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Creating a Sewing Room

thefibershopperlady | Posted in General Discussion on

I just joined this group and I am definitely Iooking forward to learning and sharing ideas with everyone! I love to sew and since it seems like my sewing projects are taking over the my entire living space more and more each day, I have decided to create a sewing room in my garage. I am very excited about this project, but I am feeling a little overwhelmed, and of course, I want to make the right choices.

I welcome all suggestions and ideas, please!


  1. Palady | | #1

    >> ... sewing room ... garage ... suggestions ... <<

    A most warm welcome to Gatherings.  For certain other members will acknowledge your joining us. 

    Though you'll surely receive replies, please know there's wealth of information in past messages.   If open Advance Search, left menu - near the top - just above the topics, and fill in the browsers as you choose, you can incorporate just about everything that's been posted on this subject.

    My thought first off is how dry is the garage being considered?  Is it attached to your home?  Free standing?  What is the climate in your area?    Rational, minimizing how much moisture the all you use in sewing will be exposed to.  If the temp in the garage gets high, anything stored in plastic bins & the like will be affected.

    Will you have sufficient power supply?  Is there a seperate circuit for the garage.  Rational, you'd want to avoid competing with any activity going on elsewhere in your home.

    Lest I sound like I'm discouraging you, 't'aint so.  It's just that I've ben sewing many years, in various parts of the country.  So some of what I addressed is from past insights.  MO, the info should be part of your plan.

    I'm  going off line today for some weeks.  Looking forward t ocatching up on your plan succeeded.


    ETA - A garage, especially a free standing one, might be subject to being visited by inquisitve "neighbors" living on your property.  Some of these can be quite clever.  Field  mice, chipmunks, squirrels, ants, will find their way to your treasures if it suits them.   So your plan needs to guard against their intruding.


    Edited 8/1/2009 5:14 am ET by Palady

  2. katina | | #2

    Welcome - you'll have so much fun here, and in your new sewing space


  3. decoratrice | | #3

    Welcome!  You are going to love having a space dedicated to sewing.  I second the comment about climate control, and may I add, beware of moths dropping by for lunch.  The things I love about my tiny but efficient sewing room are:  1:  The sewing cabinet I designed to fit the space and my needs.  It was quite economical to have a local cabinetmaker build it for me.  2:  A good office chair  3:  Excellent task and general lighting.  4:  My great-grandmother's spool cabinet that holds all the little things in good order  5:  A cork board above my machine where I can pin the instructions for the current project.  You may want to look for the book, Great Sewing Accessories to Sew, by Carol Parks, Sterling/Lark, ISBN 0-8069-9566-1.  It contains a wealth of ideas to make your space work better.  Modestly I add, my little sewing room is featured, along with Joyce Baldwin's custom-built, to-die-for room, with every convenience imaginable.  Good luck!



  4. Ceeayche | | #4

    Welcome to our happy little island!

    I highly recommend you consider the creature comforts as you create your room.  Most specifically the concrete floor.  I use my garage (attached) for a lot of my messier crafts.  What usually drives me back in the house is discomfort in my back due to hours standing on a concrete floor.   The concrete also stays cold.

    Good task lighting is also a challenge in my garage.

    I'm ashamed to admit, currently there's too much fabric and other craft stuff in there to park the car!!! 

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    ThreadKoe | | #5

    Hello and Welcome!
    You lucky lady! A special place to design for yourself. A sewing room is just like a kitchen design, in that you need to consider your personal work habits, equipment, storage and lighting needs. Do not forget to work in some expansion room for future purchases of new equipment if there are things on your wish list!
    Actually, I might use a kitchen layout as a template for a new sewing space for my room, if I were to re-design it. Just substitute the sewing machine for the stove, sink for the work table, and fridge for the pressing area as starter points and work from there... Cathy

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