Quirky question: If money is no object…

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It’s so fun to buy new quilting toys! But inevitably, over time, those shiny new toys can become a bit tattered, all-out battered, damaged…or worse. Let’s make believe that money is no object in today’s question, shall we? Tell us:

The money’s there—and something in your sewing space is in need of repair. What one item do you buy?

Post your answer in the comments before noon (PST) on Monday, May 12, for your chance to win. The carefully selected winning answer will be posted on Wednesday, May 14, along with the next question.

Last week’s Quirky Question was, “What did you love doing as a child that you still do today?” Here’s the winning comment, from Robin:

“When I was a youngster, I used to love to get scared. I know that sounds strange, but it’s true. I LOVED the thrill of playing a game we called ‘Ghost in the Graveyard,’ which is just a game of hide-n-seek, only you play it in the dark. I also LOVED staying up late on the weekends to watch scary movies, and hearing a good scary story at a slumber party or beside a campfire. I LOVED (still do) to ride on roller coasters. The faster, the better! Now, as an adult, I still like to have a good scare now and then. There are times when I simply HAVE to step out of my quilting comfort zone and try a project that is a bit scary. It’s scary because it’s a new technique, or it has lots of intricate details, or it uses color combinations that I’ve never attempted before. Always, in the back of my mind I’m thinking, ‘What if this turns out really bad and I’m just wasting my time, energy and money?’ Then, in a moment of bravery (or maybe insanity) I forge ahead. Most of the time it turns out more thrilling than frightening. Though, I have had a few projects that turned out to be pretty scary! Those are the ones that ended up as part of the dog’s bed or became a furniture cover in the back of a moving van! I think everyone should try to scare themselves occasionally. It makes you feel alive and young!!!”

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200 Comments

  • It would be a mid-arm or long arm. Right now because of space, I would choose a mid-arm system so I could get all these ufo’s quilted. I love making the quilt tops, but quilting on my domestic sewing machine can be challenging.

    Jocelyn on May 7, 2014
  • The space itself need some TLC. I would do a few wall repairs and paint a new and inspiring colour…. or several.

    Glenda on May 7, 2014
  • This is a very hard question to answer. There are so many things out there I would love to have but money is the problem. With that said, I would update my sewing machine which is a Pfaff 7570 with a newer Pfaff sewing and embroidery machine. Of course, I would keep my 7570 as it is a workhorse.

    —Shirley Ginn on May 7, 2014
  • I would probably go for a new sewing machine. One that does the quilting stitch. And lessons on how to use it.

    —Patricia D. Roberts on May 7, 2014
  • Would love to have one of the easy to thread with all the bells and whistles sergers. Get frustrated trying to rethread mine and also watch some of the television sewing shows and wish I could do all "those things" with my serger. Sewwq a lot for charity and could do lots more with a more efficient set up!!

    —Kate Dickens on May 7, 2014
  • One item? That’s a tough one, because I am still waiting for a room of my own. But getting down to basics, I think it would have to be my 34-year old Viking. I love the machine, and it still works well, believe it or not, but it’s had a hard life. It got me through a couple of years working for my sister and BIL’s business ironing and stitching the letters onto athletic jackets. Not exactly light work. And I would get the attachments that would give me a larger apron for the machine so I could lay out large pieces of fabric without wrestling so much, and that would make the free-motion quilting a little easier. Don’t think I would get rid of the machine, because it "ain’t broke", but would like something a little more geared toward the quilting efforts.

    —Carol Downing on May 7, 2014
  • Well I just had a chance to use a new Panasonic cordless iron at a retreat this weekend, and although I have a good iron I would buy this if I had money to burn right now.

    —OHSue on May 7, 2014
  • If money was no object, I would purchase a bigger house to allow for an extra large room(s) for my quilting. Over 500 Quilt books, over 1,000 magazines, over 1,000 bolts of fabric, plus a cutting table, sewing table, and racks of FTQTs. Right now it is scattered in 3 rooms rooms of the house, cause my ceiling started to crack.

    Donna Cartia on May 7, 2014
  • You buy what needs repair. But if money is there upgrade you machine too!!

    —Linda Haynes on May 7, 2014
  • What a tough question! First of all (not the answer) but dear to my heart would be one of those wonderfully, large, organized sewing studios.
    To answer the question, I would love to have the new Brother embroidery machine. It is like the sew and embroidery machines but is set up just for embroidery. I would consider it a luxury to be able to do the size, fonts, style of embroidery I want (which my machine will not do, only little swatches) . It would be nice not to have to put the embroidery unit on and go through the entire process before you can embroidery. I really like how my present machine sews, so, that machine would be set up for sewing only! If wishes were horses beggars would ride, eh?
    Thanks for the opportunity. It’s fun to dream!

    —Sunshine on May 7, 2014
  • If I could afford to, I would enlarge my sewing area so I wouldn’t have to go into the dining room to cut out my fabrics. I would have everything I needed, at the ready, close by.

    —Barbara on May 7, 2014
  • My entire space is in need of repair, an office turned sewing room so there are two desks, sewing machines and lets not forget the big piece of exercise equipment, so if the money’s there, let’s build a studio out back or put an extension of the house and fix the whole space.

    —Dana Gaffney on May 7, 2014
  • When I moved from Florida to Minnesota to retire I built a 2 bedroom home – one room for sewing and the other for sleeping. Six years later – after 55 years – I married my high school sweetheart and enlarged the house to accomadate him (and his books). But my sewing room stayed the same. Now I’ve added a long arm quilt frame and Tin Lizzie to the new room – but the sewing room is still too small. If money were no object I’d enlarge it also! Then he could join me in the sewing room. Or perhaps we should just buy a new house to take care of both our needs.
    P.S. Why did I move FROM florida to Minnesota? My parents were both from Minnesota and I have many relatives in the area. Plus I love the 4 seasons – and so does my husband! Life is good!
    Ruth Hall – St. Peter, Minnesota

    —Ruth Hall on May 7, 2014
  • I would get a new sewing/embroidery machine and a cabinet to put it in.

    —Rosemary Caldwell on May 7, 2014
  • I am sewing on a rickety old desk so I would buy a new sewing cabinet with airlift for easy storage of my sewing machine. Preferably a sewing cabinet with drawers for storing my thread and quilting gadgets conveniently.

    —Jill Ames on May 7, 2014
  • A new cutting table… since the freezer is now out in the garage, and the folding table has my mat cutter on it.. I cut fabrics on the kitchen floor.. not so good for the back or knees! If I could get my hands on a portable, foldable one.. so much the better. Oh.. and a new rotary cutter.. mine went awol some time ago and all I have is the refill blades..no handle?!?!?

    —Carol on May 7, 2014
  • I would LOVE a design wall. My hanging flannel is getting a bit old and I would really prefer a stable wall as opposed to hanging material which is not easy to work with. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Linda Pawlak on May 7, 2014
  • My table that the new Viking is sitting on is my original Singer console table that is over 36 years old.. the insert that covered the opening got wet and ruined many years ago, a replacement was fashioned but it doesn’t match! I would to replace that with a stylish new Kangaroo Kabinet that I have been drooooolllling over! The one with the electric raising and lowering of the machine is the bomb!

    Debbie D. on May 7, 2014
  • This isn’t a tool but one thing in need of repair is my flooring. I have awful pinkish hued low nap, thankfully, carpet thruout the basement. It’s awful in color and condition. I would love to have a floor that I could run a dry mop over and catch all the dust and threads. But when there are other more visible areas inside and outside that need attention, it will be a long while before my dream is a reality. Until then, I have a wonderful big space to quilt in and that’s all I need. I am a happy camper and thankful for all my blessings.

    —Rita Sevig on May 7, 2014
  • If the money was there i would buy an old Singer Featherweight that is painted red with white polka dots. It would make my heart singer every time i looked at it or used it and since it is ‘feather weight’ i would carry it around as a good luck charm!

    folksmith on May 7, 2014
  • If I had the money, I’d first buy a custom built sewing room, including a cabinet to fit my Bernina 440QE, my serger and a new embroidery machine. This ideal sewing room for me would include generous fabric storage because I have a HUGE stash! It would also need to have a separate large cutting table, a pressing area and a roll up design wall so my cats don’t climb it!!! I’d also include a new Notlting long arm quilting machine, professional grade, to accommodate my queen and king size quilts. If you’re going to dream, dream big!!

    —Barbara on May 7, 2014
  • In need of repair? Hmmm well I have literally cut my cutting mat to pieces. When I use it, I look for where the least cut up section is available.

    —Lori Smanski on May 7, 2014
  • If money were truly no object, I wouldn’t BUY anything – I’d stay home and quilt all the time! I work on an offshore oil rig, am out of the country 6months a year, and attend out-of-town seminars and training for another month or more. Free time to spend at my sewing machine would be priceless!

    —Leslie on May 7, 2014
  • . . .hands down, a table that my sewing machine can sit down in when I want to piece and machine quilt; but, that have a lift to allow the machine to attach to the embroidery unit without having to lift it up, put it on a base, etc, when I want to embroider. Right now, I’m doing the above and when I machine quilt, I ‘get’ to slide in other tables so I have enough flat space for the part I’m not quilting to sit rather than hang off to the side!

    —Terry on May 7, 2014
  • If I could it would be three very minor things…
    The light bulb in my sewing machine is burned out and it is odd one to find…
    The little metal thingamabob that holds the needle in place on my serger came off and is lost…
    And I could definately use a new ironing board cover/pad…
    Hey, my wants may be small, but important to me!

    —Jill Hogan on May 7, 2014
  • If money were no object, I’d build a sewing studio onto my house. I live in a small ranch and my sewing room is more like a glorified closet or a pantry. I have to keep some of my supplies in a spare bedroom because of lack of space. I envision this open, airy room with lots of built-ins and the latest in sewing and quilting notions and supplies and plenty of space to store fabric. What a nice dream!

    —CJ Hines on May 7, 2014
  • I desperately need a new steam iron. Mine leaks awful. I think a good iron is one of the most important tools we use in quilting. If I could have 2 things, I would also want a new rotary cutter, better quality than what I am currently using.

    —Liz Dyer on May 7, 2014
  • When we built this house, my planned sewing room was wired with so many circuits that I could not possibly pop a circuit breaker. I could use my irons,my sewing machines, my computer, television and lots of lights without a problem. Then the kids left home, our family routines changed and my living room became a big, empty space. That was too good to pass up and I moved in. Sadly, the room was wired to be a room for use as a "parlor". It does not have a ceiling fan, a phone jack, or cable. The wiring is woefully inadequate. It is not a fire risk, but I like to know my valuable sewing machines, embroidery machines, computer and television are getting adequate power. Therefore, money spent on my sewing room would be a total electrical upgrade. More circuits, more plug-ins, more lights, a ceiling fan, a good cable hookup and phone jack. It would payoff every day for me.

    —Terry Harper on May 7, 2014
  • I have tape holding together my plastic strip cutter…lol. So, I’d buy another strip (1/2″) cutter. Then if money is not object there would be enough left over to buy a longarm with frame. Hey, a girl can dream!

    —Debbie on May 7, 2014
  • new longarm

    —Pat Joho on May 7, 2014
  • Oh, let’s get into this one big time! I need a whole new sewing room! Or maybe a new office for my husband so this room can be all mine. Then I need cabinets and shelves and work tables and new flooring and maybe most important of all, good lighting. I’ll keep dreaming! 🙂

    —Carol on May 7, 2014
  • Well if money was no object, I would like to have a real sewing table/center.Have used a small student type of desk for years until I get so frustrated that I take my sewing machine and supplies into the dining room and use my dining table. Back and forth lol.

    Joy on May 7, 2014
  • I would love to have a quilting machine. Years ago I had the opportunity to be set up in a quilting business by california designer but I passed. I was busy raising my family and did not know if I would be able to do both. Now I wish I had not done that. The kids are gone and the huge room is there— waiting—-

    —Tammy L. on May 7, 2014
  • When I was about 10-12 years of age, I climbed a tree with a girlfriend, sat on a limb with one arm around another limb and embroidered. I like to do embroidery to this day 60 years later. We were away from other kids and could do our stitching above the crowd. We kept our needlework in an old purse of our mothers and could climb with it on our shoulder and enjoy a time of peace and quiet while we stitched. Now that I am too old to climb trees, I just do it in another room where I can be alone. It is my art work done with needle and thread.

    —Wanda Holbrook on May 7, 2014
  • An APQS Millennium with Quilt Path and all the bells and whistles.

    —Brenda on May 7, 2014
  • I would replace all the furniture. Being a senior citizen and on a very limited budget, I made do with all leftover furniture for my sewing room. Although it is not the prettiest and most functional, it works for not having to spend any money on it. Old kitchen table is cutting table, old dressers and table are my sewing area, and rather beaten up plastic shelves hold my fabric.

    —Helen Spiroplaus on May 7, 2014
  • A new sewing machine. Or a new Ott-lite.

    —carol on May 7, 2014
  • I would love to replace my small cutting table with a nice cabinet, and my cutting mat is really in need of replacement. Would be wonderful!

    —Maureen Flax on May 7, 2014
  • Right now I don’t even have a sewing table. The dining table I used to sew on broke and right now I am using a plastic folding table which keeps shaking as I sew. So a sturdy table would be my first choice to buy.

    —Jereena on May 7, 2014
  • I am recently retired and have been collecting fabric for this time in my life. I now have the time to enjoy my collections. But my desire for a new machine got the best of me. My husband encourage me to purchase a Babylock Symphony for Mothers Day. Knowing that I wouldn’t do this any further in the future I went for it. It has many features that my older machine did not. I am so excited to begin my king size bed quilt. I have been saving this fabric for many years. This is my replacement.

    Linda on May 7, 2014
  • I would have a Hugh room for my quilt studio! Right now I am using a small bedroom! It is jam back and messy looking! I love my sewing room but it is too small!

    —Ceci Kingsley on May 7, 2014
  • If money were no object I would LOVE to own a long arm quilter. I love to do my own quilting and get tired of the same ol stuff and the big quilts I do I always have to send out to a quilter. I would love to be creative for myself and family members.

    —Linda on May 7, 2014
  • I have a beautiful babylock Ellegante sewing/embroidery machine that I purchased new. I virtually embroidered this machine to death! The motor froze up on me! (imagine how many hours and embroidery stitches was on that machine to have it freeze up!). It was still under warranty and lucky for me, the motor was covered under the warranty and was replaced–my brand new machine was overhauled and pronounced "good as new"; however, it is not "good as new". It has quirky noises, irregular stitching and I’m just not as happy with it as I was when I first bought it. SO….IF money was no object, I’d buy a new sewing/embroidery machine and donate my old machine to a worthy cause.

    —Sarah S on May 7, 2014
  • I need a FLOOR in my sewing room. Concrete is not the easiest thing to keep clean and my poor knees would appreciate i.

    —Lynne Marsh on May 7, 2014
  • I wish I had a sewing room large enough to put my Molting Long Arm in again. We had to switch rooms and use my old sewing room for a bedroom due to my husband’s health issues. I miss it so very much.

    —Suzanne Cox on May 7, 2014
  • Definately a new sewing machine as mine is wearing out

    —Cheryl on May 7, 2014
  • If money was no object, I would want my sewing room greatly enlarged so I could have all my supplies, machines and fabrics in one area instead of all over the house. Right now, I sew in one room, fabric is in another room, books and patterns in another room and long arm machine in another room so it takes a while to get things accomplished.

    —connie on May 7, 2014
  • I would love to again have a sewing room large enough to put my Nolting 24″ Long Arm in. We had to change rooms and make our bedroom where my sewing room was due to my husband’s deteriorating health issues. I miss it so very much.

    —Suzanne Cox on May 7, 2014
  • Honestly, if money were no object then I would buy a long-arm machine, but since I don’t have one at the moment that doesn’t answer the question! I think I would have to pick a new sewing machine. I love my machine now and it works beautifully. The one thing that newer machines have that I don’t is a much bigger space under the arm to maneuver quilts for quilting. I think I would quilt more on my machine if I had more space to work with.

    —Jennifer Ciaccio on May 7, 2014
  • If money were no object, I would replace my sewing space with a stand-alone craft shack that could accommodate quilting retreats for up to 20 or so friends. I have it all planned out in my mind – the extra plugins (even some in the ceiling) and all the cubbyhole storage spaces to show off my stash. All the counter space, raised cutting tables and layout areas to encourage the creativity that abounds when quilting friends gather. And yes, there would have to be a library section for all the quilting books and patterns as well as a nice display area to show off all the successfully completed projects. Of course, there would have to be a 2nd floor for all the sleeping accommodations and a 3rd floor for my husband’s art studio. Ahh, it’s nice to dream!!!

    —Elaine Bartee on May 7, 2014
  • a new larger sewing space, like convert and a/c the back porch and add a long arm…heaven

    —diane on May 7, 2014
  • The one thing I would need to replace is my sewing machine. When I was little I would take fabric and made doll cloths and put together with safety pins. My mom was not a sewer. My husband brought me my first sewing machine, and I have been in love with making things every since. Fell in love with quilting in my 50’s . What a joy it is to make quilts for others, removes all the stress from our daily lives and bring joy to so many faces.

    —Linda on May 7, 2014
  • The one item I really need is a large cutting mat. After 19 years of a
    lot of cutting, it needs to be replaced.

    —Paddy Eastman on May 7, 2014
  • I have just recently started sewing. About a year and a half ago, I suddenly decided that with my spare time I wanted to sew. So I forged ahead and bought me a sewing machine. Obviously to get started I also needed to buy the simple/little things like a rotary cutter, thread, etc. One of the things I also bought was a small cutting mat, 18 x 21, because it was all I could afford out of my budget. When I am working on larger projects or trying to square off my edges for binding, it can be quite the challenge. So if money were no object there would be plenty of sewing essentials I would buy – a sewing desk, better scissors, more thread, and so much more. However, first and foremost I would buy me a better/larger cutting mat so I could actually work on my projects without the extra challenge/stress.

    —Alex Unander on May 7, 2014
  • If money were no object, I would build an addition onto my house that would be a sewing studio for me. My sewing room (which doubles as my yoga space) is exactly 110 square feet. Pretty darned small!

    Nita on May 7, 2014
  • A new longarm! I really enjoy quilting on the longarm, however, I’ve outgrown the capabilities of the one I have now. I’d upgrade!!

    —Cindy on May 7, 2014
  • What i need most is storage. To be arranged, to find a place for everything. To be able to find what i have. Oh yes, that would be so sweet!

    —Ray Barreras on May 7, 2014
  • This is an easy one. After 28 years together, my trusty Bernina is going to have to face retirement. This is the machine I learned to piece on, learned to machine quilt on, made baby clothes with and made both my wedding dresses on. In that odd way that a human bonds with a trusty tool, my Bernina 1130 is like an extension of my hands. So, if money were no object, I’d upgrade and then I’d buy a special table for "Trusty" to be displayed on in my sewing room (maybe I’d even throw a little retirement party for her…she’s certainly earned one!)

    Beth Strand on May 7, 2014
  • I would buy Koala cabinets and sewing table for my sewing room. I especially want a sewing table that has the recessed space for my sewing machine. My current sewing table is adequate but it’s a bit too high and it causes me neck and shoulder discomfort. Highly unlikely that I’ll ever be able to afford anything made by Koala but it’s nice to dream big!

    —Catherine Lehman on May 7, 2014
  • If money were no object I’d purchase a very large piece of land – maybe 100 acres then I’d divide it up with each of my children and build whatever home they dream about. Pay off all family debts. In other words they’d could live their dream life. As for me, well I’d have a log cabin in the middle of all this property. I would have one wing with a fantastic quilt studio that has a design wall, windows every where and enough electrical outlets to plug everything. Of course there would be machines for quilting, sewing, serging, felting and whatever we need to be creative. That’s what I’d do if money were no object.

    —Bette on May 7, 2014
  • If money was not a concern I would buy a new sewing machine & serger, the ones I have now I bought in the 1980’s! They still work but the new models out there can actually thread themselves! WOW now that would be awesome!

    —BRENDA HAYTE on May 7, 2014
  • I need to get a sewing table that fits my machine. I have to sit my machine on top of the sewing cabinet I have now and because of the elevated height it makes my shoulders and neck hurt.

    —Brenda Hulsey on May 7, 2014
  • If money were really no problem and I could buy something new, it would be an addition with a long arm quilting machine! If I have to replace something, it would be my sewing table. Have bought a new machine that doesn’t fit in the hole!

    —Ann on May 7, 2014
  • With money being no object and the objective is repair (not new), I’d redo my sewing room. The floor has some damage to the wood in a few areas; I have had settling problems and there are cracks in the walls; and the room is dark. I’d repair (not replace) the beautiful wood floor, have the walls and ceiling painted; add some wonderful lighting, and obtain storage for my projects and stash. It would be delightful to have a cheerful room in which to sew and then have black-out drapes when the hot afternoon sun becomes too hot. Of course, I’d have a design wall. I’d like to get my machine serviced and price some accessories I need in order to embroider with it (reader/writer and software compatible with my laptop). Thanks for a wonderful quirky question.

    —Susan in OK on May 7, 2014
  • My big Ott lite just died. My hubby thought it was the bulb needing replacing. Got the bulb, it still isn’t working. He thinks it’s the ballast now and is trying to order one. If money was no object I’d go buy the big floor model or the big one that clamps to the table behind the sewing machine, lighting up the "whole" sewing area. Sewing fairy where are you?

    —Jami Price on May 7, 2014
  • I would get my machine services. One thing I do do us clean it, but I’m sure a over hall is needed.

    —mary on May 7, 2014
  • Because I have only been a quilter for about 5 years many of the items in my sewing room/spare bedroom, the thing I would replace or improve would be my storage area and cutting table.

    —Dana Womack on May 7, 2014
  • If money was no object and I could buy one thing for my sewing center, without question it would be a new sewing machine. I don’t know if my "perfect dream machine" even exists, but the perfect machine for me would be a mid-arm that could be used be while I am sitting. It would also have plenty of specialty stitches and attachments for embroidery, and a stitch regulator for free motion quilting. I want the faceplate to have American measurements not metric so I will know exactly how to line up my fabric for 1/4″ and 5/8″ seams. (My current machine is metric and I hate that.) And, my dream machine would come with a lifetime of free sewing lessons so I can learn to make everything I need from clothing to upholstery and all things in between.

    —Linda on May 7, 2014
  • My sewing space is in a small bedroom, so If I could, I would redesign my room for better use. I need more storage for my fabric so I can get a better idea of what I have, and not feel the need to go out and buy more.

    —Janet Stewart on May 7, 2014
  • I would love to have a Long Arm Quilt Machine

    —Denise Laverriere on May 7, 2014
  • Anything, and if money were no object? A new longarm machine. One with all the bells and whistles. I have a used machine which my husband purchased for me. It makes me feel so good when I finish a quilt. Someday I would like to quilt for others like Quilts of Valor. At this time though I am still a beginner with a lot to learn.

    —Tina on May 7, 2014
  • Just one?? does your sewing space count as just one? sigh: koala.com has a design tool to custom "dream" your sewing space, so about $6000 is all I need to get plenty of table top, ironing, drafting, sewing, storage space! all in the same finish rather than my current Early Salvation Army hodge podge of cubbies and old sewing machine cabinets, an old dining room table and TWO desks with a hutch for my office stuff, and a pegboard for my sewing tools, all crammed into 12×12 with a closet full of shelves! What a concept, that everything would be in cherry finish…. (and then, with money no object, I need another room and that Millenium by American Quilting Systems so I can long-arm as well!) yes, we can dream!

    —Sharon Schipper on May 7, 2014
  • Fabric!

    —Julie T on May 7, 2014
  • The one thing I would buy (I hope this counts as one thing) is access to a quilting guru genius. Someone with patience and kindness to answer how-to questions, what-is-the-reason-for questions, what-do-I-do-if questions, etc – you get the idea. Just a fall-back-to kind of person. In turn, I would pass along to others I meet the same wisdom I was fortunate enough to have accesd to; on other words, pay it forward.

    —Michele on May 7, 2014
  • The money’s there—and something in your sewing space is in need of repair. What one item do you buy?

    I would purchase a decent sewing machine cabinet AND a really nice embroidery machine.

    —Pam on May 7, 2014
  • shelving for fabric!!! and get it out of the plastic totes!!!

    —lawana whaley on May 7, 2014
  • As much as I don’t want to admit it, I think a replacement purchase would be a new sewing machine. I’m sure one has at least 100K miles on it, and the tension is forever getting out of whack. My present drool is a sit-down quilting machine. It would be less of a hassle to get those quilts quilted when they are finished instead of using my domestic sewing machine (which was never designed for that purpose in the first place).

    —Claudia on May 7, 2014
  • The one thing I would buy is a new sewing machine. Mine is over 20 years old. It has seen better days, but I baby it a lot. I love the machine so I would not get rid of it, I would keep and use it still, just not as much. I would love to buy a quilting machine too, but there is no room for it yet. Always buy more fabric too.

    Laurie P on May 7, 2014
  • While I have wonderful sewing machines(s), I have never had a proper sewing table/organizer. I use those plastic rolling carts under a regular desk which mean I am sewing at too high a height, especially since I use a plastic extension table around the free arm. It would be fabulous to have a sewing space with the sewing machine at the proper height and handy drawers on the side. But I do have wonderful natural light and a beautiful view of a river out my window so I don’t feel right complaining! But if I could wish upon a star or find my fairly godmother….

    —Pamela Reim on May 7, 2014
  • I really need to replace my midarm machine and frame. I do a lot of quilting for others and have just about worn out my frame plus it’s only 10 ft. wide and I really need a 12 ft frame. I would love to replace it with a HQ Fusion with the 12 ft frame.

    —Maralyn on May 7, 2014
  • I would love to have a new sewing chair. The one I’m using is about twenty years old. It was one I got with my original sewing cabinet. It has been sat upon way too many times as the cushions are not very comfy or cushy anymore. Everything else in my studio is fairly new,but I keep hanging onto that old boring beige chair and just can’t justify getting a new one when it still supports me after all this time.

    —John Scibran on May 7, 2014
  • Sewing Machine. I have only lived once in my life without a sewing machine and do not want to repeat that experience. I can sew on the coffee table the dining room table and in a pus the floor, but I need the machine. Oh yeah it would also have to do machine embroidery because I have gotten spoiled something fierce about not having to do everything by hand and that includes quilting.

    —Sandy H on May 7, 2014
  • If money was not an object, I would purchase a new sewing machine designed for quilting and a longarm machine. I currently have a machine that I bought for $125 new. It sews ok but is not designed to do machine quilting with. With 5 kids and a husband that worked seasonally, there never seemed to be any extra money. I was thrilled when I purchased my current machine but as I have improved on my quilting skills, I have discovered the machines limitations. I have 5 years to retirement and my goal is to have a nice machine that I can actually quilt my own quilts with.

    —LaVonne B. on May 7, 2014
  • Well, since the money is there, I’d buy a new house. My sewing/dining room is in need of expansion and there’s no room left to expand into. It would be nice to have separate sewing and dining rooms.

    My sewing room would have enough room for fabric, batting, notions, books, cutting table, and sewing machines. It would have a design wall and lots of windows for natural light.

    Most importantly there would be a couple places, in the room, for my cats to come in to play and relax.

    Dreaming in cramped spaces…….

    —Rhonda Casey on May 7, 2014
  • All of my machines are OLD so I’d buy a new machine that does everything!! I have a Featherweight (actually two!) and a 46 year old Bernina that I sew on. I’d love to try embroidery and, even more, quilting on a small (not long arm) machine. But then I’d have to have a new larger room to house the machine and all the quilting "stuff". What fun to think about!!!

    —Louise on May 7, 2014
  • I would buy the largest cutting mat available and it would cover my whole counter where I do my cutting. I have abused and beaten up the one I have been using for many years and a nice clean smooth surface would be just the answer to liven up my sewing space. WOO HOO!!! Well, maybe someday this will happen.

    —Barbara Dolan on May 7, 2014
  • A builder! I need more space! I’m not a hoarder but I am a shopper/stasher, and I have really outgrown my space. The husband says "Get rid of some of it" but he just doesn’t understand. I’d like big windows (I only have one small one now) so I can enjoy and get inspiration from the outdoors. And a hardwood floor. Shelves, shelves, and more shelves. Maybe a whole wall just for books and pattern, and 2 others for fabric. I am generally a very organized person and in my current space I can’t be – there just isn’t enough room. That’s not asking for too much is it?

    —Rose Anderson on May 7, 2014
  • If money is no object I would rearrange my sewing area…Right now, bless his heart, my husband tells me quilting in the dining roon is fine with him. But whenever we have people for dinner, usually at least once a week, obviously, I have to pick up all my fabric and put the sewing machine away… I have a lovely room in the basement, but it needs to be fixed up to accomidate all my quilting things… So if money were no object I would build a quilt cutting, work table and a sewing table with a sunken area for the machine. Of course it would have drawers and shelves for storage! Barring that it would be nice to help the dining room table with an extension platform for the sewing machine… to ease the sewing of larger quilts. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!!

    —tina Daily on May 7, 2014
  • I grew up on a dairy farm in upstate New York. The house was built by my great, great grandfather around 1870. My father inherited the farm in 1950. My parents did not like antiques and old things, so sometime in the 1970s they sold almost everything “old” — silver plated serving pieces, marble-topped tables, Birdseye maple dresser– and replaced it with new. However, there was something they missed in the purge of the past: a glass-fronted Hoosier cabinet. It was in the cellar. I imagine it was overlooked since they used it to store old paint. It had been painted a dingy battleship gray. A thick splotch of creamy paint decorated the enamel slide-out baking top. The roller top was workable and the spice jars with tin lids still hung inside. The nooks and crannies intrigued me, despite my fear of snakes that might be lurking underneath. But even in its sad state of disrepair, the lovely frosted glass star cabinet doors remained intact and they spoke to me of what could be.

    When I got married in 1982 and was preparing to move to Texas I dragged that beautiful cabinet out of its dungeon before the moving van arrived and performed a terrible job of refinishing it, determined to rescue it and carry its legacy with me into the great southwest. I intended never to return. I spent 19 years in Texas and that Hoosier served at various times as my nightstand, my dresser, my wet bar and my baking cabinet.

    Ten years ago I moved back to New York. Last year I learned to quilt, bought a new house and created a sewing space. The Hoosier, having survived two long-distance moves and 10 years in a storage unit, now sits in my sewing room, stacked with fabrics and notions and magazines. The doors are creaky, my bad restoration job is showing and some of the handles are broken. But those frosted star glass cabinet fronts are still pristine – not a nick or a chip nor a crack to be seen. If money were no object, I’d have that Hoosier cabinet refinished and returned to the glory it still holds locked inside.

    Sandy Dennison on May 7, 2014
  • This weeks question is the real thing within my quilting station, my large cutting mat is moving into her ancient years. She’s showing her brittle side, lack of healing up past routery cuts and slight signs of warp. Now, following guidelines that money is of no concern, let’s go upscale to purchase one of those nifty cutting machines and piles of templates for numerous shapes. Oh yeah, I could live with this. 🙂

    —Jackie Roisler on May 7, 2014
  • A sit down quilting machine. Would love a long arm but don’t have space. Sigh…

    —Suzanne on May 7, 2014
  • If the money was there, I’d buy a wonderful new machine for a Military wife who has lost her husband in the War on Terror. I’d want the BEST machine available for her so that she could make things out of his most meaningful clothing to HER. I’d want her to be able to sew everything that she wants, so the machine must be the best quality, including various fun stitches, & preferrably one that includes a heart. My heart would SING, just like my machine which also sews items of love, IF I could only do this one time.

    Thank you for a chance to win one of your contests.

    —Alene Knox on May 7, 2014
  • magic is what I need in my sewing room! what broke is my organizational skills and I am in desperate need of a declutter/ufo finishing/brain fixing magician! or a genie in a bottle will do in a pinch!

    —sheila damewood larson on May 7, 2014
  • I would love to have a sewing table, cabinet to store all my ‘goodies’, lots of containers (clear so I can see what I have), a new sewing machine. Oh, that was more than 1. I guess I would love to have a sewing cabinet that has a table that folds up into it. Something with a lot of storage, something that I could scrapbook on as well as sew. We are moving in a few weeks, so this would be my dream for my new house.

    —Kelly L. on May 7, 2014
  • I’d love to replace the fold up table that my machine sits on with a new sewing center that has plenty of storage.

    —Karen A on May 7, 2014
  • Oh to dream!! If I could I would get new equipment – a sewing machine designed more for quilting (I’m using a machine my hubby bought years ago – for him – yes he sews!! But he bought it for auto upholstery, so it’s doing it’s best to work for me, but…. ) And a real cutting table at the right height – I use the kitchen table which bends me over and ends me up in bed on medicine because I have back problems – I try to use my counters in the kitchen, but they aren’t deep enough and sometimes my fabric ends up a bit wonky!! Of course a quilting machine would be the ultimate dream, but would only come, after I got my basics in place – a real sewing table and chair — if anyone saw how I’m set up (or really not set up), they would laugh hysterically and be amazed that I get anything done at all!!! Of course the be all, end all dream would be either to re-do my "craft room" or add on a new room — we live in a rural area and have the land, just not the funds!!! But I would love to just have the proper equipment — I would be so much more motivated to work on all the projects I have planned if I didn’t have to keep shifting everything around so I could get them done!!! New grandchildren means new projects!!!! Thanks for giving me a chance to dream!!

    —Beth Williams on May 7, 2014
  • The thing my sewing machine room needs most is new flooring. Not that there is anything wrong with the floor, except I need a special place for my new sewing machine. This is a beautiful Pfaff industrial machine, for sewing leathers and heavy totes, and it rattles a just bit when sewing. With a couple of strong movers, we were able to get the machine in the sewing room. The problem is that it now needs to be on a suitable surface (and NOT in the garage, either). Unfortunately, my sewing room has lovely carpet, which would last about 10 minutes under this machine. So what I need is to replace a 4’x4′ section of my sewing room floor with something sturdier than carpet.

    If money were no object, I would replace all of the capet. Then my chair would roll, my sewing totes could move on their little wheels, and my fabric bins would be so much easier to slide. But first, a place to play with my new Pfaff!

    —Lynne on May 7, 2014
  • A sewing machine…my 20-year-old Viking is on its last legs–pressure foot won’t keep pressure, machine is skipping stitches, tension adjustments aren’t working well, there’s an odd squeal that’s getting louder. I have loved it to pieces but…I think its days are numbered.

    —Deb J on May 7, 2014
  • Since our home has increased in number of people. 4 generations including 4 children ages 11, 2 at 9, and a 3 year old, with 1 on the way in October, I’d build myself a small geodesic dome for a sewing room/getaway. I’d call it my QuiltDome, and it would house all my sewing, quilting, and yarn work, as well as an easy chair and a TV. What a dream!

    —Pam Smolek on May 7, 2014
  • If money were no problem I would have a new sewing room. My current room is in the basement and I have arthritis in my knees and it hurts to go down stairs. Actually that would be a good thing – it would force me to clean out some of the "stuff" I really don’t need. When I go down there it is to sew – I don’t feel that I have the time to clean.

    —Nancy on May 7, 2014
  • I don’t have my own sewing space….I use the kitchen table in my small dining room. So, if money wasn’t a problem I would expand my dining room and build my own sewing space with plenty of storage. Or, it would also be nice if I could replace my inexpensive Brother machine with a new Bernina or Janome. Dreaming…….

    —Angelia L. on May 7, 2014
  • This isn’t an item in disrepair, but one that needs to be freshened and updated. If money were no object, I would donate most of my fabrics (of course I would keep my hand dyes and batiks) to worthy charities – preferably charities that help people with cancer and natural disasters. I would then go out and judiciously buy fabrics that really speak to me and will play well with the fabrics I kept. Don’t get me wrong. I love my fabric and think that someday, even that ugly pink stuff, I’ll find a use for. If money were no object, letting go of some of my stash would be easier. However, money is an object, so I’ll keep it for now, and may use it in charity quilts to comfort people in need.

    —Cathy Kind on May 7, 2014
  • Is there such a thing as a sewing room designer? I want one of those please. I have a nice space that I’m sure has plenty of possibilities to house all my quilting treasures. Right now the poor forlorn space is just a mess! Every time I walk in it seems to softly cry: "fix me, clean me organize me please!"

    —Kathy G on May 7, 2014
  • If money was no object, hmmm. The first thing I thought was a big brand new quilting machine. No, i would miss my old Singer.. She has never given me any trouble..
    I thought more fabric! Nope i have plenty of fabric..What i need is more time to sew. Retiring is not an option, so, How about a cook for just suppers at my house? Maybe she could do some laundry? I know i would not be happy having someone in my house..I wouldn’t like it.
    So I decided, i am happy with what i have and what i don’t have. my Mom always told me that we need to find something that we want. Aim for that goal. When you reach it, something else will be there that you ‘need’ to aim for. I would just like some more time..

    —Marilyn Mattfeld on May 7, 2014
  • If money were no object, I would recreate a sewing room I had a few years ago. I had floor-to-ceiling shelves on two walls for fabric and notions, a flannel board on another wall for viewing quilt squares, a huge sewing table that accommodated a sewing machine and a serger, a built-in ironing board and my favorite of all, a counter-height cutting table (really saved my back). Sadly, that house was sold and I moved to smaller quarters and have never been able to make this new space work as well.

    —Ruth Bradford on May 7, 2014
  • Quirky question: If money is no object…

    I would buy a new house with a room at the very end where I could look out over a lake while sewing in my new sewing room called "My Space". I would then have it custom made to suit my sewing/quilting needs such as lots of shelving for fabric, a longarm quilting machine so that I could finish my quilts myself, a ruler rack and a scissors rack so that things would be neat and tidy. Just a place for ME.

    —Lynda on May 7, 2014
  • I would put in cupboards and a counter top on one wall so I could store fabric and have cutting space on the counter and book storage above.Maybe then my studio wouldn’t look like a tornado hit it most of the time.

    —Ellie on May 7, 2014
  • I would love a new sewing machine. One with an even feed, maybe then I could free motion quilt.

    Jill Majers on May 7, 2014
  • I have one sewing machine that sews a nice stitch, but can not handle free motion quilting. I have one sewing machine that does well for free motion quilting but has awful tension issues. I would buy one sewing machine that could do both well. It would save hours and hours of aggravation. Ah-h-h. Just thinking about it makes me so much calmer!

    —PJnTX on May 7, 2014
  • My wish (money no problem) a sewing studio that would be equipped as needed for all needle crafts. It would be open for a small fee ( to continue to buy new things replace worn things) or no fee for children and adults to come sew, quilt, knit to create.
    Colleen

    —Colleen on May 7, 2014
  • If money were no object I would buy someone’s time to come and help me organize my sewing area the way I want it to be. I know exactly how I would like things but get bogged when I try to get to it. I would get all my fabric out of boxes into see through bins, sorted by colour and project. My sewing notions sorted and labelled etc. My cutting table and pressing station would get set up as well. I can only dream that I would compile a list of what I want, leave and come home to that makeover. The only additional toy I would buy is a long arm machine and frame but that I could do without if my first wish was fulfilled.

    —CHRISTINA MACKENZIE on May 7, 2014
  • I would like to fix my back–what I mean is I would like a higher cutting table. Right now, I move it to a kitchen counter top, and I have to be speedy cutting the fabric out. I need some storage containers too. Ooops,that was two things.

    —Anne M on May 7, 2014
  • My sewing space used to be an enclosed porch, not quite built to code. The roof leaked and the ceiling is damaged. There’s no electricity to the outlets. It was shorted out a long time ago. I use an extension cord. I would bring my space up to code! Maybe even add a heating and cooling unit.

    Money no object? That’s what I would do.

    —Mama2eight on May 7, 2014
  • If money were no object I would purchase a computerized long arm quilting machine for my daughter. She loves to quilt but has to work so doesn’t have a lot of time. If I could buy her a long arm, she might be able to quit work and do quilting full time, or at least between running here and there for her children, ballgames, cheerleading, etc.

    —Sarah Gunter on May 7, 2014
  • Get all my machines tuned up. Good tools make any job easier and more enjoyable.

    —Mary Dahlberg on May 7, 2014
  • Well, since we’re pretending the money is there, I am going to pretend my embroidery machine is in disrepair too. I first got back into sewing after a VERY, very long time while I raised my 3 boys. The old machine I had was used only for mending and nothing more. I bought my first embroidery machine (which also does sewing as well, not just machine embroidery)as a used machine which had been used in a class. Then I got a great deal on another used embroidery machine someone traded in and grabbed it. What I really would love is to get a brand new machine with a longer harp area for the quilting I am now doing. There’s no way I can afford to buy one of the new machines when they now are above $10,000. (We need another car too and that must come before a hobby since we can’t drive an embroidery machine to the grocery store lol)

    —VickiT on May 7, 2014
  • My poor studio took a big hit during Super Storm Sandy. And Irene the year before. It seems the water just went through the entire studio, front to back. Although I have cleaned it several times, the walls really got wet and need to be replaced due to mold. I am back at my kitchen table rather than in my studio! I would definitively put a RAISED floor and new walls so I can sew in peace!

    —Judi on May 7, 2014
  • I would purchase a new super Brother machine. One for quilting, swing, & embroidery. OR… Maybe buy my Mom sweet 16. She would love that

    —anna on May 7, 2014
  • one of those great koala sewing cabinets

    —Kathy Luehrs on May 7, 2014
  • Add a large room to my house and buy a longarm machine

    —Andri van Niekerk on May 7, 2014
  • My dream repair would be to insulate my Studio walls! I’m in the basement, and this last Northland winter was a real eye-opener!! Its hard to feel in control of your foot pedal when you have two pairs of socks on AND a pair of slippers! Granted , a cement floor is a cinch to keep clean, but its awful chilly on the toes!

    —Rachel Abbott on May 7, 2014
  • What I need most is new lighting for my "studio". A few years ago when my husband wanted my sewing room for his exercise equipment, he suggested I could have a real studio separate from the house, by moving into the upstairs rooms at his office. He downsized his office staff and they no longer used the upstairs of the old house downtown. This 99+ years old home has three ceiling lights upstairs, only one of which has fluorescent bulbs. I have my cutting tables/layout area under the fluorescent light and my machine in front of the south window, but the design wall has only an old incandescent ceiling light to illuminate it. On winter days when daylight hours are the shortest and we have perpetual cloudy days, it is hard to see the design wall, so that’s what I would update!

    —Carol C on May 7, 2014
  • if money were no object…I’d have my very own Quilting/sewing room filled with all the latest and newest technology and machines and all the thread and fabric I could possibly use to make heirloom quilts for my entire family…and friends and all the TIME to do it all perfectly…God willing!

    —Jeanette Spellmeyer on May 7, 2014
  • If there were money I would buy a sewing table, a nice one big enough for my sewing machine and to hold a large quilt while quilting. I have a bone disease and two torn rotator cuffs and have my sewing machine on our dining room table that I stole for in my sewing room. When sewing or quilting my shoulders are raised and it becomes an actual pain in my neck, back and shoulders, doesn’t stop me though because along with all my medical problems I also have the quilting bug.

    —Brenda B on May 7, 2014
  • A new sewing machine – the one I have is over 10 years old, and not very versatile. I would love to get a machine with all the quilting attachments.

    —Karen Cohn on May 7, 2014
  • My invisible long arm is in need of replacement…. I have been quilting on an very old singer…..

    —Diane on May 7, 2014
  • I grew up under my Moms sewing machine. For many years I would sew on the dining room table while the kids were at school. After they went away to college,I finally moved to a very tiny bedroom,but made do with an old oak desk for my sewing machine table. I still use it today. So my answer would be, a nice new Koala cabinet! After all, every quilter deserves one, right?

    —Linda Renderer on May 7, 2014
  • If money was no object I would need a bigger sewing room for my huge fabric stash, sewing machines and a long arm. Ooo I like this dream!

    —Kim Waknitz on May 7, 2014
  • I would knock down that pesty wall and make my sewing room bigger! Then I’d have room for a table instead of using the floor when I layout my creations!

    —Janie K. on May 7, 2014
  • This is not really a "repair" but what I need is some type of storage for fat quarters, that would be helpful.

    —Donna H. on May 7, 2014
  • I would set up the shelving units around the perimeter of the room and organize all my fabric. Then I would get a center island for my cutting board and layout space, with the outlet and light above the island. That way my island would be sitting in the middle of a sea of beautiful colored fabrics under a spring breeze. Because it would always be spring in my island retreat!

    —Mary in AZ on May 7, 2014
  • I would have my beautiful old desk refinished. My grandfather made it for my grandmother when my dad was about 8 years old. It is a connection to the man I never met and his wonderful wife who passed when I was 14. I am honored that my dad let me have it to use as a sewing table.

    —Mary R on May 7, 2014
  • If money were no object I would be like Eleanor Burns who merely tosses those snippets over her shoulder, my sewing room floor would stay immaculate and I would spend all that time NOT sweeping or vacuuming….yes you guessed it SEWING!

    —Norma on May 7, 2014
  • Some nice cabinets to store fabric and the fabric to go in it! My spouse had a stroke a year ago and I have been sole support for him, my mother and I and consequently I’ve been on a "fabric diet" for that long. Could REALLY use more fabric–couldn’t we all? LOL!

    —Michelle Kearns on May 7, 2014
  • I do my quiltmaking on a couple of vintage Singer sewing machines, which I usually maintain and repair myself. I don’t really need a new machine. My sewing space is small, but adequate. I suppose if some disaster destroyed my Singer Featherweight, I’d buy another one!

    —Dot on May 7, 2014
  • A new sewing cabinet!!!!

    —Jane on May 7, 2014
  • OK, this is a no brainer! my machine, which is a rather old brother machine….. it has travelled from the UK to Australia when we emigrated 7 years ago & when my husband bought it for me it was the best we could afford, as i enjoy making soft furnishings for the home. now that i have started quilting i bought a walking foot & a 1/4 inch foot but find it rather hard to fit projects under the arm for quilting leading me to try "quilt as you go" as a solution. I have not yet made a queen size quilt )single being the largest so far) & am very daunted by the idea because of my machine! I don’t want to get my quilts quilted elsewhere as doing it myself is an integral part of the creative process. so thats it then – it would have to be a new machine with fancy quilt stitches included & a long arm for quilting & also a nice large sewing table to put it on! having three children & limited funds i will just have to dream on…..mmmmm

    —Suzanne Keal on May 7, 2014
  • I would move my sewing machine upstairs as soon as I move the fold out table and cabinet upstairs! That way I could cut and sew in the same room. However; if I accomplish this task, I might miss the "aerobics" of quilting!

    —Joanne Lenigan on May 7, 2014
  • I think that I would have to replace the defective clock that only goes up to 12–my new one will go up to 15–giving me an extra six hours a day so that I can get caught up on all of the projects that I have piled up in my studio and in my brain. While I’m at it, I may need to replace the crummy calendar……..

    —Bambi Mayer on May 7, 2014
  • If money were no object, I’d want a dedicated sewing studio, and the very first thing I would purchase would be a real, honest to goodness, sewing machine table, quickly followed by matching cutting table and various storage units. My machine is currently resting on one of those cheap Sauder tables and the weight of the machine is taking it’s toll. Every time I sit down I wonder how much longer it’s going to hold on.

    —Elizabeth T on May 7, 2014
  • For me, it would be the services of a professional organizer. The stacks of fabric and threads need to be sorted and stored. My actual sewing space needs to be redesigned so that I can get more done in the available area, such as adding a usable cutting area and/or ironing area. I’m simply tired of looking for fabric that’s here somewhere, and stepping over the piles to get to my machine!

    —Marilyn on May 7, 2014
  • If money were no object I would get an up-to-date sewing machine. My newest machine is about 30 years old and I would love to have a machine with newer features. My mechanical machine although dependable has its limitations. The other machine was one of the first computerized machine and both are limited in the number and styles of stitches they do. While they both straight and zigzag, I would love to have a machine that serges and another one that does embroidery stitches as I have serveral projects that I would like to do but am unable due to the limitations of the machines that I know have.

    —Rosemary on May 7, 2014
  • Sewing station/table. I have a old desk that I sew at it has drawers for stuff, my machine sits up a little high, it works I am lucky to have my own sewing room, so money no object I would get a fancy sewing table

    —Leslie on May 7, 2014
  • I don’t have anything that needs repair. The one thing that I would love to have is a large magazine type book stand on wheels, like the model in the commercial. Whether I’m teaching quilting, garment making or knitting and crochet at my quilt shop, I put in long days that always seem to flow into the late evenings. When looking for a project, a reference book or an ounce of inspiration, I would love to be able to see the front cover of my books instead of a tiny spine. The one thing that I would buy for myself is a book for shop-owners.

    Cheryl R on May 7, 2014
  • If money were no object, I would own a large quilting shop with an attached retreat/sewing center equipped with top of the line sewing machines so students didn’t have to pack their own. It would also have at least two long arm machines for rent at a great price, so people could quilt their own quilts. The decor would be vintage style, with comfy armchairs around the perimeter of the room for hand sewing. There would also be lots of windows. The sleeping quarters would be super comfy, and possibly dormitory style, meaning suites with single beds and bathrooms around the perimeter of a comfy area for everyone to get together and gossip.

    —Cindy Dahlgren on May 7, 2014
  • My mid-arm quilt machine doesn’t run as smooth as I’d like so I would love to replace it with a really good long arm. But that’s a pipe dream.

    —Marsha Nelson on May 7, 2014
  • If money were no object I’d pay someone to baste my quilts for me. I can only baste up to 35 in square on one table, or if I use another table I have to board baste them, but still can’t handle more than 50 inches wide.

    —Jen B on May 8, 2014
  • If money were no object I’d like to donate most of my stash and carefully buy what I need for a project. I’ve got way too much fabric from years ago!

    Marianne on May 8, 2014
  • Well, I’m not sure it is something that needs "repair" but it does need to be fixed. I would hire a professional organizer to come in to help me organize, sort and clean my quilt room. Unfortunately, it has gotten out of control, but I would still rather spend my limited free time quilting than straightening it up. I do try to take baby steps in getting it organized, but sure could use a professional to help me out!

    —Shelly S. on May 8, 2014
  • i think i would go for more built in storage in the closet, lots of wasted space. maybe a closet system.

    —carolyn montgomery on May 8, 2014
  • I would definitely go for a bigger apartment, something with a room I can dedicate entirely to my arts and crafts. As it is there is way too little space for me – I have to keep boxes of fabric underneath my sewing desk and move them every time I use my machine!

    —Sarah Jane on May 8, 2014
  • My two little granddaughters just love to play with fabric and sew with me. I collect charm squares in pretty colors for them to use. We can spend hours in my sewing room laying out fabric squares, planning, and sewing. I have made them quilts, and I have let them make small quilts with my help. They get such a thrill out of it, and both want a sewing machine too. If money were no object, I would buy them both a nice sewing machine, exactly alike, and a big bag of charm squares that they can make quilts with. I can just imagine the surprise and joy in their little faces if they walked in and found a sewing machine that was all their own. I get so much joy out of my quilting hobby, and I want them to experience that joy in their lives as well. Being able to sew and make quilts is good therapy for the hard times life brings along, and it is absolutely wonderful for a retired person like myself. I have a good sewing machine, and lots of fabric, books, and tools.

    —Ruthie on May 8, 2014
  • If money were not object I would love to have a new sewing/embroidery machine and a table to put it on. My machine is 12 yrs. old, and has seen better days. I spent most of the fall and all of the winter in another state where I grew up(over 700) miles from my home taking care of my Dad. He was in the hospital twice heart attack, valve replacment, pacemaker, pnumonia, and in rehab. twice. I have no other family there anymore after losing my Mom, one brother to murder, and another to a brain tumor. I spent 5 months there in 2013 caring for my Mom and brother who passed away 2 months from each other. This time I had just finished treatment for breast cancer a few weeks before I went.
    My Dad and I spent Thanksgiving and Christmas in the hospital and his birthday in January in the rehab. facility. I was able to bring him to my home in the midwest and he died suddenly 3 days after we got here. My wonderful husband and my very best friend had moved everything from my sewing room downstairs to the spare room upstairs, and after my husband bought a bed and dresser for my Dad they set up a bedroom for my Dad downstairs. I have not been able to get my sewing room together yet. I don’t know where anything is, but I am so grateful to my husband and best friend for their kindness and support.

    —Cynthia C. on May 8, 2014
  • I need to upgrade my sewing machine

    —vivian vargas tua on May 8, 2014
  • My tables are homemade from plywood and covered with self-stick formica sheet. One table top sits on top of plastic cubes with drawers that I’ve had since I was a teenager. The other is just a table made by my husband for me. They are quite functional, but I would love new tables that I could insert my machine into for a smooth surface and have lots of drawers and storage space.

    Tammy from quilt-pictures.com on May 8, 2014
  • I think if money was no object I would buy a new machine. I have a 60 yr old Pfaff that barely works, a Singer Futura that is 30 years old that has bobbin problems, and a fairly new Singer that says "heavy duty" but cannot sew the amount of sewing I do. My daughter, bless her heart, bought the latter one for me for Mothers Day a Couple of years ago and has been in the shop more than in my house. Right now it is sitting in a bag waiting to get fixed again. It keeps losing its timing. I sew 2-4 hours a day and would love a machine that works all the time.

    Susan Paxton on May 8, 2014
  • If the money was there and I could repair one thing, I would choose to replace my Koala sewing cabinet. The transitionary nature of military life means moving every two to three years & my cabinet bears the scars & broken wheels of many moves. Someday, when we finally stop moving, I hope to do just that.

    —Leticia Peterson on May 8, 2014
  • If the money was there, I wouldn’t repair something in my sewing room, I would add something – a housekeeper! My greatest need is for more time and a housekeeper would really help. I have literally dozens of beautiful projects I want to accomplish, and quilting is so much more fun than dusting! Other than finding a way to have 48 hour days, I need to make more time and I think a housekeeper would be a really wonderful addition to my sewing room! Do you think I could get her to cook, too?

    —Terry on May 8, 2014
  • A good sewing machine. I moved and couldn’t bring one with me, so all my sewing has been by hand. There is still much I would do by hand, but I have handbag ideas that would be built better by machine.

    —Laurel on May 8, 2014
  • I need a bigger place with a 20X20 craft room, a new machine and a long arm one. I would love to start making quilts for Project Linus and quilts for newborn babies because my granddaughter was a preemie and it would be a act of generosity. I am disable and can’t work and would love to do this as I have time to do this. I only have my bedroom and kitchen right now and all of my fabric is in my closet and in storage.
    Thank you for reading this.

    Bonnie Miceli on May 8, 2014
  • I’d enlarge my studio (son’s old bedroom). Like many others I’m constantly going from room to room to cut, iron, etc. and if after I enlarged it, if it were large enough I would love a long arm quilting machine!

    —Renee Welton on May 9, 2014
  • My Viking Lily is not broken but it is challenging to quilt anything larger than a baby quilt on her. So I would love to have a Handiquilter but I don’t have the room. My other wish is for a Singer Featherweight made around 1955 (the year I was born) to use for piecing and travel. Thanks!

    —Joye on May 9, 2014
  • I would replace my homemade sewing machine table for a Koala sewing cabinet with a new chair. Wanted one for so long, to expensive for our budget.

    —Karen on May 9, 2014
  • If money were no object I would buy either a mid-arm sewing machine or long arm machine. Being a military family does not allow for too many luxuries–but either of those 2 would be welcome in our family.

    —BARBARA on May 9, 2014
  • If I could, I would not work outside of the home and make more of my "poncho’s" for the little patients at our Children’s Hospital. If money were not object, I could do soooo much more to help others!

    —suzie b. on May 9, 2014
  • We like our new home in Alabama although my sewing room is much smaller than in our previous home back in Illinois. For the first time we live near one of our children and are loving it. I would update my sewing machine to have more space for quilting my quilts on it. And I would want it to be a Viking since that is what the local quilt shop carries. Right now I have to take my Bernina and Pfaff machines to Birmingham which is an hour away.

    —Nancy Angerer on May 9, 2014
  • I purchased a Grace floor standing quilting hoop recently when I won some money and I absolutely love it. It is so wonderfully easy to use and takes the strain out of hand quilting a king sized quilt and the square shaped frame was a revelation.If money was no object I would buy another to keep upstairs in my sewing room and leave the one I have downstairs in my lounge.

    —Elaine Haynes on May 9, 2014
  • A new sewing machine with a stitch regulator!

    —ej on May 9, 2014
  • Since this is a case of something needing repair or replacement, I’d go for new smooth flooring to replace my pin-eating carpet. The carpet has definitely seen better days. Now if it was something to make my heart sing and money was no object, it would be a long arm machine and a room to house it.

    —Susan L on May 9, 2014
  • This is difficult, for what I would get is really more than one thing, but one requires the other to be functional. I do have a 20+ year old embroidery machine, it stills works, but I have not used the embroidery function lately as the software (and the computer on which said software reside are no longer functioning….). Also my current computer would probably work but it is starting to have the problems most older computers have, so as part of a new embroidery machine (and its full blown software?) I would get a new computer to access all the newer, functions!

    —Karen on May 9, 2014
  • I need a new sewing machine. The machine I have now was the best I could afford at the time, but it lacks so much! I can’t even drop the feed dogs! I would like one of the combo machines that does quilting & embroidery. From the demos I’ve seen it looks like fun.

    —Susan Clarkson on May 9, 2014
  • If money were absolutely no object, I would buy a 10 needle embroidery machine for my dear sweet cousin, Jenny. She struggles to cope with an awful job, but counts her blessings. Just recently she had her first grand baby & although she loves to sew, I know an embroidery machine would be a dream come true!

    —Darla on May 9, 2014
  • A new cutting mat! and get some wonderful batics while I’m at the sewing store. Then I’d get a better light to sew by, one that is truly adjustable and stays put! If I truly had all the money for discretionary spending, I’d take lots of long arm classes and quilting retreats, need to buy traveling equipment too!

    Debi C on May 9, 2014
  • I need a new chair with casters tall back so it’s the right height for my sewing {dining room } table

    lynne mulcahey on May 9, 2014
  • If money were no object, I would build a large climate controlled sewing studio. It would have huge cutting table, a sewing table with room for large projects, a good-sized custom ironing surface, a rack for my rulers, multiple bookcases for my stash of books, a long-arm, embroidery table and a walk in closet to store my fabric stash.

    —Ocotilla on May 9, 2014
  • If money was no object I would buy a state of the art sewing machine. When I started quilting 8 years ago, I already owned a basic sewing machine that is at least 15 years old. It still works pretty well but doesn’t have any gadgets like a thread cutter and just produces basic stitches. As well, I always dread taking it to a quilting group or class because everyone else has a shiny new machine with every imaginable gadget. Other quilters sewing machines are so quiet while mine sounds like a train thundering through the room. Despite all that, my little machine has managed to produce some quite nice quilts so even if money was no object and I could buy a new machine, this old friend would still proudly sit in my sewing room.

    Lizzie on May 9, 2014
  • I would buy a new long-arm quilting machine. I have been having problems with my standard sewing machine on my quilting frame and would love to have a long arm machine. I love to make donation quilts but the quilting process is not going like I want.

    —Renea on May 9, 2014
  • I would love to buy an updated sewing machine that does a lot of fancy stitches and all the attachments. I have a wonderful sturdy machine and would love to be able to do more, but I cannot rationalize the expense.

    Kathleen Gold on May 9, 2014
  • If I could buy something I don’t have it would be a long arm machine. If it was to replace something I would get a table for my sewing machine that would sink the machine so I’d have a larger surface for free motion quilting.

    —Peggy C on May 9, 2014
  • I am 6’4″ and am never satisfied when I sit. I would get a table that is the right height for me. I can easily find an adjustable chair, but the right table is hard to find.

    —Bro AJK on May 9, 2014
  • If I didn’t have to be concerned about costs, I’d buy the top-of-the-line Bernina currently offered… at this time the 880!! It does nearly everything you could think of — all in one machine. It sews, embroiders, has touch screen technology… I can dream, can’t I? It would be heaven compared to the machine I use now — Kenmore (from Sears) — its nearly 10 years old… So much new technology…

    —Tammy on May 9, 2014
  • Ohhhhh, this one is EASY PEASY!!! A new house with several large rooms so I could have a REAL sewing studio. And I’d have extra machines and tables so that my friends could come over and we could all sew together and they wouldn’t have to lug their machines with them.

    —Nita on May 9, 2014
  • I would replace my Babylock machine with a newer model that had a wide throat to accommodate larer quilts. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    —Donna Myers on May 9, 2014
  • The whole of my poor little space is in need of repair!
    But having just worked out a solution to my lack of a sewing table where the machine can be dropped down for a flat surface for quilting(my solution was a portable table topped with stacked yoga mats with the shape of my sewing machine cut out of them), the next most important thing on the list is a sewing machine upgrade. My little Brother is a workhorse and has served me well, but I punish it by making it free-motion quilt when it clearly doesn’t want to. My dream is for a sewing machine with a large harpspace for the right hand side of my quilts to fit into when sewing large quilts.

    —Luelle on May 9, 2014
  • For many years I have dreamed of owning a long-arm machine, to complete my donation quilts at lightening speed. But reality reared it’s ugly head in Nov 2012 and am thinking that a "George" machine would better suit my needs.

    Wheelchair bound and dreaming of things… if money was no object.

    —Ann B on May 9, 2014
  • If money were no object, the "thing" I would buy would be more space!! In other words, a big expansion project, to make the sewing room of my dreams, with lots of closet space, custom cabinets (and for me, being only 4’6″ tall, they would Really be custom, built to fit ME!), etc.

    —Charlotte Trayer on May 10, 2014
  • I would love to up-grade my longarm! Woo hoo!

    —Bari on May 10, 2014
  • I have no place to have a long arm, and my machine is just fine, I guess nothing for myself. I would like to buy machines for others, and teach a new generation the pleasure of sewing and quilting! I am thinking that quilting may become a lost art…

    —Rosemary on May 10, 2014
  • What I really need for my work area is a new vacuum cleaner. My big vacuum finally gasped its last breath – it has been a diligent old work-horse, magically picking up bits and threads, buttons, beads, triangles and selvedges. Well, I think it finally said, "I’m done". So, with respect to elderly vacuums, I have let it go the the graveyard of vacuums. Now I am surviving with a little mini vacuum. It looks at me with reproach, so it is time to move on. If money were no object, I would buy a nice new powerful vacuum with 5 stars on the Costco web-site.

    Gail G on May 10, 2014
  • Tough question. I know when I have to surrender my sewing machine for it’s annual checkup, I feel lost without it even though there are other things I could do in the meantime, so I’d have to say if I could, I’d buy an identical sewing machine as a spare. But if I could buy more time to sew, I’d fix that "problem" too!

    —Karen on May 10, 2014
  • Space! I would buy a room large enough to spread out and work efficiently. No longer would I have to put away my machine so I could use the single table for cutting or laying out the design. I wouldn’t have to go to another room to use the ironing board. If I put up a design wall, I could actually stand at it without reaching over bins of stash. And room to store the stash in a way that would make it more visible and easier to use. Oohh! It’s wonderful to dream!

    —Pearl on May 10, 2014
  • When that pot of gold drops in on me, I would love to turn my house 180 degrees so I can watch the sunrise over Mt Baker in the distance and keep track of the birds and squirrels at the feeders just outside my window.

    —Becky on May 10, 2014
  • If money were no object I would have a better storage system for my stash. I like what I have but need more of it. I buy 1/3 yard pieces so I need shallow storage containers like the ones that go under the bed.

    —Barbara on May 10, 2014
  • If money were no object I would finally have my sewing room built in the basement with lots of storage and space to work. It would also have to include a stair climber or a small elevator since I have difficulty with the stairs and I’m not getting any younger.

    —Louise Buker on May 10, 2014
  • I WANT MY HUSBAND TO BUILD AN L SHAPED "DESK" TO HOLD BOTH MY MACHINES AS FLAT BED SEWING, BUT THEY NEED TO BE ABLE TO RAISE UP FOR EMBROIDERY OR FREE ARM. IT NEEDS TO BE LOWER THAN THE DESK I AM WORKING ON NOW, IT IS TOO HIGH. IT REALLY NEEDS TO BE CUSTOM MADE AND HE HAS THE ABILITY AND TOOLS TO DO IT.
    AFTER MY PARENTS PASSED AWAY I WANTED TO TAKE MY MOM’S SEWING CENTER AND EVERYBODY SAID IT WAS TOO HARD TO GET OUT. I WAS READY FOR SOME DECONSTRUCTION. MY HUSBAND PROMISED HE WOULD BUILD ME ONE….IT HAS BEEN 7 YEARS AND HASN’T HAPPENED YET. 🙁
    THIS WILL REPLACE MY DESK I USE NOW AND A WALL OF DRAWERS WITH A TOP ON THEM.

    —JoAn GODFREY on May 10, 2014
  • I want a design wall – but I want one that is a roller blind (with batting) installed over the closets in my sewing room. It would be ideal to be able to roll up a quilt in progress. Out of sight and tidy!

    —Laurel on May 11, 2014
  • I really need a new chair. My cat likes my current chair, she can have it and I would get a new supportive chair for my aging back. It should be heated, have built in storage for sewing items, be easy to clean, and coordinate in my sewing room. Since money is no object, I’ll have it custom made !

    —Sue on May 11, 2014
  • Well! I couldn’t read them all but so far as I got no-one mentioned one of the new sit down quilting machines. My sewing machine is wonderful for everything except free motion quilting. The long arm machines require so much space and you have to stand up to use them and I also understand that they are not lightweight. My money no problem dream is definitely the Gamill or Babylock (Tiara) sit down quilt machine, the throat space is about 16 inches, really wonderful – I haven’t researched them in depth as this is really a pipe dream but it sure would light me up to have one!! Also this is the answer for the older generation with back problems! I have herniated discs in the lumbar region and standing up to quilt is out of the question but these new machines are the dream answer to the problem.

    —Juliet Wood on May 11, 2014
  • If money were no object I would hire a housekeeper so I could have more time to quilt on the new machine I would get. My current New Home is getting old and needs work, it’s about 40 yrs old but I would not part with it, it’s like a member of my family.

    —sybil williams on May 11, 2014
  • If money were no object I’d live in a larger space with a special room for all my sewing, quilting, crafting, painting. I currently live in the staff quarters where I work, which is 208 sq ft for everything I own and do. I would set up my wonderful antique table that I cut and sew on as its the perfect height for me, I could have the coffee pot plugged in and not have to unplug it to press, and I would buy George a baby brother or sister. George is my 75 year old Singer, a gift from a friend’s mother when I was a student in the 60’s, and he is marvelous at straight stitching, and nothing else. He goes forward only, not back and most definitely not sideways, unlike those new-fangled contraptions (giggles). The only thing I can adjust is the tension and I have fantasies about dropping the feed dogs, machine embroidering, using different weights of thread and actually quilting by machine.

    —Brendi on May 12, 2014

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