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Room of My Own: Sewing Space

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Category Sewing
Type Accessory
Sizing Women, Plus-sized, Men, Infant / Baby, Boys, Unisex, Children, Girls, Other, Petite
Style Whimsical, Hipster, Casual, Preppy, Holiday, Classic, Cute, Romantic, Mod, Victorian / Steampunk, Funky, Eco-Friendly, Traditional
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What was your source for this sewing project? Improvisational

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What materials did you use? A peek at my sewing space where I design handbags and machine quilt.

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What are you most proud of? SEWING STORAGE:I'm most proud of the old library card files I stripped and painted to invent a unique storage system for sewing notions. There are 120 card file drawers, each 5" wide by 17" long. We stacked the file drawer cabinet sections on a wooden bases--all painted black satin finish, and topped with laminate counter tops. I confess, it's wonderful to open a file drawer and find just the thing I was looking for. And likewise, easy to put things away. A place for everything; and everything in its place. It's an overly-organized person's dream storage. Are you an O-O? When I'm seated at the sewing machine--the first three top drawers to my right are Utilities, Needles, Measuring. First three top drawers to my left are Bobbins, Scissors, Pens/Marking. Remaining sections house Threads, Zippers, and Buttons--sorted by hue, having their own labeled drawer.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Take time for yourself, and take initiative to find a space where you can study and create. For years I created a sewing space for myself in the basement I shared with spiders. Oh yes, it was creepy spiders and poor lighting that drove me upstairs to steal away space on the dining room table. Dining room sewing was always an inconvenient mess. The downside of sewing at the dining table was--I burned up lots of time searching for various notions and tools in boxes stored in the corner of the dining room. It left me with the conviction to one day make a proper space for sewing--which came recently after I retired. I never gave up the quest asking for a personal space where I could sew and be creative. You could say I bitched a long, long time until I got my space, and you'd be right. 4 decades is a whole lot of being patient. Honestly, I never expected as grand a sewing space as what it turned out to be. I would have been happy with a modest room of my own, but shhhhhh, let's not tell my husband that now, ok?My point is--you deserve to have your own space. Fight for it. Being creative makes you a happier person. You are the splendid YOU, because you are creative.

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Oh I just love, love your space! I agree with you...being creative makes me oh so happy and more importantly gives me peace in a way I can not explain.

10/15/2013 Flag

Wow! What a neat space. Just checked out your wonderful work and you so deserve your own room. I am still in our dining room, but hubby has built me a nice fabric cabinet and my daughter helped me organize it the other day (so great to go from chaos to order!) Even so, I am bright green over here :D God bless you!

11/05/2013 Flag

When my daughter went to college I took over her room. Ten years later I am now nagging to get the bed out of there and make my woman cave an official sewing room...plus I am close to getting buried in all my stuff. Not retired yet, but I took a forced hiatus from sewing 32 years ago when she was born, and now I can't seem to stop. I too find peace and calm in colors and in making. Your space is lovely.

11/24/2013 Flag

Hi there Sizzlewaggle. You are so cool to write about your quest for a sewing room. Let me know if you need help moving that bed out of the way. It's not Mt. Everest--you can do this. Metaphors are great, and that bed is in your way. Forget every reason why you should have a spare bed. I can hear the longing in your words, "now I can't seem to stop {sewing}." Move forward and do what you have to do. Sincerely, your coach--Linda, a.k.a. Shoestring, a.k.a. Mrs. D.

11/30/2013 Flag

Hey shoestring, I just love your space and was so inspired I set up my own space in what was our study, well I have taken over half of it... I left a little bit of space for my husband! Thanks for the inspiration and I have posted up pictures of it, but it is not as wonderful as yours but it is all mine and I don't have to pack away anymore:)

03/13/2014 Flag