Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Moving In

Over the last few months, we've been planning to move my sewing space down to our garage. Until now, I've been sewing in the study and slowly taking over more and more space in there, so it was a joint decision to clean up the garage (which was really full of junk) and move my sewing stuff down there.  

Over the weekend, I decided to have a look on a secondhand website for a sewing cabinet on the off chance that there might be one. And by total and complete luck there was - an Australian made Horn sewing cabinet no less. I'm really not sure how I fluked it - these cabinets have such a brilliant reputation pretty much no one ever sells them second hand and it was just on a whim I even checked. Fate I tell you. I came home with us on Sunday :o)

So over the last few days, my amazing man has been cleaning out the crap to make room for me to set up down there. 


There are a couple of features I especially love about this set up - I can sink my machine down so it's flush with the table top, which is going to make quilting SO much easier. Not having to drag the quilt up onto the bed of my machine will make it a lot less jerky doing large quilting motifs. Plus I can use my knee lift bar for the first time. I still haven't actually sewn on my new desk (I have just finished moving everything in) but I'm hoping to get a chance to soon.

Right next to my sewing desk is a wall with a big sheet of plyboard stuck to it - this will become my design wall. I'm planning on stretching some batting over it and nailing it on (I think that should work?) My current design wall is movable - so I'll use it next to this one if I need extra space.


I'm very happy that I can FINALLY hang my awesome hoop Katy made me last year in the Sailors Mouth Swap right near my machine. I want to hand my other swap mini quilts to cover the bricks too - need to figure that one out...

My old sewing desk has moved down as well, and set up as my cutting station. This table used to house my machine and my cutting mat, so I feel like I have SO much space. I'm able to access it from both sides too, which will be really handy.


Just to keep it real, this is what the other side of the garage looks like. I'll be sharing it with the bikes and camping gear - but don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. I fully realise how lucky I am to have a space like this set up for sewing!



 xx Jess


23 comments:

Sewing Mom said...

Awe, love seeing your space...looks like it has so much potential, despite location. =) Great set up.

Shanley said...

Wow, what a find! I'm happy you've got more space! King size quilts for everyone!

Debbie said...

oh this is terrific - how fun! We are just rearranging spaces at our house too - I'm wondering what to use as a sewing table. Good for you for finding something that works well for you!

Cille said...

Congratulations on a great find! You scare me when you say quilting will be easier now - your quilting is already FANTASTIC. Now there's no limt :)

Charlotte said...

ooooooooh!

CitricSugar said...

Looks like a great set-up!! Oh, how I long for a table I can set my machine down into...!

Flying Blind... said...

Oooh just hang a quilt/curtain to hide all the crap! Lucky you xxx

Heather D. said...

Wow, fantastic Jess!

Caroline said...

Congrats!

Rebecca Lynne said...

This is looking AMAZING!!! It really puts my little sewing room (with its cracked windows and extremely floral almost but not quite cute enough to be Liberty-esque wallpaper) to shame! Don't you feel like you are getting centered with this move? Mmmm fresh starts are delicious. Speaking of...planning on a destash as a roll out of Fabriholics Anonymous...kind of a preview if you will. Sending you a button now!!!

Rachaeldaisy said...

What a great set up!! You'll sew up a storm in that great space!!

Jessica said...

Woohoo! It looks amazing!! You are going to LOVE the knee lift. I don't know how I can live without it now!

Kirsten said...

Looks like it will be a great sewing area! I inherited a Horn sewing cabinet from my grandmother and I love it!!

Katy Cameron said...

I so jealous! I think I need to come and visit my hoop :oD

Adrianne said...

Yay for your very own sewing space - I hope it works wonderfully for you!

ChristaQuilts said...

How exciting that you are setting up your new space. Congrats on the new table!

I just blogged today about helpful it is to have a nice big drop in table for FMQ :-)

Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts said...

Oooh, I hope that garage is well-insulated for your winters, lol!! What a fabulous set up. Add an ironing board to the right of your table and you'd never need to move ;)

Renee said...

That sewing table is awesome! The whole space looks great!

Ella said...

Excellent new space, and score on that desk!

Vicki Posten said...

It all looks good to me! Congrats on the new space!

Jess @ Scrappy n Happy said...

Looking good! That is the perfect spot for your design wall. Have you told hubby the rest will have to go when you get your quilting machine? ;)

Caroline Heinrichs said...

Yeh for a proper sewing room, then its really yours!

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

Oooooh, lucky you!