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Janynie G. ~ Designed to a "T" - Sewing Studio

When I first opened Jaynie Gamble’s email to see her sewing room studio, I must say I was instantly in disbelief and then suddenly jealous. lol  Just kidding…. not really….

Jaynie says she designed her sewing room along with the entire house. Her husband built their home with the occasional help from friends & family which made it all the easier for her to make sure she got it exactly how she wanted it.  She wants for nothing in her new home and sewing studio…As you can totally see!

Jaynie has this to share ” Hubby is retiring in December so we will have plenty of time now to do all those finish jobs…..oh did I tell you he did all that building while working full time, 12 hour rotating shifts, 30 miles away…….he is a keeper!!!

She also hosts a “retreat” for two of her quilting gal pals every year when hubby goes on his motorcycle trip.

Now about her thoughts on the design of her room “I showed two pictures of the cutting center because I designed it with “drop ends” on both ends which change the top from 4 x 4 ft. to 4 x 8 ft.  My design wall is three 4 x 8  foam insulation boards covered with batting & screwed to the wall which gives me 12 ft wide design wall.  I decided to have a sink area for clean up when doing other crafts, which comes in really handy.  We also decided on the ironing surface on top of storage instead of conventional ironing board….I am loving that, just covered the top with one layer of batting, then canvas.”

What an excellent room, I must say! Thanks so much for sharing with us, Jaynie & hope you guys had fun at Festival!!

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Tricia E ~ Living Room to Sewing Room

That’s just what Tricia Emery from Texas, did!  Tricia says that her “new” sewing room was previously their living room.
“The only heat source in this original part of our farm house is a wood burning stove” she says.

So, they moved the living room to another part of the house in which lets her have this whole area all to herself!

Tricia’s room says “cozy” to me….Seems like a great place to “get away”. Thanks so much for sharing with us, Tricia!

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Gail B. ~ From Bedroom to Craft Room

I think this is most commonly the case with most of us crafters. Our extra bedrooms turn into sewing or craft rooms. Yay for us!  The same thing goes fro Gail B. !  Gail has had custom cabinets and shelves installed in her newly remodeled 3rd bedroom, which enables her to enjoy her passion for hours on end, browse through her magazine stash and search the internet.

You can see some of Gail’s projects on her website. You’ll also, see at the bottom of her site, links to her favorite quilt shops…Hmmm…We’re not on there….Wonder how we can get on that list (wink)….

Gail’s room seems like the perfect at home retreat! Thanks so much for sharing, Gail!

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Deb's New SewingRoom!

Though she will miss the old one, Deb has moved on, and now has another sewing room. This is Deb’s new sewing room – she’s no longer in the barn..Although, that wasn’t so bad.

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My Sewing Room at my previous house was wonderful! It was located in "the barn" which was a short distance from my house. We lived on 200 acres in east Texas. My front yard was a 100 acre hay meadow. Quite a nice place to relax!  I moved last June to a new home and will post pictures of it soon.  But in the meantime I will tell you about my last Sewing Room!

When you enter the barn you see the door to the SewingRoom at the back of it. Occasionally I would see a field mouse scurrying around but my dogs took care of the snakes, thank goodness!

 I had an 8 foot sewing table custom built for my sewing machine. It has room for my sewing machine, serger, television, and DVD player with lots of room to spare. The insert around my machine allowed me to quilt, appliqué, and piece with ease!

I replaced my rickety cutting table with a 9-foot unit. It had shelves, drawers, and even a neat place for me to store large rulers and cutting mats. I had my fabrics in clear tubs labeled with the appropriate color group. The small containers across the top of the fabric wall were all of my on-going" projects.  I also designed a 12-foot ironing center. Part of the unit was at desk height so I could just swing around in my chair and iron sitting down if I wanted to or I could stand and the elevated portion if I so choose. My Elna press was on one end with a computer and printer in this unit.

What is the best lighting to use for a SewingRoom? 

Twice as much light is needed for sewing as for casual reading. Good lighting, general and local, is essential in the sewing center and of course depends on the layout of the SewingRoom.

General light is usually provided from a ceiling fixture. General lighting requirements for a room where sewing will be done depends on the size of the room. If your room is less than 8 x 10 feet, you should have a ceiling fixture using 150 watts incandescent or 60 watts fluorescent light. If your room is 10 x 12 feet or larger in size, you will need two watts per square foot incandescent or one watt per square foot of fluorescent.

Lighting experts recommend at least 150 watts incandescent or 60 watts fluorescent local lighting for cutting, marking, and machine sewing. A light such as this should be shaded so it does not shine directly into your eyes. It should be positioned 14 inches above the working surface, 12 inches to the left of the needle, and 7 inches from the wall. The bottom of the shade should be at eye level and the inside of the shade should be white.

Deb Luttrell, Owner of Stitchin' Heaven
Deb Luttrell, Owner
Stitchin' Heaven Quilt Shop

An adjustable recessed reflector or recessed eyeball fixture positioned in the ceiling above a point 13 inches to the left of the needle and tilted toward the needle also may be used to provide local lighting for machine sewing. Fluorescent lights shielded by a panel are good under cabinets located above the sewing area.

If you use fluorescent lighting in your SewingRoom, for local or general lighting, it is best to use deluxe warm white tubes that give flattering light. It does not distort colors any more than incandescent light.

Provisions also must be made for adequate wiring in your sewing center. Locate duplex convenience outlets within easy reach of the sewing machine, iron, and other equipment you may be using. Take care to locate convenience outlets so cords plugged into the outlets will not interfere with traffic patterns. It may be desirable to install outlets 40 to 42 inches above the floor for easy access.