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Featured Studio: JKimes By DianeSev on 4/27/12 11:04 AM

It's fun to see where everyone is sewing! This is the first article in our new Featured Studio series. We'd love for members to share where they are sewing: a studio, the dining room table, the spare bedroom or someplace else. See the end of the article for info on how to let us know more for future articles.

Here are some photos of my studio. It is a 12 x 24' free-standing building about 300 feet from our house (we have about 20 acres). Not shown (yet) is the loft where I keep my fabric stash.

Back wall--machine work table

I use bar-height stools and often stand up when I'm doing something quick. The cutting table is 4' x 8' and is closer to counter height.

Bins hold color-organized remnants, patterns and interfacing. DH made the rack to hold stabilizer--much easier to find what I need quickly. [To the left] is the changing area--we installed a copper rod with a curtain to create a changing area that doesn't take away any floor space when not in use. The large mirror is from a fabric store my mom worked in when I was in high school and college. I can remember shopping there before I started school.

Update: I have added a steam press!

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Mimi O said... (6/5/12 8:30 AM) Reply
What a great sewing area. My DH has promised me once we sell a property he jointly owns with his siblings, he is going to put up a building on our property for my sewing space. Seeing yours I can't wait for this to come to fruition for me as well.
karlisa said... (5/4/12 4:12 PM) Reply
Fantastic sewing room! I hope to have a space like yours one day!
512lady said... (5/3/12 8:41 PM) Reply
I too love your stabilizer holder and can't wait to see how you handle your fabric stash!
teminicrown said... (5/2/12 6:51 PM) Reply
Beautiful setting,gives me more ideas on how to improve my studio looks
QueenZ said... (5/2/12 3:27 AM) Reply
Looking in your sewing room (everything strategically placed) is therapeutic. Love where you hang the sleeve board, a nifty idea.
JKimes said... (5/1/12 7:48 PM) Reply
Deepika , the drawers are from Target. I've found you can often get the drawers on sale. So glad folks are getting ideas for their own spaces!
Arted said... (5/1/12 4:23 PM) Reply
Very Nice. I have a couple of ideas that I am going to take from this studio. The bins and racks for sure. Thanks.
Dianne22 said... (5/1/12 4:10 PM) Reply
The studio is great and full of wonderful ideas that a person just has to see in person to truly appreciate. But the lady herself is the true delight--warm, hospitable, and generous with her time and her information. My junk room has now been emptied and converted into a workable sewing room due in large part to the inspiration of Juliette's studio. I really have to recommend that everyone attend at least one PR gathering so you can meet people like Juliette as well as Benson, Leslie, Diane, and many more (especially my previously unknown-to-me neighbor, re becca).
Sugar Pie Chic said... (5/1/12 10:38 AM) Reply
I love, love, love the stabilizer rack. Smacking my forehead and wondering why I've never done this. Just you, Juliet!
dssalazar said... (5/1/12 10:28 AM) Reply
Her sewing space is awesome. I have been to the JKimes studio and picked up some ideas for organizing my small sewing room.
Kathy in NM said... (5/1/12 10:21 AM) Reply
Thank you for your response about the stools. If the cord is long enough to reach floor and shelf it might work ok. Maybe a shelf which could fold down out of the way when not using? Hmm, I'll have to think about it. Standing can be a good change from sitting too much. Keeping your ideas in mind for my next sewing room!
Deepika said... (5/1/12 9:50 AM) Reply
I love the color coded bins. Is that from Ikea?
JKimes said... (5/1/12 9:11 AM) Reply
Loey, I hadn't thought about the hoops warping, but I'm not worried about it--the Bernina seems to very sturdy. Juliette
Nancy K said... (5/1/12 8:52 AM) Reply
I love how your space is so perfectly functional and well organized. To me it is a thing of beauty.
Loey said... (5/1/12 7:58 AM) Reply
I notice you have your embroidery hoops hanging on a peg. Is there any concern about the hoops bending, stretching or warping with hanging? I keep mine flat in a drawer, but hanging would be convenient.
Leslie in Austin said... (4/30/12 11:37 AM) Reply
These pictures simply do not do this space justice. Plus one can't even see the amazing Hill Country setting!! Gorgeous inside and out, just like Juliette herself.
JKimes said... (4/30/12 9:55 AM) Reply
Kathy in NM, I have pretty long legs, so not an issue for me, but I know what you are saying about reaching the pedal. I have them on the floor, but I suppose they could be put on a shelf. Not sure how that would work with standing, though. Juliette
ButtonFaith said... (4/29/12 4:48 PM) Reply
That's the most beautiful space! Truly a dream come true to have a separate space from the hustle and bustle of the house......and a second floor for your stash!!! Hope you get to enjoy it to the fullest.
Kathy in NM said... (4/29/12 1:44 PM) Reply
Very nice sewing room! Well organized and lots of light. How do you use the foot pedal if sitting on a bar stool height stool? Do you have a shelf for the foot pedals? It would be nice to stand sometimes. But, my feet sure wouldn't touch the floor on a bar stool!
Meredith P said... (4/29/12 8:31 AM) Reply
Wonderful room. Love how you've arranged!
MissLadyAudrey said... (4/27/12 11:22 PM) Reply
Love how this space is organized... Can't wait until I have a dedicated space for sewing!
karen149 said... (4/27/12 4:01 PM) Reply
I love the idea of standing-height sewing counters, with the option to sit.
Angela64 said... (4/27/12 1:51 PM) Reply
Oh my, I am green with envy! That is beautiful!
Noelle Mac said... (4/27/12 1:35 PM) Reply jealous and impressed!!! thank you so much for sharing it with us!
Benson Roberts said... (4/27/12 1:02 PM) Reply
Mz. Kimes has put together one of the most functional and comfortable sewing spaces that I have ever experienced. She could have a 3d career as a Sewing Room Planner!

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