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Thread: Can I Cut a Hole In My Sewing Table and Make It a Flatbed?

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    I have a great quilting table with an extension that I use for sewing and quilting. I have a large Sew Steady table that I can use when I FMQ, but I would like to to be able to have the machine on top of the table for garment sewing, and flush with the table for quilting.

    My DH is pretty handy, he can cut a hole to accomodate my machine, and I know there is a universal mechanism out there that can be installed in a table but do you think I can find it??

    Anyone ever done this? Anyone have any suggestions? Can anyone tell me where to look for instructions or maybe there is a tutorial out there?

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    google "sewing machine lifts" or "sewing machine elevators"

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    Here's one from lee valley:
    http://www.leevalley.com/us/hardware...?p=41821&cat=3,48759&ap=1

    I think Rockler also carries them.

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    On the quilt in a day site under free patterns there's an How to turn a farm table into a sewing table. Hope this helps.

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    Just the insert, not a lift, is available here:
    http://www.sewvacdirect.com/inserts....FcKJ5god2TUofg

    Whatever became of Parsons who used to make these??

    Jan in VA

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    My dad fixed my table for me when I got a new machine and and it was a different height. It worked great. He just cut a hole and fixed the bottom so my machine arm would be flush with the top.

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    Now I know why it is so hard for me to do free motion quilting. I need to look into getting me a table made for my Husqvarna.

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    My DB is going to cut the hole in mine, and then make a box for my machine to sit in so it is flush with the table. He will make the insert to go around my machine :D:D:D

    There will be 3 inserts made, so all 3 of my machines can be used in it :wink:

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    My DH took a drop leaf table and made me a flat bed table. Rockler sells all kinds of sewing machine cabinet parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter41
    My DH took a drop leaf table and made me a flat bed table. Rockler sells all kinds of sewing machine cabinet parts.
    I do have a FMQ setup on an old, sturdy drop leaf table, and the machine is flush, my DH and I are following a tutorial on You Tube to make it. I don't want to cut into the table because the bobbin is not a top loading, it's a side loading bobbin which would be difficult to change if the machine were flush in the table.

    The machine that I would like to modify the table for is a top loading bobbin so loading/unloading would not be a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sewfine
    Now I know why it is so hard for me to do free motion quilting. I need to look into getting me a table made for my Husqvarna.
    ditto

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobbykat1955
    Quote Originally Posted by Sewfine
    Now I know why it is so hard for me to do free motion quilting. I need to look into getting me a table made for my Husqvarna.
    ditto
    You might look at this arrow table. They have a Gidget I and a Gidget II, depending on the size of your machine, not a lot of sewing area but you can put other tables next to it or behind it to increase your sewing area and the price is definitely right! And it's portable, you could take it to a class!

    You can get it cheaper than it is on this site if you shop around but there's a good video on this site.

    http://www.daystyledesigns.com/sewingtable.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sewfine
    Now I know why it is so hard for me to do free motion quilting. I need to look into getting me a table made for my Husqvarna.
    You might look at this arrow table. They have a Gidget I and a Gidget II, depending on the size of your machine, not a lot of sewing area but you can put other tables next to it or behind it to increase your sewing area and the price is definitely right! And it's portable, you could take it to a class!

    You can get it cheaper than it is on this site if you shop around but there's a good video on this site.

    http://www.daystyledesigns.com/sewingtable.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    My DB is going to cut the hole in mine, and then make a box for my machine to sit in so it is flush with the table. He will make the insert to go around my machine :D:D:D

    There will be 3 inserts made, so all 3 of my machines can be used in it :wink:
    NOW YOU HAVE WHAT I CALL A "KEEPER"!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lalaland
    I have a great quilting table with an extension that I use for sewing and quilting. I have a large Sew Steady table that I can use when I FMQ, but I would like to to be able to have the machine on top of the table for garment sewing, and flush with the table for quilting.

    My DH is pretty handy, he can cut a hole to accomodate my machine, and I know there is a universal mechanism out there that can be installed in a table but do you think I can find it??

    Anyone ever done this? Anyone have any suggestions? Can anyone tell me where to look for instructions or maybe there is a tutorial out there?
    Margarita McManus has a tutorial for making a wonderful sewing table... I have made 2 of them, one for my Juki and piecing, and one for my Kenmore and quilting... I love them...Here's the link:

    http://www.squidoo.com/sewingtable

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrendaY
    Quote Originally Posted by lalaland
    I have a great quilting table with an extension that I use for sewing and quilting. I have a large Sew Steady table that I can use when I FMQ, but I would like to to be able to have the machine on top of the table for garment sewing, and flush with the table for quilting.

    My DH is pretty handy, he can cut a hole to accomodate my machine, and I know there is a universal mechanism out there that can be installed in a table but do you think I can find it??

    Anyone ever done this? Anyone have any suggestions? Can anyone tell me where to look for instructions or maybe there is a tutorial out there?
    Margarita McManus has a tutorial for making a wonderful sewing table... I have made 2 of them, one for my Juki and piecing, and one for my Kenmore and quilting... I love them...Here's the link:

    http://www.squidoo.com/sewingtable
    This is the setup I am currently putting together for FMQ using my Brother 1500. Now I want a smaller setup for regular sewing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lalaland
    Quote Originally Posted by hobbykat1955
    Quote Originally Posted by Sewfine
    Now I know why it is so hard for me to do free motion quilting. I need to look into getting me a table made for my Husqvarna.
    ditto
    You might look at this arrow table. They have a Gidget I and a Gidget II, depending on the size of your machine, not a lot of sewing area but you can put other tables next to it or behind it to increase your sewing area and the price is definitely right! And it's portable, you could take it to a class!

    You can get it cheaper than it is on this site if you shop around but there's a good video on this site.

    http://www.daystyledesigns.com/sewingtable.htm
    I just got the Gidget and it is great! I was able to order it through Meijer and it was delivered to my house within 2 days. Very affordable and a great table for a small space - which is what I had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lalaland
    Quote Originally Posted by hobbykat1955
    Quote Originally Posted by Sewfine
    Now I know why it is so hard for me to do free motion quilting. I need to look into getting me a table made for my Husqvarna.
    ditto
    You might look at this arrow table. They have a Gidget I and a Gidget II, depending on the size of your machine, not a lot of sewing area but you can put other tables next to it or behind it to increase your sewing area and the price is definitely right! And it's portable, you could take it to a class!

    You can get it cheaper than it is on this site if you shop around but there's a good video on this site.

    http://www.daystyledesigns.com/sewingtable.htm
    Ii've seen them online but are they really sturdy?

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    just watch video...I think I like it...Might have to order one

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    I did some research on the Gidget prices and best deal is with Allbrands.com 99.00 free shipping...can't beat that

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    On the Gidgets, just be sure before you order one that you measure your machine and get the right table - Gidget I for the regular size machines, Gidget II for the larger machines like the new Horizon.

    Also, may be a problem if you have a front loading or side loading bobbin casing. Not sure if the lip of the table is narrow enough to allow easy access and opening to those 2 bobbin locations. If not, you will have to bring the machine up to the top of the table to change your bobbin.

    They don't take returns if you do not get the right table so be sure you are ordering the right one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lalaland
    On the Gidgets, just be sure before you order one that you measure your machine and get the right table - Gidget I for the regular size machines, Gidget II for the larger machines like the new Horizon.

    Also, may be a problem if you have a front loading or side loading bobbin casing. Not sure if the lip of the table is narrow enough to allow easy access and opening to those 2 bobbin locations. If not, you will have to bring the machine up to the top of the table to change your bobbin.

    They don't take returns if you do not get the right table so be sure you are ordering the right one!
    I was thinking of using with my 301...whereas bed lifts to get to bobbin...Have a 301A in a cabinet and I can assess bobbin...my modern machines have the top load...And yes I did see Gidget 2 is for the way bigger machines...

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    wow, great links everyone

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