Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
Help with making a whole in my sewing table for my machine!!!! >

Help with making a whole in my sewing table for my machine!!!!

Help with making a whole in my sewing table for my machine!!!!

Old 05-27-2013, 08:29 AM
  #1  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
mimmy96's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Illinois
Posts: 246
Default Help with making a whole in my sewing table for my machine!!!!

I use a large wooden table for my sewing table and love it... Have been thinking about cutting a whole in it and making my machine be level with the table.. (I have watched lots of videos and my husband has woodworking tools and would be the one doing this) BUT I have a fear and need help from those who have done this..... After cutting the whole and putting the lower shelf in etc... I will not have the Plexiglass piece to cover the wood part (I hope that makes sense what I am saying) the extention part for my machine that you can buy... .............. So I am afraid that my fabric will get pulled or snag when running across the wood area... Can anyone help with this? what are your thoughts/suggestions?
mimmy96 is offline  
Old 05-27-2013, 08:33 AM
  #2  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Small town in Northeast Oregon close to Washington and Idaho
Posts: 2,794
Default

What are you going to put in place of plexiglass? Anything?
jcrow is offline  
Old 05-27-2013, 08:35 AM
  #3  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
mimmy96's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Illinois
Posts: 246
Default

I don't know! That is why I am needing help. A lot of tutorials do not use anything.. they just cut the hole really close to the machine then that's it! I am trying to do it as cheap as possible! BUT I don't want to half do it either!
mimmy96 is offline  
Old 05-27-2013, 09:06 AM
  #4  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: SanAntonio,TX
Posts: 238
Default

I have a machine in a table, it is raised about 1/8 of an inch above the level of table, if you sand the table well after cutting and finish it with a polymer sealer it should be fine ,the quilts do not catch, my machine has rounder surfaces , if your machine has a removable extension I would recommend that you cut the table so you can put that in place while sewing,so you can use your free arm when necessary.
MaggieBB is offline  
Old 05-27-2013, 09:08 AM
  #5  
Power Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Western Wisconsin
Posts: 12,930
Default

Does your sewing machine have a top-loading bobbin? Or a front-loading bobbin? I think that is what makes the difference.

If you have a top-loader, it's enough to cut the hole to fit the machine.

If you have a front-loading bobbin as I do, typically you make the hole larger than the machine and create a plexiglass insert to fill the gap between the hole and your machine. I believe hardwares stores will cut plexiglass for you to a paper pattern; you would add legs to the plexiglass to keep it at the correct height. Note: Some machines come with an extension table to create a flat surface. If you have one of these, you don't need to cut a new plexiglass insert. Alternatively, instead of creating your own insert, you can purchase a ready-made table extension for your machine and cut the hole to fit that table.

Edit: Here's a tutorial for the top-loading bobbin:
http://frommartawithlove.com/diy-ike...able-tutorial/

Last edited by Prism99; 05-27-2013 at 09:15 AM.
Prism99 is offline  
Old 05-27-2013, 09:12 AM
  #6  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Central Iowa
Posts: 2,084
Default

my husband cut out a sewing cabinet to fit my machine you smooth it down and he put varnish on it he also made the insert out of wood and it was also smooth and had a finish my fabric does not snag on it.
newbee3 is offline  
Old 05-27-2013, 09:12 AM
  #7  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
mimmy96's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Illinois
Posts: 246
Default

Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
Does your sewing machine have a top-loading bobbin? Or a front-loading bobbin? I think that is what makes the difference.

If you have a top-loader, it's enough to cut the hole to fit the machine.

If you have a front-loading bobbin as I do, typically you make the hole larger than the machine and create a plexiglass insert to fill the gap between the hole and your machine. I believe hardwares stores will cut plexiglass for you to a paper pattern; you would add legs to the plexiglass to keep it at the correct height.

Edit: Here's a tutorial for the top-loading bobbin:
http://frommartawithlove.com/diy-ike...able-tutorial/
I have a top loading bobbin!
mimmy96 is offline  
Old 05-27-2013, 09:13 AM
  #8  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
mimmy96's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Illinois
Posts: 246
Default

Thank you everyone! That really helps!!! I think I will like it much better down in a table!
mimmy96 is offline  
Old 05-27-2013, 09:13 AM
  #9  
Power Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Michigan
Posts: 11,235
Default

if the table that you are going to be cutting is solid wood, then just sand the edges smooth and apply a sealer like polyurethane. Your fabric doesn't catch on the edges of the table right now, right? so just finish the newly cut part the same way.
PaperPrincess is offline  
Old 05-27-2013, 09:40 AM
  #10  
Power Poster
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 16,876
Default

Originally Posted by mimmy96 View Post
I have a top loading bobbin!
Do you need access for any reason?

If your husband can get the hole cut with precision, great. If not, the plexi extensions can be ordered for most any machine. If that's the route you are going, wait to make the framework to hold the machine and to cut the hole, til after you have the plexi, so that all will be flush as well as the distance from the edge works with the plexi.

Another consideration ... allow for space to feed your electrical and foot pedal cords thru the hole you make in the table, so they do not run over the table top.

Last edited by QuiltE; 05-27-2013 at 09:51 AM.
QuiltE is online now  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
HettyB
Main
2
11-05-2014 12:47 PM
Boston1954
Pictures
48
04-13-2013 02:38 PM
Quilting Nonnie
Main
8
01-08-2011 10:27 AM
ginnie6
Pictures
39
06-11-2010 03:48 PM
barnbum
Links and Resources
6
07-09-2008 04:22 AM

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


SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.