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Sewing spaces

moira | Posted in General Discussion on

I don’t suppose this is even for a real discussion – but I know that you sewers will appreciate my little treat. Normally I use one of my daughters’ bedrooms as a sewing room, but with them all home for Christmas I had to make it ‘her’ room again. However I went to Ikea and bought a tiny desk on which I’ve been able to set up my machines in a corner of a landing, so I can always go and run up some little thing when the mood takes me. Even the tiniest space is such a pleasure to have. I feel like I’ve lost my arm when my machine is packed away in a case, and not accessible.


  1. rsolish | | #1

    i know just what you mean, my sewing room is also my guest room so when we have guests i can't sew.and if there staying for a long time i get itchie and can't wait to get my sewing room back.

  2. Ckbklady | | #2

    Oh, I can relate. I have to sew at the kitchen table, and I have been known to cover my machine with a big silver serving platter cover so I don't have to remove it from the table even when we're eating. It looks we're serving it with dinner!

    A sewing room, someday, someday...:) Mary

    1. MaryinColorado | | #4

      I love this!!!  Serving up the perfect dish!  Too too funny, this is truly original!  Mary

      1. Ckbklady | | #5

        Yeah, it's a hoot. The only concession I make is that I unplug the machine and tuck the cords under the silver cover. Otherwise it would look like a dish from A Clockwork Orange, and nobody wants THAT!

        :) Mary

  3. dionna | | #3

    I know how you feel about your sewing space I use my bedroom for my sewing room but I havent been able to sew because I have pacced every thing up until move I have to find a apartment large enough for every thing thats not to expensive the larger the place the more expensive so I will have to keep looking I will give myself until January 25th if I don't find any thing I will move out of town   

    Edited 1/1/2008 2:59 pm by dionna

    Edited 1/1/2008 3:00 pm by dionna

  4. SAAM | | #6

    I can absolutely relate. When my second daughter moved into her own apartment, her bedroom became my sewing room. It was lovely to spread out and have everything ready for sewing at a moment's notice. Unfortunately, my daughter fell onto hard times and moved back home for "a short while." This was two years ago. My daughter assured me that of course the room would still be mine, she would just sleep there, and I could come in to sew whenever I wanted. Ha! Every few weeks, my things would be "reorganized," which meant they were moved and moved again until I had no idea where anything was, and many of my things were "reorganized" out into the hallway. Now I am once again sewing in my dining room. Sigh! I still have to search for many of the items I need when I start a project, and some things, I have just bought new because I've given up on finding the originals until my daughter once again moves into her own place. I have projects in bags on many of the extra dining room chairs, and, of course, I always have to stop early and clean up so we can have a place to eat dinner.But I guess this is what we do for our children. My mantra is "patience!" My daughter is once again working (while also going to college full-time; she's a senior) and is talking about finding her own place because she "doesn't have enough room for her stuff here." I just bite my tongue and try not to look too anxious, but I can hardly wait. :)Sherry

    1. MaryinColorado | | #7

      I've had the same problem for many years.  My daughter and three grandchildren have moved in and out of our home more times than I can count. 

      They moved out the last time in March.  I'm still trying to find all the things we packed away.  Luckily we found all the Christmas decorations and stockings in time for the holidays. 

      I'm still trying to organize my sewing studio, at least my machines are set up now.  Just think how wonderful it will be when you get your sewing space back!  (I put all the duplicate supplies togeather for my granddaughter so now she's well stocked).

      Your daughter will appreciate all your support and knows what a wonderful mom you are to help her reach her goals.  God bless you! 

      Have you thought about making your dress to wear for her graduation?  Mary

      1. SAAM | | #8

        Hi Mary,Thanks for commiserating. What a wonderful idea to look ahead and start planning for my daughter's graduation. I've spent so much time sewing for my girls (I have three) that it's been ages since I've made something for myself. The last dress I worked on for myself had major issues (a pattern problem, I think) and is sitting in a crumpled heap on (you guessed it!) one of my dining room chairs.The thing is, I really am very proud of my daughter. She has taken the time to really figure out what she wants to do and will be graduating from college with a double major, plus she has worked hard both to help pay for her education and to earn high grades. We're going to have a big party when she finishes to celebrate her accomplishment.The other thing I remind myself of is that soon she really will be moving into her own life and I must treasure the time we have together now. From that perspective, a bit of inconvenience is well worth it.Sherry

        1. MaryinColorado | | #9

          A double major, wow!  She sounds like a very dedicated student, and working too.  What a wonderful celebration you will be having.  I'm sure you are so proud of her! 

          "Treasure every moment that you have.  Yesterday is history.  Tomorrow is a mystery.  Today is a gift.  That's why it's called the "present".  Eleanore Roosevelt


          1. SAAM | | #10

            Indeed, I am proud of her. And I often feel she gets stuck in middle child syndrome. This evening I was working on a dress for her that had been my November challenge, but had been put aside because my youngest has been repeatedly hospitalized over the past few months. The dress is a beautiful cinnamon colored raw silk that I'm lining with a tan rayon. I'm using Vogue 7362 (the dress with long sleeves) and I'm hoping to have the dress finished for her by the end of this week. She has been waiting patiently for so long.I've followed your progress on your quilt for your grandson and your explorations of your new embroidery program. It must be so nice to have all of your equipment set up so you can get right down to work when inspiration strikes.Sherry

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