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ThayerRags Fabric Center
Home Sewing Room

108 W. Grand Ave, Frederick, OK. USA


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Our 334 square feet home sewing room had been our living room (13' x 18') and dining room (10' x 10') until October 2009.  We now have a sewing room with a parlor (couch, recliners, & TV) and a snack nook (dining table and chairs).  The dining table also doubles as a cutting and layout table.  We use a spare bedroom with a walk-in closet for supply and fabric storage.  Close-up photos of the machines can be found at http://thayerrags.com/sewing.htm

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October 2016        
We added some machines to our crowded sewing room in 2016.  We now have a Singer 20U industrial power stand, a Singer 95-40 industrial treadle, and a Singer 96-40 industrial treadle set up to use.   I can swap the 20U and the 95-40 to sew zigzag when I want to, and the 96-40 is set up as a darning machine for FMQ (Free Motion Quilting) and FME (Free Motion Embroidery) if and when we take a notion to play with it.  The dining table has wheels, so we can roll it away from the treadles for access.  Also, I switched my Singer 319W treadle into a German artisan-sized treadle for my jeans mending over in my corner of the sewing room.
         
         
December 2015        
We had an ice storm come through at Christmas and took the power lines down all around the area.  We were without electricity for 5 days.  It wasn't much of a problem though.  Bear just switched projects, moved over to the Singer 27K2 Treadle, and kept sewing.  She had been wanting to get a quilt back pieced together anyway, and now was the time to do it.  We cut blocks, sewed, and played several games of solitary and cribbage in the sewing room with kerosene lamps and candles during the down time too.
         
         
April 2014        
We moved things around a little again, but not much.  Grandma moved out in June 2013 to go live with her daughter, so we have what little space that Grandma's chair took up back.  She took her Singer 301A sewing machine with her too.
         
         
April 2012        
We moved things around a little.
         
         
December 2011        
Changes in the sewing room since July 2011 included moving Grandma into our home, resulting in a few changes to our sewing room.  Grandma's Singer 301A was added to the "herd" as a portable used sparingly on the dining table.  Grandma essentially took over the table for her work station, where she does cross-stitching and watches the birds in the backyard at the feeder.  Grandma's wicker chair was added to the parlor area for her occasional TV viewing.
         
         
July 2011        
Changes in the sewing room since last year included moving out the Singer 96-40 industrial machine that was being used for Free Motion Quilting.  Once Bear discovered that my Singer 301A worked great for FMQ, she really didn't need the larger machine full-time, and liked the idea of having a 301A and 401A set up for constant use without having to switch machines in the one cabinet.  Besides adding another machine cabinet, moving out the large industrial stand (96-40) allowed room for a multi-drawer flat-topped cabinet to be added into the sewing area.  She has her rotary cutting mat on top of it.  Our cat enjoys lying on the White Martha Washington coffee table in front of the AC and fan.
         
         
November 2010        
Free motion quilting on the Singer 96-40, this time on a "stack & whack" quilt.  Grandma is in the background pulling the waistbands out of trousers, and the Boss (cat) is taking another "break" on the loveseat.  Yes, that's a motorcycle in the sewing room.  (Long story.)
         
         
September 2010        
We replaced our large sofa with a small antique loveseat (to make more room for sewing machine cabinets) and still have some seating in our small "parlor" that used to be our livingroom.  Our dining room became our "snack area" with the round oak table and chairs pushed into the corner.  They also serve as a work area and "catch all" for projects.  Many of the machines in our collection can be seen in the photos.
         
         
August 2010        
 
We've been struggling with our Singer 96-40 machine that we're adapting to Free-motion Quilting.  It's an industrial high shank machine, and we haven't found a good high shank darning foot to use on it.  We tried a high-to-low shank adaptor for this low shank Viking open-toe foot that we had, but we kept breaking the plastic adaptor.  Finally, with helpful suggestions from the folks at TreadleOn [ http://www.treadleon.net/ ], we lowered the presser bar to accept the low shank foot without an adaptor.  We had trouble getting the foot set for good stitch completion, but it seems to be working well now.  Once we get the stitching going as we want, we intend to convert the power from the temp motor to treadle operation.  We wanted to learn how to do one thing at a time.
         
         



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