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Room of My Own: Sewing Space

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Category Sewing
Type Accessory
Sizing Children, Men, Girls, Other, Women, Infant / Baby, Boys, Unisex, Plus-sized, Petite
Style Classic, Cute, Romantic, Victorian / Steampunk, Holiday, Funky, Traditional, Preppy, Eco-Friendly, Whimsical, Hipster, Casual, Mod
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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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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 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

I'm very jealous of your space but so happy for you that after such a long period of time you were finally able to get such an awesome place to create. My mum has a similar sized space that I think could easily be called a crafty shop! My kiddies are still little and we have a large mortgage and small house so I'm a dining table sewer .... I dream big, as in big house small mortgage .... one day! :-)

07/28/2015 Flag

I love it. I just wish I had a room like this for each one of the crafts I do. Sewing, Gem Cutting, Gold Smithing, Wood working. and more. I need a 40 ac fiend is what my husband says.

01/08/2016 Flag