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Thread: Sewing Table Ideas?

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    Junior Member Happy Cat Quilter's Avatar
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    I'll be honest my sewing room is an absolute wreck! I have been trying to get it set up so that I have a table long enough to accommodate my embroidery, featherweight and serger. With this in mind I have purchased 3 sewing machines with cabinets from Goodwill. The most I have paid is $29. right now they are all sitting next to each other. If the machines didn't work I would have him buy some boarding and make a smooth level top accross all 3 cabinets. What I like about this is the cabinets are inexpensive and the ones I chose have storage space for thread and odds and ends. So far it is working for me I don't mind that they are not the same style.
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    Hi! I have a new addiction to quilting...another story for another post. But, as a result, I will be re-doing my office into a sewing room. Yeah!! Right now I have the sewing machine on a folding table in the office - not the ideal situation. When I get the machine up to any speed the table is rockin! So, I am thinking I need something sturdy, with plenty of space on the left side, as deep as I can and with room underneath for storage. Has anyone tried the hollow door on filing cabinet method? My husband is thinking a piece of plywood for the top might also work (I'm concerned about the rough finish of plywood). Any suggestions or other features I should be thinking about? Thanks so much! My first post...so exciting!!!
    Linda

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    I have a piece of plywood. It is covered with 1/4" jute carpet pad, then covered with a piece of canvas. It is stapled to the under side of the ply wood. I have had this for just years and I love it. You can iron on it, pin to it and put your machine on one end and sew. Under the whole thing you can have small cabinets, storage, etc. I went to a drapery class once and that is what the teachers recommended for making drapes. I could not sew with out this table.

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    I used plywood. I had it cut to the size I wanted, 3ft x 5ft and 2ft x 4ft. I also had some louon, cut the same size's. I used an adhesive and glued the louon to the plywood. I let it sit with pressure for 24 hours. I then refinished it with an Ebony stain, then used poly to seal it. Again letting it sit with new stain for 24 hours. I then attached 2 table legs on one end of each new table top and chrome metal 2-tier shelf on the opposite ends. Which you can get most anywhere, cheapest at Walmart. These made a perfect L-shape sewing and work area for me, in the corner of my quilting room. The table leg ends are inside of unit with the chrome shelving on the outside ends. I use the larger section for my sewing machine. I am able to store things I need quickly on the selving, just to the right & below when I sew. I am then able to turn in my chair to the left side of desk to piece, cut or what ever.

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    My father picked me up an L-shape computer desk at an auction...after the auction was over this desk was just sitting there and my father asked if it was for sale. The man said sure, give me a price...my dad said: "$15.00"..."SOLD"...lol So, I am very lucky indeed! I can have my computer on one side and my sewing machine and rotary mat on the other side. This way I can watch the tutorials and sew at the same time. My daughter and I went to a few garage sales and we picked up some baskets. I have my odds & ends in them/books/etc... I also have lots of room under my desk and it sits in our living room!~~ ) Just look around, especially since garage sales are in season. You may want to check out Big Lots or one the Office Max stores. Maybe in your area a scratch and dent store? Just be patience and make sure you get what you need and ask family and friends to help you search. Good luck!!

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    There is a new post on here this week where one quilter's husband bought a desk at Goodwill (I think) for $5. He cut out and set her sewing machine down into it - it had lots of room and is the perfect height - cheap too! I use a desk, my machine sits on a fabric placemat so I can move it back and forth to have room in front when laying things out - that works best for me in the space I have - I would love to have a larger desk but there isn't enough room.

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    In My sewing room my Hubby made my sewing table out of a sheet of 4x8 ft AB 3/4 inch PLY wood.( ABS All that means is that one sides smoother than the other.) He sanded it, He even put a 1 inch grid But I never use it because I have a Cutting Mat over it. then he put a Coat of clear Verathane. As to legs I have old Tables/ Dressers Fabric storage ete....

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    I really like my Sauder cabinet!

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    Card tables are wide, sturdy and cheap. Check Staples or Office depot.
    Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.

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    I used 2 4 drawer chests n plywood







    I used 5/8 plywood on 2 short dressers glued n nailed n then covered w the heavyest plastic I could get from WM. has worked for me for 20 yrs. Keeps my "notions" close buty un seen

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    I just went to Good Will a week ago and bought a beautiful extremely large office desk. It measured 90 inches by 45 inches. The finish was fabulous and the cost was also great.I paid 50 dollars for it and it also has 4 drawers
    Billy Jean

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