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Setting Up the Sewing Area and New Toys!

Well, since I finished piecing the cat quilt and sent it off to be quilted I needed to get crackin' at setting up my sewing/quilting area. Since I'm a beginner I had nothing so-o-o-o I needed to remedy that.

My husband was nice enough to buy me a Janome MC6500 to begin my quilting adventures but I needed to set up an area. I've looked at sewing furniture and after I got up off the ground after seeing prices I knew there had to be a better, less expensive way. Fortunately space is not a hindrance in me doing this. With that in mind I scoured the Internet looking at ideas. Then I put together my own ideas.

First thing I wanted was a good, sturdy sewing table for my Janome. I settled on a Sew Perfect table which will arrive sometime today but not get set up until Friday. I have to move some things around downstairs first. Since there is an unused ugly hutch downstairs I commandeered it for sewing/quilting items. Then I also commandeered the sideboard that matched it for other things. I figured why not since they were sitting there unused. Next I created a quilting/cutting area using fold out sturdy tables (Costco loves me! lol): 1, 8 feet long, 1, 6 feet long and 1, 4 feet long. I butted the 8 foot one up against a wall and under a window so I have a view out to my lake (also, a deer family I feed, literally by hand have a habit of sticking their noses on that window demanding corn!) and put the 6 foot one at the end of it. The 4 foot one will be next to me while sewing/quilting. I will take pictures when I get that area cleared.

The 6 foot table will be my cutting area. I have 1 new toy for the cutting area that I just love! I call it a spinner. The hardest thing for me when cutting pieces of fabric was having to turn the fabric to cut another side. Needless to say I always messed that up. SO, I got the spinner, now I just spin the fabric without having to move it all all. YAY! Saved from cutting disaster. My quilting friend had one and loved it so I decided to get one. Now that I DO have a picture of :


I love it. It's sturdy, doesn't tip over and the cutting mat can be removed if it needs to be replaced. It beats those flimsy ones advertised in some quilting magazines. The one in the picture is 12inches  by 18inches. I also have one that is 18 inches by 24 inches. I love toys that help me out.

The rest of the week I'll be cleaning the downstairs area, moving things and shooing cats off my tables! As soon as I get the sewing table put together and things in place I'll take some more pictures. One thing I KNOW I need to get is a good rolling chair. Until then I'm doomed to sit in a dining room table chair.

It's OK to spend some money on a few really fantastic items but there are just some things that can be done at more reasonable costs. And now, off to suck up some cat hairs...eeek!


ls2116 said:

nice idea! i would be cutting even in bed.

# October 10, 2012 8:26 PM

Spudgrandma said:

Quilting toys are always fun. You will love your 6500, I have the 6600 and they are wonderful machines.

# October 10, 2012 10:42 PM

JodyS said:

Is2116, that made me laugh! You actually could cut in bed the darn thing is so sturdy. It's sold by a quilt shop a couple hours from me and they are handmade. I like it because you can change the cutting mat out whereas many I've seen in quilting mags you'd have to replace the whole thing.

# October 11, 2012 8:47 AM

JodyS said:

Spudgrandma, I have so much to learn on my 6500. I had no idea what machine to buy so I talked to my quilting friend and she recommended Janome then I found the 6500 at a great price so that did it.

Yep, I love toys, toys that actually do something cool. There's so much out there that seems silly but every once in a while there's something fantastic.

# October 11, 2012 8:50 AM

Tammy said:

Very cool!!  The spinner..I have got to get one of those.  That would be so handy for cutting and turning.  Your sewing space sounds like it will be nice and roomy.  Can't wait to see pictures.  I am also working on a sewing room.  Mine probably won't be done for awhile though.  I will share once it gets going.  Until them I will continue sewing in the kitchen.  Fun, Fun!!  lol

# October 11, 2012 10:49 AM

JodyS said:

Tammy, those spinners can only be purchased from this 1 place as far as I know. However I can give you the email addy and even the physical address. The 12 by 18 one is about $60 bucks plus shipping. I know that sounds like a lot but it's definitely worth it! Send me an email to the address on the left sidebar and I'll send you the info.

# October 11, 2012 11:43 AM