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    Just a suggestion … I would hang a shoe rack on one of the shelves to store small notions, pins, scissors, threads and a flannel tablecloth on another for a design wall. Lucky you to have a space to sew! Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aurora View Post
    I use one of those wooden TV tray tables from Walmart for my ironing/pressing. I also have one for a 12 x 18 cutting mat. I live with my 93 year old mother in a mobile home. My sewing room is a small bedroom with some of her furniture along the walls. I have had to be very creative with fabric and tool storage. I am also a member of the County Extension Office. Our FCS Agent is a quilter as well so we have quite a quilting program. We have UFO days once a week, where I work on larger projects like major cutting. October 3 and 4, we will have our annual Lock-in. It starts at 3:00 p.m. Friday and goes until 7:00 a.m. Saturday. I always get lots accomplished.
    Yes, this! I have a lot of space and still like the TV trays. They are also low enough I can scoot them under the table I am working on without breaking them down. When they need be I pull them out and also use them as support when quilting a quilt.
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    Just beautiful!!!

    I love that ironing station. When you think about it regular ironing boards are not at all designed for quilters. I'm going to look into a style like yours.

    I second the shoe rack. I bought one on Amazon that has clear dividers and hung it on my sewing room door. It holds a ton.

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    Have you thought about making a free standing pegboard "wall" that you can just lean up against the front of the shelves? Could it be made to slide aside when you need to access the shelves? A foam insulation board design wall could also sit in front of the shelves if you would like to have one...

    Quote Originally Posted by origamigoldfish View Post
    I will look into the pegboard idea, Tartan. I'm not sure I can get the family to let me cover the window, but I can see.

    To make a long story short, I have to work around the shelves and the content. In my head I am treating the shelves as basically the walls of the room, something that is already there that I cannot change. The only difference is that I can't hang things on these walls, lol.

    Right now I have to use the space that I have, which is in the middle of the room. I am looking for layout and storage ideas so I have room to sew, press, and cut fabric in the same space without any sort of vertical storage. It will all have to sit on the floor in the same footprint as my table, or on a section of shelf I can hopefully claim as my own.
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    Is there room to add a shelf over the window? This would give you some space for stash or whatever. You probably would also need a folding stool to access the shelf when you wanted anything on the shelf.
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    How cooperative - or not - is the rest of your family in getting rid of the "stuff" that is being stored?

    Where have you been sewing now?

    Have you considered having a set-up/kit like people take to retreats and bring that to your current sewing area?

    And then consolidate all your sewing "stuff" in that room? Maybe use that for your cutting and pressing area?

    Where is this room in relation to the rest of your home?

    For years and years, my sewing machine was in the corner of our kitchen/eating area, and my ironing board was a more-or-less permanent fixture there. I actually got more done - back then when the kids were little - than I do now where all my stuff (and I do have a loooooot more stuff now than I did then) is downstairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    How cooperative - or not - is the rest of your family in getting rid of the "stuff" that is being stored?

    Where have you been sewing now?

    Have you considered having a set-up/kit like people take to retreats and bring that to your current sewing area?

    And then consolidate all your sewing "stuff" in that room? Maybe use that for your cutting and pressing area?

    Where is this room in relation to the rest of your home?

    For years and years, my sewing machine was in the corner of our kitchen/eating area, and my ironing board was a more-or-less permanent fixture there. I actually got more done - back then when the kids were little - than I do now where all my stuff (and I do have a loooooot more stuff now than I did then) is downstairs.
    The big problem with the stuff is that most of it belongs outside, or to family members who have passed on and their children live out of state. I plan on giving all of the stuff that doesn't belong to me or my parents to the appropriate people during the winter holidays (or getting permission to get rid of it as I see fit). Sometime after harvest, the plan is to tear what's left of the barn all of this stuff was from down, and put a shed back where it was. When that happens, I will have the entire room, minus a shelf unit for our home canned food that is too big to go into a closet or the pantry.

    This room is across a small hallway from my bedroom, away from the other bedrooms and living areas in the house. Up until now, I have always sewn on my kitchen table, or on the desk in my bedroom. The desk is too high and there's not enough legroom for a higher chair. Sewing on the table causes a lot of family drama. Nobody can hear their television, or their computers, or their phones when I'm sewing. Somebody always gets tangled up in a cord, or I forget to plug a favorite lamp back in after putting the iron away. Someone came to the door and they were ashamed because my project was on the kitchen table and made it look cluttered for their guests. It's kind of silly, but it would bring a lot of peace to the home for me to be able to run my machine in a room that actually has a door that closes. For the sake of family harmony, I have to get off the kitchen table, and my shoulders won't take the desk much longer. I have tried to be patient, but I need to get into that room now, not six to eight months from now when all of the stuff is gone or back outside where it belongs.

    I am planning on covering the last shelf unit and using it as a design wall like everyone suggested, and hanging a shoe organizer off one end for my notions. If I can, i will hang onto one more shelf for storage. I don't worry much about outgrowing the space. I have everything I need at the moment to make things at my current skill level, and it will easily fit in there, even with the small space I have now and not the space I will have next year.

    I just need a table and a chair, and a way to organize my stuff where it is all at hand. Does anyone use one table for everything? I am thinking about setting up a table, putting my machine in the middle, my cutting mat to the left when I'm not sewing, and my pressing board to the right. Notions can go in a drawer unit beneath the table, and my bin of fabric will slide under one of the shelves. The cutting mat and rulers can slide on top when not in use. The ironing board already sits nicely between a few of the shelves when it is folded flat. I just won't have room to open it and have my table and chair all in that space at once.
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    It would be nice if there was a sewing machine that did not make noise while it was being used.

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    Origamigoldfish... my heart aches for you 😢 sometimes its hard for non-quilter family members to understand the process and how much quilting feeds our soul. We live a world where everybody could use a little “time out” now and then to center and rebalance. Your family probably doesnt realize that you need to “do your thing” just as they are allowed the time and space to unwind with their phones, tv, etc.

    I know your arent complaining, but girl you need a little space and peace of your own! I know that when i started quilting in 1993 after my Beloved Dad passed away suddenly at age 63 of a massive heart attack quilting soothed my soul - even though i really had no skills to speak of then. In fact, i didnt even have a sewing machine! DH knew my sorrow and grief and surprised me with a new portable White Jeans Machine in hopes of feeding my passion and starving my sorrow. It was quite a process, but after some time and patience a quilter was born.

    Ok, so we had only 2 bedrooms - one for us and one for our 2 teenaged boys... so no hopes or dreams of a sewing room. The dining room table was it for a long, long time. If i sewed i had to drag everything out and then put it away again so that we had a place for meals! I’m hearing the “oh yes i remember” from many here! And the noise of my machine... oh my goodness - the trusty White Jeans Machine was heavy and built to last inside and out! But i truly believe that it pounded fabric into submission rather than actually sewed it. Somehow we all made peace with it - my DH didnt understand it at all other than it made me happy, so it must have been ok! I still laugh when i remember him admonishing the boys at times , “dont bother your Mom right now - she’s knittin’!” LOL! 😘

    A few years later we felt we had finally saved enough to build a new house - nothing big, but 3 bedrooms and a place in the country on 3 acres. We did a lot of work ourselves (we were younger then!) and somehow it all came together. The “boys” were still home - one a senior and the other a sophomore in high school. But... still no sewing room or a place of my own that i didnt have to share a couple times a day because we had to eat! We survived and eventually i got a new, quieter sewing machine that i could use at night without bringing the house down and making the dogs bark (yes, they did!). 😊 Meanwhile, my skills grew and so did all of the resulting Quilters Paraphernalia - c’mon, you all know the stuff! One of the sons left the nest in 2009 - but most of his stuff still remained for a few years - so still no sewing room. The remaining son decided that he wanted to switch rooms now that his brother did not occupy the room with 2 windows... we moved everything around but still not enough to give Mom her space.

    When the last son left us with an empty nest somehow it was hard to just “take over” either of their rooms. Little by little my “knittin’ stuff” migrated to one of the rooms although i still sewed at the dining room table. Eventually, we just came to the realization that i should take the room with the 2 windows for my sewing room! It was a kinda haphazard arrangement for a few years and admittedly kinda messy and unorganized. But my dream was the “Lilac Happy Place” that i posted the photos of recently. I had a dream (even though my DH’s nightmare was the lilac walls that could be seen from the livingroom!). I am 63 now and my dream has finally come true - and God willing i will spend a good share of my retirement years in my Happy Place!

    Origamigoldfish... i tell this story to encourage you. Sometimes it just takes a long time and then another long time being a work in progress, but i truly believe that anything worth having is worth the wait (sometimes just for everybody else to finally get on the same page)! You will find your way a little at a time through everybody else’s stuff and your place might just materialize in the process! Kinda like - gee, maybe we should move all of Mom’s sewing garbage into that room now... hey, girl - seize the moment if it comes - occupy first then decorate! LOL!

    Sorry... seems my words always get a little too wordy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AprilM View Post

    Origamigoldfish... i tell this story to encourage you. Sometimes it just takes a long time and then another long time being a work in progress, but i truly believe that anything worth having is worth the wait (sometimes just for everybody else to finally get on the same page)! You will find your way a little at a time through everybody else’s stuff and your place might just materialize in the process! Kinda like - gee, maybe we should move all of Mom’s sewing garbage into that room now... hey, girl - seize the moment if it comes - occupy first then decorate! LOL!

    Sorry... seems my words always get a little too wordy!
    First off, thank you for the encouragement!

    It is not as bad as it seems, l promise, lol. I tend to stay off the kitchen table unless I am actually quilting something, so that keeps the complaints down. I just get discouraged when my relaxing time is spent setting up and tearing down, and not actually doing the thing that I love.

    The strange part is most of the complaints come from a former quilter, the lady who taught me how to quilt in the first place. As long as I keep my machine off the table, she is more than supportive of my hobby. She goes with me to fabric stores, spends hours poring over the quilt magazines I bring home, and even bought me the machine she likes to complain about! I am trying to coax her into trying it again,this new one is much easier to use than the old beast she had when I was a child. We actually still have all of her old pattern books and her small fabric stash in the room already. The interest is still there for sure, and I think having the machine somewhere she can just sit down and play with it at her leisure will help.

    I am sooo tempted to steal the new shed this winter and make my own sewing and living space out of it, but I just can't figure out how to get the riding lawnmowers through our tiny doors to the storage room!
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Size:  1.74 MBHere are the pictures I was telling you about origamigoldfish if you want this let me know I used to have all my little notions in it til I got my originalscrapbox

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    Boy they sure r big pics

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    I think I have something similar, amyjo, although mine is a bit bigger. It's got all of my quilting magazines in it, and it slides perfectly under the bed. Something that size would be handy for keeping dust (and pet hair!) off my threads and the like though. I will keep an eye out for a smaller version!

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    This one has sides that open plus the top n has dividers for little items n 12” blocks as working on. That’s fine I just thought I’d offer it to you since you said your stuff was all over the house

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    I have read through the posts and haven't seen any suggestions for a fold down ironing board.... maybe google that... it could be a great space saver for you...... My Mom had one (very old) that came down just over the table....

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    It sounds like you will have your sewing space eventually. It's hard to be patient with these plans sometimes.

    Start now letting others know their belongings are available. Give them a date deadline for their decision and a date to pick up by if wanted. Others will prolong your time frame and goals if you let them.

    Start now. They may not want the items and you can clear out the space now. Good luck & best wishes for your sewing space!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda K View Post
    It sounds like you will have your sewing space eventually. It's hard to be patient with these plans sometimes.

    Start now letting others know their belongings are available. Give them a date deadline for their decision and a date to pick up by if wanted. Others will prolong your time frame and goals if you let them.

    Start now. They may not want the items and you can clear out the space now. Good luck & best wishes for your sewing space!
    When people store/dump their belongings in your space, they tend to "forget" about them and leave them - indefinitely -

    Sometimes it takes a lot of prodding/encouraging/suggesting to them to get their stuff elsewhere.

    And then there is the stuff we inherited from our near and dear ones - - - - don't use it, but hard to get rid of.

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    I just spent the summer organizing the fabric stored in the garage and my sewing room (8.5' by 11.5'). I made a drawing of the room on graph paper, added all the immovable shelves and then made cutouts of the furniture to scale, glued the sticky part of sticky notes on the back and played around with everything. I got a bunch of carts with rollers so I could block shelves so I had floor space but could move them to get to the stuff in the shelves. I have pegboard on the end of a shelf unit and in a number of other small wall spaces (my son-in-law made the things for me).
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    It hit me a few days ago that the foyer in my house now is bigger then my first dedicated sewing room. I did a lot of sewing and quilting in that small room.
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    You were looking for a table for your sewing machine and I would recommend the Sew EZ table. It is very sturdy - I have one for my Viking Designer Topaz and I bought the piece to make it a solid top when I want to use the machine with the embroidery unit. It has wheels on the end of it so you can take it to a retreat if you are so inclined. Also, I have the Ikea cabinet "Alex" for my embroidery items - embroidery thread just keeps multiplying in the dark. :-) And if you get the wider drawer set you can put the wheels on it so it's easier to move. I have a plastic set of drawers from Target that also fits under my Janome table. (My Janome MC6600 came with its own table.)
    I took over my daughter's room when she moved out and I keep moving things around constantly. We put in a Murphy bed and I do have plenty of storage in the closet but there is never enough. You know how most fish grow to the level of the space - quilters expand to their space.

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    I am on vacation and going to start cleaning the room out tomorrow...hoping to have it finished by next sunday!

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    I have been motivated to sort and organize the last ten days because someone is coming over next week that will see my space. It has been nice for me too. I sort fabric late at night while watching shows. I also am finishing some small projects and finishing even on small projects is very movitvated. You can say done!

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    Update: After a few days of cleaning, sorting, and calling people about stuff, two trips to goodwill, and more trash bags than I care to think about, I finally have a sewing space! There are a couple of things I can do to make it prettier, because it still feels like a storage room and trying to be creative in that much clutter will be hard.

    The space is approximately 8 feet by 12 feet, with the window and door at opposite ends of the long side. I have unlimited access to one plug, and I can get access to another one with a short extension cord. As expected, I don't have any vertical storage space, unless I can rig something up by zip tying pegboard to the front of one of the shelves. I did clear out enough to have two shelves on wire racks for storage, a skinny but tall bookcase, and a couple of plastic drawers with shelves. I have a light and my sewing machine for furniture...my next step is a table and an adjustable desk chair!

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    You are making progress!

    Kind of amazing how much "useless to us" stuff we seem to accumulate.

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    So happy for you origamigoldfish! Really sounds like things are coming together you!

    Dont worry about the decorating part cuz all of a sudden that will come together too 😊 get everything situated the way you like it and how it works best for you first. If you’re at all like me, i moved stuff around all over the place till it finally felt right. My husband was like - are you moving stuff again???

    Once i finally got things how i wanted them i was so excited! Every morning before i went to work i would turn on the light and just go in and sit for a few minutes - i know, but it was kind of a “this is what you’re working for moment”! That continued for a few weeks until i started wondering what those white walls might really look like in lavender - took awhile to get DH’s head around that one (Mr Camouflage guy) but finally he decided it might not be so bad and he really did want me to have the room how i wanted it 😍 since the idea was years in the making.

    You’re gettin’ there girl!

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