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Thread: My version of sewing table extension

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    Originally, I purchased a small plexiglass extension for my sewing machine. I like it a lot for small things, but was frustrated with even a lap size quilt because it kept getting hooked on the font corner.

    So, after reading this board and watching the UTube videos about making your own out of insulating panels, I decided I'd try that. Well, I couldn't find anything except 3/4" thick panels (maybe because I'm in FL). I probably could have used several layers, but decided to keep looking. I browsed around at other options such as upholstry foam, floral foam, but they were too pricey. I was poking thru the closet the other day looking for something to "prop up" the front so the quilt wouldn't catch. That got me thinking about boxes.

    What I ended up with is several of the large, flat priority mail boxes taped together and covered with clear vinyl. It works awesome!!! I still used my plexiglass extension, but surrounded it with the boxes.

    Thanks to everyone who shared their experiences and links!!! Not only did I get a great work surface, but it only cost me $5 (for the vinyl, boxes were free).
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    its perfect and when you need to ship something in a hurry you're set.

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    clever!

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    Good idea!!! :D :D :D

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    "Free" is a good price!

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    What a cool idea. And you used things you had around the house. Great job. I am impressed.

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    Inventive!

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    Very clever!! The boxes don't bend/dent under the weight of your quilt??

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    No, they seem to hold the weight of the quilt pretty well. And if they dent, I'll get new ones! LOL After all, they were free!

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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    No, they seem to hold the weight of the quilt pretty well. And if they dent, I'll get new ones! LOL After all, they were free!
    :lol: :lol: I'll have to try this....

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewjoyce
    Very clever!! The boxes don't bend/dent under the weight of your quilt??
    hey here is a idal its on you tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g14govA4pIM
    this is what I am going to try
    connie in indiana

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    Fill the boxes with paper from the shredder for more stability. Oh, How cute would it be to cover the boxes with pretty fabric!

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    great idea.

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    That is just TOO cool!!! I too, have an extension table, which, like you said is really nice but doesn't do much when you've got a sizable quilt going through your machine. I was rummaging around the other day for something to do the same thing with. I used a couple of ArtBin boxes and a thread box, but of course they weren't uniform in size and kept sliding here and there. I need to go check out the vinyl, too.

    Thanks so much!! :thumbup:

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    I also tried this and it works.

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    Cool Beans! Just don't let the Postal People see this or they will wanna charge us for the boxes along with the shipping!

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