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    @ granny_59... hmmm my son is 23 and my daughter is 20.. sigh.. getting closer maybe? They have given me bits and pieces of the freedom when they are gone (daughter to college, son with girlfriend) That I didn't struggle to much with the empty nest.. I am struggling with them both being back home....lol

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    Oh, my goodness! So many great ideas. I am going to make a list of the ideas that will work best for my little room and I will keep refering back to this thread to refresh my memory so I don't forget anything! I love the pics. Without a doubt this is the best forum on the web! Honest.

    I am so excited about getting started... but all my company has arrived so I will be busy for another day. After that, I will get started tearing this room apart. Fun and family tomorrow, then work and fun afterwards. I'm going to take pics of the progress as I go (boy is this going to be a mess for awhile!)
    thanks ;-)

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    I, too have a small sewing room with 6 tall file cabinets and 2 curio cabinets. I've managed to put a stay in place ironing board and a small desk with my sewing machine in the room as well. I have a small glass rectangular table that sits 90 degrees and touching to the left of my desk. I use this for cutting and assembling and to hold my quilt as I'm working on it with the sewing machine. My chair has roller feet and slides from desk and sewing machine on around the corner to the glass top table to cut, etc. I also use the table and chair to scrap book. Works well for both hobbies. :)

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    I have a small room also. My DH made me a table that had two sides that lift up to make me a long table that can be left down when not needed. It is on rollers so I can move it around. It sits up to the table that my sewing machine sits down in so it's a nice workspace that doesn't take up too much room

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    Quote Originally Posted by granny_59
    great topic, I love the pegboards.
    I also like my stuff handy so I made these.
    I added binding to plastic and formed pockets by sewing it to the background fabric. Then I put some batting on cardboard, put the fabric on it and stapled it on the back.
    Granny 59...I LOVE that magazine holder! May I ask how you made it? That is exactly what I want for my room. I saw something similar at the container store ... yours is very nice!! Kim in Madison WI

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    I agree with the amma about the table with drop sides. Mine is my cutting table and I usually only need one side up. My main machine and serger or on a L shaped cabinet. My design board is a large cork bulletin board covered with flannel, I can stick notes on it too. On the frame you can put cup hooks to hold some of your tools. Mine is by my cutting table so it is handy. I have tall cabints we bought from Home Depot and also shelves. If I had it to do over, I think I would put more shelves and less cabinets. Everyone has to find what works best for them. Post a picture when you get it finished.

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    Corry, What a great idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mar32428
    Quote Originally Posted by Dagny
    1. A design wall is a great idea and it takes up no floor space.

    2. I bought some stacking rectangular baskets at Lowes (closet organizer dept) that I use for keeping the components of WIP projects organized. I think that's been very useful.

    3. You mentioned that you have two windows. You might consider locating your machine work station in front of one of them, particularly if you have a good view. The extra light will certainly be helpful.

    4. Since your room is fairly small, I agree you should consider double duty equipment (e.g. cutting and pressing).

    5. If it's in the budget, use a small flat screen TV that you can put on a shelf up out of the way.
    Be careful about sewing in front of your window. Light dilates the pupils and can put a strain on your eyes. My eye doctor put me on to that one. I have a big picture window. When I take a break every hour, I fix a cuppa, relax and enjoy the birds (feeder outside window). Much easier on the eyes.
    I didn't know that about the eyes. I sit looking out a window and have been having some eye problems, so thanks for the tip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melody
    I am in the planning process of turning my home office into a real sewing room and I was wondering what are some of your favorite ideas that you've used to organize yourself. My room is 10 by 10 with 2 windows. So I can't go with very big with tables, but other than that, I'm looking for "anything" so don't feel limited in giving advice. I love simple things, ordinary stuff turned into new ideas. I do not have a ton of stash (like some youtubes I've seen!), but I will probably begin to accumulate more once the sewing room is complete.
    I will post Before pictures, as soon as I clean up my office clutter, and also After pictures when I'm all done and settled in. I can hardly wait.
    Thanks, in advance! :mrgreen:

    When I did my sewing room, which is also about 10 X 10 (with a washer and dryer and washtub in it) I bought an adjustable height table from IKEA. I have a portable machine on top with an extension table. it is the proper height with lots of storage underneath the table. I also bought an Ott light and have a radio. I need music! The best part is the door - I can close it and not put my things away when I am interrupted.

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    I'm new to this site, but just got my sewing room remodel completed this spring. One of the most important things is making sure your table/desk is the right height for your machine. I did some research before I changed my room, to make sure my hands on the machine bed put my elbows at a right angle. Really helps in not getting stiff neck and shoulders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JT
    I'm new to this site, but just got my sewing room remodel completed this spring. One of the most important things is making sure your table/desk is the right height for your machine. I did some research before I changed my room, to make sure my hands on the machine bed put my elbows at a right angle. Really helps in not getting stiff neck and shoulders.
    Thanks for the tip! My desk is too high right now. May I ask what type of table you found that works? Kim

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    One thing that was not voered, or I didnt see it. Where do you keep all of your magazines, books and patterns. Even after getting rid of a lot, I still have tons of magazines and it increase each month. Where do you put them and how do you organize them?

    One more item for the sewing room. I have a small lazy susan that sits on the right side of my machine that I put items that I need when sewing. Some are in pencil holds rtc,

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    I have a peg board on a wall and hang many items like scissors, hoops for my embroidery machine, quilting rulers etc. from it. As for a design wall I have purchased a tri fold display board (like kids use for school science fair projects) and covered it with flannel. Works great and can be folded and put away when not in use.
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    We built the counter that my machine sets on. I have an L shaped work area. On my right is kitchen base cabinets that are actually built a little higher and deeper for a cutting table. Then the sewing table to the left is dropped down to about 27 inches. I have a Janome 6500, which is about 3 - 4 inches high.

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    My favorite idea in my sewing room is that we took the closet doors off and put 3 closet rods across the doorway and I hang quilts there now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltykim
    Quote Originally Posted by granny_59
    great topic, I love the pegboards.
    I also like my stuff handy so I made these.
    I added binding to plastic and formed pockets by sewing it to the background fabric. Then I put some batting on cardboard, put the fabric on it and stapled it on the back.
    Granny 59...I LOVE that magazine holder! May I ask how you made it? That is exactly what I want for my room. I saw something similar at the container store ... yours is very nice!! Kim in Madison WI
    Hi Kim
    I just took a long strip of fabric of the desired width and folded the pockets by putting the magazines in as far as I wanted them to show up. By folding the fabric to the back and staple it in place they became secured.
    Hope this makes sense. If I have to explain something I realize my limitations of your language.
    Granny
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    Beautiful! Thanks so much for the great idea :) Kim

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    Oh Connie you had to remind me how much I love your sewing rm. I have your flicker saved in my favorites....Love it!

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    [ The desk is large... 3 ft by 5 ft. This is where my machine will be.[
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    Sounds like my father-in-laws' 1910 wooden desk I'm using for my computer.
    Right behind my computer I have a premade 25 hole shoe box/rack. It's white
    wood and very strong, very heavy. Holds masses of computer disks, etc.
    _Hint...you might could stack these in the closet instead of shelves, like I said,
    they are very strong and will stack easily. Could be screwed together and to the
    wall studs if you want.

    And I would suggest a foot rest that is slightly slanted, with a 1x1 inch board
    across the bottom of it to keep the foot feed from running away. You could
    make that yourself with a couple of cheap power tools. And you might be very
    surprised at how much wood work you can do your self when motivated!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReeneeD
    I bought a collapsible table at Walmart for $19.99. It is about 25 X 18 inches and I made a cover and covered it wil thermal batting and i use it next to me as a small ironing board. What a gem.
    Also, I hung all my rulers and scissors on the wall. I like that, too.
    Good luck with your new room - sounds like it will be really nice!
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    I just bought one like that from Costco for that same $19.99. It has an ironing
    surface of 54 inch by 17 inch, opened up. Retractable iron rest, easy to store,
    buit-in sleeve board, cotton cover and foam pad.
    Just copied that from the label, haven't used it yet. And can be folded and hung
    in a closet. Another sign on it says "press collars, plackets, sleeves or pant legs
    on built-in sleeve board.

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    My sewing room is also my guest bedroom so it was crowded in there and awkward. I solved it by putting a Murphy bed with drawers and shelves along one wall so the bed only takes up 18" and I have the rest of the room for sewing. Expensive, yes, but I love it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Melody
    Both are great ideas and doubling up on the use of space is important to me. I swear we have a barn full of antiques that ought to get some use.... I'm sure I can find a table to suit these ideas.
    Have an Estate Sale and make enough on the antiques to add an addition to your sewing room.. :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melody
    Okay, I should have gone ahead and posted pics right at first... but here is my office/homeschool classroom/soon to be sewing room. I didn't tidy it up, so be kind :D

    As you can see I have a lot of light in the evening across the desk that will be my sewing machine desk.
    Great room and furniture too. Have you considered turning that lovely desk around with back up to cutting table? Easy FMQ space when you need it.

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    I purchased the fold-down cutting-table from Jo-Anne's @$69.99. 1/2 off regular price. Placed it in front of window, and purchased a small tabletop ironing board; perfect for the smaller pieces of fabric that you get cut out later on, and you set this on top of the cutting table.
    You will then be able to place your larger ironing board to iron the larger pieces in the remainder of the room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarthaVA
    I have found the greatest little bins to hold FQs and smaller cuts of fabric - and I only paid a dollar for each. WalMart had some that were 2/$1.00 and Target had a bunch for a dollar each, and the Dollar Tree has them too. GREAT!
    I put them on my book case and I can see all my pretty fabric!

    I use those 3M hooks to hang on my wall and I hung a large piece of flannel using binder clips for my design wall.
    Pictures please. I am imagination challenged!! :D

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