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Date: 10/27/12 2:53 PM

I will be moving my sewing room to an upstairs bedroom when DD moves out next spring. I am trying to plan ahead rather than doing it all on the fly like I usually do. I followed the thread about lighting with much interest since that and flooring will be my two biggest headaches, after purging my fabric stash, of course!

My problem is this: We had the carpets in the upstairs replaced just over a year ago and I just cannot bring myself to rip them up. But I absolutely loathe carpet in my sewing room. Now matter how careful I think I'm being, I always wind up with pins embedded in the pile. Neither my vacuum cleaner nor my toes (or my dog for that matter) appreciate meeting them unexpectedly in a dark corner.

Anyone have suggestions for something I can use as a temporary install on top of the carpeting without ruining it? I have looked at snap-together flooring systems like the ones used in garages and gyms. They look pretty easy, some seem very affordable, but I am concerned about their long-term effect on the rug beneath.

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Date: 10/27/12 3:01 PM

I wouldn't do it. If you're diligent, you can teach yourself to control your pins...perhaps by using one or two magnetic pin holders. I know, as I have heavy carpeting in my sewing room.
And, I have two dogs as well and I'd be crushed if they got their toes stuck on my pins.
I love to make pincushions so I have several around my room; on the cutting table, sewing desk, serger table, piecing table, etc.
Getting back to your original question, I don't believe there is anything you could put down over carpet that would lay right and not ruin nice, new carpet.
Agagin, I would not do it.

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Date: 10/27/12 3:36 PM

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But I absolutely loathe carpet in my sewing room. Now matter how careful I think I'm being, I always wind up with pins embedded in the pile.

Seconded. Nothing quite as painful as a pin buried an inch into your foot. I think that if you put a layer of plastic sheeting on top of the carpet, and then a thin layer of cheap OSB or luan or MDF on top of the plastic, you could throw some linoleum or cheap snap-lock on top of that without ruining your carpet.
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Date: 10/27/12 3:49 PM

Have a pro come take up the carpet and padding. Then put down a legitimate floor that is within the scope of the house so it does not take from the value of your home.

A less expensive approach would be to mind your pins as previously mentioned and add a magnetic wand to your sewing notions. There are wands that telescope so you can "sweep" the floor with it and quickly capture wayward pins, staples, etc.

My sewing, cutting and crafting areas are all carpeted and with the aid of the wand, neither my dog, nor I have had a single injury from a stray pin.

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Date: 10/27/12 10:25 PM

I have a similar dilemma and so far I have gotten away with leaving the carpet in place. I have several magnetic pin trays which are great. You can get them for pretty cheap with JA has a 50% off notions sale (around $5 each, get 2-3 at least). Plus the magnetic wand is also a great idea, I have one of those too and it works great!

I'll tell you now that you won't be happy putting anything OVER the carpet. It won't lay flat, it will most likely ruin the carpet and you'll be trying to sit in your chair and roll around driving yourself nuts!

What I did for my chair area was purchase a $20 piece of plywood from Home Depot and have them cut it to fit the area of my sewing tables space. Then I purchased a plastic chair mat at a garage sale off craigslist for about $3. So, for $23 I have a very sturdy mat where I can roll around to my hearts content. New plastic chair mats cost upwards of $40 (most of the size and thickness I needed were around $80+), so that wasn't going to work.

Anyways...if you have the money (which I don't right now), I would rip up the carpet and put in hardwood or laminate. I really don't think that would devalue your home and it would make life so much easier. I'm definitely going to do that when I have some extra $$$.

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Date: 10/27/12 10:59 PM

You could get the plastic things that are used under rolling office chairs. If you wanted a larger surface you could always tape them together. I think that would be a decent temporary solution, but obviously it's always going to be a little squishy over carpet.

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Date: 10/27/12 11:32 PM

We have been removing the carpets in our house and replacing them with good quality laminate room by room. One of the things we discovered in removing tbe carpet is all the dirt under them. Yuck! No wonder my DH has allergies. I have read that much dirt and allergens are trapped in carpet pile no matter how much you vacuum- I have found a quick swipe with a dust mop is all you need to clean up. More time to sew!

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Date: 10/28/12 1:41 AM

I'll echo most everyone else and say pull up the carpet and replace with something which better suits your needs. You can always roll the carpet, wrap it well in plastic and store it for re-use at a later time.

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Date: 10/28/12 9:01 AM

One more suggestion if you leave the carpet down is to get pins that have large heads in a color that stands out against the carpet. I did this as I kept losing the pins with the white heads in a tan carpet. Bright red and blue are much easier to spot.

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Date: 10/28/12 9:12 AM

If you lay flooring over your carpet, the flooring will shift and "migrate" on the floor, so I won't recommend it. I'd suggest either live with the carpet, or pull it up. You can get chair mats (plastic things with teeth on them that you lay on carpet), but if you tape them, they may migrate as well. So buy one large enough for your sewing area.

I have non-plastic head pins in my sewing room, which is carpeted. Yes, there is a problem when one falls on the floor and is buried in the carpet. But those experiences are few and far between; you have to be mindful, that's all. I have had some doozies, though.

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