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    Weird places to sew

    Where is the strangest place you have set up a sewing space? I had the strangest thought today. My master bathroom is huge. Well lit, plenty of outlets. But a crazy idea!
    I have, before, set up my sewing machine on one end of an ironing board, set low, at the end of my best friend's bed, as she was in her final days.

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    Go for it! Plenty of light and outlets - my dream space! Who cares if it's in the bathroom? I would definitely sew in mine if it wasn't the size of a henhouse.

    A very small henhouse.
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    I didn't really setup a sewing space, but I have a set of plastic containers that go in our RV. I do hand sewing. Usually EPP, but I did applique the center motive of my DD wedding quilt while traveling around the Southwest. http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...t-t247008.html
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    Hmm...we're in the design phase of a master bath reno. The designer suggested a make-up counter in front of the large window where the tub sits now (we're getting rid of that tub to enlarge the shower). I don't wear a lot of make-up so that idea didn't thrill me but maybe it could be a sewing counter... great natural light. No, I have a sewing room so I don't need that.
    Not a strange place but, I have set up my machine on my screened porch. Good light, nice breeze and I can hear the birds.
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    ​I set up my sewing machine in the church sanctuary on a card table. I was sewing banners that had to be measured and fitted.

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    Not strange, but I like to sew on our deck. When it's really hot, the large maple tree provides shade for relief. On occasion I have to weight fabric pieces to keep them from blowing away. : )

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    When I was young I was a dining room waitress, we had a banquet room that I could watch the dining room in. I had my sewing machine there until the boss found it....

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    The humidity in a bathroom would probably be bad for your sewing machine. Just a thought.

    I haven't sewn in any unusual places but I have pretty much taken over the whole house with various quilting tasks. Cutting on the kitchen island. Sewing in my small sewing room and also a space in the basement for my Featherweight. Basting in the dining room. Quilting on my Sweet Sixteen in the living room. Actually, the bathrooms are the only sewing-free places, unless you count the stray threads and dog ear trims that occasionally make their way in there.
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    I don't know how weird this is, but I sew in my dining room. In fact, I have taken it over as my sewing space. It's perfect: Lots of natural light by day, and a chandelier-type light overhead with 6 bulbs for light by night.
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    I have taken our formal living room and dining room as our quilting area. Our LA is in the formal LR and I have a sewing machine on the dining room table to sew bindings when quilting. IMHO formal areas are overrated.

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    I have a friend who has no space on any flat surface in her house. So she is sewing on a portable table in front of a recliner. Seems awkward to me.

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    Had a small bedroom at one time and it had a walk in closet(small), Used it as a sewing spot for the machine.

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    *** Had a small house then and had to set it up on an ottoman.
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    Years ago I worked the overnight shift at a call center. After everyone else left I set up my sewing machine in my cube to work between calls. I got very few calls so I could get a lot done. I brought one of the really small irons to iron down the seams.
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    Sewing in the master bathroom? I'm thinking bare feet and pins, cords you might trip over in the dark?

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    This wonderful lady had her machine set up on the beach in Jamaica.

    Jamaica. On the beach.

    I honestly can't think of a better sewing room.


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    We spend months in our 5th wheel camper with a large walk-thru bathroom next to the bedroom. Last week, I laid out my quilt blocks on the bed in the order I wanted to sew them. I set up my sewing machine in the bathroom so that I could reach the blocks I need to sew next. I worked great for that short while. I usually sew in the livingroom.
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    That's where I sew as well -- the only dining room furniture in there is a hutch I'm not willing to part with. Haven't done any quilting and am very new to this piece of the sewing picture, but am anxious to get started. Hoping I can set up all the stations I've been learning about (cutting, pressing, sewing, etc.).

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    Not really anywhere but the dining room table before I got a sewing room. I still use the glass topped dining table to pin my sandwiches together.
    Another Phyllis
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    I stayed over night in a motel for business and brought my machine for after business hours sewing.

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    I made drapes to each of our last two houses before the furniture was in. I used a banquet type table set up in the living room of the first house and the same table set up in the dining room of the second house. I moved my ironing board and everything in there so I wouldn't have to traipse yards of fabric around the house just to press a seam.

    I put a wool blanket on the table to do the final press.
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    Not planning to set up in the dining room, but the thought had crossed my mind. It is plenty bis, and the light is the best in the house.

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    My living area is now my sewing/quilting place. Turned the sewing room into a spare/guest bedroom. Since it's just me now I wanted something that suited me. Love it!

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    I have a sewing room but it is not big enough. I have 2 machines and my serger set up in there, but the master bedroom has my ironing board and cutting table. I live alone so no one to complain. My bathrooms are the only sewing free areas. This way I do have to get up and move sometimes.

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    I have long admired Michael Swaine and his most unusual place to sew. Watch him here.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqYp8YRZ0fU

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