Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Evolution of a Sewing Room (cont.)

Chapter 2

A New Place to Sew


More room to sew
The sewing room move is done!  I patched holes with tape and spackle and did some touch-up painting.  The Salvation Army took away my daughter's bedroom furniture. I vacuumed corners that had not seen the sun in years. Yuck.  The room needs a major cosmetic re-do, including painting and carpet removal.  But in the meantime, I have a new place to sew!

At first, the curmudgeon in me wanted a "no-one-is-allowed-in-here-but-me" sewing room.  I considered getting rid of the bed, but that wasn't practical.   I still have relatives who like to visit and they need a place to sleep.   Besides, I designed and built the cutting table expressly so it would fit over a bed.  It would be a shame to deny the table its destiny.

I considered the major drawbacks of my former sewing room and addressed them. In the small sewing room, my cutting table was in a corner and only accessible from two sides.  Now I can access it from three sides.  As I'm fighting with laying out knits, the last thing I want to do is rotate the fabric or stretch over the table in order to pin or cut out a piece.  Now, everything is within reach because I can walk around to the other side of the table.  Funny how simple things like that can make such a difference.

Second, I have more storage space in a bigger closet.  As my collection of Burda magazines grew, I trembled every time I thought of getting rid of them.  Now,  I've got room for another five years worth!  And I have another bookcase in which to store fabric.  I may even acquire a stash!!!

As small and cramped as my former sewing room was, it was a functional space in which I was very comfortable. Now, my sewing space is functional AND roomy!  What more does a sewer need? 

For a guided tour, click New & Improved Sewing Space link under Pages in the sidebar or click the link in the caption above.

7 comments:

  1. Your sewing room looks great, love all the natural light. Now go make it messy!:)

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  2. Having a dedicated sewing space is a blessing from the sewing Godssssss!

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  3. Brilliant! Your space is just brilliant! Enjoy!

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  4. Isabel's DaughterJuly 12, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Lee,

    The space looks wonderful. You are so right about small changes making a big difference.

    Enjoy!!

    Ernestine

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  5. Your sewing room looks bright, comfortable and neat. Congratulations on your new space.

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  6. Your redesigned room looks great. The cutting table is genius. Congratulations on some smart thinking!

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  7. Your sewing room looks great! Mine is a mess, divided into two rooms, and part of my sewing room has all kinds of other junk in it. I really need to do a re-vamp! I remember the first time you posted about that cutting table and I still think it is brilliant!

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