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Thread: Using two sewing machines in my sewing room

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    I had a 6 ft table stored in my sewing room (it is our extra dining table for family meals). I got the idea of opening it and setting it at right angle to my sewing machine and it worked so well, I wondered why I'd waited so long! Well, then, I decided to get my older sewing machines out, clean and oil them. So, then, it seemed reasonable to leave one of them up on that long table, so I did. What a joy to have my walking foot attached and ready to use. I use my Elna (newest machine) for all my straight stitching. I've never been too happy with the walking foot on it, but love the one on my Bernina (Activia 135 S), so now they are both "at my fingertip" and I love the arrangement. I just wonder why it took me 5 years to figure this arrangement out!! It is easy to let stuff pile up on the end of the long table--I have to take time out to put it away every so often.
    I'll take a picture--I have a "U" shape set up--my ironing board is on my right. It is an oversized board my grandson attached to a heavy duty ironing board that raises up and down. The drawers are actually a bedside unit that I use to store my threads.
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    The perfect work space :mrgreen:

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    and a chair that rolls between- you don't even need to get up! good setup.

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    very nice! I have VERY limited space. A corner of the bedroom actually. I have just enough room for my machine, a small cutting area and an ironing board. I'm jealous of sewing rooms! and stashes......:-)

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    I also have 2 machines set up. I just did this a week ago - I got the other machine out because my 18 yr old daughter is learning to quilt. I will leave it out when she goes back to college and set the room up similiar to what you have done. What a great work space!

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    What a awesome set up!!! :D:D:D
    Forget about the last 5 years...think about all of the future sewing that you will be doing here :D:D:D

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    I saw a great set up using the big folding tables. Two side by side and one across each end. Looks like this: I
    Lots of table room with this set up.

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    Great minds think alike! I bought a dining room table at a resale shop for $20 because it had a big gouge in the top surface. It came with 3 leafs and everything! Used it once for a big family dinner and then decided it was a permanant resident in my sewing room. The embroidery machine is sitting on top of my treadle cabinet right next to the big table. This way I can work on sewing items while the embroidery machine is working it's wonders.....

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    great area

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    Wonderful space! For my "big" embroidery machine, I have an "L" shaped desk. On the short side, I store all my embroidery thread and my printer and in the corner is my serger. I then have another desk which sits in front of the "L" shaped desk which holds my computer monitor and printer. Next to this desk is my sewing table where my Aurora 440 sits. To use the ironing board or cutting table, I have to get up but then if I sit too long, I tend to stiffen up....ouch :D :D

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    I love your set up. It is similar to what I had for 6 years.
    I had two Bernina 200's side by side & my computer next to the left one. I usually had one or both embroidering at the same time & I could watch over everything & do e-mail .
    I traded both of them on a new Bernina 830 which is a dream machine but I still miss having two. Thea in Indiana

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    I confiscated my kids old computer desk. It sits in a corner and has two wings. It also has a drop down in the front for a keyboard which is very handy for putting the sewing machine lower so the item being sewn has support.

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    Mine is set in a U shape too, I bought 3 computer tables that were on clearance, set them in the U shape, and have 3 machines set up. My embroidery, my "Beast", (a Janome 1600P, it only does straight stiching), and my serger. It's so easy to use them this way. I have a sewing chair with wheels so I can just turn from one to the other. It's nice to have my embroidery machine running while I am sewing on the beast at the same time!

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    I inherited my older sisters when she passed this summer, I keep hers for regular sewing and I keep mine set up for quilting, I don't have a sewing room per se, I use a corner of our spare bedroom so everyting gets spread all over the kitchen counter and table..LOL

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    Awesome! You are such a lucky duck. I live in an apt at the moment and my quilting area is also the living room so I have to clean up and put away constantly. Frustrating but still worth it to be able to quilt every day.

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    Cool setup. Oooohh! love the quilt in your chair, can we see more of it? Or is someone already enjoying snuggling up in it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greendragon6889
    I inherited my older sisters when she passed this summer, I keep hers for regular sewing and I keep mine set up for quilting, I don't have a sewing room per se, I use a corner of our spare bedroom so everyting gets spread all over the kitchen counter and table..LOL
    Whatever works. I started on the kitchen table in a small mobile home; I think in the house I've been in 4 different room plus I spent a number of year under the stairs in the basement in my sewing cubby-hole (but it was MY space.) Only after my husband died and the kids were all gone did I take over a whole bedroom and turn it into a sewing room (also computer room/office area). I still keep a single bed in the sewing room which I sleep on when company comes and I put them in my room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skjquiltnut
    Cool setup. Oooohh! love the quilt in your chair, can we see more of it? Or is someone already enjoying snuggling up in it?
    There really isn't anymore--it is a pillow I set on to make me high enough my shoulders don't ache when I spend hours at the sewing machine.

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    I tend to hunch my shoulders, I'm short and my table/desk is tall. Thinkin' about turning it over and sawing off a few inches of leg!!!

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    What a wonderful work area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    What a awesome set up!!! :D:D:D
    Forget about the last 5 years...think about all of the future sewing that you will be doing here :D:D:D
    I agree with Amma, you got it working, girl-friend and just go forward.

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    My Ex always wondered why I HAD to have 3 machines set up all the time, ( my new husband understands completely!)He just didn't understand the beauty of having a each machine set up to do a specific task in such a small space ( 10x10); 1 for peicing, another to quit, and one to bind, The rolling chair is a must! I also got rid of the carpet in my sewing room, although I do tend to drag thread, and little snippets all over the house now.... small price to pay

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    I had a sewing room when I lived in AZ. Two sewing machines always up and a serger.

    Now I just have the corner of my bedroom. I cut on the table in the dining room and have only one machine and my serger on a folding table in the bedroom. Maybe I should get out my daughter's machine and put the serger away. I don't use it as often.

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    I have two set up also. One for piecing and the other for quilting. It was aggravating changing feet and dropping feed dogs etc. and i had two,so why not. I love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vjengels
    My Ex always wondered why I HAD to have 3 machines set up all the time, ( my new husband understands completely!)He just didn't understand the beauty of having a each machine set up to do a specific task in such a small space ( 10x10); 1 for peicing, another to quit, and one to bind, The rolling chair is a must! I also got rid of the carpet in my sewing room, although I do tend to drag thread, and little snippets all over the house now.... small price to pay
    Is there any chance you would let us see your sewing room? You know how it is....the grass must always be greener! :D

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