Category Archives: sewing studio

Remodel Timeout Finally Over

Remodeling is not for the faint of heart.

Sew Maris sewing studio makeover

But my newly-sanded-refinished floors are totally DA BOMB, and the studio-makeover-to-date looks awesome. I guess multi-thousands of dollars, a couple of gallons of paint, and hours of labor really can make a difference! 😉

Sew Maris sewing studio makeover

My amazing husband built an awesome new, L-shaped sewing table just for me. Henceforth, this will be known as the students-off-limits-zone.

Sew Maris sewing studio makeover

Ohhh, and I love the recessed table support he added for my Bernina 710. Now I have such a big work surface that is all the same level! He even drilled out a hole for the knee lift. Yay!!

Sew Maris sewing studio makeover

This closet used to hold my gift wrap, extra dining table leaves, and a few odds and ends for sewing. Now it is the sewing machine garage, Etsy store warehouse, and “less frequently used but still needed fabrics + batting + miscellany” storage area. And yes, I do need all those machines. You have heard me complain about the Hello Kitty machines kids bring to sew camps, right? 😉

Sew Maris sewing studio makeover

Moving my filing cabinet to this location also provided the perfect perch for my press. It is heavy enough that I don’t enjoy lugging it around the room, and since there is an electrical outlet behind the cabinet it is now in it’s permanent location. BAM!

Sew Maris sewing studio makeover

Categorized fabric stash. Well, one of them anyway. You will have to provide plenty o’dark chocolate (70% cacao, please) to findout the whereabouts of the remaining goods.

Sew Maris sewing studio makeover

This side of the room is for sewing students. I might get some new chairs, and am contemplating making cute fabric covers. Probably not this summer tho….all good ideas need time to ferment.

Ahhh, and notice the back windows. Another big thrill of my remodel is the window seat cushions are actually now usable as butt-seats, instead of piles-o-crap storage areas.

I can’t believe I started sorting, packing, and moving out of this room over two months ago! Now most of my supplies and stash are moved back in place, the walls have been painted a very light teal, the floors are light and fresh-looking, and all of the mahogany door + floor moulding is installed. Looking darn good. So lovely, in fact, I might just have a Murphy bed added so I never have to leave.

Happy sewing!

Maris

 

 

 

Sewing Timeout

I am officially in sewing timeout, friends. And not happy about it.

Empty SewMaris Studio

Originally I thought we would be able to be back in our house by Friday, but it is looking like it could be early next week before my sewing room is ready for occupancy again. So.Not.Happy.

Hopefully gleaming, newly-refinished wood floors will make it all seem worthwhile. In the meantime, I am playing with new room arrangements and potential new furniture requirements. I took my serger and Bernina 710 in for a little spa time, so I am sure they appreciate the rest. 😉

Stay tuned for the great “reveal”, and enjoy your sewing time!

Happy sewing,

Maris

Extreme Makeover Time

I am not sure whether to call Ty Pennington or FEMA.

Sewing Studio Makeover by Sew Maris

Someone decided that re-finishing the hardwood floors in our house would be a good idea. That same someone is now having a panic attack, because cleaning, sorting, organizing, and packing up a sewing studio is no small task. After signing on the contractor’s dotted line, I spent the next few days hiding in my bedroom eating dark chocolate and drinking red wine getting my courage up for this task.

Sewing Studio Makeover by Sew Maris

Now I am in extreme clean-out mode. Selling, donating, adding to the landfill. Cathartic and exhausting at the same time.

By mid-May there will be sparkly new floors. There might be fresh paint on the walls. There will be new storage systems to hold a reduced volume of fabric and sewing paraphernalia.

In case you have been wondering about the radio silence around here, now you know why. Please, tell me your sewing stories, because there is precious little of that going on around here these days!!

Happy sewing!

Maris