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Date: 6/26/12 8:04 AM

I have a thick carpeted 2nd guest BR for my space and am looking for ideas for extra floor coverings--to avoid picking those threads out of vacuum brushes and imbedded pins.
Thinking of the heavy plastic office mats for chairs to roll, but can not cut one to fit inside desk opening and also need something under ironing board area. Any very affordable things you use?

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Date: 6/26/12 10:03 AM


Only two suggestions from me.. You could buy a roll of linoleum..or what is thought of as linoleum.. and cut it to fit.. Or you can make a floor cloth out of canvas.. by painting it and sealing it with poly acrylic or such.. Either product can be cut to fit any area. I make floorcloths all the time as I have dogs.. who cannot destroy those.. And I can paint or stencil or stamp them to create any look I want so they are a fun project also.

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Date: 6/26/12 11:32 AM

Gramma b have you considered an inexpensive wood laminate? I installed one in my sewing room. I got the laminate panels (they are the peel and stick variety) very inexpensively at Big Lots. My guest room is small so the whole thing maybe cost me less than 100.00 dollars. It has made a world of difference for me as far as clean up. I was also able to find a laminate that was a close match for the real hard wood floors in the rest of my house. If you would still like some carpet in the room you can get a low pile throw rug that is easy to clean. I have one that I roll out when I'm not sewing, but I do still prefer the bare floor.
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Date: 6/26/12 11:34 AM

I use the desk mats, lifting the desk or table corner to shove the mat under. I also have a long magnetic extension rod that picks up pins before I vacuum. While standing, I can direct the rod in and around all those places I know my pins gather and pick them up before the vacuum swallows them. I also use the hand held wand of the vacuum to pick up threads I see before running the beater bar over it. My carpet is not heavy or high, it is low but still gets millions of threads on it. I just vacuum and then cut the threads off afterwards or when I think of it. Others with high pile might have better ideas.

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Date: 6/26/12 11:44 AM

I had the same thread and pin issues as you. A discounted roll end of linoleum/vinyl (like Pig said) from the Home Depot clearance rack worked for me. Cheap, also easy to cut and shape. Id like to replace the carpet with wood flooring, but BR was rarely used and carpet is like new.

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Date: 6/26/12 11:53 AM

I've heard of this problem with a lot of people who have carpet in their sewing rooms. I'm wondering how you end up with so many pins & threads on your floor to begin with? When I clip my threads off my sewing, they go straight into the garbage bin that sits right there. If I have to trim scragely (sp) edges, I hold the cloth over the trash can, etc. I also have magnetic pin holders and if I notice that I drop a pin, I pick it up right then & there. Of course, a few escape now and then when I don't notice, but not THAT many.

Am I just particulaly anal and make more work for myself as I sew? Do you all just throw your threads right onto the floor?

I'm curious as I'll actually be getting a dedicated sewing space soon that is carpeted and I want to avoid these problems if I can!

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Date: 6/26/12 12:53 PM

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I'm wondering how you end up with so many pins & threads on your floor to begin with?

Sometimes the symptom overshadows the origin of the symptom so this is a good question. How are those threads and pins getting on the floor in the first place?

When I had linoleum or something similar where I sewed I would sew like a mad woman and toss thread and fabric clippings on the floor. Pins would drop out of fabric and the pin dish would tip over and pins would go everywhere. Clean up was quick and easy with that type of flooring and with the sewing time constraints of a young mom it was the fastest way to get it done.

Now I have carpet and it is not a problem but I became a neater sewer after the kids moved out and I had more time. Two things that I can't believe I did without in my early messy days are magnetic pin holders and the rotary cutter and mat with weights instead of pins.

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Date: 6/26/12 1:20 PM


Thank you Glynis.. vinyl was the word I was looking for and could not remember ..

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Date: 6/26/12 3:23 PM

Sewliz the tossing and throwing is my method. I do have a container where I collect stray threads, but when I'm sewing I have a tendency to just brush bits aside and to the floor. I'm terribly clumsy so pins end up everywhere. The laminate makes clean up so easy. I wouldn't trade it. At this point, my slovenly work habits will probably not change unless by force.

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Date: 6/26/12 5:38 PM

There's a few bamboo rugs on overstock.com that are about $100 for a 10x13 rug. You have to make sure they are self-backed...in other words, there's a rubber, non-slip backing on it. That backing will keep you pins on top of the rug...; )

the nice thing about these rugs (more like mats) is that the bamboo is very nice looking, they are light weight, and they create enough mass that should sit fairly nicely on top of carpet,

Overstock will let you return it if it doesn't work.

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