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My sewing room

thimbles1260 | Posted in General Discussion on

I’ve been working on my sewing room since this summer.  We put in a window (It’s a basement room) and I hauled out a lot of junk! <BG>  We added lighting and I bought a new sewing table and did some rearranging.  I’m getting down to the finishing now.  I’ve pieced a valance for the window and made matching covers for my machines.  I’m looking at the ironing board now.  I’m tempted to piece an ironing board cover, that way I wouldn’t have to buy more fabric, but I’m wondering if a pieced cover would mark garments when I press them.  What do you think?


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    Becky-book | | #1

    yes, I think it would.


  2. rsolish | | #2

    congratulations on the "new" sewing room and thanks for bringing up the subject!!
    i was also thinking about piecing an ironing board cover and didn't think twice about it.Raya from Netanya

  3. Josefly | | #3

    Good for you. Hope you enjoy your new space.

  4. sewitfits | | #4

    I think you will really enjoy sewing in your newly remodeled sewing haven.  Congratulations!  So, when do we get to see pictures of the finished product? 


  5. suesew | | #5

    I agree a pieced cover could mark some fabrics. I suppose it could depend on what kind of sewing you do. I would never press a satin wedding dress on it. Could you use at least one large piece so that you have at least one large area that would be smooth for anything that might take a special attention?

    1. solosmocker | | #6

      I used the same fabric that I used for my drapes on the ironing board. I don't iron directly on it because it cost me too much. I throw a folded towel on top and iron on that. If I need more space, which is rare, I use the regular laundry room ironing board, nothing fancy.Congratulations on your room. You must be excited to have it close to being complete.

      Edited 1/30/2007 11:05 pm ET by solosmocker

      1. thimbles1260 | | #7

        Thanks to all who replied!  This group is always so encouraging, I love it!  I decided to bite the bullet and buy another length of fabric for the ironing board.  It may be a bit more decorative than practical but.....oh well!  I'm going to make a pieced curtain to hand over my messy shelves and then I'll send some pictures.  My motto, "If you don't want to clean it, hide it!"  LOL

        1. Josefly | | #8

          You may've already bought your decorative fabric, but for what it's worth...Why not make your pieced cover as a purely decorative cover for your ironing board, with only elastic around the edges to hold it on, (or pretty ribbons to tie underneath) and when you really want to iron, whip off the pretty cover, revealing a different cover underneath which is more securely attached and which can take high heat and steam without making impressions on your fabrics or garments?

          1. thimbles1260 | | #9

            Good idea!  I'll have to think about that one!  I like the idea of protecting the new cover too.  Only thing is, I may protect it to the point of using it as an excuse not to iron!  LOL

          2. Josefly | | #10

            Heh-heh. That's the whole idea, isn't it? you could prop it up against the wall and with some pins or thumb-tacks, use it as a message center. I'm reminded of an Erma Bombeck article from many years ago, in which she said her daughter-in-law (I think) didn't know the difference between an iron and an oven.

          3. thimbles1260 | | #11

            Cute!  Have you read and of her books?  They're hysterical!  Actually, I enjoy ironing my new fabrics when I get them.  I love to touch and iron, feel and look at them.  Now day-to-day ironing?  Not if I can get around it!  Drier fluffed works for me!!  LOL

          4. Josefly | | #12

            Yes, Erma Bombeck was a very funny lady. I have read a couple of her books, and agree with you. Also agree about ironing in general, but wearing a lot of cottons and linens as I do, I'm usually pretty busy ironing in the summer.

  6. Cherrypops | | #13

    How is your sewing room? Are you happy with it now?


    1. jgrue | | #14

      It's been years since I recovered my ironing board but I was very happy with it. I made it deeper than most covers you can buy so it wouldn't be slipping around. The fabric that I used was a heavy muslin, like a press cloth. I made a tunnel for the cord so I could draw it up tight. For me the key was using a light colored wool blanket for padding under the cover--really works so much better when you are pressing things. I had to iron a silk satin wedding dress so many times as I would take it in and let it out for my daughter-in-law until I finally told her that this was it--it worked out fine in the end.

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