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Unread 07-06-2014, 06:45 PM   #1
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Workspace Essentials (and dream equipment)

So I have a pretty great basement I want to use as a workspace and I'm wondering what you guys would say are the essentials and what sort of equipment would be on your dream-list. The space has plenty of outlets and built-in shelves and work tables.
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Unread 07-06-2014, 08:48 PM   #2
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Depends on what you need. Sewing, you need a large table/floorspace for laying out fabric, sewing machine (I'm currently lusting after a bigger machine to use for thick vinyl), trash can close by for scraps, maybe a mirror to see how it fits. You'll also want an area for painting and leatherworking. Lots of drawers around to hold tools, bins to hold materials, and a big comfy chair to flop into when you get frustrated. My space is also a bedroom, so I have my TV and laptop in there to look at references and listen to music.

If you're working on bigger stuff, you'd want a jig saw, belt sander, vise, drill... Actually, the vise is useful for a lot of stuff I couldn't have predicted.
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Unread 07-06-2014, 08:55 PM   #3
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Depends what kinds of crafting you do.
If you make props/armor, I would assume a good workbench, stool, and tools are essential.
If you sew, a good sewing machine, iron, ironing board, and maybe even a serger are fine. But I don't know if a garage is really a good place to sew. I guess it's fine if you're going to really clean the place and not keep cars in there, but if you do have cars I would think the smell from the car exhaust as you drive inside would seep into the fabric.
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Unread 07-07-2014, 09:27 AM   #4
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I need some photo equipment; tripod, hd cam, web cam etc,.
Props: Atm I just need a paint set; spray paint, acrylic etc.
Fabric: Lots and lots of patterns
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Unread 07-07-2014, 09:31 AM   #5
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as of right now my only wanted essential thing is space. because i have none Y__Y i have a small part in the back bedroom to store everything and work. and that space is not even big enough for a hoop skirt to fit, let alone work on a skirt on said hoop skirt.

after i figure out space though, i would love a real desk for my sewing machine, with drawers to store things as well as an embroidery machine, and a serger.
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Unread 07-07-2014, 09:49 AM   #6
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Dream equipment would be an embroidery machine and a large 3D printer.
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i just want actual workspace, a comfy chair and a real desk. my room was originally part of a larger room that was divided by very thin walls. my room is so small, my bed takes up two-thirds of it. i have a pretty small table right next to it so i usually sit on my bed but the lack of back and arm support and having to constantly hunch over to work has led to many painful hours of crafting. my kingdom for a huge room!
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Unread 07-07-2014, 05:00 PM   #8
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A large table is a must. I have a 4'x8' table that stands about waist high. Having a taller table means it's more comfortable to stand to work if you need to, without hunching over. It's versatile and I use it for everything, sewing, gluing, fabricating, moulding, cutting, etc. we just move equipment on and off the table as we need it.

My dream equipment would be a multi thread embroidery machine, and a 3d printer
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My dream space would have a large Table, Sewing machine, embro machine, ruler grid, serger, dress form, closet with many draws for crafting supplies and tons of shelving.
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Unread 07-07-2014, 09:42 PM   #10
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My current space has my essentials (large-ish table/kitchen table, all the drafting supplies, sewing machine, easily portable storage totes as I sew in a common area, dressform, and outlets in easy reach of the table for the iron and machine). My dream space would have a proper drafting table, a comfier chair, an extra lamp, a serger and an embroidery machine. And a proper ironing board I don't have to put away. And would be a room to myself, not one I have to share, so I can leave my stuff out overnight without worry.
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Large table, separate sewing table, 3d printer with Cad program, open area, lots of light, embroidery machine, A LAITHE....god damn a laithe would make things so nice....

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My dream list includes a money tree.

uhhh probably also a router and a belt sander.
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My dream list includes a money tree.

uhhh probably also a router and a belt sander.
I just bought a belt sander for my bf for $95. Ryobi is discontinuing the blue/black models to start selling the rebranded lime green ones. Home Depot stores in my area are selling the leftover blue/black belt sanders for super cheap. Check all stores in a 50km radius/as far as you're willing to drive. Each store owner can set their own sale price. JSYK, cause y'know, belt sanders are pretty darn useful.

This kind of sale is probably super limited to whatever stock is left, so if you have about $100 to spare, go grab one. Even for a student like me, I couldn't pass up the good value. There's no way you'll ever find a good home-use belt sander for that price ever again.
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I mostly sew, so this is pretty much all sewing stuff. My fiance and I are working together so we each specialize, and he does most of the heavy prop stuff that requires tools.
Essentials: A quality sewing machine, a big padded cutting/pinning/ironing table, lots of floor space, many wig heads/stands, endless muslin, a dress form that will magically match my body even though the damn thing changes shape all the time...
I'm planning to get a heat gun soon, and maybe one of those little quilter's irons (I think it'd be good for pressing seams in hard places but idk)
Someday I want a serger, maybe a 3-D printer but I'm waiting for them to be cheaper & better (not that they're bad now, but I know that's how technology goes)
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I just bought a belt sander for my bf for $95. Ryobi is discontinuing the blue/black models to start selling the rebranded lime green ones. Home Depot stores in my area are selling the leftover blue/black belt sanders for super cheap. Check all stores in a 50km radius/as far as you're willing to drive. Each store owner can set their own sale price. JSYK, cause y'know, belt sanders are pretty darn useful.

This kind of sale is probably super limited to whatever stock is left, so if you have about $100 to spare, go grab one. Even for a student like me, I couldn't pass up the good value. There's no way you'll ever find a good home-use belt sander for that price ever again.
I am probably getting the $30 (after coupon) one from harbor freight. They aren't what I'd call quality but I can always buy a better one if I end up using it a lot and want something higher quality.
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