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Janome 9900 / Janome 9700 / Janome Decor 3050 / Janome 1100D serger
Singer Centennial model (inherited from my late, fav aunt!)
I use my island for cutting too, but I always have left it in the corner. Can't believe I never thought about moving out into the room so I can move around it. DUH!!!
we have a habitat for humanity resale store you can get some great cabinets and tables and lots of stuff there try checking in your area for one
My first place to look is Craigslist, then Goodwill and second hand stores. Lots of businesses went belly up so desks are frequently found in office furniture resale shops. There are auctions you can attend, too, to pick up things cheap, just google for locations. I live in the city which is the state capitol, so there is always office furniture to be found. I bought a $30 harvest table on Craigslist with green legs and a blonde top. Brought it home & DH cut out an opening for my Husqvarna to be installed so that its level with the table top. No more struggling to move fabric when quilting - love it!
From window wall counterclock wise.
Cutting / lay out / nephew seating is two old flat doors on galvanized pipe legs. Originally was just until I found a better one, but this works perfectly and cost me $30 plus a nice big cutting mat. I shoved my storage cabinets under.
My soon to move in machine table is a $10 thrift store number. Adding locking wheels so I can have it against the wall for piecing, then against the table for quilting. My ironing board, iron and fabric mangler are against that wall also. Mangler was free as the son thought it was junk at a garage sale. He just needed a good cleaning.
Next wall has a pin board against the door that I made from damaged cork tiles that were free, then closet has in process sewing on the shelves and over hangers, then sewing machine is on it's rolling platform on the half shelved side which will get more shelves once machine is on table, front of closet door has a hook to put current project shoe holder on, my Helmer cabinets, then my duct tape dummies in the corner. Most expensive wall, probably $150, but I just buy as needed, so it wasn't all at once.
Then, computer set up, then nails to hang my rulers and such on.
Gives me a 12' by 10' chunk of open floor.
There are tables at Joannes (you can get them on 40% to 50% off with coupons, on their website). They are craft tables, but I use them for quilting. They're are portable and fold down. Hope this helps
Nearly every piece of furniture in my sewing space is second hand, either dirt cheap from a thrift store or free from someone who no longer wanted it. I've had to customize a couple pieces here and there, but they have adapted well to each new sewing space I've had through the years. You can get some wonderfully STURDY pieces used for really great prices. I have painted everything white to give a less cluttered look. My cutting table is a slab of particle board, 36" X 60" ($6 at a thrift store) mounted atop two old microwave carts purchased for $20 each at K-Mart 20+ years ago. These are the only pieces of furniture I bought new. We added 2X4s to raise the top to a comfy working height. The carts have wheels so the whole thing rolls. The most expensive pieces of furniture are the three huge bookcases we built. Even though we made them ourselves to fit my specs and my space, the lumber cost more than anything else I bought. But SO worth it.
"Piecin' a quilt's like livin' a life...The Lord sends us the pieces, but we can cut 'em out and put 'em together pretty much to suit ourselves, and there's a heap more in the cuttin' and the sewin' than there is in the caliker...I've had a heap of comfort all my life making quilts, and now in my old age I wouldn't take a fortune for them." (Eliza Calvert Hall, Aunt Jane of Kentucky)