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Pinning layers. How big is your table?

Old 03-21-2018, 01:11 AM
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Default Pinning layers. How big is your table?

I was thinking of getting a Ping-Pong table rather than kneeling on the floor..

My quilts are usually Queen size, and that's difficult enough but if I want to sew

a King size I'm wondering if the floor is the only way, or might a ping pong table

raised to counter height prove to be easier?

Share how you manage sizable quilts,
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Old 03-21-2018, 01:24 AM
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I have an old steel frame with a large sheet of MDF board on top, as I also used to make curtains and could roll out the whole width and length of the fabric, and now quilts. Made cutting so much easier. So yes, if you have room, a ping-pong table would be great, and if not long enough, just do as I did with the MDF sheet.
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Old 03-21-2018, 02:02 AM
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How about a couple of lightweight plastic folding tables that, when folded, can rest against a wall or under a bed?
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Old 03-21-2018, 02:58 AM
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i think a ping pong table would be a great way to go if you have the room for one, i thought about it but i don't have the room i do mine this way https://youtu.be/iw4sibuP8n4 i don't make queen size quilts mine are 60ish by 70quilts this works for me
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I have one of the cutting tables like are sold at JAF with the sides that fold down. Mind you, the sides are never down, lol. I pin from baby up to king size quilts on this table. I use the big binder clips that you can get at the office supply store. I start in the center of the quilt laying out the backing and clamping that in place. Follow with batting and clamp it and then the top and clamp that. I pin about a hand-width apart in each direction. Unclamp and slide the whole quilt sandwich every which way until I'm able to clamp and pin the entire quilt.

It's tedious and tiring to do a king size quilt this way but it sure as heck beats crawling around on the floor!
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Currently I have borrowed two big tables that will take the width of double curtains and a drop of 104 inches (they have taken over the conservatory) I am tall and these tables are higher than counter-height so I have no bending at all and I can sort of lean on them when my back is tired. When I am finished with the curtains and basting up all the big quilts I have to give the tables back. Will miss 'em.
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Old 03-21-2018, 03:15 AM
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For my drapery/upholstery business I use a 2 piece collapsible ping pong table. Its great for cutting fabric. and when Not in use I fold it up and wheel it out of way. When up you can even drape a flannel sheet over it and make a quilt board. I bought mine online from Walmart.
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Old 03-21-2018, 07:03 AM
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I slapped my forehead.. Yes! you have it figured out. So now I wonder if I can find a steel frame and bypass the ping pong expense. Did you have your steel frame made for you?

Thank you so much .. what a good idea !
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Hmm, PMahowald, being able to wheel it out of the way is a nice feature. I like that idea. thanks for sharing.
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Jim bought me two 30 x 72 tables. They fold in half so I can put them in back of the couch when not in use. I love them! Only $62. for both.

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