Friday, June 1, 2012

Finally!

Oh my gosh - it happened!  Last night, Brandon and I decided to make me a sewing room.  I am SO super excited!!!

future sewing room!

This space, our "green room" is our entry area, my office (see my desk at left) and the kid's art area.  But, they've really outgrown that short table and I don't see them creating in here very often, ever since we provided them with desks in their own rooms.  Now they are old enough to have all those "dangerous" art supplies in their rooms, using them unsupervised, so this space has been more or less neglected.  The other day Aria started dreaming of making it a "yarn place" filling the shelves with a rainbow of yarns and putting in a comfy chair for knitting  and a fluffy rug....

Cute idea?  Yes.  But, clearly time for mama to stake her claim!

Liam's room

So, first of all I need to clear some things out.  I spent the morning organizing our linen closet and Liam's closet to make room for the easel in his room. I actually love that kind of work!  The result is a huge stack of stuff ready to donate.  Now that I know where to put all that art stuff, it's time to reorganize the green room for me!  I'll need a huge work table, a place to put my scrap drawer system, an ironing station, shelves for my fabric stash, and - best of all a design wall.  Eeeek!

Ok, before I continue yammering on, let's get down to where you come in.  Those of you truly blessed souls who do have a sewing room, what am I forgetting?  Is there anything I haven't mentioned that really gets a lot of use?  Oh, and how do you store your thread?
 
This one from The Creative Homemaker is so practical, since it also holds bobbins.  Or, this converted frame would be a fun way to go.  But my threads are of different sizes in diameter and height, so this could be tricky.  It seems like most thread racks favor those with more uniform thread collections. 

Of course, there's also those simple pine wall-mount spool racks available at most sewing stores. Anyone had experience with those?

My design wall is going to be retractable, rolling up to where it is mounted on the ceiling with weights at the bottom to hold it flat when it's unrolled.  We settled on a retractable design because it'll come down over a large bank of windows that overlooks our back porch (so not the greatest view anyways).  Does a retractable design sound crazy?  Has anyone done or seen something like this.  Tips are most welcome!

As soon as we can make the trip to Ikea in Charlotte, I'll make the move into the green room from our dining room where I currently sew.  Wish we could go tomorrow!  It's so hard to wait when the ideas start pouring in!

Edited to add:   You guys are all so sweet to be excited for me!

Question, why have 2 tables - one for sewing, one for cutting?  I am so used to having one huge 80" long table that I do both at.   Can you tell me the benefits of splitting that up?

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  1. I love my sewing room! Congrats!

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  2. Congratulations on getting new room to sew... there are some good things about the little ones growing up!

    Love that thread rack esp b/c it also holds bobbins! I have one of the garden-variety thread rack (JoAnns)... a large one that I've hung on the wall. Unfortunately, not all my thread fits on this rack so I have a smaller one on a shelf with even more spools on the shelf. But... I can find thread quickly and easily...

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  3. Yay!! I have those simple pine things for my thread they're not as cool as some other designs but I like the thread at an angle. I have all my bobbins in containers on my sewing table.
    Your retractable design wall sounds like a great idea. Will you be able to block the light coming in thru the window so your fabric's not backlit?

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    1. Well, there's actually very little light that comes through that window, so I don't think that will be a problem. But, I do have curtains on the window which will be closed when the design wall is in use.

      One of the things about this room is that it is on the dark side. My husband is planning on building me a large, diffused light for the ceiling that should hopefully mimic natural light. I'm a little worried about that, but I think we should try!

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  4. Rachel, just make sure you have room darkening shades on the window that your design wall will cover. That way you can pull the shade and not get a bunch of light showing through part of your wall. Also, don't forget to put your sewing machine near the window for naturally lighted photos during all those tutorials you write! And I think that room looks big enough for Aria to have some yarn and a chair! :) I am lucky enough to have a den upstairs where I have my sewing room. I have a large sewing table, lots of shelves for fabric and yarn and a flannel design wall right next to the window. I love it, and I'm very excited for you!

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  5. oooooh, how exciting! Have fun putting it all together!

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  6. Congrats on your sewing room. Its so nice to have an extra space to play :).

    To me, a separate cutting table made sense, because I'm quite tall. I bought a wooden kitchen table with two wheels from Ikea (it's called Bekväm over here) and even backed it up with some slats and a chunk of wood. This way I created a kinda open drawer for my rulers.

    Have fun :)

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  7. How exciting! The retractable design wall sounds like a great idea (with noted suggestions to block the back lighting), but if you are anything like me it will be down , in use, most of the time, so consider it as a more permanent, although removable element.
    I also read somewhere that you should be careful to store thread out of sunlight, so might want to keep that in mind...that looks like a beautiful sunny room.
    Have fun with this!

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  8. I like the thread holder from Creative Home Maker. I do not like the ones you buy in the store because they will NOT hold bobbins too.

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  9. http://creatingbycami.blogspot.com/2012/02/cutting-table-plans.html

    maybe this will help as far as tables go, I plan to build one and glue some cutting mats to it.

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  10. Excited to see you're getting a sewing room. I was always impressed with what you made at your dining table. If I had to clean off my sewing area, I feel like I would sew a lot less. I don't have a sewing room yet, but I have staked claim on a room in our (hopefully) new house so I've been looking up ideas too. Right now my hubs just puts up with the mess in our living room (Bless him for it, but there are days I can't even stand it!) I do have one of those pine things for my thread and I just place the bobbin on at the base of the pin and the coordinating thread on top of the bobbin on the same pin. Seems to work out and keeps me from forgetting which bobbin and thread go together. It may not be the most exciting design, but it is pretty useful. Something else I saw was to have a pole mounted to one side of your cutting table where you can keep rolls of freezer paper, heat and bond, etc, just unroll, measure and cut to size. Seemed handy.

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  11. Lucky you, lucky you!! You will so enjoy making that space your own-you already are, aren't you! I am also angling for a cutting station in my work space-something like a kitchen island with rolling/lockable casters so I can move it away from the wall and walk all around it. I may repurpose some kitchen cabinets for the task...I've seen some people back these with pegboards to hang all the rulers-I love this idea as it would store them nice and flat. But I'm tall, so having a counter height cutting area is significant for me.
    And I do think a retractable design wall is great. I saw in the new Gering/Peterson book the suggestion for putting grommets in a flannel backed tablecloth- you can roll it right up with y fabric pieces right on there. The grommets just go over some nails or posts at the top of the wall/windows. Just another thought! Enjoy creating your new space!

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  12. I am spoiled and having a sewing room and I'm excited that you're getting one now! My biggest thing is having a cutting table. Mine is a cheap-o small kitchen table from Wal-mart that I put on risers so I could stand and cut. I love not having to switch things out on my table with my machine.

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  13. Congratulations! That is so awesome! I use those pegboard style spool racks they sell at the sewing stores & they work great. I actually mounted a peg board to one wall in my room & have them hooked in there. I really need to make one of those rolling ironing carts so that I can have reach my iron while sitting at my sewing machine. I'd look into that if I were you!

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    1. Thanks, Courtney. I also like those peg boards where people hang supplies, but maybe I'd rather have a quilt on the wall =) There's very little wall space in here.

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  14. What a great idea (envy, envy, envy). I love that you have an excuse to organize to your heart's content AND get your own "playroom" at the end of the process. It sounds like you've got a good start on planning. The only thing I would add is good lighting. I'd put several LEDs and lamps around the room, so you'll be able to see clearly whatever you do. Lucky you!

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  15. Happy for you! Can't wait to see the finished room:)

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  16. Happy for you! Can't wait to see the finished room:)

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  17. How exciting! All my thread is in a basket and the bobbins are in a Bobbin Saver. I really like the storage of the thread with the bobbins though!

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  18. Yay for you! And the lighting will be great with those huge windows!! :)

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  19. I would also get a counter height table/side board for cutting - your back will thank you! Beautiful room!

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  20. Hooray! I had a sewing room once and one of the things I loved most about it was a comfy club chair we had placed in the corner. It was perfect for my hubby to sit in and visit with me, read or work on his laptop while I sewed. It made it easier for us to spend time together when I was in the middle of a big project. :)

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  21. First off.....CONGRATS!!!! Second, I have those simple racks and they work great. I like that I can have all size of spools on them. I have them in rainbow order to be pretty *snort* I only get good light in the late afternoon and it is HOT, HOT, HOT, so my hubby put in some nice fluorescent track lighting (not the old fashioned kind..more modern!) so I can direct them in the right spots. And because I mostly sew at night when everyone is in bed anyway! I love my kitchen counter height cutting island. It is the workhorse of my room!

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  22. Yay!! That's awesome news, Rachel! I'm sure it will be a well-loved space with lots of practicality, too! I just got two additional tables from Ikea, and have them all together in the center of my room. So, two tables backed up to one another, and the third along one side of the first two. It makes a large workspace, and I have my large cutting mat on one table, my sewing machine on another, with lots of room for other things (although right now, it's still messy as I organize and put things away).

    I know you'll make your space so lovely and useful!

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    1. You guys are all so sweet to be excited for me!

      Question, why have 2 tables - one for sewing, one for cutting? I am so used to having one huge 80" long table that I do both at. Can you tell me the benefits of splitting that up?

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    2. Two tables allow different heights. My cutting table, the afore mentioned kitchen island thingy from Ikea, is much higher, because I prefer to cut standing up. No pain in my back after extended cutting/trimming sessions. BTW, the cutting table's surface is as large as my large cutting mat and the table is easily movable. If not in use, I can push it away and still have my (huge) sewing table.
      Talking about sewing table: DH built me a table from plywood to lower my sewing machine for quilting. LOVE it!

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  23. Lucky you! I would love to have a cutting table but there is no space in our studio/guest room/craft room. You will need a place for your rulers. I like my vintage plate rack that I use to store my rulers a lot ( http://needlelittlebalance.blogspot.co.at/2012/04/nahzimmer-sewing-room.html )
    and I would also include a shelf for quilt books and magazines.

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    1. I like your ruler rack! Fortunately, Brandon already built in a wide, short shelf for rulers into my scrap drawer system. And, yes, there are a TON of bookshelves in this room.

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  24. Big Congratulations!!! It's truly a lovely day for you! I have had a space of my own for a while now; but it's still a mess and I'm always telling myself that I will figure it out one day. One thing I would mention is to have a separate table where your sewing machine will live and where you will cut your fabric. I am doing both on a 4 x 6 table now and it's not big enough, I'm always having to move my machine. I'm so jealous of those that can have a design wall, my walls slope in...kind of like at attic does.

    Can't wait to see what you do

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  25. Fantastic! It sounds to me like you are well on your way! Have fun shopping and setting up your space! I think the best part of my sewing room is being able to shut the door and have my own space! And knowing that when I am done, I can shut the door and walk away no matter how neat or messy the room is...

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    1. Too bad mine will be in the entryway! But, really, at least I'll be able to leave stuff out since we won't have to eat at my work table.

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  26. Oh my gosh, this is the best news over. Really, with the amount of sewing you do, I can't believe you haven't had this til now. And this is really making me want to get off my tail and organize mine- I should be thankful and keep it neat and tidy! Anyway, CONGRATS RACH!

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  27. our biorhythms must be aligned because i spent last weekend moving my sewing space, too! i had a little area in a sunroom on our main floor but we realized we needed a place for ingrid to play that was centralized and we could contain. i converted a tiny room upstairs that was my "office" (ha!) which i never used for that purpose, into my new sewing space. i'm still getting it all set up, so i've been reading everyone's comments with interest.

    now that i have room i plan on having two tables, one for cutting and one for sewing. i'm still on the lookout for a taller desk/table to cut at (i think i looked at that ikea kitchen island someone already mentioned, which seems pretty ideal). as for design walls, i just sewed some pieces of flannel together and thumbtacked them to the wall. i'll just move this up to my new sewing room but make it a little bigger since have more space. have you seen katie's design wall? she has two layers and one of them rolls up, which sounds like what you're thinking of doing. she has a tour up today of her livudio where you can see this (http://sewkatiedid.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/blog-blast-weekend-kickoff/)!

    i also have one of those inexpensive wood thread holders from joann that i mounted on the wall, which works well for me. but i don't have that much thread. i am able to store my bobbins on it, which is great since i can have the bobbin next to the corresponding thread spool. i dream of something fancier, but it works well for me now.

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  28. it's only when i hit publish did i realize how stupidly long-winded i was... sorry. i'm just so excited for you to have your new space! you definitely deserve it!

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  29. Congrats! It will be so nice for you to have a more dedicated space for your sewing. The retractable design wall sounds very clever too. Actually Katy from Sew Katy Did just posted pics of her studio space today and she uses a roll-up design wall. Might be worth checking out. Good luck with all the fun planning and design details for your space!
    http://sewkatiedid.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/blog-blast-weekend-kickoff/

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    1. Ah Arajane was thinking the same thing! :)

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    2. Thanks! I knew I had seen something like that before, and I didn't remember who had it!

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    3. This is the link I was going to post about a rolled up design wall!

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  30. congrats Rachel. I'm still settling into my sewing room for sure in the new house. It always takes a bit of time to get a feel for the space.

    I actually was going to post about my new sewing room today, so be on the lookout for that. I just wanted to comment now before I forget to come back.

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  31. Hey! you took off the comment verification! Fabulous!

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  32. Congratulations on getting your own space! I have one (actually, two) of those pine wall thread holders from JoAnn and it works pretty well. I mostly use Gutermann thread and I can fit the spool and matching bobbin on the pegs.

    I've seen places on the web where retractable roller shade style design walls are described, but have never actually seen one. Another idea is to put grommets in your design wall fabric and a few hooks above your windows so you can take it down.

    Sounds like a fun trip to Ikea :)

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  34. This looks great! I'm going to make a design wall with insulation boards from Home Depot that measure 4'x8', but the roll up idea sounds cool. I keep my thread in little organizer rectangles in a drawer, and I don't like it. It is good to keep it out of the sun, but that rack from The Creative Homemaker looks way better!

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  35. I just finished my sewing studio a few months ago and I second (or third or fourth) all the people who suggest a counter height (or slightly higher than your sewing station anyway) cutting table. I love mine, and the few extra inches makes all the difference. The other two things I love (in addition to all the basics you already mentioned) are my pinboard (it's actually an old wall quilt) where I pin inspiration pictures and other stuff, and my comfy chair (great for crocheting/relaxing but also for all the ribbiting that winds up happening). For thread, I just got a wonderful half barrel thread holder from ROM woodworking, (http://romwoodworking.com/wall-thread-organizers.htm) when I was at MQS. It's really wonderful, I really like that it can fit multiple sizes of spools (for all those non-uniform collections). He has lots of different permutations, so check them out if you're interested. Congrats on your new space!!!

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    1. Yes, I definitely hope to make space for an inspiration board!

      Ok, I'm going to have to check and see if I do have any back pain cutting at a normal table height. I've never noticed it before!

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  36. I would recommend putting bed risers under the legs of the table you will use for cutting. Your back will thank you!

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  37. Lucky you! I'm glad I have my corner :-) Looking forward your pics. Thanks for sharing your excitement.

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  38. I have a green sewing room just exactly that color. Two tables, yes yes yes - things move faster when you don't have to clear a space to do a different task. And yes, bed risers or shoe shelves under the cutting table : your back will be so so happy with you. I use the pine thread holders - they hold different sizes of spools at once (standard, half size, Guterman-style narrow and bobbins, too. And in full view. Plus they hang on the wall.

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  39. Yay Rachel! So excited for you. I'm another fan of the counter height cutting table, it's amazing! I wish I had a place for my sewing machine to be away from my cutting surface (I sew on the same table) but I guess it helps me to keep the space more tidy since I have to clear if off all the time! Have fun setting up your space, I can't wait to see it!

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  40. congrats Rachel! I love my sewing room and I was a dining table sewer all the years our kids were growing up. I have the greatest cutting table that is like a drop leaf table so when not extended on both sides is about 40"wide X 23" deep. each leaf is an additional 40X28. It has 2 drawers 40"X 23" and a shelf at the bottom. It is on wheels that lock. I love cutting at this table and love that it is so portable. bending over and cutting at sewing table height just is not an option any more. you need 2 tables!!

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  41. exctiing news! as for a thread holder, how about an Ikea Vaeggis Noticeboard/Pinboard and - believe it or not- tooth picks! you can even cover the back and or the frame with fabric, the toothpicks will still penetrate the fabric. Full toothpicks for the thread (at an upwards angle), half toothpicks every alternate row for bobbins below. Total cost about $5.99 plus toothpicks?

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  42. I store my threads on an old printers tray (http://mousybrownshouse.typepad.com/poised-to-take-flight/2010/03/another-look-into-my-workroom.html) it works really well as it has lots of different sized gaps and is quite a bit fuller now than it was in this old photo...hope you find your own perfect solution! :D

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  43. You definitely need two tables! Your cutting table should be much higher. Use your kitchen bench height as a guide.....because isn't that you do in a kitchen - cut things up??

    This is the bench I use as a cutting table...it's an Ikea kitchen unit:
    http://chaletgirl.wordpress.com/2010/02/19/the-sewing-room-part-one/

    And it is awesome for storage!

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  44. Awesome. First off, I've heard lots of sewers say that they don't like to store their threads out in the open like that for 2 reasons... fading, and dust. When they're up on the wall like that they can really collect the dust. I keep all of mine in a fancy... shoebox :)

    Second, I also cut and sew on the same long table and I think it's great. I have a separate square table nearby for smaller design work (bags, mini quilts), or as a cutting table for patterns (no cutting mat)

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  45. First of all, how exciting for a new sewing room!! :)
    My favorite thing in my sewing room is my pegboard wall-thingy-mer-jigger. I painted it blue so it's not an ugly color, and i use it to hang my scissors, rotary cutters, rulers, seam ripper, etc... to keep them quickly accessible but out of the way. It takes up very little space on the wall, but it makes everything so much more convenient!!!

    Have fun decorating!

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  46. Congratulations on the new room. You must be buzzing with excitement! I just bought some Jam jars to store my scraps in. As for the threads spice racks may be a great way to go =D

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  47. This is exciting news!! Ikea has multi drawer boxes that I store my thread in(no dust for me) They are sorted by color and the front of the drawer is labeled. I also have an old dmc thread box which works well for thread. Buy some bobbin donuts. They stack, travel and don't let your thread unravel.

    Absolutely have your cutting table higher then your sewing table. Lots of light, don't skimp on this. An ironing table as well and I use a 2x4 solid top table again at 36"ish height. The solid table gives you a much better press. ruler racks, project bins, computer/office area, book shelves.

    Your head must be spinning in a good way:) Looking forward to seeing pics of your new space

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  48. I just wanted to give my congratulations! I'm so happy for you, as another dining room sewer I really understand how difficult it is to not have a dedicated space.

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  49. Congratulations to you, Rachel!!!!!!!!!!!! I love your space, wonderful. Great bobbin/thread rack, smart idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  50. I love my sewing room - easily the messiest room in the house with thread and little scraps of fabric all over the floor! I keep my thread in plastic boxes tucked away in an Ikea cabinet, all my fabric sorted by color in plastic boxes. My sewing machine is on a sewing table and I cut on the opposite side of the table (it's like a drop leaf table but it's always up). I got an Ott light awhile ago - couldn't sew without it. Have fun! (Also, I have an Expedit from Ikea in a bathroom but it would be great in a sewing room - it's beefy).

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  51. Yay! that is great! I would love a sewing/yarn room! I do do less sewing especially big projects because I have to pack everything away for dinner!I love projects that I know will not take long. My dining room is also on the dark side and is often shared with 2 of my three daughters painting etc! I would definitely have 2 tables, one higher for cutting. Can't wait to see your progress!

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  52. Congratulations! It is so nice t have dedicated space! :). I would love to have two tables with different heights someday... I would love my cutting table to be a bit lower, but a nice big table would be awesome, too! Can't wait to see how it looks when you finish... I am sure it will be awesome! Oh, and I have found some really great shelves/a hutch and cabinet at Goodwill, which saved me a bunch of money!

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  53. Congrats! I have one more idea. You might want to get an ott light. You said the area was on the dark side and the ott light really helps. I love mine. I also have a higher cutting table. It saves my back.

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  54. Congratulations on the new sewing room! I have a ruler wall, where I have hung up all my quilting rulers. Here are few links: http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com/?p=1796, http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com/?p=1763. My friend CeLynn just put up a great post about a way to hang blocks - I really want one of these and she got it at IKEA: http://celynnssunflowerpatch.blogspot.com/2012/05/weekend-projects.html. I have no idea oh how to store thread. I keep mine in mason jars and just throw in it - my daughter (she's 2) likes to empty them out and play with the spools when I'm not using the, they look pretty but they aren't great for quick and easy access. Here is a link to how I store my thread and some of my scraps and other crafting stuff: http://www.createdbycori.blogspot.com/2012/03/spring-clean-craft-room-series-with_29.html. I'm sorry for all the links, couldn't think of a better way to show you :) Have fun getting all set up!

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  55. For me, two tables are essential since I am tall and like my cutting table to be a decent height... if I had to bend over to cut on a table that was the correct height for sewing, I would be very unhappy. Plus, I can have fabric on my cutting table and leave it there while I am sewing on my sewing table?
    I keep thread in containers by colour for quilting and all my piecing is done with neutral threads so having it all out for me to see isn't important plus it stays dust free and the light won't fade it if it is put away. I have a friend who has lots of spool racks for thread but they get so dusty?
    The best advice I can give you is plan so that you can find what you need when you want it, to have everything easily reachable and not have to move things to get at stuff that is hidden behind or underneath.

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  56. I don't have a sewing room (so I'm living vicariously through you) but I will throw in my 2 cents that the Creative Homemaker thread holder looks awesome because you can put the bobbins on there. Every time I look at holders I immediately think about the lack of practical bobbin space. :)

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  57. Good for you! That is SOOO exciting!! I have absolutely no advice for you, since I have no sewing room of my own, and my thread "rack" is an old fishing/bait container. You do what ya gotta do :) Congrats!

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  58. I don't know if this has already been mentioned but having a table at bar height is so much better than a regular dining room level as it saves your back when cutting. I have one big super long table too and I love it. Another thing would be to position your sewing machine so it looks into the room and not at a wall. Preferably at the door, a little trick I learned from fung shui. And about your design wall instead of retractable to the ceiling how about pulling across like a curtain shade and backing it with that light blocking fabric. Okay those are my sewing room tips ;) It took me a good year before I had mine just the way I like it...you'll work in it and figure out where things need to be. Enjoy!

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  59. Oh so excited for you and your sewing room! I do not have a sewing room, but a good space in a bedroom for my machine and sewing with a nice L shape space. I have taken over the dining room for standing and cutting. Two tables are a must so you always have space for sewing and for cutting. I also use a wooden thread holder that I picked up at the craft store years ago to hold a good collection of my thread that hangs on the wall. I also have some in bins and inside the cabinet of my machine. I keep most of my bobbins sorted by color in little containers, that way they are less likely to get knocked off and tangled. Good luck and have fun making the space all yours!

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  60. Woohoo!! That is just SO exciting! I can't to see how it all comes together.

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  61. I want to address the ironing. How often when piecing do you really need a full ironing board? I have the wood and metal one that was my grandmothers, it even has the 50s label on it. I have a quilters grid pad on it and it hangs on a hook on my closet door. I can easily lift it down to iron big pieces and hang it up again. For day to day piecing I have a iron pad/cutting mat I found new for $1 at a yard sale. It fits on the pull out board on the right side of my sewing desk sometimes I put on top of the book case on the left side. It is easily accessible without getting up. I can sew seams and then press quickly.

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  62. Oh I'm so happy for you! I know what it's like to sew in "common" space... and it's tough to keep it all put away neatly so the whole family doesn't have to look at the mess. :)

    For thread, I have a desk for my sewing machine table with a pull out "keyboard" tray that I have one of those thread trays sitting on. I also have a couple of those round rubber bobbin holders on the tray. Makes for easy access to the threads.

    As for two different tables, well I wouldn't know anything about that... I do all of my cutting on the floor... always have.

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  63. Hi Rachel. What fun. I am super excited for you too.

    I would definitely recommend two tables. A cutting table is better for your back if higher, so you don't have to lean over. I have an Ikea trestle with changeable height - cheap as chips but looks great. The benefit of a taller table is more storage space underneath also.

    I store my threads in little pigeon holes where I can group like colours. It makes for a great visual in a sewing room too. You can see photos of my thread holders and cutting table in my flickr stream. http://www.flickr.com/photos/townmouse/sets/72157600275251086/

    I will look forward to seeing future posts on your studio. You've inspired me to have a bit of a clean up in mine.

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    1. How nice to have your own sewing space. I started out in our basement in a small dark corner with gross fluorescent lights, yuck. It was awful. When our son moved out on his own he was barely out of the driveway and I had taken over his room!!! Nice big window, great light...I am one happy camper. It's so nice to have your own creative space. My husband has helped to make my space great. He put shelves in the closet for my stash so it is all nicely organized. The best thing he did for me tho is make my thread organizer. It is so awesome, I keep telling him he could sell these things. He is a retired banker turned woodworker. My thread organizer is made of beautiful solid cherry. It has 4 drawers and the top 2 drawers are for thread. He made the coolest little inserts to hold my spools and even made some of the inserts larger to hold the larger sized spools. This cabinet sits nicely next to my machine underneath the table which my machine is on. It is so handy I just LOVE it. I keep my bobbins in one of those plastic round things in another drawer in this cabinet. I would love to send a picture of this to you if you would like to see it. Now that I have this cabinet I wonder how I lived without it, it stores my needles, rippers, thread, scissors etc. It's so solid and beautifully made I guess I'm rambling. I think everyone should have one!! Let me know, he would take orders!

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  64. I agree 2 tables for sure. I have one that I got at IKEA that has adjustable legs. Right now it's standing height, but could be lowered for another sewing table.My thread is on one of those in expensive wooden racks, I like it because it holds all sizes of spools. Have fun designing your room, can't wait to see the finished room.

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  65. Oh joy! You're excitement is infectious! Looking forward to seeing it all come together. I don't have a sewing room myself but the ideal one for me would be a combination of practical and homeliness. So i love Aria's idea of a comfy chair, balls of yarn area. Maybe covered with some AMH home dec? :) I would definitely go with the thread rack that holds the bobbins too.

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  66. Congratulations on getting your own sewing space. the only thing I would add is a bulletin board. I have one in front of my machine on the wall and I can pin up the pattern I am following or a pattern that I want to try. It also holds notes on stuff I need to finish and when. I use a box for my threads. It works for me for now but I would really like one on the wall but two of my walls are slanted so I don't have a place to put one right now.

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  67. Congratulations on getting your own sewing space, that's fantastic! As for the benefits of having two tables, for me the main one is that I always spread out on my sewing table. A small pile of fabric, some WIPs, a pattern, some books, scissors and other things I'll need whilst sewing.
    Having a second table would mean I could leave that second one just for cutting fabric, I wouldn't have to push things over and clear some space. And you can get a table or workbench that is high enough that you don't have to bend too much, better for your back :)
    Good luck with it all, I can't wait to see what your finished space looks like

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  68. Huge congratulations on getting your own sewing room, you wont know yourself! :) As for two tables. YES YES YES My cutting table is up on castors so it is at a better height for cutting. My design wall also goes from the top of this table to the ceiling. This is great as no small children can "rearrange" your wall for you (I have a 3 year old...lesson learnt!) My first design wall hung down over windows and was unsuccessul :( I would put up some blocks and then they would just fall off. Works much better now mounted on boards so you can press your works on a ittle and they stay there more. Heavier/larger blocks only need a pin to help hold in place.

    OK back on track ... second table is for sewing. Nice big and clear of all things so I can just sit and sew. Cutting table (remember it's highter) has room for rulers, cutters, patterns and a "to be sorted" scrap pile and when I want to sew I don't have to clean it off / pack it up / move stuff.

    Looking forward to seeing your sewing space "come alive" :o)

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  69. What a fantastic space - full of opportunity. I don't think I have much to add (and I haven't read all the comments) but I will say make sure your fabric storage shelves/system is out of direct sunlight so you don't get fading. My only 2 cents! Have fun with it all.

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  70. O yes ! Here we go ! I inherited my first sewing room this year when my oldest daughter moved out . It's been fun decorating it . I bought 2 tables from ikea that you can change the leg height . So my cutting table is at the max height . This table sits in the middle of the room and is big enough but also small enough for me to access my cutting mat from three sides . Makes cutting so much easier . I also have white plastic tray organizers for extra things like templates or scraps or to separate pieces for a block as I cut out . Each project has different needs ,so I have a choice of sizes . I have pincushion and cutters there too . Ironing board very close by too . My sewing table is bigger than the cutting table . I keep it as clear as possible with a pincushion and adjustable lamp. Place machine closer to the right of the table so that you have a bigger work area to the left of your sewing machine .
    Shelves are also Ikea. They have so many . I found some that fitted perfectly into my space and I bought little boxed shelves to insert for my fat quarters . Oo I love my sewing room . I have kept my threads in a glass vase because I love the look , maybe not very practical !!

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  71. So excited for you! There is something so awesome about starting fresh and decorating a new space. I have my own room it started off as my office for my web design and is now a full blown sewing design room.not sure where the baby is going to go though once he is older :S. somethings I have found crucial in my room...
    I have a cheap design wall that really gets the job done, it is a vinyl picnic table cloth hanging on a curtain rod, everything sticks to it really well. I did this so I could take it down and use my wall for wall basting. Recently I had my patchwork prism taking up my wall and really needed it do I bought another cheap tablecloth and hung it over my closet doors. Second has been my bookshelf of project bins. I have those 12x12 bins from Ikea and I put stuff from each WiP in each bin, this really keeps it organized. As for thread I need a solution for this too. Currently I have my thread in what used to be a standing jewelry cabinet and to keep my spools and bobbins together I used pipe cleaners threaded through each. I have a ton of desks in my room an area for my iMac and extra monitor. I have a cutting area where my mat is always out. A sewing area, with my mini clover station right next to it for fast pressing, I have an ironing board hanging from the back of my door and that's about it!

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  72. Congratulations, Rachel! That is so wonderful that you'll have your own designated space for sewing. It's so important. I wish you lots of creating in your new spot and good luck getting it all set up--I know you'll make it lovely.

    (And I love that first thread holder---how clever to keep the spool and matching bobbin right there next to each other!)

    In my studio I have two tables. One is a 6' long on that is more like kitchen-counter-height so I don't have to stoop when cutting. The other is a standard height desk which has my sewing machine and serger.

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  73. You will love having your own space!I use the pine thread racks from Joannes...and have had no trouble with them at all...Mine has long enough spindles that the thread and matching bobbin sit together..
    I have three folding tables... one is 8 ft long and is on bed risers as I am tall (5'9") and it really saves my back when cutting. The other two are in an L shape and surround my sewing table..

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  74. Check out the amazing thread holder at this website: http://www.festotu.com/blog/blog_eng/tutorials/family_tutorials_how_to_thread_rack/

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  75. I have a thread storage issue too. I love the one with the bobbin pegs but my spools are different brands and different sizes. I keep them in a plastic bin now but it's not fun to sort through when I need a spool (or if the bin gets knocked over by a well-meaning kiddo). I have two tables. I used to use one but was always clearing it for cutting. I have the tall craft table that has the sides that drop. If I need to I can drop the sides and slide it up against the wall to make room. I've also used it as a buffet for parties.

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  76. Two summers ago my husband gave up any clain on our office/sewing room because it was such a mess with my sewing stuff he couldn't get in there anyway. :) to calm the mess he built me custom cabinetry for the space including a large square table for cutting that I can easily stand and cut at and a cut-out space for my sewing machine to fit into to make my sewing surface level. He's awesome, I know. One of my drawers has tiny dowels set in at different widths in rows to hold all of my different threads. I can just close the drawer and the thread is out of sight!

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  77. WaHoo!!! . . . every quilter deserves a dedicated studio space. Very happy for you. I have laminate cabinets that provide a ton of storage and are just the right height for cutting. A separate sewing table was my big splurge when I was able to afford it and love having the machine flush in the table top. Couldn't live without my design wall and often wish it were twice as large. No great system yet for thread but your questions have me thinking that might be the next issue to tackle. You can see my studio on my blog. Maybe it will give you some ideas. have fun dreaming and creating your new space.

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  78. Something I would LOVE to have at home(I have one at work) is a table covered to make a large pressing area. Ironing boards annoy the heck out of me and are so easy to knock over, and it is nice to have a larger area to press quilt tops and larger blocks. An inset sewing table is so nice too. I've been sewing at my kitchen table this week, and I don't know how people sew like that all the time; it's driving me nuts! So jealous of your new space! Congrats!

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  79. So, so exciting! I have one of those pine racks you mentioned for my thread. I put the spool on the dowel just under the spool, so I never have to search when I need to use the color. My two tables are essential. I'm a tall girl, so I need my cutting table to be a lot higher or my back kills me after cutting - in fact, I really need it to be higher than it is (I put bed risers under the table legs, but they're still a smidge too short). The sewing machine, though, while still higher than the average sewing table, needs to be lower than my cutting surface. It just depend upon how tall you are!

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  80. Obviously I meant I put the bobbin under the spool...

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  81. Congrats on the room! I finally purchased a cutting table bcuz I had to cut on my dining table and it was very hard on my back to do all that bending. Now I can cut to my heart's content nd no backache!

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  82. I have a taller cutting table that my kids got me for Christmas years ago from Joann's that I love and so does my back...wasn't an issue when I was younger! I use a Koala sewing machine table with the lift thing for the sewing machine, large area to the left side for quilting (also with a window to that side so i have lots of light and can face the room)and additional work surface to the rear. The swing out door on this table has bins, the large bottom ones are used to store my thread in freezer bags sorted by color. I like the (cheap) dust-free storage and the close proximity to my machine, plus I wanted to use the wall space for other things. More thread? just change the size of the bag! The two large surfaces and the wonderful room we just added last year provides a nice area for friends to come and sew, too, which happens fairly often since I now have the space! Hope you enjoy what you come up with...keep tweaking it till it works for you!

    One more thing...every decade I have needed more light in order to see as well as I need to...love the Ott lights, add them wherever you can. I have some Ott tubes am planning to put in fixtures in the ceiling soon, besides two Ott floor lamps already in use, in addition to recessed general lighting.

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  83. Oh my gosh, I would love a sewing/craft room. I only ever had a room in one house that we lived in that I could actually have as a separate room. I find I don't do the sewing I would like to do because it's too hard having to pack and unpack the table every time I want to sew. I'm happy for you that you are getting a sewing room. Awesome!!!

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  84. Congratulations on a new sewing room! I finally have one, too, but it, uh, needs some organizing.
    So. The benefit of splitting up the tables is so you can always have room to cut and one to sew away. You never know when you need to cut just one more piece....or if an inspiration hits you while sewing!

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  85. Wow, Rachel, this is awesome!! And, it makes such a big difference to have a dedicated space-- I did this a few months ago (moved all my stuff up to our loft and relocated everything that had been there), and I *love* not having to clean up all my projects every time we have a meal!

    I also decided to go with 2 tables that I put in the corner of the room in an L shape-- I love being able to lay something out on my cutting table beside me and just turn to reach it or to trim something. Having it on the same table wouldn't be bad, but it might be a little harder to reach without getting up out of my chair. That may make me sound lazy, but it's really nice to not have to scootch the chair in and out every time I need to grab another piece of fabric!
    Can't wait to see the new space when it's put together!

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  86. I love having two tables. I can pull one out away from the wall so I can walk around all sides while leaving the table with the machine in place. As for thread, I have a clear container made for holding thread that stacks well on a shelf with my other little organized caddies.

    So excited for you to finally have a place of your own! I always think of you sewing in your dining room whenever I get frustrated with my room!

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  87. I saw Katie's (from sewkatiedid) sewing room blog post and she had a roll up design wall. She mentioned something about having the back be laminate so everything stays in place. She didn't elaborate but I'm sure if you asked, she'd tell you how to make it. Here's the blog post:
    http://sewkatiedid.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/blog-blast-weekend-kickoff/

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  88. I'm really excited by this retractable design wall idea! I am a grad student and consequently live in a one-bedroom apartment (I can only dream of having surplus rooms dedicated to sewing space and the like!) I have a large blank wall in my dining area which is where I do most of my sewing, but I've never wanted to block my wall decor. I've considered making one on a big piece of foam that I could hide under the couch when not in use, but this idea might be even better.

    Anyway, thanks for the great idea!

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  89. Oooh, lucky duck, but fancy squishing Aria's dreams... nah, you're right, she can wait til she buys her own house for that ;o) I have 2 tables, one for cutting, one for sewing, and I find it easier with the separate spaces when organising projects (because, you know, working on only one at a time is soooo boring ;o) )

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  90. I'm new to your blog (love it!) and late with this comment, but I store my thread in plastic containers that were designed to hold Hot Wheels cars. The containers are see through, have lids on both sides, and compartments that can hold varying sizes of spools. It's easy to see the colors that way, and easy to take on the road or stash in the closet.

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  94. hi rachel! i'm sure by now you are VERY well settled in to your wonderful sewing room! have you got your design wall done? i'd love to know how it was done as i have a perfect spot for one but not sure where to start. thanks so much for your time in answering this!

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