Yes, I have one that is not immediately apparent. Years ago, I gave away some legit sewing room items, including the sewing machine cabinet and a folding cutting table to make room for guests. To date, I have not bought replacements for reasons I still can’t pinpoint; maybe I don’t want to go to the trouble of assembling stuff? The one time I was ready to buy a sewing machine cabinet, it was priced at $5000. Um… no.
What lies beneath
So, the cutting mat moved to the floor and under the bed, invisible to those not in the know. For cutting activities, the mat slides out. I added a bin to hold cutting and pinning tools and notions there on a semi-permanent basis. That is how the under-bed sewing/cutting spot came into being. Then the sore knee issue came up. I cannot comfortably bend my knees and sit on the floor like I used to; therefore, the cutting mat and tools have to be brought up and situated on top of the bed to cut out a project. It’s time to seriously look for a folding cutting table for my real sewing room — yes, it exists. But I am obsessing over hidden sewing spots right now. Do you have one?
This idea, below, could be a pipe dream, but we’ll see.
For further obsession, could I transform my walk-in closet to a hidden sewing room? Said closet can only be approached through the main (aka master) bath, which is making me look at my bathroom with new eyes. I did a rough drawing, one thing led to another and my imagination has me knocking down a wall, removing/adding a door, adding windows and skylights. Oh my!
Working backwards, I would have to move the clothes, shoes and sundry stuff elsewhere. There is another walk-in closet in the same bathroom but smaller. Could I fit all my stuff from the larger one to the smaller one? I would have to do a major wardrobe cull!! Domino effect alert!! Not sure what more is likely to crop up, but I am giving it a good hard think.
Working further backwards: money. I will have to deal with funding because this is becoming a good solid remodel. Even if only in my head.
Working way, way backwards: will have to get approval from my resident architect. She may give it a thumbs down.
This made me obsess about other hidden sewing areas. Do you have one? A closet, or some other spot in your house which is unseen when not in use? Might I suggest you take a look at my friend Kasey’s dream sewing studio?
Sewing Space Book recommendation
Importantly, do you own this book by Palmer Pletsch? Published in 1996, it is chock full of pertinent information —- besides eye-candy sewing areas. It covers every situation from dedicated sewing studios to tiny closet sewing areas to shared spaces (laundry room) to under-stairs spaces. Nothing is left out.
That’s it for now, friends! See you next time,