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Thread: My room is a blank slate....need your ideas!!

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    My room is a blank slate....need your ideas!!

    Help me create my new sewing room!!! My daughter and her two girls after seven years are finally moving to their own place and I will have two bedrooms and a bathroom back. Yippee!!!

    One of the bedrooms is going to become my sewing room. It's 11x11 and basically a blank slate. I need some advice about your sewing rooms and what you have found to be the MOST valuable thing that you use to get and keep organized.

    I have two 'lunch' tables I can use...one is 6' long and the other is massive...gotta be at least 8' feet...and pretty rough looking so not sure I want to use it. Also have a white cabinet that I found at Target. Nothing special. Also have a couple of plastic cabinets. I have 5 FW's, 4 black ones that are for my grandchildren. My white FW is used for piecing. A 1971 Kenmore 158, a Singer 301A, and a Singer 401A in a cabinet, but I'm trying to sell this one. Also a treadle cabinet, but no machine in it at the moment. This one will probably go in the foyer. Other than that I have nothing! Even planning to put down new flooring if the carpet doesn't clean up nicely.

    Help...I need your input!! What set up has worked out best for you?

    Thanks much, - Julie
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    Make sure the table you use for cutting is hip height to eliminate backaches!

    Keep your fabric out of direct sunlight to prevent fading.

    Try to incorporate a design wall of some kind.

    It would be cool if you could display your FWs and other vintage machines on a shelf.
    Cindy

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    Here is what I have learned: You need at least one table for your sewing machine, one for a cutting table (I put the bed risers under my cutting table so it is tall enough), storage drawers for my sewing supplies, someplace close to your cutting table for your cutting supplies (I have a pegboard on the end of one of my shelving units & a shelf on the wall), fabric storage (I have 3 - shelving unit for large pieces - 1/2 yrd & larger, dresser drawers - fat quarters to 1/2 yard, & photo boxes - for cut pieces - I use Bonnie Hunt's scrap cutting method), a design wall (mine is portable but I'm trying to figure out how to get a permanent one). I have extra items in decorative display (buttons & misc supplies in jars, etc). I'm still organizing my studio but will have pictures soon.
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    I love my pegboard. I have one by my cutting table and one by my quilting machine. It's so much easier to stay organized when things have a place and having my rulers visable have been great.

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    I would keep the 8 foot table even if it needs a fresh coat of paint if you have room for it. It would be great for laying out quilts to spray bast. You can always put a new top on it if it is really rough. Decide on a colour and repaint the walls before moving everything in. One of the large metal racks would be good to store your machines and quilt batts on. If money allows gets a couple of large standing closets with shelves and doors for your stash. I find most sewing room don't make use of the wall to ceiling space enough. A design wall would be a nice addition as well.

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    Sounds like all is already been covered. But remember this is YOUR room, fix how it will work best for you. We have 2 hobby rooms and have rearranged them several times until they were best for us. Don't make it feel like a chore, have fun with it!... Enjoy your new room, can't wait to see the pics!
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    Go to the QB section "Mission organization" (which is where your thread is) and spend an hour just looking at the pictures and reading what others did. You have an encyclopedia of information at your fingertips!

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    There are so many idea here is this section have fun and enjoy!!!

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    Good lighting is imperative. Tartan is right, we usually don't use all the wall space in a sewing room. You could make one of the walls your design wall. That's what I did and it's worked out really well.

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    I had a thought about your 8 ft. table. You could have a piece of smooth plywood or laminate cut to fit a large portion of it, but, save a couple feet & make an ironing space out of it. You could use the other 6 ft. or so for cutting if it was put on risers. Just a thought. No matter how you set up your room, it will be great & it will be YOURS.!!!
    Vonda-Texas MiMi of 4 Beautiful Grandbabies

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    Thank you everyone! I will take pics of my progress if anyone is interested.

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    I found a wood/laminate floor to be the best thing I did in my room!!! My room is only small (9'x7") so was reasonably cheap to do....but well worth it for ease of cleaning and finding dropped pins!! Like others have said...lots of brilliant ideas here....just enjoy making it YOUR space!!!
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    We found this great flooring at Home Depot that we plan to use when the time comes. It's a laminate that looks like grey driftwood. They have a lot of little samples there that you can take for comparison.

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    If you have access to Ikea, they have a great bookcase which is just perfect for displaying Featherweights. It is from the "Billy" collection, is 15-3/4" wide and 79-1/2 tall. I have six Featherweights displayed on mine and it doesn't take up much wall space. Enjoy your new room! Betty

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    treat yourself to a laminae floor! then check out craigslist for IKEA storage pieces...your room will come together

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    I would definitely recomment a smooth floor surface. We just recarpeted our multiple purpose room where I sew. It is hard to move my roll around chair and I am constantly finding pins in the carpet.

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    Keep everything portable for a while. Move things around until the room "feels" right. You know - yin/yang. If the room's not right the creative juices don't flow. Don't get in a hurry to have it finished. In this regard smaller pieces (the cheaper the better) work best as they can be rearranged and disposed of until you are happy. Just my 2cents worth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShirlinAZ View Post
    Keep everything portable for a while. Move things around until the room "feels" right. You know - yin/yang. If the room's not right the creative juices don't flow. Don't get in a hurry to have it finished. In this regard smaller pieces (the cheaper the better) work best as they can be rearranged and disposed of until you are happy. Just my 2cents worth.
    I agree here. I had things set up very pretty and nicely, but hardly ever used the room. I am in the process of rearranging my space for the 3rd time - this time seems like its going to be the charm (at least for a while!)

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    Great ideas....My space will soon be underconstruction....My room is going to be 20 x 30....I really need it....My office is so crowded that I can barely sit down...Makes sewin a challange...

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    Don't forget good lighting. A good table for cutting fabric. Good storage for fabric.
    Organization, organization, organization, is key. A place for everything, and everything in its place.
    Avoid clutter so you spend your time sewing and not looking for supplies, rulers, etc.
    Enjoy putting your room together.

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    Wow -- so many great ideas!!! I definitely want new to rip up the old carpet and put down laminate to match the rest of the house. We got out tax refund back today so we may be going to Lumber Liquidators this weekend to find some flooring bargains. Yippee!!!!!!!

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    put peg board behind the door from floor to ceiling I put rullers and stencils on it. great uses of space. DH put small blocks of wood behind the peg board to keep it away from wall so the hooks will go in. shelves down from the ceiling makes good places for collections and things don't use very often.

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    I am putting this out there for your information.

    Note: http://www.speedpress.com/products/2/1

    For your cutting table you can purchase a Rhino Self Healing cutting mat with grid sheets included
    and also along with various other sizes from 4' x 2' to 4' x 16' or 5' x 8' to 5' x12' or 6' x 12'

    This is from a sign outlet, and we used to purchase all our mylar cutting mats for the draftsmen of our
    engineering department, and they will also provide for your home sewing/quilting purposes.
    Quilting People are the Best, Have a great sewing day!
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    Definitely gotta have a peg board for everything! Mine I painted quilt blocks on for added color. Here is the link to my room with a pic of the painted pegboard. http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...d-t132914.html
    I like it near by so I can reach it easy to get what I need and then put it right back when I'm done. Helps the cleanup.

    I too have rearranged my room as I cut a hole in the big brown desk to have my machine level with the desktop. SOOO much better. I also now have the cutting area to my left, the machine in the center and my ironing station to my right so it makes it easy to swivel back and forth to each work station. OH YES! You gotta have a swivel chair!!!

    Have fun is the main thing! I did my room All by myself including the flooring!
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    At one time I was in a 11' square and my DH converted the closet to store my fabric. He put shelves on one side and left the hanging bar on the other so I could hang tops waiting to be quilted. It was real nice. This pic was taken as was getting it organized.Name:  Halloween 08 013.JPG
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