway its full of junk and houses his golf cart which we named magoo cause it looks like mr magos car on the cartoon lol neither of us play golf but we drive it every year in the christmas parade. its the only time we get to drive it.
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    Do it now!!!!. You will never regret it. I had my sewing in the 'living room for years. When friends come over we always end up in the kitchen anyway. It is your home, live in it the way you want.

    Many years ago I saw a movie on TV and one character who was thought to be a little looney by the family cause she had her deceased husbands portrait hanging upside down. She would never tell anyone why. It was no bodies business but hers. It developed that one relative who was visiting her discovered the woman lying on her couch with her head back over the arm to relieve a headache. While she did this she would 'visit with her DH who would appear right side up to you if you are upside down!

    I think this is one of the most charming stories and it helped me to be more free thinking and open. So go ahead and live your way!
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    I say go for it. I am thinking of doing the same, if I can figure out how to get the furniture to fit in the den. Oh, and a screen of some sort so you don't see the mess from the front door. The Formal living room is the largest room in the house, and my sewing room is the smallest. Makes sense to me.
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    Go for it! You don't have anyone to gripe about it and it's your space. Thankfully my dear Daughter allows me to use her dining room for my sewing room. She and her hubby both work and Granddaughter goes to college so It's just me and the dogs. Rarely, when we do have company, I at least straighten things up but the sewing machine, workstation and WIP are always there. I have a wonderful family and I'm truly blessed.
    Families are like old quilts....although they tend to unravel at times...each can be stitched back together with love.

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    I totally agree. Go for it, wherever you will sew more its' good for you
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    Go for it. Make your space work for you! I am turning our dining room into my sewing room since we only use it a few times a year. We own a condo and there is not much wiggle room unless I share the office with my SO - we tried and it did not work that great for us. Happy quilting!! Meghan

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    You will not regret it! I am a widow, I did just that. We lived in a large home for 32 years that we builded to our liking then we moved 8 years ago and down sized. I sure did miss my craft/sewing room so for 7 years I endured with out my own space. Then DH passed away so as much as I miss him after 45 years of marriage I decided I would make me a fun room for my sewing and crafts. We still have a informal living room so now I am very happy with my own "play room". Good Luck!!

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    Hi,
    When I retired, I bought a new kitchen table and put it in front of the living room window then I placed one of my sewing machines on the table. It is my favorite place to sew because the light is great and I can watch the comings and goings in my neighborhood. I added a loveseat to the room for guests. I also live by myself and appreciate having the house set up to please me.
    Go for it!

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    Hi Sharon,
    I think it's a fantastic idea! It is all about what works for you and your lifestyle!

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    I'm single, have done that and am DELIGHTED with it!
    My productivity is way up. My accessibility if SO much better. There is more wall space for wallhangings.

    In the new "living area" I have one recliner, one floor lamp, a chairside table, the TV, and my vintage secretary.
    I tell people that if they want to visit me, they best be prepared to sit on a rolling chair at the sewing table! My buds, who actually visit infrequently, want to come here to quilt now.

    I had my landlord install two 4 foot florescent lights in the ceiling -- $20 each from Lowes, great light now.
    Couldn't be happier with my set up.

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    I did this years ago and have not regreted it for a minute......bay window in the sewing room = lots of light and larger room means when DD/friends come over to sew we have S P A C E !!

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    DH and I both share a love of quilting and quilting machines. Go for it! Our " living room" has 4 machines in tables. Two are working treadles and one is a work in progress. Eight more machines share the floor space and 3 featherweights are on display in a glass hutch. My " formal" dining room table is for laying out and planning blocks unless we are working on a big project downstairs. We sew and display machines in every room in the house except the kitchen, bathrooms and our bedroom. Downstairs we have a studio for the long arm, a spare bedroom that stores thread and fabric and a huge room with a large cutting table. Don't have much company so we live the way we choose!!!
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    Sounds like a great idea! And an idea I am going to remember for when I move to a smaller home!

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    I agree! I live alone as well, and my living room is my sewing room. As the others said it is so convenient and is so much more pleasant. If anyone pops over they see whatever I'm in the middle of, if I invite people over it takes less time to clean the table once, than to clean it every night.

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    my living-room is part of a big L-shaped finished basement. The quilt studio is the smaller part of the 'L' so I'm always near my dh - he never complains about the 'hum' from my sewing machines but prefers it when I use one of my Featherweights - they're so quiet!

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