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Oct 11, 2012

My "new" sewing space

Oct 11, 2012
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It's been about 3 1/2 months since our move.  I set up my new sewing space a while ago and took some pictures right away while things still looked nice and clean.

I thought I'd share these photos with you today...
Surprisingly, the new space doesn't look much different from the old space.  I'm in the basement again.  
The basement walls are tan.  I've got about the same amount (plenty) of space.  I'm using the same $40 fold-down banquet tables.
Actually, this basement came with a "built-in" design wall.  The basement is finished with an Owens-Corning Basement system - which means that the entire room is covered with some special acoustic, mildew-resistent heavy duty woven fabric.  If I use pushpins, I can use the entire basement as a design wall!  You can see some of my minis in the photo above.

One new element I added was shelving storage.  I found these wrought iron shelves among the things we had tucked away and weren't using.  I decided I would use one shelf for holding my finished quilts.  Here's where they rest when it's not their turn to be on display on the main floor.  The other shelf I decided to use for storing my sewing books, patterns and magazines.  Now it's all in one place when I'm looking for a certain pattern....

A year or two ago, it seemed almost everyone was reorganizing their stash.  Folding, refolding.  Posting about it.  I never did because that took away from valuable sewing time.  When we moved, I finally decided I'd had it with the haphazard fabric piles.  Wow.  I should have done this ages ago.  It makes such a difference.  Pulling out fabrics to coordinate together is a completely different story now.

Keeping it real....

This isn't nearly as bad as it gets sometimes, but here's a snapshot I ran down and took today.  Anytime, I start think glamorously about my "studio", one of my kids rams his tricycle into the back of my chair while I'm sewing.  :)



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15 comments:

  1. I love it! Especially the extra glamorous tricycle. ;)

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  2. Great space! Love those wire shelves!

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  3. I'm overall impressed that you can sew while little ones are awake. My kid does not work that way! :) She's waaaay too curious for that! I love your sewing space!

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  4. Looks great! I say - whatever works. :)

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  5. As soon as I saw the walls........Yes, I have the same in my basement and yes I use it for my design wall!!!!!!

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  6. Love your space... and I think it's great that you have plenty of room for your young helpers too!

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  7. It's looks awesome -- love that you can use all the walls as a design wall! I've usually got Playmobil or marbles under foot in my studio too. :)

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  8. Wow! What a great space. Happy sewing.

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  9. Great space! Very cozy and important to have a place for children. I agree with your organizing comment. I have been reorganizing my fabric and have missed four sewing days but my fabric stash is way out of control. I the to have it in another room. Thank you for giving me nice ideas.

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  10. We just don t have basements in Australia and I am not sure why because they sure do create another great level in a house. We also do no have attics!

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  11. Your desohn walls sound amazing! I share my studio with a bunch of toys too...but at least yours are riding their tricycles...mine just stand by the machine and whine until I let them sit on my lap.

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  12. What kind of sewing machine do you have? I love your acrylic extender table.

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    1. Tangii- I have a Janome 4900. It in the middle of their line. The acrylic table is awesome! I love it. Janome makes them to custom fit their machines. It really helps with FMQ.

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  13. Great space! I wish I had that much space!

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  14. My space in a wall in the living room. I have a very generous husband that doesn't mind looking at my fabrics, bobbins and rulers all day long. The only thing I don't have is a cutting table. For now, I cut on my kitchen counter... One day!!!! I love your space because it is simple, clean, organized and family friendly.

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