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Thread: Need a sewing table

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    Junior Member MamaO2011's Avatar
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    So I bought my first sewing machine a couple of weeks ago. Since I bought the most machine I could afford, I didn't have money left for a table. And honestly, the husband and I didn't actually know where my sewing would even take place. We have finally settled on a corner of our bedroom. I won't have a ton of room, but I'd like to have a sturdy table and room to iron and have storage. What are my options? My budget is about $150-200. Am I dreaming?

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    if you could find a good used desk, you would have some storage of most used stuff. also a good chair--office chair is what I use.

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    I have this table and have been really happy with it!

    http://www.amazon.com/American-Cherr...8372245&sr=8-1

    Check Walmart & walmart.com, sometimes it is on there cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn
    I have this table and have been really happy with it!

    http://www.amazon.com/American-Cherr...8372245&sr=8-1
    I actually saw this desk on WalMart's website for $119 - good to hear a positive real world review!

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    I use a folding table when needed in front of my sewing machine. When I'm done, I fold it back up and place behind the door.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyjo
    if you could find a good used desk, you would have some storage of most used stuff. also a good chair--office chair is what I use.
    good suggestion :)

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    Is your hubby handy? If nothing else, you can buy (or re-purpose) table legs at a DIY then affix 1/2" plywood to the top. Cost should be under $100 to do this.

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    Low price option would be to purchase a couple of small drawer units of the right height (or two drawer file cabinets) and top them with a hollow core door. (Our local shop has seconds on the hollow core doors for less than $10.) That way you get a six foot by two or three foot work area, room for sewing, cutting and ironing. I made a removeable ironing surface from a 2'x2' scrap of thin plywood covered with 2 layers of cotton batting (or an old mattress pad would do, and topped it with the material you can get at the fabric store for ironing board covers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn
    I have this table and have been really happy with it!

    http://www.amazon.com/American-Cherr...8372245&sr=8-1

    Check Walmart & walmart.com, sometimes it is on there cheaper.
    That's the table I got. I ordered it from Walmart online, shipping was free to the Walmart nearest me, and I paid $119.00. It frequently goes on sale for $99.00. Here's my post on it.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-144450-1.htm

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    check out auctions or estate sales - I found a huge and modern desk with a right-L on it for $5 at an auction. I took the right-L off of it because it wouldn't fit in my room, but the desk is perfect...gotta look at the multi use purposes of ordinary things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lalaland
    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn
    I have this table and have been really happy with it!

    http://www.amazon.com/American-Cherr...8372245&sr=8-1

    Check Walmart & walmart.com, sometimes it is on there cheaper.
    That's the table I got. I ordered it from Walmart online, shipping was free to the Walmart nearest me, and I paid $119.00. It frequently goes on sale for $99.00. Here's my post on it.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-144450-1.htm
    I got mine at Walmart for $97 and had it put together in about an hour. The brand on mine was Sauder.

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    I'm investing in a Gidget...found it as low as 99.00 and you can sink your machine into it and make it level to table...adjustable tray and it fold flat to store under something...for me the LR couch.

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    I bought an old formica table at a yard sale. You can check auctions for them too. They tend to be slick, so the fabric doesn't sit on it when quilting, like it did on the wood table I had been using.
    Good luck,
    Nancy

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    I have this table too and use it for my embroidery machine. It's really sturdy and comes from a company whose factory is here in northwest Ohio.

    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn
    I have this table and have been really happy with it!

    http://www.amazon.com/American-Cherr...8372245&sr=8-1

    Check Walmart & walmart.com, sometimes it is on there cheaper.

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    I got a metal desk at a thrift store tha I really like.I paid $50.00 for it.hope you find something soon.I like emmah's idea too.

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    Check out second hand stores. for $35 I found an old office desk, drawers for storage. When not sewing your machine can be tucked under and you can use it as a desk.

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    Check out second hand stores. for $35 I found an old office desk, drawers for storage. When not sewing your machine can be tucked under and you can use it as a desk.

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    I have a small armoire computer desk that I have used in the past, depending on how much space I have to work with. My machine sits inside where a monitor should go. It has small shelves and a big file drawer below plus other space to stack fabrics etc. in. You pull the machine out easily and place it on the full width keyboard when sewing. At the end of the day, just slide it back into the cabinet and close the door. It works well if you have it in a room that you don't really want your sewing stuff to be out front and center in. Mine was under $200 at Walmart. Sauder Co. I believe. I've had it for about seven years now, moved it several times and it's still very sturdy.

    http://www.walmart.com/search/search...e&_tt=computer

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    Do you have room for this?http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20116071/
    I also like the Jonas desk. It has the slide out piece that is just enough lower that when you put your machine on it it would be the correct height. You could also just use it as the ironing station when working on blocks. No storage in it but you can buy matching file drawers or just use the plastic ones under the desk. Then have hubby install open shelves above for other storage. If you have little children, the higher the storage the more likely it is to be where you put it. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10103677/

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    I bought a desk at a garage sale and my husband and I measured my sewing machine and cut out a hole for the sewing machine to set in and I had a desk. The desk has 3 drawers on one side and 2 drawers on the other, plenty of storage.

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    Check on http://www.govdeals.com then check in your county / township / etc. I got three solid wood office desks and a credenza for $37.00. All are in great shape and the perfect height for cutting, sewing, and ironing. ( I'm 5' 5").

    All you have to do is set up an account and bid on your item...easy-peasy :)

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    Here is a 3 part video on HGTV that shows different ways to set up a sewing area from a whole room to a closet. Hope it helps.

    http://www.hgtv.com/video/quilt-stud...deo/index.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn
    I have this table and have been really happy with it!

    http://www.amazon.com/American-Cherr...8372245&sr=8-1

    Check Walmart & walmart.com, sometimes it is on there cheaper.
    that is so cool, I know what I will be saving up for (once I get employed)

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    I got a $30 table at IKEA and a $5 mini ironing board for piecing blocks. Works like a charm and money left over.

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    I checked this place out, nothing near me :(

    Quote Originally Posted by wuv2quilt
    Check on http://www.govdeals.com then check in your county / township / etc. I got three solid wood office desks and a credenza for $37.00. All are in great shape and the perfect height for cutting, sewing, and ironing. ( I'm 5' 5").

    All you have to do is set up an account and bid on your item...easy-peasy :)

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