Planning a New Sewing Room

Gwen Frazier © 2006

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I am in the process of re-doing my sewing room and have recently purchased two books on this subject. I had read about a new book called “Creating Your Perfect Quilting Space”, by Lois L. Hallock and found the title intriguing. I quickly went to Amazon, read their review, and decided this was definitely worth a read and Amazon has this tricky way of telling you about other books about the same subject that others have purchased. (This is kind of like having the M&M;’s at the check out counter to tempt you  when you are at your weakest.) The other book they tempted me with was “Dream Sewing Spaces, Design Organization for Spaces Large and Small”, by Lynette Ranney Black. This book is published by Palmer/Pletsch – a favorite of mine for sewing patterns. After reading the review on it and knowing how much I loved Palmer/Pletsch, I quickly added it to my cart and checked out before I was tempted any more!

One of the things I liked about this book was that Hallock empowered me to call my lowly spare bedroom that used to be my “quilting room” to now be called a “Quilting Studio”. I already felt better and much more creative! Another thing I liked was she designed things with a “quilter” in mind instead of a seamstress sewing garments. She stresses setting up a work triangle that includes cutting, piecing, and pressing. By having this plan you can reduce time and stress by having all 3 within reach. Ergonomics are always considered to make sure you choose the correct height and work surface to protect your back from strain.

The pictures are bright and clear and give readers great ideas for any budget. In the back of the book she has a chart that tells you exactly where you can purchase all of the products she used.

The book goes from using what you already have to taking a garage and turning it into a great sewing studio. You can view before and after photos of real life makeovers of small, medium and large spaces.

If you plan on a new sewing space, or improving what you have, this book is a must for you!

This book has almost twice the information as the other book. It has more diagrams and layout designs that are very useful if you think in spatial manners. This book is also more general to all types of people who use sewing machines, rather than just quilters.

In the very beginning of the book there is a needs analysis check list – which is really a reality check for what is important for you in your remodeling.

This book had more useful information in written form and lots of tips and ideas on how to use what you already have. There is more written information with wonderful ideas and fewer color photos. It is not focused just on quilting – but is more for general sewing. It even gives ideas on closet re-organization in the last chapter.

I could not choose between these two books and feel both of them would be valuable if a new sewing room or remodel is in your future.

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