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Thread: Sew Perfect Table or Tracey's Table

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    Senior Member madamepurl's Avatar
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    Sew Perfect Table or Tracey's Table

    I've been sewing for 2 years on a Gidget II table with my Janome Horizon or my Brother PQS 1500... well... I would like an upgrade. I'm sewing in a 8 x 10 room. So not tiny, but not the least bit large. So I have a couple folding tables set up for a table top ironing pad, and cutting area.

    I eyed the Tracey Tables http://www.traceystables.com/ at the Madison, WI Quilt Expo. These feel like furniture. Great workmanship. They are saying 6 month wait, but my friend got hers in a week, so who knows - maybe 6 months on the outside. The cons are it's not adjustable. However, the pro is you can have an adjustable bed for the machine, so I can switch the machines out easy. I like the cut and press as well, but it may be a bit high for my 5'2" self. I'm within an hour from them, so shipping would be reasonable.

    I then saw online the Sew Perfect Tables. http://www.sewperfecttables.com/sewi...uilt-pro.shtml
    A back can be added on. It's slightly smaller than the Tracey, but that would be ok - b/c I'm in a small space. I like the additional cutting table and would have a spot against the wall for that. I actually like the industrial feel b/c I'm in there to work and I'd be less worried about something getting scratched or screwed up. So the pros are it's adjustable, but I can't see well - but the bed seems to be a manual adjustment. I'd have to find that out. Also even paying the shipping, it would be less expensive. Although I'm less concerned about expense and just want to make a purchase I could be really happy with for a long time.

    Any thoughts? Rose

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    Check out Koala tables. I have two and love them.

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    Well IMHO you are not really comparing apples to apples. If you want a piece of furniture look into the Tracey's a little harder BUT if what you want is just a table the sew perfect looks good. I am assuming that the Tracey is particleboard with a melamine finish. Check how it goes together so if you need to dissemble it to move it,you don't have problems later with it not being sturdy because the screws kind of round out the holes it goes in.Also check out the tilt top. Nice when piecing,you can sure see,but is it made to go tilt and flat easily since to quilt you don't want the quilt to push down towards you.On the Sew Perfect I noticed the legs are adjustable but it didn't say if the bed where the machine was or not

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    Shoot... just lost my post.

    Anyhoo... The Tracey come totally assembled and fold up enough to get through the doorway. So I would assume you can just load them as is. However, I agree - they are apples and oranges. I can't decide if I want a nice piece of furniture or a work table. I'm afraid if I buy something that is "too nice," I'll never use it as a work table in fear I will screw it up.

    I have to call them on that bed - also it would be so much easier if I could see one. See if they've sold one around here or have a dealer.

    I have to try the door stopper trick. I'm so short, I'm probably at eye level to the needle now. I just haven't tried a machine tilted yet.

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    Those Tracey tables look interesting. I like that the edges are rounded. What is the price range? There are some nice ones that have a furniture look, but usually are pricey. My LQS has one (I forget the brand) that runs in the $2,000 range. Way beyond my budget. I'm working off of plastic folding tables, but would love a table the machine drops into someday.

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    Just my 2 cents here, but I'd be more interested in the Tracey table. Major reason - there is handy storage in the table. You can have your scissors, seam rippers, extra bobbins, etc. all handy in the included drawers. The sew-ezi table looks as though there is no 'on board' storage. That would make me crazy. I sew in a VERY small space. Actually the room is about the same size as yours but there is a ton of other furniture in there. My sewing table is a tiny, wobbly, little old cabinet that I got out of a catalog decades ago. My machine sits on top - not flush. That's okay with me - I don't machine quilt. BUT there are 4 drawers on the right hand side that are invaluable to me! I can be centered on my machine and have at hand all those gadgets I mentioned. Plus some. I'd be crazed if I had to hop up/down for those things or had to have them laying on top of the table all the time for easy access. Just my way working though.

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    I like the stronger looking second one. You could get a kitchen base cabinet with drawers, put a piece of countertop on it and use it for something else, if you got two base cabinets and countertop on them, you would have a nice usable top for cutting or ironing. If too tall for you maybe you could cut and iron in high heels?? Sorry, I'm trying to be funny.
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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825 View Post
    Those Tracey tables look interesting. I like that the edges are rounded. What is the price range? There are some nice ones that have a furniture look, but usually are pricey. My LQS has one (I forget the brand) that runs in the $2,000 range. Way beyond my budget. I'm working off of plastic folding tables, but would love a table the machine drops into someday.
    The quilters workstation is under $1K and that is the most expensive one. So definitely good value and good workmanship there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NJ Quilter View Post
    Just my 2 cents here, but I'd be more interested in the Tracey table. Major reason - there is handy storage in the table. You can have your scissors, seam rippers, extra bobbins, etc. all handy in the included drawers. The sew-ezi table looks as though there is no 'on board' storage. That would make me crazy. I sew in a VERY small space. Actually the room is about the same size as yours but there is a ton of other furniture in there. My sewing table is a tiny, wobbly, little old cabinet that I got out of a catalog decades ago. My machine sits on top - not flush. That's okay with me - I don't machine quilt. BUT there are 4 drawers on the right hand side that are invaluable to me! I can be centered on my machine and have at hand all those gadgets I mentioned. Plus some. I'd be crazed if I had to hop up/down for those things or had to have them laying on top of the table all the time for easy access. Just my way working though.
    The storage is definitely a plus. I have all these plastic drawer things that I wouldn't mind getting rid of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    I like the stronger looking second one. You could get a kitchen base cabinet with drawers, put a piece of countertop on it and use it for something else, if you got two base cabinets and countertop on them, you would have a nice usable top for cutting or ironing. If too tall for you maybe you could cut and iron in high heels?? Sorry, I'm trying to be funny.
    You know.... that's a good idea. For a cutting pressing area, I could just something like a kitchen island. I'm about ready for platforms!

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