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sandyk0124@aol.com Posted: Fri, Jul 11 2014 1:28 AM

 

I am majorly downsizing and losing my good size bedroom/quilting room-complete with design wall.

I am going to take 1/2 of a 2 car garage and making it a sewing room for my quilt making. The garage is a standard garage. I will use the other half for all our storage needs. I can't secure the roll up doors since I am thinking we will still use it for going in and out occasionally.

I am thinking of putting down some sort of carpet for my little area. I have plenty of cabinets/shelves/plastic boxes for the material.. as well as TV, lamps, floor heater, fans, sewing tables - etc.

The "garage" will get a thorough cleaning before I set it up...Has anyone ever done this? We live in San Diego, CA  so weather is not a huge factor.

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Welcome to QCA, Sandy!  And good luck in your new sewing room!  My only suggestion is that you make sure you have good lighting. I converted my basement family room to a sewing room so I have lots of space but the lighting is terrible! I have to use a couple Ott floor lamps and the overhead lights on my longarm to be able to see what I'm doing. Someday I'll get more / better ceiling lights put in. It might be nice to be able to open the garage door while you're working in there. It'll be like sewing outdoors!

 

 

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Helen replied on Sun, Jul 13 2014 8:35 PM

Please share the before and after photos of your journey.  I may have to do the same thing.

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I will.  This should be interesting.  

We are fairly certain I won't have a problem with rodents... but spiders may be an issue.  I just realized that as I saw a spider in my closet as I was packing up yet more craft things shoved in a corner!

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I will.  This should be interesting.  

We are fairly certain I won't have a problem with rodents... but spiders may be an issue.  I just realized that as I saw a spider in my closet as I was packing up yet more craft things shoved in a corner!

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Lights have always been a huge issue for my old eyes!   Luckily I noticed a "work bench" hanging light over  the "work table" with will most likely be a good place put the things I need good light seeing: maybe a cutting board, a place for thread / rulers....

First I just have to see how smooth that table is....  I already know I will be scrubbing it down!

 

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Stephanie replied on Sun, Jul 20 2014 3:45 AM

Sandy,

Sounds like a great plan. The garage will offer a lot of space for you.It sounds like you have all the things you need with cabinets and storage. It'll be your own little oasis. 

You can always use a bug bomb before you get started to purge and spiders, etc. I think my biggest concern would be humidity. I live in Florida, though. Before I put my garage under a/c I had some boxes of books that mildewed in the garage from the humidity. This may not be a factor for you. And you could always buy a dehumidifier, or one of those a/c units that vents with a hose instead of having to be mounted.

Look forward to seeing pic's of your progress....

 

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Agnes replied on Sun, Jul 20 2014 8:19 AM

Lighting has been mentioned. I have found that to make the the biggest improvement and easiest solution in lighting is change any bulbs to daylight. Different companies use different terminology. I have a box right now that are 5000 lumen. The higher the number the brighter, whiter the light it casts. When I moved into this apartment most of the bulbs, though CFLs, had a distinct yellow glow. Not anymore and everything is so much brighter. If that doesn't give you the amount of light you need replace some of the ceiling fixtures with 4 foot florescent units and the daylight bulbs. You'll always think it is daylight.

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Roxana replied on Sun, Jul 20 2014 11:09 AM

Agnes, I have changed to daylight bulbs too and I find it most helpful. I also have several lamp stands that I have been able to find when they are on sale that give off daylight that I found helpful.

A cute link to some sewing room suggestions is on Erica's Blog.

On the spiders, I agree about "bombing" it before you move in. Then my pest control man puts down these little traps by the outside doors that seem to catch quite a few spiders as well. You can get them at the Hardware store (I think).

Humidity would be a problem in Arkansas if the garage is not air conditioned in the remodel process so think about that.

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Agnes replied on Mon, Jul 21 2014 7:52 AM

Reading Erica's tips that Roxana linked to I have another suggestion. My design wall is a flannel backed tablecloth. I spray the flannel lightly with spray basting and that keeps the blocks from falling down. It will not stretch like batting will after a while. 

I keep my projects and fabrics in clear Rubbermaid bins. Lids on keeps them dust proof. 

Sandy--How nice to  have it all in one space. I live in a small apartment and I am using zones in my two main rooms. Even when I had a sewing room I would divide it into zones. It's amazing how little space I need because I always clean up and put unused things back in place. No matter how you set it up organization is the key.

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ls2116 replied on Mon, Jul 21 2014 10:49 AM

I'm still hoping for a larger sewing room like a family room or dining room its on the some day list.

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My husband made my design wall from 2 pieces of sound board that I covered with flannel.  It is the only thing that I have a set place for!

 

 

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