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Thread: Folding Travel Sewing Table

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    Just returned from my first quilting retreat. After trying to sew for five days on a long table that caused my sewing machine to bounce like crazy, I realize I'm going to need a portable sewing table if I'm going to anymore retreats.
    That being said, do you have one? If so, what brand did you buy? I've researched them online and find them from $100 up to about $250+.
    What should I look for when selecting one? What features did you find most helpful? I sure don't want to invest that kind of money and find I made a mistake just through my own ignorance.
    Thanks in advance!!

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    Hmmm, the retreat I went to provided tables, however, I dont have a machine bed extension for my machine, Im going to be sure I get one before I go to retreat again.

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    They did have tables; the long 4 foot X 8 foot ones. However, as I sewed, the vibrations in the table caused my sewing machine to bob up and down. I had to use one hand to press down on the machine to keep it from hopping around! :-)

    I saw several quilters with portable tables that had a drop down slot to hold their sewing machines. It was my understanding that you could tell the manufacturer what type of machine you had and they would provide the insert to fit securely around your machine.

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    I have the Sew Ezi. Pricy but great and you can get the inserts for any of your machines.

    An alternative is to get a folding table with adjustable height feature. they come 24"x6' Light weight and cost about $70. on line.

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    I use my padded cutting board (ironing pad on one side, cutting mat on the other) when I am sewing on a table that makes my machine bounce..it sures helps with the vibrations and its a alot small than taking an entire table

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    you might want to consider making this extension table for your sewing machine.

    it would be much cheaper then buying a table to sew on and you can take it any where you want to go.

    my table was bouncing for the power of my machine and i make the extension piece and now its great plus all the extra workspace is awesome and the quilts slide with ease.

    here's the link to build the table

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g14go...5F8CBCF60FB693

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    I second the Sew-Ezi table. I have one for use in our RV and it's just wonderful! It folds up to about 6 inches flat, and comes in a very nice carry case.

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    My concern about the expensive table is that if I change machines, I keep having to buy the inserts. I guess there's really no way around this though.

    I want a simple portable, folding sewing table that is compact and easy to transport.

    The Sew Ezi sounds like what I need. I cringe at spending that much money, but it's probably worth it.

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    A couple of things here:

    When on a retreat we have 2 people share a long table. Each person faces the other but we take opposite ends so that our machines are over the table legs and our work is able to spread out onto the central area of the table. This way our machines don't bounce all over but are stable.

    Yes, the Sew EZ tables are good. Just $$.

    Since Sew EZ isn't in my budget I now use a small 2 ft x approx 18" Lifetime 3 height adjustable folding table. I take this when I am working at someone else's home. I actually have 2 of these so if I have a larger project I have extra room. I like the 3 heights available. Last I looked the office supply stores still sold them [Office Max, etc, ?Walmart?] and a friend found her tables at either Costco or Sam's Club.

    ali

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    The sew ezi is definitely a good investment, I love mine. Maybe if it's too much right now just save a little longer, you won't regret it.

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    Big Lots carries the same 2' folding table for $20. I bought the Lifetime and then I found the one at Big Lots. Not the same brand but basically the same table. 1/3rd the price. Have my 15-91 sitting on it now although I did put a cushioned mat and small board under it. But it's not bouncing even with the heavy machine.


    Quote Originally Posted by AliKat
    A couple of things here:

    When on a retreat we have 2 people share a long table. Each person faces the other but we take opposite ends so that our machines are over the table legs and our work is able to spread out onto the central area of the table. This way our machines don't bounce all over but are stable.

    Yes, the Sew EZ tables are good. Just $$.

    Since Sew EZ isn't in my budget I now use a small 2 ft x approx 18" Lifetime 3 height adjustable folding table. I take this when I am working at someone else's home. I actually have 2 of these so if I have a larger project I have extra room. I like the 3 heights available. Last I looked the office supply stores still sold them [Office Max, etc, ?Walmart?] and a friend found her tables at either Costco or Sam's Club.

    ali

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    Very interesting!
    I am going to check out our Big Lots - we have one left in town I believe and see if they carry that table.
    I went to a quilt store for a class and absolutely despised sewing on their tables so I don't want to take any more classes there :(
    If I had my own portable non machine taking off like a rocket table then I could actually sew without feeling like we're going to have liftoff... :D

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    The Gidget II that I won earlier this month is portable and cuts down on a lot of the bounce that a folding table has. There's another chance to win one!
    http://www.burdastyle.com/blog/comme...binets#read-on

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    Quote Originally Posted by deedee75
    The Gidget II...is portable and cuts down on a lot of the bounce that a folding table has.
    Leah Day sells both the Gidget I & Gidget II. The first is only $125 and includes FREE shipping. Both have continuous adjustment, so you could use either with multiple machines you own. These seem a little heavier on the leg structure than the Sew-Ezi, but check for yourself. http://www.daystyledesigns.com/quiltshop.htm She has videos on adjustment either on her site, or You-tube. I am not affiliated with Leah Day in any way.
    I have been following her "365 days of FMQ" for quite a while now; she does a new design each day on video, with pictures as well. http://www.freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/

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    thanks for all of the ideas on folding sewing tables

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    Quote Originally Posted by AliKat
    A couple of things here:

    When on a retreat we have 2 people share a long table. Each person faces the other but we take opposite ends so that our machines are over the table legs and our work is able to spread out onto the central area of the table. This way our machines don't bounce all over but are stable.

    Yes, the Sew EZ tables are good. Just $$.

    Since Sew EZ isn't in my budget I now use a small 2 ft x approx 18" Lifetime 3 height adjustable folding table. I take this when I am working at someone else's home. I actually have 2 of these so if I have a larger project I have extra room. I like the 3 heights available. Last I looked the office supply stores still sold them [Office Max, etc, ?Walmart?] and a friend found her tables at either Costco or Sam's Club.

    ali
    I have a small table as above...I got mine at Sams and it also comes in handy at holiday time when another small table is needed.
    It does fold down quite small and is lightweight.
    I dont seem to have the bounce on it like the larger tables get. Because the height is adjustable I can make it comfortable for me.

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    Thanks for all of the Ideas on folding Sewing table.
    I also in search of this folding table.
    Thanks again.

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    How funny is this, I got my Love of Quilting magazine yesterday and it had this in it ....www.seweziusa.com.... for a protalble table. Not sue how much, didn't look into it yet.

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