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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 Feb 15. 9 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 July 29, 2014 at 9:18am

Good idea. My ironing board has survived for 42 years but, it's gotten awfully wobbly of late. I need to come up with something that will allow me to press quilt tops without falling off of the ironing board. I hate when that happens!

Comment by Ellen Pearce on July 29, 2014 at 9:10am

Nice design.  I like the idea of castors.

Comment by Sherri Eley on July 29, 2014 at 7:40am

Ellen  I saw the ironing surface in a recent quilt magazine. I found the book case at IKEA.  WE are making a plywood top that I will cover in batting and a cotton fabric.  I like that it does not take up as much space as my ironing board in the room, and because it is on castors I can move it close to my machine when I am piecing.  

Comment by Ellen Pearce on July 29, 2014 at 7:19am

How and where are you making your ironing surface?

Comment by Vicki Fox on July 28, 2014 at 12:43pm

Sherry, your room is beautiful! I really like the white cabinets with the blue walls. This reminds me...I still have to take pictures of my sewing room. It's not as pretty as yours though :)

Comment by Ellen Pearce on July 28, 2014 at 9:02am

Nice work.  I'm in the process of cleaning and then will buy a new sewing cabinet.  I too want to eliminate the ironing board.  Right now I set it up in my dining room because my sewing room is small.

Comment by Sherri Eley on July 27, 2014 at 3:39pm

One week of working on this room everyday and today I am finished enough that I can actually use it for sewing.  Still needs cabinet doors on the unit on my front wall, but those are ordered.  The shelves are in and I have been loading them up.  I can't believe how much stuff I had in that room.  Threw away about 8 bags of trash,  but still have more things in this room than I should have, I am thinking.  This is the book case wall,  these were all a dark brown before I started and I wanted to brighten thing up with white paint.  Looks so much cleaner, and with the blue walls I am really liking it.  My favorite thing in this shot is the moveable bookcase that I purchased at IKEA,  tomorrow we are going to attach an ironing surface to the top,  I am glad to have the ironing board out of here it took up way too much room.  Or course one who wasn't a quilter would say that all that fabric takes up too much room.  I found pieces I had forgotten about as I was organizing it.  

Comment by Sherri Eley on July 17, 2014 at 2:24pm

Putting the binding on my latest project,  which is the roadblock that I used to delay tearing down my sewing room for a remodel.  Put a call into the cabinet maker today, to see about getting drawers made for the base cabinets my spouse put in and never finished many years ago.  Then the real job,  which I don't look forward to at all.  Painting the room... Book cases and all.  Just not looking forward to that much work,  but am looking forward to a more organized sewing room.  I think as I begin to remove "stuff" from that room I will find that I don't need at least half of it that is stored in there....

Comment by Vicki Fox on June 9, 2014 at 11:47am

I have a lamp similar to Sherri's, but mine clamps onto the table. It is a hand me down from my parents and like most of those, it does not work great in that the clamp leaves something to be desired, lol. It recently fell over & a part fell behind the table. Every time I am in the sewing room I forget to move everything out from under the table to look for the lost piece. I have an Ott Light floor lamp in the living room. I should just carry it upstairs.

Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on June 7, 2014 at 5:20pm

Ellen, I know what you mean.  I love the different angles you can position those lamps but they do get very warm!

 

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