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Thread: Taking over the Garage

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    Taking over the Garage

    I recently moved to a new place (going through a divorce) and get the garage ALL TO MYSELF (and two kids... but they don't need much space). So, I decided since my new little house doesn't have a place for all my sewing equipment, I would make a space for my sewing in the garage. I figure I will have to spend a little more in the winter to heat it when I am out there (or else grab a sewing machine and take it in to the house for a few months).

    Right now, my garage is still full of moving boxes and work-related "stuff". In a couple of weeks, most of that will be gone, as I am an English teacher and have over 3000 books in boxes out there and will be moving them to the school where I soon will start teaching.

    Anyway, I figured I would still need space to park my vehicle in the winter so I don't have to scrape off ice, so I have at least started by defining my space. I will update photos as I go along. The counters were put in by my dad and me a few weeks ago. They came out of my old house's laundry room. Same with the shelves. So, now I have the arduous task of unpacking all my fabrics and sewing equipment so I can start sewing again! I am actually looking forward to it. This will be the first time in my life that I have had my OWN space to sew in.

    I will add updates as I continue to work on the space. This will be motivating, as I tend to get sidetracked easily! The first picture is what I got done last week. I will take another one today after I spend a few more hours on it. The second picture is the rest of the mess in the garage that I have to get through! Somewhere in that mess is a quilting frame that I can FINALLY use!

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    You've gotten a lot done already! Keep up the good work! You'll be happy to have your own space.

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    It will be great to have yourown sewing space, so keep at it. You may need to bring your machine in for sewing in the winter unless you can insulate and get some heat. The new computer sewing machines do not like large temperature variances too much.

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    Is it a 2 car garage? If so, can you put up a wall down the center? That way you sewing room can be closed off from your car. Less space to heat in the winter time too.
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    The garage can actually park four cars, as it is an oversized two car garage. The corner of the garage already has built-in shelving/counters, but they are too high for sitting at and sewing. (They clearly were put in for a guy who was working standing up). I figure my fabrics and such will be just fine out there during the winter, but I do agree that my embroidery machines and main sewing machine will need to come in. I have a sewing desk in my bedroom. Next summer, I will start looking into putting a garage heater out there. It is unattached to the house, so I would have to set another propane tank out there to get anything but electric heat (which is too expensive). For now, I will use a space heater until late October, and then again in late March or early April.
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    Wow, have fun getting your garage set up for your sewing space, lots of work ahead of you, but will be worth it in the long run
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    WOW - so much work yet to do????? FYI - my niece built on a room on to her house and could not figure out how to heat and cool it - but, like your room, would not be used full time - she wound up getting one of those units like they have in motel/hotel rooms - it vents to the outside and has heating and cooling all in one unit. Don't really know how it is powered though - but probably it is electric.
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    The shelves look good. Take your time and get stuff the way you want it to be, and then sew your heart out.

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    ITA with the earlier suggestion to put a wall up to contain your room.
    Also, consider the exhaust from the car ... and the moisture from melted snow which would also mean salt/calcium. NOt exactly a good mix with fabric, sewing machines etc.

    There are some good heater units you can get that would work perfectly for your garage. Your room could be insulated easy enough, and without a lot of work ... and become more like a regular room in your home. A little extra work done, will make it more enjoyable ... and you'll be more likely to use it.

    BTW ... those higher counters you mentioned ... perhaps they'd be the perfect height for cutting fabric? or an ironing centre? If they are too high for chairs, what about getting an adjustable drafting chair? Their lowest level is usually the highest level of a regular office chair. If that works, it might be able to use them your sewing machines.

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    It looks like so muh fun! LOL you'll enjoy once it's done
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    It looks doable with some hard work you should be up and running real soon.
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    Work steady at it and you will be done before you know it. You are so lucky to be able to have such a great space. With a propane heater you should be able to heat it so you can use it in the winter. I would consider insulation and a dividing wall and good strong locks. Good luck with the work and enjoy.
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    Fortunately, I live in the country, so I don't have to worry too much about anyone stealing my things. Here is an updated picture of where I am at right now with the garage. My daughter was "helping". This was taken after 9PM, so she was a wee bit tired of helping her momma.

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    As I was unpacking, I came across a tote that I had asked my son to write on so I would know it contained my quilting things. This is what I found. I had a pretty good laugh... considering he wrote "guilt" instead of "quilt" on the side of the container. (He is dyslexic.)

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    Awe, what fun! Like being a kid again, and building your own playhouse!
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    Great drawing - very insightful stick drawing. I'd keep that lid for a really long time, it would be something sentimental later.
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    Wow! A lot of good progress in a short time. Good luck with your new start!

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    I think I would have finished the garage before doing the rest. Some insulation between the 2x4's and then some wall board. would make a big difference in the heating problem. Of course that would mean not quilting for a while, smile.

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    So Happy for you to have your own space and place. I really like your cabinets and bookshelves. Looks like your off to a running start. I hope all goes well!.... Can't wait to see more pics.
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    The Japanese make a wonderfully effecient heat/air unit that will fit most anywhere; my friends have theirs up near the ceiling in their family room. Check this out. Congrats on a space of your own.

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    We use a couple of edenpure heaters in our house. We have inefficient wall heaters and our edenpure heaters work better and are much more efficient. They arent hot to the touch and no exposed elements of any kind so they are safe too.

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    oh my what a place that will be.

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    so excited for you!....don't forget to keep us posted with pics.....I'm looking forward to them!

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    It will be great to have that big space!! Out with the old and in with the "new".
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    Congrats on the new space. It will be very nice when its done. I can't wait for the next update.

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    It's nice to see you back MistyMarie. Good luck with your new job and new home and a fresh start. I hope you find moments of pure joy in your new quilting space. It looks like it's coming along perfectly.
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