The sewing room is finally finished! I unpacked the last box and quickly took pictures before I started sewing. It is so neat and clean and organized!
The photos worked best taking them at night, I had too much sun coming in the windows for daytime photos. This was never a problem in the unfinished basement sewing room with only overhead fluorescent lights. The electrician for the remodel is one of my best friend's husband and he did an amazing job. My friend owns the local quilt store so he knows the importance of task/sewing lighting. We worked on getting good lighting and plenty of lighting in the sewing loft. In fact, he said if he knew how bad the lighting was in my old sewing room he would of wired me lights for free!
Okay, back to the tour. At the top of the stairs this is the what you see. First is my sewing machine and at the corner is my serger and coverstitch machine. This makes a great work area. The machine with the mini quilt over the top is Meredith's.
My area from another angle
From the above angle, you can tell why I picked this spot to have my sewing machine, just look at the big window for my daytime view. At first I was worried about the big fan blocking my view but when I sit at my machine, my view is below the fan. Here is a daytime view
Let's continue around the room, you notice a door and in the very first picture my ironing board is in front of the door. This is the ideal place for the ironing board, my own problem placement in the entire room. Well, this will work come mid-December but for now the ironing board is between the desk area and the cutting table.
The reason the door cannot be blocked is this leads into Meredith's room.
With four girls in the house and the last two were twins, we made the walk-in attic a playroom and then a bedroom. This bedroom is huge and Meredith has had this room, since Erin moved out for college! Meredith will be moving out in mid-December, time for the nursing practicum and she has her first choice hospital. I am so happy for her but will really miss her, plus we will officially be empty-nesters.
During the remodel, we decided to make better closets in Meredith's bedroom. As you walk in the one closet on the left is the smaller one and stores my sewing goodies.(blurry photo below).
Meredith has a bigger closet on the right, so when she moves out, I will be taking over the closet space! Lots of shelves to organize my patterns.
Now to the right of the door is a desk area, blogging and bill paying work great here. Also, it is the first time I have had a television in my sewing area. It is really nice and I am finding several shows I like to watch.
Last stop is the cutting table, which was built locally and designed by me. . A shelf for projects and pressing notions, drop down sides to add extra table surface. The drawer was added by the furniture builder and I love the extra storage. My table is a more narrow than the cutting tables you can buy at Joann's but the wider table really cut into the area. Meredith and Kaitlyn gave me Joann's large cutting mat for my birthday and Mike trimmed it to fit with his table saw.
Finally, a better photo of the cutting area and the desk area. The ironing board works just fine here and is just a few steps from my machine.
I really want to express how fortunate I feel to have this amazing space and I just love being in here so much. The remodel took several months and living in the house during it was very difficult but having a great kitchen and beautiful sewing room made it all worth it. In fact, I hardly remember that part at all. I have always had a dedicated sewing space in this home and it was wonderful to have such a space. You can see this space here and here. My new space lets me feel more connected to family and just to see sunlight is such a game changer. One more funny thing about the old sewing room, when my cell phone would ring, I would have to run up the basement stairs to talk. No more running up the stairs several times in a sewing session, though I did get lots of exercise!
It was very important to me to have several work areas in my sewing room. I wanted a space where friends could come and sew. The laptop can be moved from the desk and a sewing machine set up there, too. Three of my four daughters can sew but the twins are the ones that love to quilt and now the three of us have plenty of room to work and hang out together. They just need to get through this semester so we can do that!
One more look and I think in each one of the photos, you can see how wonderful the lighting is. Another change when Meredith moves out, I will move my coverstitch machine down to her spot.
Thanks for reading about my sewing room and once again I want to express how blessed I feel to have such a space. I don't take this space lightly and it is amazing how much neater I keep this area than my old sewing room. Mike along with the cabinet builder were the ones who really helped to plan the location of the cabinets and the work areas. I told them briefly what I wanted for work spaces and storage
Wall Paint - Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter
Cabinet color - Benjamin Moore Galveston Gray
Chairs - Ikea
Flooring - Flooring America vinyl plank, salesman recommendation to handle the rolling desk chairs.