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    Update on garage sewing room decision...

    Thank you all for your input! I have decided that the cost of making a separate room in the garge (the way I want it) would be way too much. So as of now I am still sewing at the dinner table. All three bedrooms are in use by ourselves and children. We have a galley kitchen and the dinning room is where we eat. lol I think I might have hurt my 12 year olds feelings the other day talking out loud. I mentioned that when she goes to college at least I would have a sewing room. lol She looked horrified and informed me she is never moving out! lol

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    Even though I am not the oldest, or the first to leave home, my bedroom was the one that was converted into a sewing room. I got over it... !
    The time will come when that sewing room will happen, till then keep collecting idea's.

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    My mother had no problem making her feelings known .. I'm the youngest and the last to leave. She told my husband-to-be that once he takes me he can't bring me back cause she was going to fill my bedroom with cement.
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    Too funny! At 12 she is horrified but at 18 she will be ready to fly the nest for University or college. Hard to belive only 6 more years isn't it?

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    I'm sorry your dream room will not happen. Pls keep sewing/quilting. It will give you something of yourself.
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    I had a sewing closet at one time and considered myself lucky, as I have heard many stories of the dining room table is the sewing room for some. Keep dreaming. It may happen. I dream of returning to Massachusetts some day. So far it is just a dream.
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    Is there any way you can find a little space in your bedroom to put a desk and chair? I found that worked for me when we lived with 12 people in a double wide mobile home. I put storage bins under the bed and FQ in the dresser and the socks and undies went in the night stands. We were blessed with a walk in closet so I had several bins of fabric, my sewing machine and ironing board in there along with a bolt of batting.
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    My "sewing room" is also at the dining room table. We eat on the sofa when the "sewing room" is in use... which is most of the time.

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    A co-worker of mine who is space challenged made a decision to take the hall closet, and turn it into a computer area for her to work at home. Family was in an uproar, but - they worked out the details - shelves in the garage for the winter boots, coats went into the owner's closet, and what wasn't needed went to the goodwill. Would that work for you?
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    Talk about space challenge............I live in a 31 ft 5th wheel........ ihave made a queen quilt, double and twins plus many table runners in a vey small sewing area - approx 36 inches. I use space bags to compress my fabric,,(I do have an abundance of fabric, enuf for 4 twin quitls to be completed for xmas and 4 queens after they are finished. I do have to clean up the area when finished, so there is no mess. Where ther is a will there IS a way!!!!

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    I took a wall down between two of the kids rooms. Now when they come to visit (after a twenty hour drive), the first one in the door and up the stairs gets the one remaining spare room. The other gets a mattress on the floor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmacindy View Post
    Talk about space challenge............I live in a 31 ft 5th wheel........ ihave made a queen quilt, double and twins plus many table runners in a vey small sewing area - approx 36 inches. I use space bags to compress my fabric,,(I do have an abundance of fabric, enuf for 4 twin quitls to be completed for xmas and 4 queens after they are finished. I do have to clean up the area when finished, so there is no mess. Where ther is a will there IS a way!!!!
    To mis-quote Scarlett..As God is my witness, I will never again complain about a too small room for sewing"

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    I have a small sewing room I share with four cats and I use the dining table a lot. Better than I had when I was sewing clothes for my two daughters and myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DawnA View Post
    Thank you all for your input! I have decided that the cost of making a separate room in the garge (the way I want it) would be way too much. So as of now I am still sewing at the dinner table. All three bedrooms are in use by ourselves and children. We have a galley kitchen and the dinning room is where we eat. lol I think I might have hurt my 12 year olds feelings the other day talking out loud. I mentioned that when she goes to college at least I would have a sewing room. lol She looked horrified and informed me she is never moving out! lol
    My two boys have moved out and I still use the dining room table for sewing. I like the overhead lighting, the big table, the fact that I can get two sewing machines along each wall. I put a portable sewing macine at the end of the table. I have a small table top ironing board that I use on the table and the large window lighting is wonderful and watching the birds at the feeder is soothing. I could convert a bedroom to a sewing room but I would miss all of the above. When it is time to eat, I just clean off a small area for my DH and me to eat on and when dinner is over, I have the whole area again. Life is good.

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    I gave away my bedroom set in my spare bedroom and made it my sewing room. It is plum full now. Has been for a few years. My kids have still not forgiven me. They live 8 hours away in the San Juan Island and I live in northeastern Oregon. I put them up in a nice hotel when they come to visit, but it hurts their feelings. My daughter hasn't been here in 2 years. My son was here 3 months ago. He comes once a year. They expect me to keep that room open for them for sporadic visits and to do without a sewing room just for them. I don't understand their logic. I don't work and this is my hobby. It's what I do now. They each have 10 quilts, so they know I spend a lot of time sewing, so why don't they let me be? Why try to make me feel bad that I converted the bedroom to a sewing room for myself? The other bedroom is a computer room and my husband's work room/fishing/hunting room. I don't think I would have tried to make my mom feel guilty if she would have done something like this.
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    Jeanne, you are so right. I don't think kids think their parents should have a life. They think your life should revolve around them. I made one bedroom into my sewing room. I put cupboards along two walls for storage and this room has 3 closets, so I have storage and room for clothes. Wonderful. I used to sew on the kitchen or dining room table for many years, and I made all my kids clothing when they were small. Of course they don't remember that. I am thankful that they live close by and can go home after a visit, I don't have to provide beds. I do have a guest room for the grands if they want to spend the night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    Even though I am not the oldest, or the first to leave home, my bedroom was the one that was converted into a sewing room. I got over it... !
    The time will come when that sewing room will happen, till then keep collecting idea's.
    This just reminded me: my "bedroom" when I was a kid, had been a sewing room for the precious owner. No closet, but deep built in deep drawers in the wall (attic stairs behind the wall). Mom's machine went in there when I left!
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    When we lived elsewhere I took over my son's room and then he moved back home and I had to move out. Don't remember what I did. After he moved out again I told him he could never come home to live again. I bought a sewing table and corner cabinet for the TV. He never came home to live again and he lived close enough he could come and go home.

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    I must say, gmacindy, I do and I don't envy you.
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    I spent many years with the dining room as my sewing room...so I understand your dilemma....we were rarely able to eat at the table...but folding tables work great....or we would all eat at one end of the table with my sewing stuff at the other end. When we moved, I finally got a sewing room! I was in heaven!

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    For many years my sewing room was a closet in our bedroom. Since in our previous home my sewing room was the dining room table, I thought it was great to at least have doors to close over my mess at the end of the day. Our bedroom had been added on to before we purchased it and now had a walk-in closet which we used for our clothes and storage, so the original bedroom closet with bi-fold doors, became my sewing closet. I put a small desk in it for my machine and storage in the drawers. A clamp on lamp gave good lighting. There was lots of storage on the overhead shelf. I could hang things on the closet rod, even fabric folded over a hanger. In the space at one end of the desk was room to slide in my ironing board. At the other end of the desk I could store things like quilt batts. On the wall behind the desk I could pin up guide sheets, clippings of ideas, etc. I didn't worry about holes in the wall because, after all it was a closet! While it was not as ideal as having a full-blown sewing room, it was a great alternative. Look around your home for a corner of a room, or a closet that can accommodate a desk. You may be surprised what you can tuck into a small space.
    Jcrow, I'm so sorry about your children. My mother has, in her sewing room, a futon on a frame that allows it to turn into a double bed and she makes into a bed when we are there. Would your children like to sleep in a bed like that and be in your home, rather than in a motel? There are 6 kids in my family and when we all come home with our families, we max out my parent's house (3 bdrms, 2 bath, sewing rm, even the screened porch & laundry room!), camper, and another camper that they sometimes borrow. But we'd rather have a big slumber party there and share the bathrooms, floors, etc. than be in motels. Are they upset at you taking their room or at not being able to wake up at Mom's house? Don't know what we are going to do as a number of grandchildren are getting married and having kids. I think we are finally outgrowing the place! (Maybe start using the attic! LOL!)
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    In our last house, I took over the living room. No one really ever used it and I left a couple of chairs and a TV. Everyone complained but after a few weeks they realized no one used the living room. I sewed for years at the kitchen table and it is hard. In this house I have a sewing room and a storage room but I don't sew as much as I did before because I hate being off away from everyone. (I know weird.)

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    I spent many years sewing at the table. I even ran a small business , making clothes for others, that way. Now days I have no idea how I did it. Of course I didn't have a quilt stash, or all the tools I have now. I only bought for the clothing or household projects I was working on .. I now have a bedroom for my sewing room in my brothers house but believe me, If this were my house the dining room would be used as one. Or the room over the garage. Actually if I could have my own place the whole house would end up being part of my quilting room . LOL

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    In time, you will have your sewing room. I remember my mother sewing in the hallway - wide open space - and we'd walk by her and talk. She had no other place to sew. She wasn't in the way of walking. I usually knew where she was at any given time of the day (once home from school). We'd pass her while walking to our bedrooms. Most of all, I'll never forget the light humming sounds of her Singer machine - dad even made her a special cabinet - never did she leave a mess on the floor. Once she started a project, she stuck with it until it was completed. Memories worth keeping.

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    Remember the show..."The Waltons"? It's on everyday now at 3 eastern (Hallmark). Olivia has her sewing machine on the stair landing....go figure! I use my dining room table until I can figure out how to find room in the garage for a conversion. It's a room now but mostly for storage. I know...downsize but that's easier said than done.
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