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Thread: What do you think of converting living room to sewing room?

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    Hurry and move in there before he changes his mind lol.

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    Since my husband passed, I use the living room for sewing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmw0829
    This was DH's idea. The largest and sunniest room in our house is the living room. We've lived in the house for 19 years and have rarely used it. We don't entertain a lot but when we do, we use the family room since it's more inviting - we've very casual people.

    So, he suggested that I move my sewing stuff there so I can have another sewing table with my new machine and a separate cutting station. Right now, I'm using a corner of an upstairs bedroom that is also shared by a computer and TV with two recliners (the kid's man-cave when he's home from college). Can't leave anything out - what a pain!

    Has anybody else done this? How did it affect your home?

    Thanks. :)
    I would go for it if I had a seperate livingroom space.
    I have through about moving my dewingroom into the master bedroom since its larger then the sewing room.

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    Great idea since you have a living room too! Why not put that large space to good use, & with DH's approval too! Enjoy!...

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    I would jump on it in a heartbeat, our house is so tiny, just a two bedroom so I have my sewing area in the living room anyway, but obviously I just have a small area, have fun with yours!!

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    To me this would be a no-brainer, especially if hubby suggested it! I say go for it before he changes his mind.

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    Great idea for a sewing room! Puts your personality front and center, and you show an independence of spirit!

    My hubbie and I have always used the rooms in our house for whatever we needed at the time. I started a business in one corner of our bedroom, then took over the dining room, then added the family room to that! Finally moved the business out of the house because we needed to hire help that wasn't just family members. Those were great years and we remember them fondly. So now I'm using a bedroom for my quilting AND selling estates of antique dolls! And I'm having a ball..
    This is your life.... enjoy it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alderdweller
    Mine is open to the front door too (which we also never use).
    I don't have people come there often enough to worry about it though.
    The other thing is that I've lived long enough that I don't care...lol
    I figure it's my house, hubby doesn't care...and that's all that matters!
    I feel like you but hubby likes ONE ROOM that's always nice- lol. He also is a consultant and works from his office in our house. I did feel bad when clients came in and saw mountains of material and tables and all the sewing stuff laid out on everything! This works for us. I say what ever works for you -Go For It :)

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    I have my sewing macine in our living room. I have it in such a way it's by the tv. When I would put away the machine after using it. (taking it back to the spare room) My DH and FIL were talking and they both said, why don't you leave it set up here in the living room. So my sewing table and machine are in the living room (plenty of sunshine) just great. Storage is in the spare room

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    That is what I plan to do. My occupied Japan sewing machine is already installed with cabinett.After DH gets my singer up n running I'll get a cabinet for it, rearange my lounge chairs and furniture. will also go inthe livingroom.Theresse

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    I have had my sewing things in many different rooms. Right now I have my machine quilting frame in my living room along with my nephews big screen tv, and my living room couch plus the desk top computer. It works for us.
    I had planned on moving my sewing machine quilting frame to the back bedroom but my nephew is now using that bedroom.

    My sewing room (with my favorite sewing machine) is my daughter's old room so I've left the bed in there for her to sleep there when she comes home to visit. Because I want to continue sewing while she is here, I have a 2nd sewing machine set up in the dining room....so all-in-all I have 3 rooms with sewing machines. :lol:

    My family is very ecletic and they don't think this is strange since they get involved with their projects too.

    When company comes, they may look at the sewing frame a little strangely but that is okay. It's my home, not there home.

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    Wow, wish I could turn my living room into a sewing room. I think that is a great idea. If you don't like it, then turn it back.

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    You should go for it, your DH suggested it and I'm sure he will help you set it up. The only thing I would want is a door so I could close it off if necessary. Sounds great.
    Sue

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    go for it. I would do that too except the teenagers would object because they couldn't get to their video games.

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    My sewing room is for fabric storage, and I sew in my dining room. The main table is 17 feet long, which makes it nice. I think it's better than having a room that's sitting there rarely used, but I make sure that I have a big party 3 or 4 times a year so I have to clean periodically!

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    Go for it! My living room is larger than the family room( room off my kitchen). So, my living room is my tv/family room. But, the area off the kitchen (family room) is now the sewing room, with computer, bookcases, and chaise. My husband says that the room is now cozy with this setup. Have fun decorating your new sewing room!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    My close friend is a professional long armer, and her living room is now her quilting studio. She and hubby and daughter only use the family room, and she ran out of room in the small bedroom she was using for her sewing room. That room is now her fabric storage and cutting room, and her domestic machine is also in there.

    Another guild member I know uses her dining room for her long arm studio. They have an open floor plan, and she has a large eat-in kitchen, so didn't need two dining tables.
    I also ran out of room in the small bedroom and have expanded into the living room/dining room (not quite sure what the room was originally intended to be). I am hoping to install pocket doors so that I can close off any mess and, maybe, install shutters over the windows. We only really use the eating nook in the kitchen so the space was pretty much going to waste in our case also.

    In our old neighborhood, a lot of people had converted the living room to a music room come study area.

    It makes far more sense to use the formal living room as a quilting area than have it sit empty most of the year. Maybe, you can find a good deal on some sewing furniture so that you can hide most of the mess when necessary. I also like the screen idea someone suggested for the entrance, or to screen off your sewing area, depending on where you are able to position your machine(s) etc.

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    Go for it! I have always thought formal living rooms were such a waste. I have never meet anyone who ever used them.

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    I say Go for it!

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    Me too! Having my doll clubs at my house gives me inspiration.

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    It sounds like a great idea to me!

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    I believe we should use our space as we need to. If your LR is just a museum, shake it up and make it into a place that will mean something to you. Who cares that it isn't conventional?

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    Oh my goodness!!!! I can't believe I'm reading this! I just converted my living room to my sewing studio last weekend. My husband even helped (he got the room I was in as his and the kids TV room).

    It is also the very first thing people see when they walk in the house and I do not have another entrance to the house. I was concerned and having some regrets about moving to the living room, worrying about what people might think. It kind of kept me up at night, thinking about how much work I put my husband through, moving everything. (I have a tri-level house so there were two levels to climb up and down). Then I said, who cares what people might think, its my house and we never used the living room except once a year at Christmas.

    I will take pictures tomorrow and post. Thanks everyone for confirming that its okay!! Sarah in CA

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    GO FOR IT!

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    About 1/3 of my living room is used for sewing. My sewing room was the office and was used more for clutter so it was converted. There was not room for a cutting table so I moved the desk just out of the sewing room and that end of the living room is now and extention of my sewing space. I use the desk for sewing large quilts and a cutting table. The sewing room has my quilting frame, design wall, 11 feet of counter/cabinets and sewing area.
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