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Thread: Dining room = Sewing room?

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    Dining room = Sewing room?

    Hi do any of you use your dining room as your sewing room? If so could you please, please posts some pics? As of right now I have a little rolling drawer thing I put my odds and ends in. Plus I have a "beside my chair" ironing board made out of a TV tray. My table is about 36"X42". Between my table and the slider I have about 36", just enough to put my chair. My dining room is incredibly small so any ideas are great! Thank you. =) I can post a pic tomorrow. (After I get my clean laundry off the table )
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    Dining Room Sewing - But of course!

    I definitely use my dinning room to sew, even though I have a studio in my basement! I run my LA business out of my basement, which has absolutely no windows. I am like a fish w/o water when I can not get my mega doses of natural light. So I have migrated my every day sewing in to the kitchen/dining room. When I'm in the middle of my creating, it's not a pretty sight! And this is why hubby is building me yet another room for my every day sewing *giggles* It's going to have a great big window! He has made me agree that once the room is complete, that I will hide my creativity from sight when it's not actually being worked on. As incentive he's going to put in lots of cupboards (roflmao) Right now it's, "Oh, I will, I will." BUT once the room is complete we quilters know what's going to happen *evil laughter*
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    Love your kitchen and dining room, I think your hubby is a keeper!!

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    For me, I find I need a room that is not a dual duty room. If I had/have to sew in the living room, dining room/etc., I'm not going to sew, it's too much of a hassle to clear off everything to set up my sewing stuff, then have to clear it off before sitting down to dinner, etc. I understand that not everyone is able to have a separate room but I guess that we all do what we have to do.

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    I have my sewing machine cabinet behind the couch in the living room. My cabinet has an ironing board attached. The cutting table is behind the stereo. The fabric is in various locations around the rest of the house. This wayI can properly supervise the DH. My house is not a show case,but it works for me.
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    I always have a sewing machine on the dining room table (unless guests are coming for dinner). We have a breakfast bar where we have our meals tho (we are empty-nesters).
    I also have a huge sewing room in the walk-out basement where my mid-arm, cutting counter, and the rest of my sewing/quilting stuff is. I kind of like it that way cuz I have to get up and move if I need anything from the sewing room.

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    I am spread all over my house. I have my sewing machine in my dinningroom, fabric in my bedroom and a folding table for cutting my fabric in my familyroom. We are moving soon and there will be a room that I can set up as my quilt room.

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    I converted my DD's room to a guest/sewing room back in Feb when she moved out. I love, love, love my space, and having a comfy bed for guests also. BUT, I don't have room to spread out a BIG quilt on my smallish cutting table. So,
    a week ago I brought the crib quilt down to spread out and mark for applique. Then I figured it'd be easier to bring my machine down, and of course I needed my iron and ironing board, and while I was at it, blah blah blah. AFter a week, my DH said, "I thought you had a sewing room! Do you need two? REally?" I said, "No, I need three." I thought it was funnier than he did, and promised to clean it up the next day, which I did.

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    HA! I wish I had a dining room ! Mine is right on the kitchen table , And my washer and dryer are also in the small kitchen LOL. So I guess you would say my kitchen is the kitchen/laundry/sewing studio !

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    I use to use the dining table for cutting large pieces of fabric. I use to quilt on the table also. Now that our oldest Granddaughter has moved out I took the room as my sewing room. I use to have to share my little sewing room with 3 cats. Now I don't. I use to have to put everything away at night so the cats wouldn't get hair all over my stuff.
    I love my new room and only use the dining table to sandwich my quilts and cut backings on.
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    I too use my dining room for a sewing room. It's only gets used a couple of times a year, so I just put everything away then. I don't really like to be isolated when I sew, so using the dining room works for me.

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    For YEARS I used my dining room table as my place to sew. My sweet husband didn't mind at all that I kept my projects out. We always found another place to eat our meals while I was actively working on a project. I can't post pictures of it since that was long ago. I have my own craft room now and I LOVE it. It was worth the wait to have an empty nest for the spare rooms!!
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    DH so graciously gave up the attached garage for my quilting space - it is wonderful - painted the floor and the peg board - it was already heated and paneled - now it is 2 stalls of quilting heaven!!! I guess he finally got tired of hearing me whining about needing more space.....LOL!!!

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    I know I'm blessed to be able to use the spare bedroom (youngest son's former bedroom) as my sewing room. After many said it was too far to travel to visit, I thought great the stay was too long anyway. I turned it into a utility room with the ironing board up then pulled out my sewing machine and stash. If I had no where to set up and be able to walk away and shut the door, I wouldn't be sewing. I do like your kitchen and hope your DH gets your room completed for you soon.

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    I use to use my dining room to sew. It is more like a nook than a dining room but it worked.

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    My husband has dinning room table covered with his junk, so I don't have even the dinning room table, someday! He also has one spare bedroom full of his "stuff" he does nothing with. Oh to have my own room, I would think I went to heaven.

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    I turned a bedroom into a sewing room when we moved in. Unfortunately, there isn't enough room for everything. so I bought a curio cabinet and filled it with fabric. I placed it in there according to color, and it looks pretty good. I guess I'm like a lot of others, I have sewing supplies in just about every room. It might not be right, but it works for me.

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    I used our dining room to sew. I bought an old buffet that had a space for serving platters and such (cabinet doors) that was large enough for my sewing machine, cutting mat, and ironing pad so I could put everything away at the end of the day. It was not ideal because I had to put everything away, but having a nice sturdy dining room table (that was quite large) was great for tackling a project. Now that my GS has moved out, I use that spare bedroom as a sewing room. It is nice to leave everything out!

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    Those people - like my husband - that think they have to eat at the kitchen TABLE, for pete's sake!!!! There is a perfectly good coffee table in the living room that he can use!

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    QuiltingNtheRain, YES I quilt in my dining room. And not just when I have a project going - pretty much all the time. We have a small round kitchen table in the kitchen for our family meals. But I need to clean out the dining room before family gatherings and book club. OK, that's the plain ugly truth!! See my computer screen on? That's on your post, I did not take time to straighten up. I took the picture as soon as I read your post.

    I have NOT found a great way to keep things organized. I don't have a good place to store it when I have to clean it up. I have NO hope of getting a room for my quilting. I also have work items that I need to keep and some of them are on the floor right now beside the dining room table. I was going to clean it up so I can have friends over this weekend. I just found out it's only 2 of them, I know them well, they don't have the quilting/crafting bug and are both very tidy. BUT, we'll have the living room and kitchen.

    In the picture, you can see my chair, I got a comfortable one because I just need it. See the dining room chairs stacked in the corner? They stay that way until I need them for company. There were just too many and the room is too small. To the left of my chair is the big ironing board. It's only up because I had some yardage that needed to be pressed. Usually I have a tv tray set up there with a small ironing board on top of it. You'll see a portable tv. It's for movies only. I can also stream on the laptop while I sew. I'm putting the binding on a snowball quilt, using my featherweight. The half-squares of red/white and green/white are leaders and enders (Bonnie Hunter's String Fling). Over on the buffett (to the right) you can see a binder laid out. It has my information for the Dear Jane I'm also working on. Just under the dining room table I have three stackable bins, maybe 10X15 and 8" deep that have some fabric and my completed DJ blocks.

    So, there you have it and I'm so glad there's someone else out there still sewing on the dining room table!

    PS The single best thing I have is the white plastic cart (to the left of the china cabinet). It is great for storing all my supplies (i.e. extra needles, pins, thread, fray check, hot glue gun, machine quilting supplies (pins, etc.). It has see through drawers which helps and I also label the front of each drawer.

    Good luck.
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    CindyA and all; Pretty much that is the way my dinning room table looks. I have two rooms of storage upstairs, not all quilting stuff.

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    My DH was so creative when he did my sewing room, he went to the local 'Restore', habitat for humanity's retail branch, (we are on fixed incomes and they have very low prices.) and bought upper and lower kitchen cupboards and drawers and installed them in our third bedroom so I have more storage in there now than I do in my kitchen. this has created a new problem though, fabric addiction satisfaction....lol!
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    I also use the dining room table for sewing and cutting. My husband is building a cabinet for me that will hold my sewing machine and serger, and then I'll move into the guest room to sew.

    I'm so excited - it's going to look like this:

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    I use my dining room for sewing as well.
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    Well I meant to post more before I hit enter, oh well. The cabinet I got off Craigs List and the Ironing table is actually a Baby's dressing table. My hubby redid it to be an ironing board, with storage!! Love my little area.
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