Sewing Room Design Tips

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All Koala Studios are designed to work together, both side-by-side or back-to-back. These tips will help you plan out your space and allow you to consider things that you may not think about when designing a room.

"Work Triangle"

  • Try creating a corner unit centered on a RollAbout with Corner Top, or an island with a Treasure Chest and StorageCenter.  
  • Create work stations for sewing, cutting and pressing.  Consider using the “work triangle” layout popular in kitchen design.  Or, borrow another idea from the kitchen and create an island.  By placing your studio in the center of the room, you can work at all sides. 
  • First, select the Studio that will be your primary sewing area.  Decide if you need a 35 ¼”, 53” or 70” wide base model.  Position your sewing area to take advantage of the best light and view in the room.
  • Then, plan areas for cutting and pressing.  This can be accomplished by adding companion pieces like Storage Centers or RollAbouts.  Or, use Koala’s Outback Leaf Extension and Fabric palette  accomplish all three tasks on one Studio.  Keep in mind, you can use your Electric Glide lift to quickly and easily store your machine when you need to utilize your entire Studio surface. 
  • The correct height of your Studios is a personal choice.  Consider whether you like to create sitting or standing (or both), and select the height that is comfortable for you.  Koala Studios are available in 29 ¼”, 32 ¼”, 35 ¼” and 38 ¼” heights.  Adjustable SewComfort chairs and foot control platforms make the taller heights comfortable for sewing enthusiasts of all sizes.
  • Don’t forget storage!  Add door shelves, Outback shelves, thread and notions boxes, and drawer bins to keep your supplies organized.
  • Select a comfortable chair with adjustable height and back support.  Koala SewComfort Chairs have 6-way adjustments, work with all Studio heights, and allow you to swivel and roll easily.
  • Designate a space in your home for your passion.  Half of a guest room, a seldom-used dining room, a corner of a laundry room, or even a remodeled attic or sunroom can become your creative retreat.
  • Incorporate both overhead and task lighting to reduce eye strain and aid in detail work.  Try a variety of spectrums including “daylight” (lamps or the real thing) to aid in matching colors.
  • Selecting flooring?  While carpeting is good for muffling sounds, many sewers agree that hard floors are easier for rolling chairs and cleaning (plus finding those dropped pins and needles.)
  • Choose soft wall colors in a matte or eggshell finish.  Avoid dark colors, which absorb light, and glossy finishes, which can cast a glare.
  • Plan where you’ll plug in your sewing machine(s) and iron or press.  Grounded outlets and serge protectors are recommended. 
  • Garment sewing? Mirror, dressform, screen for changing area

How to Make a Design Wall like Eleanor’s

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Eleanor Burns' Design Wall

Many of you have asked us how to make a quilt design wall as seen in Eleanor’s Koala Studio Makeover video. Well, we went straight to the source and found these instructions just for you!

How to make a Quilt in a Day Design Wall Items Required:

(2) Spray contact cement

(4) “L” brackets

9′ x 5′ Headliner from an upholstery shop

3/4″ screws

4′ x 8′ Sound board chop saw keyhole hooks, knife or scissors

(4) Wall anchors with screws

(2) “T” brackets

(4) 1″ X 4″ X 8′ pine boards

Making the sound board

1. Measure headliner to appropriate length. Allow an extra 4 inches to hang over on each side.

2. Apply the glue thoroughly to soundboard and back of the headliner. Allow 15-20 minutes for the glue to get tacky. It’s easier to do halves.

3. When the soundboard is tacky, apply headliner to the soundboard. The headliner will stick immediately on contact. Use a friend to help make sure you have it aligned properly to cover the board with equal edges on all sides. Once the headliner has touched the surface, it may be impossible to re-align.

4. Turn project over and apply contact cement the edges where the headliner may touch. Allow 15-20 minutes to insure tact.

5. Fold over the headliner and attach it to the sound wall. Allow the corners to be even.

6. Trim off headliner ears. When laying down the headliner, try to avoid overlapping the edges.

Making the Frame:

1. Cut (2) 1″ X 4″s into three 40″ boards.

2. Attach the 1″ X 4″ to make a 4′ X 8′ frame with your “T” brackets and “L” brackets.

3. Apply adhesive caulking to one side of the frame.

4. Press frame to the back of the soundboard. Put weights on the frame to help press it down. Let dry.

5. Screw key hooks to the back frame and to wall where desired.

Memorial Day Financing is here!

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No Interest if Paid in Full in 18 Months – Only at Your Koala Dealer*

On Koala Studios Purchases of $1000 or more (pre-tax) with your Home Design card made between 5/27/11 and 5/30/11, at Participating Koala Dealers.

Interest will be charged to your account from the purchase date if the promotional balance, including optional charges, is not paid in full within 18 months or if you make a late payment. Minimum Monthly Payments Required.* Please note, because Koala Studios are custom built to order, consumers may have payment(s) due before their Koala furniture is delivered.

*Valid only for Koala Studios, minimum purchase $1000 between 5/27/11 and 5/30/11 on your Home Design account, purchased at a participating Koala Dealer. On promo purchase balance, monthly payments required, but no Finance Charges will be assessed if (1) promo purchase balance paid in full in 18 months, and (2) all minimum monthly payments on account paid when due. Otherwise, promo may be terminated and treated as a non-promo balance. Finance Charges accrued at the Purchase APR will be assessed from purchase date. Regular rates apply to non-promo balances, including optional charges. Promo purchases on existing accounts may not receive full benefit of promo terms, including reduced APR if applicable, if account is subject to Penalty APR. Payments over the minimum will be applied as required by applicable law. As of 1/12011, APR: 29.99% & on all accounts in default, Penalty APR: 29.99%. Minimum Finance Charge $2.00. Subject to approval by GE Money Bank.

Click here to find a Koala Showcase Dealer in your area.

No Room is too Small for a Koala Studio

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On Share your Studio, Noreen C. and Auturo G. show how a small space is no match for a Koala Studio. “It is compact, but my Koala sewing cabinet can be adjusted to meet my needs and space. I can easily use both sewing machines and serger. When I use both machines I just roll in the serger cabinet and sew away,” says Arturo. If you have a studio and would like to share it, please submit a picture or two, here.

The Koala Studio Advantage

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Do you know the difference between a sewing cabinet and  Koala Studio?

A cabinet, by definition, is an upright cupboard-like repository with shelves, drawers or compartments, for storing or displaying objects.

A studio, by definition, is an artist’s place of work.

Learn more about the Koala Studio Advantage in this video from Nancy Zieman:

The Koala Studio Advantage with Nancy Zieman

Visit the Koala Team in Paducah, KY this Weekend

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Koala has two booths at Paducah.  One is in the big tent, the other is in Eleanor Burns’ barn in Carson Park at 28th and Madison in Paducah. Click here for a map of these locations.

The producers of the AQS Quilt Show in Paducah have posted a special announcement on their website regarding the relocation of some events due to flooding. Read below for a description of where things will be moved.

April 25, 2011, Paducah, Ky., – Due to high water along the lower Ohio River at Paducah, the floodgates that protect the city are being installed. To protect the safety of visitors to the American Quilter’s Society annual Quilt Show & Contest, events usually held at the Paducah-McCracken County Expo and Julian C. Carroll Convention Center have been moved.

Best of Show, category winners, and bed quilts will be on display at the Pavilion at the corner of 4th Street and Executive Boulevard. Vendors that were in the Expo Center will be there, too.

At Kentucky Oaks Mall, 3470 James Sanders Boulevard, The Alliance for American Quilts display will be at Circuit City. The Pilgrim/Roy 2012 Challenge display and AQS Lancaster 2011 winners will be at Office Max, also at the mall. Vendors that were in the convention center will be located at Circuit City. Vendors that were in the Pavilion will be at Office Max.

All classes and lectures and All Star Review will be held at First Baptist Church, 2890 Broadway, where the Wall Quilt contest and winners will be displayed.

The Food Tent will relocate just two blocks to the Farmers Market located behind the museum at the T-intersection of 2nd Street and Monroe. As always, there will be Vendors on Kentucky at 200 Kentucky Avenue, also known as the Finkel Building, and the Hurt Book Sale.

Events planned for Carson Four Rivers Center and The National Quilt Museum will continue in place. The Yo Yo ladies, Live Auction, and Silent Auction will be at The National Quilt Museum. Shuttles will run between all venues so visiting quilters may travel safely. A little water can’t stop the 2011 AQS Quilt Show in Paducah. Come see us!

Looking for a Place for your Studio? Here’s an Idea!

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Candace L. from Elk Grove, CA showed us that having a Koala Studio in her sewing room that doubles as a  guest bedroom actually helps keep things organized and free of clutter so there is no need to scramble when guest are coming to stay. Thank you for sharing your studio Candice!  Visit Share Your Studio to upload a photo of your home studio, view other studio submissions and vote for your favorites.

Meet Koala’s Lead Designer at Sewing Weekend May 5, 6, & 7th

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If you have ever been to a Sewing Weekend at Nancy’s Notions before you know that sewers from all over the country flock to Beaver Dam, Wisconsin and simply take over the town for three days. You could call it painting the town thread.  It is a weekend packed full of learning, mingling, and shopping with a group that is sure to share your interests in all things sewing. Make sure to register if you haven’t already and swing by the Koala booth while you’re there and meet Koala’s lead designer Eddy Moore (pictured).

Click here for more upcoming Koala events

New Koala Quest Prize

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Win a Koala Studio

Here’s the latest prize in the Koala Quest, Amazing Designs’ Letter It! embroidery software.  Remember, you can enter every month for another chance to win the Grand Prize – a Koala Studio!

Share Your Opinion and Win

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Thread Survey What kinds of thread do you like? Where do you buy thread? Take this Thread Survey, and you’ll be entered to win a Madeira Thread Chest, valued at $1000! Get started at www.SewingAndCraftClub.com.

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