Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
Acrylic extension table vs sewing table >

Acrylic extension table vs sewing table

Acrylic extension table vs sewing table

Old 05-11-2015, 02:09 PM
Senior Member
Leslie333's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Ohio
Posts: 788

I would bet you will find sewing with the machine flush to the surface so much better. With the machine dropped down in a cabinet you are not reaching up and causing your shoulders and arms to be in an awkward position.
Leslie333 is offline  
Old 05-11-2015, 02:36 PM
Super Member
tallchick's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Ohio
Posts: 2,919

I prefer my machine to be flush with the table, all of my acrylic tables are stored away and my machines sit in their tables with an acrylic surround. It makes sewing for me easier and less tiring. When I first stared I bought a Sew EZ table just so I could sew in comfort, I did not mind that it was small, comfort was key for me. I think we all have our own preferences and certainly the extension tables are must of you do not have the ability to sit flush with the table.
tallchick is offline  
Old 05-11-2015, 03:40 PM
Super Member
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Saratoga, Arkansas
Posts: 1,909

I have a large acrylic extension table around my machine setting on a height adjustable 5' long Wal-mart table.It's set up to be at an ergonomic height for me, the needle and my line of sight are exactly lined up, and knees bent about 90-degrees. Very comfortable and the quilt doesn't hang. I also have a machine in a cabinet which would be fine except the opening for my legs is a little too far to the right for the line of sight to be lined up with the needle. So I much prefer the extension table setup. So I think the answer to your question is that you can make either setup work well. My quilts do not hang on either one. I think you would enjoy watching Margaret McManus address this topic at this youtube site: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbmQ2riM7Yo. All of her videos are very informative.
jeanharville is offline  
Old 05-12-2015, 02:27 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 3,616

Originally Posted by imsewnso View Post
A glass company will cut an acrylic tray for you......I just drew the size on to a piece of cardboard and took it to them. Works great!!!
Thanks, I will ask my local glass co.
copycat is offline  
Old 05-12-2015, 02:42 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Midwest
Posts: 5,051

Sewing flush is more comfortable and your shoulders will thank you.
Sandygirl is offline  
Old 05-12-2015, 04:06 AM
Senior Member
Reba'squilts's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: South East Michigan...at the bottom of the thumb!
Posts: 730

I have both. My favorite is my kangaroo table. It is adjustable to different heights and has an insert that keeps my diamond at the right level. The table was expensive but well worth the money. I can also order different inserts for other machines...but I love the diamond so much that I rarely use any of the others!
Reba'squilts is offline  
Old 05-12-2015, 04:55 AM
Junior Member
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 185

I have one of Tracy's tables. My husband gave it to me for my birthday. I just love it. Best money spent. There's no comparison to insert.
dms is offline  
Old 05-12-2015, 05:22 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Slidell, Louisiana
Posts: 6,951

I want a table so the machine will be flush with the table. Have my newer machine sitting on top of old Kenmore cabinet, it has the extension thingy, but I just quilted a lap size quilt yesterday and it nearly killed me! Hurts my shoulders, back, and the quilt gets caught on the extension thing. I love that sewperfect table, but cant afford 400 dollars right now, think I'm gonna start looking around for something.
Latrinka is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
02-11-2015 06:57 PM
10-16-2014 03:01 AM
10-24-2012 04:28 PM
03-11-2010 10:02 AM
02-17-2010 04:47 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

FREE Quilting Newsletter