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« on: June 06, 2011 09:22:07 PM »

I found a pattern and fabric I like for a skirt. got the pattern piece cut from the pattern, and when I went to go pin the pattern pieces to the fabric, I realized I had no where to lay the fabric out. The largest space I have avalible to work is a little larger then normal office desk. Due to the setup of the house, that is also about the size of the largest floor space available in any one area, but it is also slightly smaller then the largest pattern piece.
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« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2011 03:23:26 AM »

I'm lucky enough to have a large table now, but when I was a student and lived in one room I used to use a large piece of cardboard (opened up box) on my bed. It slid under the bed when I didn't need it.
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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2011 03:35:49 AM »

This probably is useless, but I would try the library, and use the big desks they have for reading the newspapers. Or could you fold the fabric in half and do it that way? Sometimes the pattern can be folded in half, but they print the whole thing rather than putting a "cut one on the fold" label on it.
Sorry, not very much help as I have heaps of room at my house. You can come over if you like?
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« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2011 04:28:19 PM »

HA! I LOVE the idea of going to the library to cut fabric Tongue That's the most clever, hilarious thing I've read in quite some time, and totally something I would do if I were still living in a dorm.
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« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2011 05:39:24 PM »

I lay out everything on the bed in our guest bedroom/sewing room. If I didn't have that room, I would lay out on our bed.  The advantage is you can pin right into the mattress.  Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2011 02:56:50 PM »

i use my floor, what i do if i am pinning things bigger than teh space i have is lay out as much as i can, start pinning and when ive got as much pinned as fits in my space, i move it a bit and pin the next section. Just make sure you pin it well so it doesnt shift too much when you move it. Also, be careful when you cut that it is laid out as neatly as possible and the folded bit is folded neatly etc to make it as accurate as possible, its more difficult but very possible Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2011 04:40:45 PM »

I use the floor as well. I'd be terrified of trying to cut on my bed! With my luck, I'd probably shred half the bed before realizing it.
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« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2011 01:54:23 AM »

I use the floor as well. I'd be terrified of trying to cut on my bed! With my luck, I'd probably shred half the bed before realizing it.

thats what i thought  Cheesy x
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« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2011 04:56:03 PM »

how about one of these cutting boards
http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/productdetail.jsp?pageName=search&flag=true&PRODID=zprd_01025055a

you could put it on top of your current workspace  or even on top of your bed to give you more workable room
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« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2011 05:14:53 PM »

oh MAN! I LOVED going to the library to sew when I was in college! I was even able to bring my sewing machine down into the basement, where noone ever was, but there was a HUUUUUGE floorspace that I was able to use!

When I was restricted to the dorm, luckily the space between beds was about 2 feet wider than regular 45" fabric.

Now, I am actually not sure what to do either! I may start with the library thing again, at least for cutting out. The only floor space big enough in the apartment is in the middle of the fur-covered living room floor (3 kitties Cheesy)
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