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    Downsized sewing studio

    I moved from a 1300sf house to a 600sf apartment. I sure miss my giant sewing studio. My new sewing 'studio' is the front half of the living room. I had the desk with pegboard before, so that was easy to just copy here. I used to have a table to the left of the sewing machine to hold the quilt while quilting. Now, the 'table' to the left is a credenza that pulls out to a dining table. The cutting/pressing area is two dressers back-to-back on casters. If I need the drawers on the other side, I just slide the unit over. I had to refold all of my fabric on a 5.5" ruler to fit into the tall pantry cabinet. Most of the scraps by color are in the tall dresser. I have a small storage closet that holds tubs of batting, pre-cuts, backings. The stained glass sign was made by my mother back when I was more of a knitter.

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    Good job with a limited space.
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    Very nicely organized.

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    thanks
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    Your space is very well organized.

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    Looks nicely organised! I feel for you! My sewing "corner" is in the living room too. I keep my batting in the basement, my design wall in the baby's room/nursery and my fabric in the linen cupboard! I have three vintage sewing machine cabinets set up in an L shape in the living room and the ironing board. Somehow hubby doesn't complain, lol!
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    I can't imagine the squeeze of more than half your former space. But you've done a king-size job organizing your stuff and making it work.

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    Looks so well organized and usable! Very nice.

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    It's still a great space. You just had to get a bit more creative with it. It looks like you can still make a lot of fun things in there.
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    Your "down sized" space is bigger then my "normal" space but I too am very organized and manage very nicely. I call it my "happy place". I love your stained glass sign.

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    What a great job, organizing your beautiful space, the more space I have the more I spread it all out. Trying to downsize from time to time, but I have not been very successful!

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    Nicely done. I do find that they more space I have, the more I fill it up. With fabric, sewing machines, whatever.
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    I sew in what's supposed to be my dining room (with spill over of fabric and extra sewing machines in various parts of our home). You look very well organized.
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    You've downsized nicely. Your space is well organized and cozy.
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    Looks great!
    What Machine Embroidery machine do you use? Do you like it?
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    One would never guess you have so much hidden in those drawers and cupboards - congratulations on creating such a nicely organized sewing space!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScubaK View Post
    Looks great!
    What Machine Embroidery machine do you use? Do you like it?
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    It's a Pacesetter 8500 by Brother. I bought it on a whim when I lived in Florida in the 80s. It has worked very well for me. Now, however, I mostly do labels for my quilts. It came with PE-Design and I love digitizing personalized gifts.
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    Thanks, all, for your kind comments. I'm quite sure it will not stay this neat. LOL
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    Nan, you certainly made great use of the space you have...and it might be easier to keep tidy than if you had a larger space. I’m sure the move was a big change for you in many ways. I wish you happiness and peace in your new apartment.
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    Hey Nan- that looks great. You did a good job downsizing and organizing your space. Lots of good ideas for setting up a good useable space whether downsizing or not!

    Your sewing machine loks familiar to me. Is it by chance a Brother PC420?

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    Less house is less to clean and more time and energy to sew—and you’ve got a great place all set up and ready to go. It will be worth all the thought and work you’ve put into it. Great job!
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    Very nicely utilized and organized.

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    It must be hard to downsize, but you've done a marvelous job! Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rryder View Post
    Hey Nan- that looks great. You did a good job downsizing and organizing your space. Lots of good ideas for setting up a good useable space whether downsizing or not!

    Your sewing machine loks familiar to me. Is it by chance a Brother PC420?

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    rob, my main machine is a juki exceed hzl f600. i really love it! i miss the knee lift when using other machines. and the adjustable serpentine stitch is my fav for charity quilts... very quick to quilt them
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    when you move, you only take what you need, and what you will use. You have chosen well, my friend, and should be happy for many years to come. Congrats!

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