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Date: 8/29/13 9:16 AM

I have very little space for sewing. In fact, I really only have my small bedroom, and it is already quite full with books, a bed, boxes of fabric, yarn, patterns etc. I am writing to request advice from other board members about where they cut their patterns out when they have very little space. My budget, and my space, is too limited for a sewing table right now, and I do not feel comfortable cutting my clothes out on the floor, because I am a germphobe. Has anyone had success cutting patterns out on their bed? Any suggestions about this would be greatly appreciated.

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Date: 8/29/13 10:01 AM

An inexpensive option is getting a folding cardboard cutting board which you could put on the floor or bed. If you are in the US, you may be able to get one at Hancock Fabrics or maybe Joann. If you use a rotary cutter, you could put a rotary mat on top of your cardboard. Another option would be a folding table. I have one that has adjustable heights and folds up fairly small--it can be put under a bed or in a closet or behind a piece of furniture. It was under $50 but I don't remember the exact price. It's a little small for a cutting table, but adjusted to the same height as your bed, it could work.

I have cut directly on the floor, but clean the floor well before doing so--mainly to keep dust and pet hair off my fabric.

If you have a kitchen table that you have access to, that would work too.

Below is a link to a cardboard cutting board from Amazon
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Date: 8/29/13 10:03 AM

I spent many years cutting out on a bed--I used a folding cardboard cutting mat and scissors. The nice thing about those cutting boards is that you can pin to them. The downside is that you can't use a rotary cutter (even with a mat) because the surface isn't firm enough.

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Date: 8/29/13 10:08 AM

I found it easier to cut out on the kitchen table or on cutting boards on the floor (except for the help from the animals) than the bed. I found it too hard on the back to stay in the partially bent over position.

I just recently bought an inexpensive cutting table that folds to about 11" in depth and I love it.

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Date: 8/29/13 10:27 AM

2nd vote for folding cardboard surface on bed or on kitchen table. Put sheet on floor and put folding surface in middle to get rid of germieness.

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Date: 8/29/13 10:40 AM

Here is a thread on small sewing spaces.

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Date: 8/29/13 2:57 PM

I have on occasional cut out garments on a bed with one of those folding pieces cardboard on it, and it works just fine. Just make sure you really got one of those things down first though, or you might be cutting out the top of your bed spread too. I think that has happened to a few people. Probably if a good idea or not, also has a lot to to do with how careful you are with sewing pins too. A sewing pin ending up sharp side sticking up in a carpet, if you step on it, later is not too big of a deal, and way less problem than lets say, stepping on a board out side with a nail sticking out of it. Have done both quite a few times, so that is voice of experience. Nails are way bigger and hurts more.

So I would just never leave any loose and rolling around pins on it at all. I would make it a rule, any sewing pin had to be firmly in the fabric, or maybe always attached to one of those magnetic pin cushions at all time. Just since if you are a germphobe, you don't want to even end up at Doctor's Office ever for pin issues in you, later on either :)

A sewing pin lost in your bed and if gets under the covers, could get you later, just anyplace, even your face or such while sleeping. So if cutting out fabric on a bed, I think better to never have a real hand sewing needle sitting on there at all, with no ends to it, and use even sewing pins, that are quite large visual and have large colorful end stops to them, and just be very careful and on it, to make sure none lost on/in a actual bed at all.

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Date: 8/29/13 4:24 PM

We have an island in the kitchen with the sink ...

That's where I cut. I have one of those folding cardboard mat things which I lay on the island (it goes over the sink). I prefer this because of the island's height.

If I'm using a rotary cutter, then I put my Olfa mat on our breakfast table and work there.

It's wild cause then everything gets carted back upstairs where I sew.

But - it works.

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Date: 8/29/13 4:28 PM

I cut in my garage, and I guarantee you my space is smaller then yours (I have a whopping 500 sq foot house).

Or my mom's. Whatever works that day.

But do cut out more then one project. It makes it tons easier.

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Date: 8/29/13 4:32 PM

What surface do you cut on?

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