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Do you have a room; a small space, a large place, a secret hiding place or nook in your home dedicated to your sewing projects?

In my new home I have a small room, which was probably a maid’s room at some time in the early 1900s, that has been donned as the sewing room. It is a very sweet space with moldings on one wall, tin ceilings, a large window and an even larger built-in cabinet. I painted this room the color of “Heirloom Lace”, installed an old Victorian shelf above my desk, placed some amethyst & crystals on the windowsill and began working on my design projects before even painting the trim or the baseboards or molding. I’d like to place some cork board on the wall, paint it white to create a blank canvas to pin up images of inspiration, drawings my friends have made me, photos and art. My boyfriend & I plan to build a large cutting / screen printing table in the adjacent room, but for the time being I feel settled enough to sit and work.

Where do you work? Do you surround yourself with striking visuals or prefer a more minimalist setting? Does it matter where you sew if you’re really into the project anyway?

Hi guys,
We are working on posting a slide show or presentation to feature your sewing spaces. We are troubleshooting exactly how we are going to present this to the community, but in the meantime, anyone who wishes to submit photos of their sewing rooms can do so by following these directions:

Take a picture of your space
Size: 300dpi
Width: No Less than 600pixels wide

Optional Description, 350 words or less

Email it to: alison@burdastyle.com

*If you don’t follow the guidelines I will not be able to post your sewing room, so please make sure to double check the specifications in order to show us your loved space! Okay? :)


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    Mar 10, 2010, 11.57 AMby Anna Aasbjerg

    My sewing room is actually my dining room and some of my living room. I’m planning on finding a bigger place in the centre of Odense (DK) this summer. Want to have a room for all my creative projects, where I can close the door, when people visit me ;-) I’m hoping, within the next year or so, to get started on sewing clothes for other people/starting a small business, “with a little help from my friends”. So, all in all, my sewing room is currently most of my little house. ;-)

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    Mar 10, 2010, 10.20 AMby katensew

    I recently moved out of the "spare " room to make space for a folding bed – then I moved to my bedroom where I had a corner – now that the spring sunshine warms the conservatory I have moved my machines and cutting table through to there — although sewing sundries remain in the bedroom. It was really warm in there yesterday and I made 2 tabards in the day – so pleased with this arrangement . Come Autumn I shall move back to the bedroom as I am hoping to have built in furniture erected – with a corner dedicated to sewing !!

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      Mar 10, 2010, 07.44 PMby alisondahl

      OMG that sounds like a dream!

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    Mar 10, 2010, 10.11 AMby janul

    Wish I had a room for myself… not only for sewing, because I paint and make dolls too. I do everything in our living room, which is also our bedroom now. Quite tiring sometimes, because I have to set up and clean everything at the end of the day. I sew at our coffee table and have to carry the sewing machine here and there… I store it in the bookshelf. :)

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      Mar 10, 2010, 07.27 PMby batchix

      Oh man, i hear you there! our bedroom is thankfully separate, but i sew and cast dolls in our living room. I’m terrible tho, and i don’t clean up my mess.

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      Mar 10, 2010, 07.44 PMby alisondahl

      I know what you mean! The last space I was living in was a huge open loft. The bar in the kitchen was perfect for cutting fabric on and I could spread out all over the huge common area- until everyone came home. Then I’d have to clean up and be limited to a small space…

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    Mar 10, 2010, 09.40 AMby crazybluecat

    oh wow, a sewing room … right now i’m sewing on my working desk, and it’s in our bedroom. on the right side of the desk is my laptop, and on the left side my sewing machine – always ready ;) really want to set up a special room one day, even a small simple one. well… when we move out to a bigger house (wish me luck!) :D happy sewing everyone !

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    Mar 10, 2010, 08.57 AMby irmchen

    In the past, I had a great and beautiful sewingroom… . Today not – but I am missing it not at all – everything is fine: At the weekend my flat turns into a fantastic workshop! The sewing machine is placed at the kitchen table and the iron board stands in the middle of my living-room next door. To cut some fabric or to draw patterns, I put a great tabletop over my iron board… that way I can walk around from all sides and because of the height-adjustable iron board it is really comfortable. At that I use my study with the computer and on the corridor you can find my tailor’s dummy. :-) Who really needs a sewing-room?

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    Mar 10, 2010, 08.40 AMby katexxxxxx

    Oh, where do I start…

    Manymanymany years ago we moved here and I copped a corner of the spare room as a sewing corner. I could sew without having to put everything away each night. Bliss. There was a work surface built in with a set of basket drawers under it for supplies, and shelves and a cupboard above it for books and stuff… And a double bed for friends!

    The rest of the library went into the smallest bedroom, along with the single computer and a hinged desk, so that we could pack the pooter away and a put-up bed could go in for extra guests…

    Then we got a second computer when I started on an MA… The sewing stuff got put away! My computer went on the sewing desk, along with two monitors, some external hard dives, and a printer.

    Then we had the Cherub. Suddenly there wasn’t room! So the ‘study’ was reconverted to baby space, and the desk space and 100 feet of shelving went into the guest bedroom. It was a bit cramped. But at least when we were both on computers, we were in the same room! And during the day the cherub could be parked in the middle of the nice big bed!

    I took the sewing machine downstairs when he was crawling and the living room became baby-proof. I had a baby gate between him and me and the sewing and kitchen, so he could play in safety and I could sew, and we could see and hear each other. Great! Except that I didn’t get a lot of sewing done, and we never ate at the table!

    Next phase: I turned professional and got a serger. The dining room no longer worked well as sewing space. Then we got a PC rather than the two now elderly Atari computers, shifted that into the living room, and shared for a while… The old computer space upstairs was no longer needed, so I claimed BOTH desks as sewing places! My original sewing space was back in use and I had another desk area for the serger!

    The old double bed was taking up too much room: there was no space for fitting customers. It was replaced by a Single bed with a guest bed under it. And I slowly accumulated more and more stuff! Now I have the bed, 3000 books on shelves, several sets of basket drawers, loads of boxes of this and that, small sewing stuff on some of the shelves, and 14 sewing machines in there! (um… The other 15 live tucked in here and there elsewhere in the house!)

    Most of the stash is in boxes in the loft, and I have cutting space in our big conservatory. I also have space out there to set up more tables for sewing machines or for sewing a project too large for the space upstairs. I recently had some friends over for a sewing weekend. Three dress dummies and 2 sewing machines, plus cutting space and the big iron and ironing board, and three mad frocking women! It was fun.

    I still have some clearing to do from then as I got stuck intpo more sewing when that was done and left stuff out… Himself complains that I don’t have a sewing room, we have a sewing house, and the only room not contaminated by sewing stuff is the bathroom! I pointed out that I did make the shower curtain… ;)

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    Mar 10, 2010, 08.10 AMby fosteretalk

    My sewing room has been through evolutions. When we moved into our home It was supposed to be my daughters bedroom, but she didn’t want a downstairs bedroom. It was my sewing room for about a year. Her and her brother decided they needed a study room, so I lost my sewing room to their education. When they went away to college, I reclaimed it. The shelves build for their books now hold my threads and fabrics. The table that they studied at now hold my serger and sewing machines. I have room for an ironing board (very much needed) and a really old “boom” box. This sure beats sewing on the kitchen table.

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      Mar 18, 2010, 06.36 AMby cottonrose

      Sounds like my place, but as the kids have been gone for many years now I’ve been able to buy furniture especially for my treasures. My husband thinks I’ve got a plastic box fettish as I don’t seem able to walk past containers.

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    Mar 10, 2010, 02.37 AMby reneebies

    wow clean sewing room. My sewing corner is always out of control no matter how hard I try to keep it clean

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      Mar 11, 2010, 02.26 AMby wackyblonde

      I hear ya honey, I am always looking for that fabric or trim that I knew I had. ;^P

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    Mar 10, 2010, 01.00 AMby juebejue

    GREAT topic! I am just as obsessed about my sewing room as i am about sewing. it is literally the most fixed up room in our house! while i can sew anywhere and any time (even if the sewing machine is on the ground), i do love a nice sewing room. I love a good clique, so i painted the walls bridal pink, allowed only natural wood /white furniture, and even planted a nectarine tree (pink flowers in the spring) right outside my window for privacy from the neighbors. i am jealous of passthepins’ 2 rooms! i thoguht one room was big enough but now i am eyeing for the family room ;)

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    Mar 9, 2010, 11.33 PMby passthepins

    Hi there. I am really spoiled. I live with my boyfriend, but poor thing only has use of about 10 percent of the house, because the rest is taken up with my sewing spaces ( I have 2 rooms!!) and all my junk. I also want a corkboard! I have found an old pingpong table top, and have yet to find the cork to stick to it.. but when I do, heck that will be one sizable cork board.. ;)

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