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Hints for the sewing room

A place to share your tips and tricks on anything related to sewing, organizational tips for the sewing space. Shortcuts for sewing, piecing or quilting. 

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Setting Up a Work Space

Started by Peggy Stuart. Last reply by Peggy Stuart Oct 6, 2014. 12 Replies

If you have a dedicated work space, how do you have it set up? Here's what my friend Joanie did with hers:…Continue

Tags: design, workspace, studio, quilting

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Comment by Sheila Craft on January 13, 2015 at 4:33pm

We were originally going to put it on the ceiling, Vicki; but, the more I thought about it, the less the idea appealed because the room does get warm in the summer (even though it's a north facing room) and I was afraid that if I turned the ceiling fan on, the light would sway (vaulted ceiling) and then I'd be on the floor with vertigo or something (I get horrible motion sickness...). So, putting it on the wall behind my machine was the work-around and it proved to be a great idea. I did have a clamp on LED light but, the darned thing didn't put out nearly enough light.

Comment by Vicki Fox on January 13, 2015 at 1:40pm

These are all great ideas Sheila. I have the overhead lights on the ceiling fan, an adjustable arm lamp that clamps onto the edge of the table where my machine sits, and a touch lamp on a small table next to a rocking chair (which is piled with quilts that need to to be finished). The adjustable lamp kept falling over so DH fixed it so it is bolted to the table.

Comment by Ellen Pearce on January 4, 2015 at 9:51pm

Sheila, I like overhead light, too.  I moved a bookshelf near my sewing table so I could put a swivel arm lamp that I can reposition when I'm hand sewing.  I'm trying to keep the floor space as uncluttered as possible because my room is small.

Comment by Sheila Craft on January 4, 2015 at 1:17pm

Now to figure out what to do with a couple of things that really don't belong in here, make a light & airy valance for the window and I'm all set.

Comment by Sheila Craft on January 4, 2015 at 1:15pm

I hear you, Sherri. Wish I could have that problem right about now, though. Windy, Rainy, Gray...You get the picture, I'm sure. If I didn't have to leave the house, winter wouldn't be so bad but...LOL!

Comment by Sherri Eley on January 4, 2015 at 12:46pm

Love that cutting table Sheila,  I am missing my sewing space at home.  So much nicer than working in the small space of an  RV.  And I don't have my Janome here,  working on my old 40 year old Kenmore,  Which still sews good but doens't have much more than straight or zig zag stitches in its bag of tricks.  

Comment by Sheila Craft on January 4, 2015 at 9:07am

You're welcome, Ellen!

Comment by Ellen Pearce on January 4, 2015 at 9:04am

Yes, thanks for info.  

Comment by Sheila Craft on January 4, 2015 at 9:02am

Ranchmom, a pic of my light (off, of course to avoid a glare)

Comment by Sheila Craft on January 4, 2015 at 9:00am

Ellen, I got them at Jo-Anns using 50% off coupons. DH laid 2 pcs of 1x2 on the floor and lined up 3 of the thread holders. I think he ended up with 48" lengths of 1x2. He screwed each thread holder at the top & bottom to the 2 pcs of 1x2. We then put up 3 of the Command Hooks (large 5# capacity ones). The 1x2 at the top of the thread holders hooks over the command hooks. Two rows of thread holders. Does that make sense? Easy Peasy. Here's a close up.

 

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