The Sewing Place

seeking advice/opinions

Ohsewsimple

Re: seeking advice/opinions
« Reply #15 on: July 21, 2021, 21:19:51 PM »
My room is SSW facing.  Used to have one on the opposite side of the house which was darker,  colder and not so pleasant to sew in.  I have my bench at right angles to the window.  Can’t sew and look out anyway as it’s too high for that.  I can when I'm stood at my cutting table.  I have 2 lights over the bench for when the light is bad. 

I had a white roller blind put in right from the start.  It keeps the room light when it’s down and stops the machines from going discoloured as it’s only ever up when I’m in there. 

b15erk

Re: seeking advice/opinions
« Reply #16 on: July 22, 2021, 08:51:06 AM »
The back of my sewing room/office faces east, and is cool in the morning, the other end faces west and gets very hot.

I have corner desks at both ends, east for the office, and west for sewing.  I have voiles at the office end which I draw if the sun is too bright, and vertical blinds at the other end, which are easily adjusted.

At the sewing end, I have two corner tables butted together along the window, and it works perfectly for me.  I have my O/L and Pfaff sewing machine to one side, and the Pfaff combi on the other.  This gives me the opportunity to swap from O/L to SM without leaving my seat.

The lovely light is an advantage to me as my eyes aren't great.  I also have a couple of other machines I can use on the side wall.

I have to say, I find a corner desk/table far more useful for me, than a straight one, as they are deeper at the back.

Jessie
Jessie, who is very happy to be here!!  :),  but who has far too many sewing machines to be healthy, and a fabric stash which is becoming embarrassing.

BrendaP

Re: seeking advice/opinions
« Reply #17 on: July 22, 2021, 10:22:37 AM »
I agree with others that the window should be to the side of your machines, not in front of or behind them.  Artists (in the northern hemisphere) like north facing windows because the sun won't shine in directly and cause harsh shadows.  The same applies to anything else, so if you have the luxury of choosing window direction go for north facing, but if not ...

My sewing room upstairs has a north west facing window but it's wide and high up so it's not a problem, but the study, which also has a sewing machine in it, is directly underneath and that window comes lower down and sometimes in late afternoon I need to draw one of the curtains to stop the glare.

No textiles should be stored in direct sunlight - and that includes reels of thread.

This is my lockdown rainbow which was in another SW facing window from April-November and I think you can see just how much it faded in that time, but worse, the fibres will have been weakened.

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Brenda.  My machines are: Corona, a 1953 Singer 201K-3, Caroline, a 1940 Singer 201K-3, Thirza, 1949 Singer 221K, Azilia, 1957 Singer 201K-MK2 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
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Ohsewsimple

Re: seeking advice/opinions
« Reply #18 on: July 22, 2021, 11:04:40 AM »
Quite a difference in the colour @BrendaP.  I made the error of leaving a piece of silk on my table once for a week.  No sun, just daylight hitting it.  Big mistake I won’t make again! 

b15erk

Re: seeking advice/opinions
« Reply #19 on: July 22, 2021, 11:10:18 AM »
I agree about the fading, it's significant.

The sun is the reason I'm having to replace the carpet downstairs.  The dining room which is in the shade, is perfect, even though it's old, but in the snug next door - same carpet, it is threadbare.  Carpet man said this often happens with natural fibres (wool), and advised something with a bit of acrylic.  Can't wait.

Jessie
Jessie, who is very happy to be here!!  :),  but who has far too many sewing machines to be healthy, and a fabric stash which is becoming embarrassing.