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    Living room as studio

    DH and I have decided to arrange our house the way we use our house. That means moving the sewing and quilting machines from the lower level to the living room where all the space and light are. We were only using the living room furniture 4-5 times a year, so we moved our 'gathering space' to the lower level and we'll make it cozy for gathering. We'll see how this goes for a while. Has this worked for anyone else?

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    I think that is a great idea! I suggested that to my DH once, and he said he didn't want my "stuff" to be the first thing that people see when they come in the house. My feeling? Do what you can to make the room useful for you and then you'll actually use the room! Enjoy your new space. I'd love to see pictures.

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    Whatever works for you will be best. I was happy to have space finally in the 3rd bedroom. but now since I'm all settled in that room people have a need to come see us after 19 years. Oh well!

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    I have my cutting board and sewing machine behind the couch in the living room. The fabric...is..ahem...in many places in the house..out of immediate view. I can keep track of the DH and still sew while he watches the boob tube.
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    For years my sewing studio was in what's supposed to be the dining room, and the gaming room had taken over what's supposed to be a family room. Worked for us. Recently, with the oldest dd moving out, we moved some rooms around. Still need to tweak a few things, but we'll see how it works.
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    I live by myself and my quilting studio is in the living room of my very small 2 bedroom apt.
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    I've outgrown my sewing room and the overflow has made its way to the dining and living rooms. I remember when I was young and thought my Mom was too picky about having everything in its place she told me when I had a home of my own I could do it the way I wanted. So that's what I'm doing.

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    That is where mine is!!I have a U shaped area made by a couple of sewing cabinets, computer desk, cutting table and ironing board. My swivel/rolling office chair sits in the middle of it. I can see the TV from my sewing area and therefore get to spend "quality" time with DH and not feel excluded from family life!! I absolutely love it!! I'm sure you will to.

    Quote Originally Posted by francie yuhas View Post
    I have my cutting board and sewing machine behind the couch in the living room. The fabric...is..ahem...in many places in the house..out of immediate view. I can keep track of the DH and still sew while he watches the boob tube.
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    I have a separate room for my longarm and fabric collection, but all my piecing is done in the living/dining/kitchen area which is all open with an island in the middle. My cutting mat is on the island, my ironing board is along one wall and my sewing machine sits behind the love seat flanked by drawer units. And just a couple months ago, I turned the wall behind the sewing machine into a design wall! I love the design wall there because the "decorations" are constantly changing and, if I want to hide a miss-mash of quilt blocks (from working on multiple quilts), I can just hang a quilt or top right over what's there. I figure visitors just come and go, but I LIVE there!
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    My guess is that might depend a lot on what type of quilter/sewer you are. If you are like me ... an very untidy quilter, then it might eventually bother you to have that "view" . I like my basement sewing room.. I can walk away and no one knows its there.

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    use your home how you like.our dining room is our living room and our living room is my sewing room.The house has a weird layout anyway-it works for us
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    It'll work...ask me how I know. You will have to be okay with folks coming into it if your front door is there. Doesn't bother me a bit. Most folks that come here know I sew and quilt and the ones that don't see as soon as they walk in. I don't worry about the mess cause when I'm working on a project it's messy....most folks enjoy looking and are quite amazed at what they see.....even our mailman has had a look-see when he delivers packages and anytime we have work done they want to look, even guys seem to enjoy it...

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    I am in the process of buying a HQ Avante and have decided to put it in my living room. I barely use the room and like quilts4charity said, "most folks enjoy looking". The front door to my house is in this room so that is what people will see. I will only have the Avante and frame set up in there. It will still have two or three chairs in there. The rest of my stuff is in a quilting room (extra bedroom turned into quilting space). I am so glad I came across this thread, it just reiterates what I was thinking of doing. I am SO excited to get my HQ.

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    I thought about turning my living room into a sewing room and would if it had a door so I could shut the cats out. I will stay in the larger of the two spare bedrooms. It is completely set up for just sewing and it works for me. Course it would make it difficult to have our holiday dinners as we seat people in the kitchen, living room and family room. You should be able to use your home the way you want!!

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    I agree with you about little used space. We have a livingroom and two family rooms. I cannot remember the last time we sat in the livingroom! When guests come they like to sit at the kitchen counter or the TV room so we rarely use the livingroom. I would like to get a longarm and plan to put it in the livingroom
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    My guess is that might depend a lot on what type of quilter/sewer you are. If you are like me ... an very untidy quilter, then it might eventually bother you to have that "view" . I like my basement sewing room.. I can walk away and no one knows its there.
    This is me too......have always had my " crafts" out of everyday living areas.....extra bdrm, little attic, and now part of lower level of this house. No one sees it but me.

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    I can see the convenience of having all your stuff on one level, just be sure you're not going to completely stop using the stairs. My dad, age 71, intentionally uses the restroom in the basement to be sure that he continues to get the exercise from using the stairs several times a day. His father retired at age 70, and quickly stopped doing much beyond moving from the bed, to the recliner, to the kitchen table, and so on. Soon enough, he couldn't do much more than that without being exhausted from the effort. I remember him coming to the basement once in his mid 90's to watch the grand-kids play ping pong. We all about fell over because we were so worried that he would... fall over, from the exertion.

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    I'm tempted. But I know my husband wouldn't go for it because it's the first thing you see. I knew I should've put in those french doors to close it off! At one time I used the dining room as my cutting and ironing area, but it was kind of a pain to run back and forth between the bedroom (my sewing room) and the DR. But we never use the DR, so changes may be in its future!
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    My quilting studio is in the formerly formal living room. It's the 1st room you see when you walk into our home. I try to keep it tidy and we are thinking about getting French doors for it. Right now my LA is in there but DH is going to fix up the garage for my LA and batting. Once that's moved we're going to get a couch for him to come join me when I sew!
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    I think whatever you use a room for is what you should call that room! If you sew in it, it will be your sewing room. If you have a bed in it and sleep there it will be a bedroom. So, I hope you are enjoying your larger "sewing room" and I am sure your guests will enjoy being in whatever room they can sit down with you and enjoy your company. It is your home and you should have the freedom to live in it to suite you.

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    I did that about a year ago. I was moving my sewing stuff around all the time because I had no place to keep it out. All the bedrooms are taken and the master is to small to sew in (the master was bigger in our old house, that is where I had my stuff). I told my DH I needed some space for sewing where I was not moving all the time. I told him I wanted to get rid of the dinning room (we hardly ever eat there) and move the living room in there. I like the living room much better now also. I put my sewing stuff in what was the living room I love it, I have space and do not have to move things all the time. I sew most days and it was getting frustrating always moving and looking for things. I say use your house for what you do the most. An added bonus is I stay much neater because any one coming to the door can see the sewing room. I am so glad we did this! My DMIL thought we where crazy, and I was
    not sure I would like everyone coming in seeing my stuff (not always neat) but it was a great choice!

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    We have a hobby room in one of the bedrooms. DH and I share it, but we have in what is suppose to be a formal living room, my mid-arm machine on the frame. The frame is a little over 12 foot long and was the best place to put it. We also have storage down the other wall. We put up bi-folding doors that goes between the room and the dining room. As you come in the front door there are curtains we put up ( DH made a LONG curtain rod to go all the way across the room.) I know it looks odd to some people, but we really don't care, it is our HOME! If I'm working on a quilt, scrap-booking, candle making, jewelry making, weaving or what ever ( sometimes I forget what I'm doing) in there we can close the curtain and go on. Our house isn't perfect, but it is ours and we use it as we need it to be used at the time. DH does wood and leather work it doesn't bother me in the least if he works in the hobby rooms or at the kitchen island. As long as he is smiling, I'm smiling too! Our kitchen island has gotten scratched some, DH was upset, I told him "Don't worry, it just gives it personality." We have marks from the DGD and the kids and it's just fine with it. It is like butcher block but has a glossier top.
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    Our dining room is my sewing room...works for me.

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    We specifically searched for a retirement home that had a living room large enough for a studio. The room opens to the front door and I put a screen to block some of the room off. Visitors immediately peek around the screen to check out the 12 ft quilting frame & machine, cutting table, 6 sewing machines, commercial embroidery machine and an office cubicle. This is a perfect arrangement as I can do my thing while the laundry is chugging along or cookies are baking. I was on the quilt guild's studio tour last year and still get requests from members who want to bring a relative or friend to check out my studio. So use your home and not let it become a shrine to a seldom used dining set or velvet couch.

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