I hate my sewing machine for exactly that reason - making a couple of CSP pads turns the entire living room into something similar to a sweat shop - bits of fabric everywhere, needles, pins, thread, scissors, tape, patterns...its all just too much hassle for me so I rarely turn the sewing machine on unless I'm prepared for a day's work - cleaning up after, that is!
Thats why I love
its quite self-contained and I can just put everything into a medium-sized basket under the chair and forget about it at a moments notice
Can't wait to see pics of the finished robe!
(and maybe a pic of your "sewing room" after