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Message Board > Sewing Spaces > Pet owners, how do you store your machines? ( Moderated by Deepika)

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Date: 2/22/10 2:26 PM

I've been looking at sewing spaces online and I love what people have done in their apartments/studios/small spaces. However, most leave their machines on their desks, which I can't do because I have two very curious cats. I store mine in a plastic cover in the closet, but I find it cumbersome to get out.

I was flipping through Weekend Sewing, and the author recommends storing the machine in a storage ottoman, which I thought was an interesting idea, because I could then store my machine in my actual sewing space.

If you have a cat, dog or other furry pet, how do you store your machine away from them?

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Date: 2/22/10 3:34 PM

I don't store mine and I have 2 cats. Mine sits on my dining room table. Actually 2 (one modern, one vintage). The modern one has a hard plastic cover and the vintage is just draped with a piece of fabric.

I have never had a problem with my two cats. They could care less about the machines. When running over the table they just go around them.

I should note both machine are heavy enough that the cats would have to really knock into the to do anything.

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Date: 2/22/10 4:11 PM

My cats are sadly with new owners now, but when they did live with me, all I did was keep the machine unthreaded (even for quick breaks to the kitchen or bathroom!). No matter how tightly I covered it with fabric, one cat would dig through to unearth the thread! Once the thread was sealed away elsewhere, he wasn't interested.

What is it that your cats do to your machine?

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Date: 2/22/10 4:12 PM

My concern isn't that they will tip them over but that they will get cat hair in the parts of the machine. Both shed and one loves plastic (she licks anything plastic, including my cutting mat; I know that she would have a field day with my machine). And because she tries to steal my pins and eat them, I don't think it would be a good idea to have the needle of the machine within easy reach.
-- Edited on 2/22/10 4:14 PM --

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Date: 2/22/10 4:30 PM

Ah, that is a little more troublesome. Have you tried a fabric cover? I've seen some with elastic on the bottom, but you could also do a drawstring so that the cats can't open it themselves.

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Date: 2/22/10 4:35 PM

I have two cats that love my sewing room. They don't bother my machines, though. Both my sewing machines are out on their table and I cover them with the soft covers that came with them when not in use. I feel that protects them adequately from any cat hairs. I have yet to have my dealer tell me there is a problem with cat hairs getting into the inner parts of the machine.

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Date: 2/22/10 4:49 PM

My machines sit on their tables. They are covered at all times unless I am using them, and they are never plugged in unless being used. My three cats aren't interested in things that are standing still. Sometimes when I sew they like to look, and I discourage that. Otherwise, I do have one kitty that loves to sit on the sewing table while staring out the window or sleeping - it hasn't been a problem all these years to have pets and sewing machines. Good luck!

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Date: 2/22/10 4:59 PM

My sewing room is the extra bedroom, I can lock the kitty out when the threads are on the machine. However, yesterday I realized I accidentally locked Sprout inside the sewing room while he took a nap underneath a blanket. Fortunately we had just gotten back from a vacation when before we left I put away anything he could swallow.

Otherwise I just keep an eye on him whenever he's with me while I work. He usually doesn't bother me while I sew, only tries to eat thread from the serger or sewing machine when I'm not being vigilant. Haven't had problems with cat hair getting into my machines though.

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Date: 2/22/10 6:59 PM

I leave mine out on my bar ( I'm weird, I sew standing up!) and my cats have no interest in my machines. Pinning or laying out fabric is their thing. You could leave your machine out in one of those hard plastic universal covers that you can get at WM cheap, it's easy to take them out of it.... or my personal fave, which I haven't gotten around to yet, sew up a cover. The big 4 patterns companies have patterns for making covers, and the patterns have some other cool sewing related patterns in the same envelope, like needle cases, pincushions, etc.

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Date: 2/22/10 7:04 PM

I have two dogs (one a 4 month old puppy) both of whom shed horribly and LOVE my sewing room. In fact, because my sewing room is also a "sun room" it's the only way from the house to the backyard. So it gets a LOT of traffic.

What I've learned is to keep my machines up high and NO where NEAR the floor. Although I've never gotten or found dog hair up high where my machines are, I do keep them covered. Hard case for my Janome, fabric cover for my Kenmore, and the original plastic dust over for my serger.

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