Monday, November 07, 2016

Sewing Room Pictures

Girls in the Garden sewing room


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!
Let's start at the stairs, this is my view looking down.  So please walk on up and check out my new room and bright lights.



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.  
Girls in the Garden sewing room

My area from another angle

Girls in the Garden sewing room

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. 

Girls in the Garden sewing room


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.


Girls in the Garden - sewing room and desk area



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.

Girls in the Garden cutting table



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.  
Girls in the Garden sewing room







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

Details


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.



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45 comments:

  1. What a beautiful space! I'm sure it'll get a lot of good use, and how wonderful that it allows you to be closer to your family while you're working. I have a basement room, and you're right--it is a project and a half to get some proper lighting down there!

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    1. Thank you, it is an incredible space and I love it so much. I am amazed how much neater I keep it than my old space!

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  2. So lovely...and a practical layout, well thought-out. Here's to many hours of relaxing sewing fun!

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    1. Thanks, Patty, I am amazed how well it all worked out.

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  3. So lovely...and a practical layout, well thought-out. Here's to many hours of relaxing sewing fun!

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    1. Thank you, it is a perfect creative space

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  4. When you look at the pics of your old sewing room, while functional, you can see what an upgrade this new sewing room is! Congrats and I hope you and your daughters have many wonderful sewing adventures here!

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    1. Thanks, Carolyn, it is a perfect retreat.

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  5. Just amazing...enjoy, enjoy! and thks for sharing, loved seeing this incredible sewing space.

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  6. Your space looks great, Lori. So functional, and the best part, to be able to spend time sewing with your daughters. What a blessing. Enjoy!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa, it is very functional and so nice to have the organization again.

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  7. Such a wonderful light-filled space - enjoy!

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  8. lovely space and oooh that light, perfect.

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    1. Thanks, Beth, the light is amazing.

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  9. So beautiful Lori! You will have lots of happy times in there.

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    1. Thanks, Debbie it is used almost nightly.

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  10. A beautiful space! I can't imagine how I would design one given the chance. I am fortunate to have our second living area but it is a walk-through space (to the last bedroom, the garage) and is where our family computer is (we're empty nesters). The room is big but the layout isn't idea. However, I am thankful I do not have to pick up every time we eat dinner, or someone else needs the space, like other sewists. I do have a question about your mat. I bought that same mat at JoAnns and cut mine down to the width of my table. However, if I actually use it to cut on, I had large groves. I quit using it as a cutting mat and just use is for measuring purposes (for lack of a better description) and have my self-healing cutting mat for quilt fabric cutting. Have you had a problem cutting on the plastic mat?

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    1. Thanks, Lisa, I sent you an email about the mat but not sure it went through so answering here. This is about my 3rd or 4th mat, I do get the grooves but figured that was wear. I use this mat to do all my cutting - scissors and rotary cutter.

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  11. What a wonderful playroom for you, Lori! It is so clean and organized -- makes me jealous. As for your iron placement, I've always heard that your ironing station needs to be a few steps away from your sewing area so that you are forced to stand up on occasion and stretch!

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    1. Thanks, Cissie and thanks for the ironing board advice, it is good to stretch.

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  12. Beautiful - lucky lady! Love the flooring and the cabinets great lighting too. Getting some great ideas for my future space! What type of cover stich machine do you have? That is going to be my next machine purchase so any suggestions would be great!

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    1. Thanks, Joen, I have a babylock coverstitch machine. I really like the air threading.

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  13. What a wonderful space to sew in!

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  14. Awesome space !!!

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  15. Awesome space !!!

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  16. Beautiful space! Enjoy using it!

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  17. How beautiful Lori!

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  18. Wow it is wonderful. Lucky you. And you won't feel so bad when Meredith moves out as you will get bonus space!

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    1. Thanks, Vicki, I am very lucky. I have already been thinking of ways to use Meredith's closet for more storage!

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  19. What a beautiful and functional space. You really are fortunate. And to have friends and family to sew with, too! What a bonus!

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    1. Thanks, Catherine and you are very right, I am so fortunate

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  20. It looks lovely and an easy space to work in. You must not be stasher. I'm redoing my sewing room because we had a water leak. So I tossed a ton of stuff.

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    1. Thanks, Beth, I am not much of a stasher. I really used up my quilting fabric during the remodel - need to take pictures of 4 quilts and I went through my patterns, too.

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  21. I'm totally in love with your new sewing space, Lori! Thank you for sharing with us!

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  22. Looks fantastic, I would never want to leave. (Well maybe for fabric shopping!). The lighting in my sewing room is dreadful, I really must sort it out.

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    1. Thanks, Allison, I don't want to leave, hard to go to bed at night!

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  23. how high are your counter tops? I like my machines flush with the counter, so I wonder if it will make a difference if I inset the machines.

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    1. 31 from top of countertop to floor

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