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From: MaryW
Date: 01-01-2005, 02:39 PM (1 of 7)
I am changing my sewing room all around. I have a huge cutting table that I used when I had the "business" that I no longer require. It is 50" by 60". Huge and very handy when I needed it, but no longer. It is going to go into hubby's planting room I think. I still have a big table that folds down for cutting out. This will free up a big space for me. I also am going to re-think storing all my threads. They have been up on a wall on pegs but they get dusty so I have all the cones in a big basket and covered up. The spools are going somewhere else, where I'm not sure of just yet.

I moved a ton of fabric around and came up with a big, empty shelving unit that will probably go in the garage. Now I might just be able to find room for my antique sewing machines (3) I also need a place to hang garments up when only partially done plus the ironing that I do.

Anyone else making changes for the new year?
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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: karenthibodeau
Date: 01-01-2005, 04:25 PM (2 of 7)
For 2005 we are changeing our guest room into more my sewing room we are taking apart our twin bed... and storing it somewhere.. where we don't know... and then i am going to us our big desk in the office down in the room for my cutting and craft stuff ect..... because hubby got a smaller and nicer desk from his dad. So now it will be my project room... and when some comes and stays over we will put the bed back in the room. :).
User: karenthibodeau
Member since: 12-31-2004
Total posts: 9
From: Audie
Date: 01-08-2005, 06:39 AM (3 of 7)
Our guest room is now a sewing room. The day bed went to a consignment store, the mattresses were donated to charity, and the dresser given to a friend. I once dreaded stepping foot in the room to begin a sewing project because although the expandable cutting table fit, it was a tight fit. Now, when I walk into the room to start a project, my immediate response is AAAHHHHHHH!!!! It puts a whole new perspective on the process from start to finish. I have the ironing board set in one corner and don't have to jockey it up and down----it just sits there waiting for me. I have a three-door closet (some shelves and some clothes rods) that takes up one end of the room. I have a 5-shelf cabinet that holds sewing tools, notions, and fabric. I keep my fabric wrapped around cardboard (12 x 14-inch because that fits the shelves perfectly) along with typed fabric content, washing instructions, etc. on a label attached to the cardboard. My spools of thread are in individual plastic ziplock bags (3 x 4-inch) along with any bobbin that I have wound for that spool. The additional space and organization of the room has given me great motivation to not only begin, but also COMPLETE projects that have been hovering for quite some time. The only downside to all of this is how I will respond when I hear the words "company is coming." But, I guess that is a problem that I will let the professionals handle. I will keep the numbers for Holiday Inn and Best Western displayed prominently on my NEW sewing room bulletin board!
User: Audie
Member since: 10-11-2003
Total posts: 4
From: DorothyL
Date: 01-08-2005, 07:56 AM (4 of 7)
Poke little air holes in the plastic bags with thread in them if they will hold the thread a year or more.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: Serenity
Date: 01-13-2005, 01:20 PM (5 of 7)
I have been thinking of how I would like my sewing room to look and then thinking how to make it functional as well. I figured out (and alll on my own too.. :nervous: ...that what I wanted (dreamed of) and what I needed may be 2 entirely different things. I have 2 rooms to work with (so far) and with my youngest going off to college this year :love: ...I am excited about the possibilty of creating another room for my sewing business.

I am going to really take my time with this. I can not ...I will not...drag all that fabric and equipment up and down the stairs this year! I promise I won't. :shock: ..

I will keep you posted and hopefully come up with some nice but practical solutions for all the new toys I have added last year to my work room

Happy Sewing

Seenity (threads_40)
"The struggle is not greater than the goal". Be blessed. Stay encouraged.
User: Serenity
Member since: 01-12-2005
Total posts: 85
From: Military_Mom
Date: 01-13-2005, 02:53 PM (6 of 7)
I'm blessed with a hubby who is a carpenter and he's finishing up my 'sewing corner' in our finished off laundry area in the basement. I have an area with top and bottom cupboards, big and small drawers, and a cutting/sewing counter. It's fun getting it organized. I found some plastic slide out drawers at the Dollar General that fit perfectly in the bottom cupboards to put fabrics in. I have some hat box-type boxes on the counter that I keep elastic and notions in. There's a site I found that has some good ideas,too. It's at and if you have a LOT of fabric there's a notebook page there you can print out to keep for easy access. I don't really have that much yet, though. I'm organizing as I go.
User: Military_Mom
Member since: 01-10-2005
Total posts: 109
From: Melanie T
Date: 01-15-2005, 09:36 AM (7 of 7)
I have not even started to think about setting up my new sewing space. Cleaning the mold in our basement (where my sewing room was) and the remodeling, decluttering and organizing that it has percipitated has taken over my life. I am definately making changes to my sewing room in 2005, because the moment it is stripped to the bare concrete walls and floor.

I am open to suggestions on setting up a new sewing corner in the new large multipurpose room. I have five machines that I regularly use and a very reduced stash of fabric. Another item on my agenda is to reduce my notion stash considerably as well.
4 little sewing machine mechanics (6, 4, 2, Born June 14)
Ontario Canada
User: Melanie T
Member since: 09-21-2004
Total posts: 155
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