I found this book most useful in conjunction with the two other books I reviewed here earlier this week: Carolyn Woods' Organizing Solutions for Every Quilter: An Illustrated Guide to the Space of Your Dreams has much more creative and original storage and organization solutions for fabric and quilting tools, and Lynette Ranney Black's Dream Sewing Spaces: Design and Organization for Spaces Large and Small contains more thorough, up-to-date information on lighting, many creative ideas for maximizing even the smallest work spaces, and -- most important -- discusses sewing room design in a general way, with special sections at the end of the book addressing the unique requirements of sewing spaces for professional dressmakers, quilters, and drapery workrooms. This was crucial for me because I need my studio to be a flexible space that works well for all kinds of sewing, not just for quilting. However, quilters who only want to purchase one book about setting up a quilting studio would not go wrong in choosing this one.
|My Studio Today, Not Finished but Ready for Sewing!|
|My Existing Custom Sewing Cabinet, Adapted to Fit New Machine, with New Electric Lift Installed|
In case you're curious, Bernie built my existing sewing cabinet (see above), using an 18" wide kitchen drawer base cabinet that we ordered from The Home Depot and painted red and a Bernie-built 18" wide cubby unit on the left. The knee hole opening is 32" wide, which allows me to sit centered on the needle and easily accommodates the movement of the machine on the lift (it goes up for free arm sewing, and all the way down to completely recess the machine when I'm not using it). I have 22" of surface to the right of my machine, where I keep thread snips, pin cushions, and enormous cups of coffee, and I have 26 1/2" of surface to the left of my machine. The current counter top is some kind of particle board or something that I'm planning to change (I want something lighter in color for better light reflection, with a more comfortable bullnose edge in the front where my forearms rest when I'm quilting, and with a matte but slippery finish to facilitate free-motion quilting). I do, however, like the size of my cabinet top -- it's 28 1/2" x 73".
|IKEA GALANT Conference Table Top, 76 3/4" x 43 1/4"|
I wish they had dimensions on their web site showing where the cutout for the cords is in relation to the edges of the table top. A quilter on the 8 Series yahoo group posted that she bought this table top and was able to plug the cord hole with a piece of wood. I like the light color of the birch veneer and it's a nice size, with no annoying seams. It's only $299, and it's even cheaper if you order the white one. I haven't shown it to Bernie yet, though, and he's not a fan of IKEA. He'll probably want to cut down an old-growth cherry tree, mill the lumber himself, and finish it by hand with some elaborate stain recipe out of Fine Woodworking magazine that requires fifteen hundred coats, sanding, and waxing with butterfly wings or something. We all have our hobbies, don't we? ;-)
Time to fire up my new sewbaby and see if big girls really do have more fun! Vroom, vroom...