A good sewing room needs good lighting, ergonomically correct work stations, and be organized in a way that makes it easy to locate tools when needed. The sewing area in my basement laundry room was ok., but not efficient... plus l bought a midarm that needed a place.

A budget of $400. came about by selling my big walking foot machine l didn't use much anymore, and the $50. l won playing golf. That meant l'd need to use some repurposed items.

To view the renos, see http://myquiltplace.com/photo/albums/renovating-the-sewing-room and hit the slide show option for full size.

David already replaced 2 potlights with daylight flourecents.$120.

We got a bathroom vanity, a bank of 3 drawers, and a small upper cabinet at the restore.$75. l was hoping for some counters too, but there weren't suitable ones. l don't have a lot of space, and there's a post in the middle of the space, so narrower than kitchen size counters called for.

Next,several trips to Lowes for (4x8 mdf board,  polyfinish for counters),  sheet of 1/2" plywood & 2x4 s, & casters ( cutting table + counter supports),pegboard.$205.

After removing everything from the sewing area, Dave had to deal w/uneven tiled floor& somewhat wonky walls, but managed to follow my diagrams pretty closely. The new sewing surface is in an "L" shape , and includes cutouts for my Janome and the Bailey midarm( which comes down from frame in garage loft for winter.) The vanity supports one end, the rest is on 2x4 supports/legs, leaving lots of room beneath for portable drawer unit (scaps) , batting etc.

Next the cutting/pressing table. A large open front box of 2x4 frame & plywood ( for stash storage), with the 3 drawer unit on it ,topped by plywood covered w/batting & canvas. Beneath all this, the heavy castors. On the outside sides are pieces of pegboard for patterns & gadgets. After hanging the wall cabinet, the heavy work was done, and I could start moving in the equipment, and planning the space useage of the wall:)

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Comment by sue brigle on October 21, 2013 at 1:51pm

looks like a wonderful place to sew!   Congratulations!!

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