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    I would like a huge atrium but with storage. Maybe half walls. Of course I would have enough money to do it with the kind of windows that wouldn't fade fabric, get too hot or too cold and I would be able to figure out a way to keep it temperature perfect, maybe going "green". And the right kind of lights for nighttime. Inside would have all of my machines in their own tables with plenty of room around them, a good ironing space, maybe a long arm, design wall, etc. I don't have much of a stash so huge fabric storage wouldn't be an issue for me. I would like to be able to put my hands on a particular foot or tool at a moments notice. Wait a minute, if I am designing my dream sewing space I could have a set for each machine, right? I will never have this set up unless I win the big powerball, and we are very irregular about buying tickets. But, I can sure dream about it!!!!

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    A maid to keep things in order so when I sew I don't have to worry about cleaning up.

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    I love my sewing room, and it's pretty big but I would make it bigger if I could! And three words - storage, storage, storage!!! closets, shelves, cabinets, bookcases, wire racks, whatever! Plan storage places for everything and then add more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandraa
    Lots of good natural lighting and tons of storage.
    Those two things would be first on my list.

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    Years ago Alex Anderson's father added a sewing room onto their home (one of her episodes on TV showed it). That would be the one I'd want - lots of light, tons of storage, huge work area. It was probably larger than my entire home is now! LOL

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    There would actually be 3 rooms, a large sewing & design area, a fabric "Pantry" & a "wet" room for dyeing / painting fabric, the last would have a sink. There's be plenty of electric outlets. good lighting, plenty of storage & room to move around, plus french doors that lead to a small patio. This of course is my dream sewing space, my current is an 11' x 13' room that's crammed full of supplies, fabric & sewing machines. Good lighting & plenty of storage is a must. A design wall is a good option also. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rburnitt
    What would you have in your sewing room?
    New ideas, your best creations, or others best.
    I need all the ideas I can get.
    I took over the basement 8 years ago, and the lack of daylight just about drove me over the edge! :lol: BUT.... the extra space was worth the trade-off. I'd say that you should start with the largest space you can find, and everything else will fall into place from there. We recently remodeled my space, and painted it a very sunny color. The floor is just concrete, but it's painted beige, and is very easy to sweep. I also wanted space for my longarm, my Cricut machine, and my 100 inch cutting table. Here's one picture, and you can see the rest here: http://www.candyapplequilts.com/fabr...quilting-room/

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    Candy Apple Quilts...wow! What a great quilting space.

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    One main feature of my room would be to be able to lock my sharps up so my grandchildren don't get to them. Heck I would love a room all to myself enough for a large cutting table> I actually like a U-shape design myself. Tons of open storage like bookcases, baskets. A good chair, absolute best lighting, radio, computer, printer, tv, cd's, my dog, a couch. Oh and a big design wall and a long arm machine. I guess a breathtaking view couldn't hurt either!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose L
    Candy Apple Quilts...wow! What a great quilting space.
    Thank you, Rose! I just love it now. If you could see the "before" pictures, you would shudder! :lol:

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    I'm "re-doing" mine now (again?!). I have a small room but it has a window that lets in great light for most of the day. There are things I wish I could change but I'm changing what I can.

    One of the things I would wish for is to paint the walls a wonderful warm white, then I would paint all the furniture the same color. I am painting my shelving and will have it put together soon. Lot's of storage is essential.

    I do alot of crafts so I don't have a dedicated sewing table, so that would be another one of my wishes. Right now I'm using my desk (it's pretty big 6ft and seems bigger now that I have taken off the hutch).

    My next wish would be to have everything finished and put back in the room - neatly (that is something I haven't had for over 4 years).

    You can see the progress of my room on my blog but here is the latest pictures:

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    I am happy with what I have. My sewing room has lots of windows so I can see the deer and all the wildlife that comes by. I have the wonderful working triangle, sewing machine, cutting table and ironing board. I have a small table next to my sewing machine for my sewing buddy, my kitty cat. I have a TV which is only on during NASCAR races. I have a Bose CD player and a sound dock that I can listen to books while I sew. I don't have a long arm, but I have a good friend that does and she is getting my next project. When I retire I will get an embroidery machine. The only thing I don't have that I desperately want is time to sew. I want to retire so badly. But I have a few years to go.

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    I'm about to move my room from a smallish room downstairs to my son's bedroom upstairs. He's in college, graduates next year, and we are going to turn what is now my room into a more formal guest room that he'll use when he's home. It's got an adjacent bath, so it's easier on my father when he stays here with our dogs while we travel.

    I've been thinking about what I want and here's the requirements (most of which will not be a problem)

    my desk with computer. It's a big desk with a hutch, holds my correspondence, quilt and scrapbook books, project notebook, Bible study materials

    Two bookcases that are full of scrapbook paper, doodads, etc. I'll rearrange them some when I move upstairs, because I'll be able to move around the rolling plastic filing cabinets.

    TV - need to figure out how to get cable in that room though - may just put the converter box in there though :)

    Table with my scanner and Cricut

    Wants: Design wall - shouldn't be a problem, there is a large enough wall to mound something there

    Large table for cutting - high enough so I don't have to bend over, and maybe expandable to be able to hold a king sized quilt

    New ironing board - my friend showed me how she took a 2" piece of plywood, covered it with batting and fabric, framed it with 2x4's and it sits right on top of her ironing board. Need to get dh or ds to make one of those for me!

    The room has a large window that overlooks the street, but that's ok - lots of natural light.

    I can't wait until June when we actually do the move! I'll take a picture and post what I currently have and you'll see why I need a bigger room! :D
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    I'm renovating my study room now to convert part of it into my own dedicated sewing corner. What's in my plan currently...an Arrow sewing cabinet adjacent to a cutting table, and cabinets for storage. Having a hard time doing space planning with my Interior Designer as the room is really very small....had to share with my two children. I wished I could have a wall to hang my quilts but they are all taken up by the cabinets. Need to think through too, where the ironing station could be.

    I wished I could have huge bay windows overlooking an ocean which some of you mentioned. But where I stay, I can only see buildings, buildings and more tall buildings! LOL.

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    I'm actually in the process of getting a dream craft room... We are having a house built so I have been getting a lot of time to think about what I do and do not want.....

    Space.. that's the biggest thing. I do wish I had a walk in closet to store rarely used things - however the walk in attic is right down the hall so that is my overflow area.

    Okay.. my list of things that I want..
    **A nice cutting table at the right height. I have purchased this: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00144763/ and a table top to go on top - $100. I had tried pvc pipes under my favorite table and it made the table too wobbly. I bought a lifetime plastic table and didn't like the wobble either. I tried this table out at the store and it doesn't budge at all. They have over 36" tall legs that were cheaper but they were not as sturdy..

    ** a design wall. I am going to use felt since I have it on hand already... and almost sold it at a yard sale when I said, hey, this yardage would make a great design wall. If it ends up not being wide enough I'm going to get some of that felt like batting instead...

    ** shelves to put my fabric on - I also purchased curtains at Ikea to hang from tension rods in front of them to keep the sun out. I'm going to use 3 for fabric and one for my yarn...
    Shelves to put my books on... shelves to put my junk on... lots of shelves... shelves for just about everything lol. I have a collection of weird shelves - not weird looking, but just odds and ends. They'll do nicely in the new craft room since I won't be needing them in the new house in the rooms they are currently in. It's going to be so nice to have a house with storage!!

    ** a tv that is big enough to see while I crochet - I'm also going to get a new or used wii system so that I can stream Netflix and I'll have to leave enough space so that I can do my wii exercises in the morning with nobody watching me. I hate having people watch me while I exercise so I'm really looking forward to it...

    ** a comfortable chair & ottoman for when I crochet - same for you hand quilters. Something comfy to sit on. For me, I love my Poang chair from Ikea. Yes, I do love Ikea. I don't get there often because the closest one is almost 4 hours away. In fact, I haven't been to that one yet....

    **my computer will be in the same room. No more having to go across the house to check something that I saw online...

    **light light and more light. A light for every thing I do lol. I'm already going to replace the current overhead light with the one I have in my current sewing room - good thing we saved the old light! The old one was not bright enough so I bought a better one. Not leaving that behind when we move!


    I'll be able to post pics once I get moved and settled in. We're moving in a month.. The one thing I would kind of have liked is to have the room painted a nice color but I decided to stick with the neutral that will be done by the builder. I'll hang pictures and quilted wall hangings to brighten it up First projects in the new house will be wall hangings for around the house...

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    you forgot , a maid to bring you snacks and drinks, otherwise this sounds good,
    Thelma

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    custom made shelves that fit the fabric without wasted space sounds great!!!
    margee

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    What I would like best is a little robot person who puts fabric back in the exact spot from which it was taken, remembers which beautiful pattern was in which magazine, senses when tea is necessary and makes it perfectly and stands at the ready to iron every seam as I sew it. It would also be nice if this nifty little robot person could attract fallen threads and deal with dust bunnies.Other than that, my room is large and bright and airy and storage should not be a problem. Sharing it with DH (one little table for his home management) and DD who crafts in the corner is quite sociable. Fabrics are stored safely and out of reach of the harsh sunlight in a walk-in fireproof storeroom (that I inherited when homeshooling was finished), so life is a song!

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    Natural light is a biggie. Plus a cutting table at the right height. And plenty of storage shelves for fabric!

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    I have a totally awesome sewing room (it has taken me a while to get there). These are some of my favorite features: great lighting, large design wall, rolling cutting table that is at a height perfect for me, u shape sewing station, lots of storage, large ironing board, and SPACE.

    I used this board as inspiration for some of the stuff I did in my sewing room too.

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    A big board ironing board! Love it!

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    Open, airy, light-filled, lots of counter space and lots of storage with glass doors so nothing would get dusty, but I could still see what was there.

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    Exactly! And she could do all the FMQing too!

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    Candle Apples space!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candy Apple Quilts View Post
    I took over the basement 8 years ago, and the lack of daylight just about drove me over the edge! :lol: BUT.... the extra space was worth the trade-off. I'd say that you should start with the largest space you can find, and everything else will fall into place from there. We recently remodeled my space, and painted it a very sunny color. The floor is just concrete, but it's painted beige, and is very easy to sweep. I also wanted space for my longarm, my Cricut machine, and my 100 inch cutting table. Here's one picture, and you can see the rest here: http://www.candyapplequilts.com/fabr...quilting-room/

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    You have one serious sewing studio. I have seen LQS that don't look that good.
    It all about the Journey!! Enjoy It

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