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Thread: Where do you sew/quilt?

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    Senior Member thelondonzoo's Avatar
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    My husband and I have a spare bedroom that we use for an office and for my sewing room. But times are hard so we're going to rent the room out to a college student. Now I have to relocate all my sewing things. Where do you sew in your home? Do you have a permanent place or do you just set up and then put away when you're done? I'm thinking of storing my fabric in a box under my bed, my sewing supplies in a dresser drawer, and keeping my sewing machine next to my dining table.

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    In my living room. Cut on dining table, design walk hangs over back sliding glass door!!!! Tough, but, also keeps me from leaving it messy or isolating myself from the hubby and kids!

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    In my bedroom during the summer. During the winter in the rest of the house, because I don't have heat in my bedroom.

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    We have extra rooms but I dont want to be in back of the house alone. Since we're empty nesters, I'm use my dining room area. Hubby and I can at least communicate while he's watching sports and I'm at the sewing maching.

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    We have a spare bedroom that houses my sewing machine and stash, but I often find that I move the machine to the dining room because the table is so much more accommodating. This winter, I intend to finish a space in the basement and move everything down there. Then the guest room will be available for guests! LOL

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    I have a small room that i convinced everybody that it should belong to me because my husband has the garage ;-)

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    I have an extra bedroom since all my kids have left home. Everything is permanently set up which is good, I don't want to move a longarm if not necessary.

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    I was booted out of a nook I was using upstairs, to make a sleeping area for my grandaughter when she visits. I moved my "stuff" into the computer room/guest room down stairs but find it a bit crowded now. My daughter is moving out and I may move to her room, and my son is going back to Law school this weekend. I just want to be settled. I have a lot of thinking to do...actually her room could be the guest room and I could move the bed out of the old guest room...oh, brother I do need to think. :oops:

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    EMPTY NESTER!!! Yeah!! So I get one bedroom all to myself!!

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    After 25 years of marriage I finally have a computer/sewing room. It's the 3rd bedroom. Daughter is almost 41 with kids of her own...and son is 39 with kids (oldest starts college on Monday). So when we built this house I FINALLY had a room where I didn't have to clean up everything after sewing.

    First home was a mobile home so I sewed on the dining room table. Son was in a high chair but daughter ate at the table with us so I had one spot at the table and the sewing machine could sit out but the rest had to be put away. Next house...we only lived there a year so didn't sew at all. Next house again...had to sew on the dining room table...we had a breakfast bar so ate most meals there. Company coming...had to clean off the table.

    Now finally the ironing board can stay out...always hated putting it away and dragging it back out the next day. lol Right now my fabric is in boxes and bags because I have more than I ever had since starting to quilt. Before is was mostly clothes and a few pair of curtains. I have an old antique bureau that was in my mother's family...needs refinished. So hubby promised he would get that fixed up in the fall and then I will have plenty of storage space. Also getting rid of my parents desk...giving it to our daughter. Now I will have a whole wall free so am going to buy a 6' table for my sewing machine. I need more left side space...right now it is sitting on top of my mothers Kenmore cabinet machine.

    More info than you probably wanted to read...lol. But if you need some extra money and have a person willing to pay the rent...then you should do fine with your plan.

    Good luck!

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    i have 3 locations in my home for sewing.

    one room is solely devoted to dyeing, painting, stenciling, and screen printing fabric - it has easy access to water, washer/dryer, lines for hanging fabric, work tables, etc. this is a pet free area in my home.

    one room is devoted to piecing and longarm quilting customer projects - this is where my stash is kept and it too is a pet free area. it has sewing machines and all the notions that go with it.

    both of these rooms take up an entire floor of my home and my pets have never been to this floor.

    then i have a piecing setup in the family room - this is not a pet free area and when i can i sew here to be with my pets. it has a sewing machine and all the notions that go with piecing.

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    I have been slowly moving stuff out of our computer room and taking it over! My daughter and SIL helped me get rid of the shag carpet and have discovered hardwood flooring....but....somebody was quite sloppy with paint many years ago. So am trying to figure out a cheap and fast fix for the floor. When I get that done, then the room is mine to do with as I want.

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    I am spread all over my little house. I have my Singer 401A in the back of the dining room, my Easy Quilter and Viking in the spare bedroom, the FW in my bedroom, and the fabric stash is in a china cabinet in the living/family room. There is also assorted sewing stuff concealed in those rooms too.

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    We have an "alternative" lifestyle -- we're full-time RVers! So I sew, craft, bead etc on our dining table. I "hide" the machine between the back of a chair and the wall. My cutting mat and rulers are under our bed and projects are in ziplock bags (varying sizes) stashed where ever I find a spot. Not much stash to speak of, but I do have several "projects in waiting".

    So you see you can manage just about anything, if you have adequate motivation!

    Good luck to you in your new venture. And, you'll be allowing some nice student a homey place to live.

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    I don't have a sewing room, so I share the small guest bedroom. I have some antique pieces of furniture that belonged to my great-grandmother in there that I don't want to move. Most of the time I keep my sewing table and folding table set up. There are two rolling carts underneath for storage. When I have ovenight guests, I have to move most of the sewing stuff to my closet in the master bath. My grandmother's wicker pram houses my baskets of cut quilt pieces, so I move them for guests.

    I have lots of other sewing notions and fabrics because I sew clothing, too. I keep things organized by task in wicker baskets which sit on and under the buil-in bench and shelves by the back door. I cut out clothes and quilts on my dining room table, which I put up on bed risers to save myself from backstrain. I have
    my serger set up on the built-in cabinets in there so I can serge standing up.

    Mostly what it boils down to is what you are willing to give up to make space for your sewing stuff. I feel guilty about leaving too much out for my family to work around. I'm seriously considering a drastic reduction of clothes and stored items in my walk-in closet to make room for fabric...... to make more clothes.

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    I sew on my dining table. Seats 6 but most of the time only serves 4. When it's dinner time I push everything into the bottom corner out of the way and on to the bar. Sometimes it's frustrating but it's the only space I have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grama Lehr
    EMPTY NESTER!!! Yeah!! So I get one bedroom all to myself!!
    ME TOO! Still have a small bed in there for DD2 when she returns on breaks though. Lovin' my space!!

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    My DH finished my sewing shop (stand alone building) in May...for the first time in my sew many years I don't have to drag out/put up/clean up when I sew. It is pure HEAVEN...though it is smaller than I wanted only 14 X 24 it is still much better than what I have had to do for all these years.

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    One of the bedrooms got converted (and we are finalizing the layout changes). Love my room. However, just because you can't have a room doesn't mean you can't have any space.

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    I have mine all spread out upstairs in the game room. All over the pool table as a matter of fact. There's a sofa and a tv up there, but I do all my cutting on the kitchen table because it sits up higher. When I handstitch a binding, I do that on the dining room table. It's just me, hubby and occasionally my daughter, but they don't care if my stuff is everywhere and I don't care if their stuff is everywhere. Unbelievably though, the house is clean most of the time.

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    taking over my dining room, being single it works, and is really big, i never even use my living room, i just am lucky to have a great rental, 1/2 of a victorian house, so the living room is looking good for overflow, it came with a piano, looks cool, but i can pile fabric on it, lol. i basically live in my kitchen, bedroom and back porch. since i do upholstery too the charming victorian living room, with piano (that i do not know how to play), the victorian couch (also came with), the non working gas fireplace, it is now full of foam (not the fireplace, the lr), so i tell everyone, if you want to find me, go to the back porch and ring the triangle, really loud, then i may hear it or may not (that depends on who i see out there, have been waiting for richard gere for years, no luck so far, but hope springs eternal)

    i need a life, and at least i feel connected to fiber artists, and that is what quilters are, they carry the message of faith, security, and home, not a lot of quilters in my area, so this is like a present.

    thanks

    jan in palatka, florida

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    My sewing area has slowly increased in size and is taking over the "dining" area in my Townhouse... Ugh. My Dining table doubles as my cutting table. I try to keep it tidy, because it makes the whole living area look messy! Cant wait to have a real sewing space... 2 more years!!!

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    I am set up in the basement with a permenant setup. Made myself one of the large ironing boards that sits on top of my regular board. Plenty of task lighting. Bed for the dog - he's never far from Mommy!

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    Ive got my own room so I like to hide out from time to time.

    However, Just an idea, Ive seen some 'quilting boxes/desks' that open up when you want to to sew and you just fold when your done..


    Kinda like the one pictured, Check out thrift stores, post an add on Craigslist and freecycle.. Who knows there may be someone looking to find a new home for theirs... Good luck..
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    Usually in my den.

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