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    Has anyone used a generic extension table (clear, plexi) for quilting? I have a babylock and would like one when not embroiderying. Thanks.

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    I have a clear plastic extension table that goes with my Bernina; a friend sold it to me for $30. I use it when assembling my quilt tops; it is very useful, stops the drag. I send all my quilts out to be hand or machine quilted, but assume it would do well with machine quilting too.

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    I use one every day. I took the measurements of the free arm of my machine and the dimentions I wanted the table to be and had a piece of plexiglass cut at the local lumberyard. When I got it home, I measured up from the table to see the height the legs should be and screwed 4 1x1' pieces of stock lumber and it is very sturdy, been using for about 5 years. I also makes a great light table.

    Had to come back to say it cost $12.

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I'm still researching.
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    I bought the smallest one from this site:

    http://sewingmates.com/Order_Here.htm

    I really wanted the larger one, but couldn't afford it. This works pretty well for my needs. What's good is that you can configure it for multiple machines, rather than purchasing one for each machine. I also made myself a raised platform on the idea of what others have with foam, but I used cardboard boxes (couldn't find thick enough foam w/o buying multiple pieces).

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    do you have a picture of your table???

    Quote Originally Posted by Pam
    I use one every day. I took the measurements of the free arm of my machine and the dimentions I wanted the table to be and had a piece of plexiglass cut at the local lumberyard. When I got it home, I measured up from the table to see the height the legs should be and screwed 4 1x1' pieces of stock lumber and it is very sturdy, been using for about 5 years. I also makes a great light table.

    Had to come back to say it cost $12.

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    I have one for my Janome and love it!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam
    I use one every day. I took the measurements of the free arm of my machine and the dimentions I wanted the table to be and had a piece of plexiglass cut at the local lumberyard. When I got it home, I measured up from the table to see the height the legs should be and screwed 4 1x1' pieces of stock lumber and it is very sturdy, been using for about 5 years. I also makes a great light table.

    Had to come back to say it cost $12.
    Pam, Did you use the round top screws??? Does the material ever get caught on it?? Thanks

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    I always use them for all my sewing except quilting and machine embroidery. I have two: a generic plexiglass for downstairs; for upstairs, the one I use is also a clothsetter, designed for beneficial placement of extended machine embroidery designs (for which I have yet to use it).

    For quilting, however, I find them awkward and a disadvantage. They are fine when quilting very small projects; for anything large, you need something that's not only the same height as your machine bed, but that also covers a large area both behind and to the left of your machine. I used to use a huge cardboard box backed up to the plexiglass extension, but I still managed to occasionally get my quilts hung up on the side and front edge of the plexiglass. I felt more like a quilt wrestler, rather than a quilter. I got the quilting done, but it was no fun.

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