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    Kwent!!! wow!!! great suggestions!!!! I have a large L-Shaped room. I can fit 5 of us (Sewing group friends) in my room comfortably, although we use Mum's kitchen (which is off my sewing room in her basement apartment) as the cutting/pressing room.

    I plan to revamp my space in the near future and I have a good idea what I want, but I DEFINETELy need to graph it out and put in exactely what I want!!!

    thanks for sharing all that great info with us! Your sewing space is very cute!

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    I use an Ikea computer desk but have not had it modified to allow the machine to sit flush wit the surface...at least not yet. I had space limits and the price was good for this desk. It has cabinet doors on the side where you sit but I took them off and use stacking plastic drawers in the openings.

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    Check out Martelli's -- if you have a jillion dollars --wish I could afford it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeckyL
    I need to buy a sewing table and I would like to know what brand you recommend and what features you consider important and which features are luxuries. Thanks for your input.
    I don't have a lot of money and was wanting the "perfect" sewing table...I bought a used folding sewing table at habitat...I can move it easily and any machine fits. Plus I can use the Samsonite folding tables and they are the same height. I'm always on the lookout for another one. They may still be made. In the 60s they were popular.

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    I bought three 6' x2' tables at Office Depot for $30 a piece. I measured the height I wanted before I shopped and these were perfect. I use each one for a different machine, sewing, serger, embroidery etc.

    Then I bought three drawer plastic cabinets from WM to fit under the tables to hold additional parts (which I'm always misplacing), pieces for the current project and and info dealing with that machine I want to keep from magazines or the internet that I can never find when I want it.

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    I will take some pics as soon as I unload my card in my camera. It's full.

    I also use the space under my cutting table to hold those plastic drawers from WM for storing all kinds of stuff. Labels on the drawers keep me sane.

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    I just got a Gidget 2 to use my Viking Mega Quilter for table top quilting - love it and the price was better than the SewEzi - I paid about $235 with the insert. It's very sturdy and the MegaQuilter is heavy!! The insert just came in yesterday so am anxious to try it for free motion quilting. I got it from AllBrands.com but you can get it for the same price from DayStyleDesigns.com - their service is great!!

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    I have a smaller one designed and sold by Elna to fit my machine. It is very solid and does not shake or take up too much room in my small sewing space. If I need the extra room while actually FMQ then I put my ironing board at the back of my table.

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    My husband bought a counter top about 10 feet long from the local home improvement store and used 2 x 4s and made it just the right height for me. It was cheap and gives me tons of room for laying out projects. I love it plus I wheel all my storage carts right under the table.

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    I love my Koala

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chasing Hawk
    Mine was custom made :)
    you a so so lucky and great to have in closet too.

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    Love your cabinet and sewing area!

    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    My sewing room is only 12' x 11.6'. Space is a premium and I don't have room for multiple machines, a cutting table, a crafting surface and a serger stand. So what I considered and ultimately did... was this:

    1. Define your space. Where are you going to sew? A dedicated room/space that you can leave up? Or in a spot within another room of the house (like in the living room, or dining room, etc.). That will tell you if you need something that totally folds up and away (hiding the sewing machine) or something that can remain open and ready to sew.

    2. Graph your space. I know...it's tedious. But ohhh so helpful. Measure your space out and graph it. I happened to use a scale of 1 square = 5" of real space. Measure and plot out the doorways, door swing, windows, closets, any other obstructions... AND put a big X where the electrical outlets are. Trust me...this is important. THEN, after you get done graphing out your space, dimensions, any obstacles, etc..... make several photocopies. Use the copies to draw on.

    3. Use the same graph paper to make 'to scale' cutouts of the things you already have and want to use: side tables, machine stands, cutting tables, bookcases, pantries, rolling cards, quilt display racks, pattern chests, sewing tables, etc. etc. Cut them out.

    4. Now start experimenting by moving the cut outs around on your room/space design plan copy. What fits where? What needs electric? What doesn't? In your moving things around, don't just place things around the perimeter of your space. Be creative. Here are some considerations:

    Lighting? Windows are where? Do you want sunlight behind you as you work or from the side? Lamps? floor standing or wall or overhead lighting?

    Work flow: the triangle. Just like in kitchen design, there's a work triangle when it comes to quilting or sewing. And it's different depending on the person, the equipment and the needs. How do you LIKE to work? Do you like to actually move from station (exercise!) to station to iron, cut and sew? Or do you want a small cutting area and a small ironing area set up to either side of you when you sew? Do you serge? Most people like to have the serger set up just to the right of the sewing machine. What are your choices for work area and flow? Consider that when graphing.

    Storage: bookcases? closets? pantries? Dressers and chests? What do you have or want? How will it fit into your space?

    Electric: It's not a good idea to string extension cords all over the place. Look at where your outlets are in your space. It's possible to 'extend' an outlet about 6' to 8' foot by using a powerstrip that is afixed to a wall, cabinet or some other surface. In fact it's a good idea to use them. In the event of a storm, you can quickly switch off everything by flipping the switch on the strip. But in any case, there might be an area or areas in your space where power is just not an option - like inside most closets, or beside doorways. Plan those areas to have items that don't require power: books, storage, treadles, quilt racks, etc. etc.

    Think up: Depending on your space, you can utilize vertical space too: put shelves above doors to display items or for storage. Hang thread racks on walls, use kitchen cabinets(check out Lowes clearance areas) or pantry cabinets for storage.

    Think neat or ?: If your space is out in the 'main' part of the house, chances are you'll need ways to close up and quickly hide your stash, books, working materials, machines,etc. Consider cabinets with doors over open bookshelves, fold up/away sewing furniture, or make cloth 'slip covers' to shroud your mess when dinner time comes, or guests arrive. If your space is a spare bedroom... just close the door.

    After you've figured out what space you have, where things will go that you already have/plan to use... then it will be very obvious what types/sorts of sewing maching tables/furniture you can use. Available space and price will be your guide.

    Back to what I did, in my small room. I chose to buy a Horn multipurpose table. It's 36" high, has a fold down back, and a machine drop area with drawers on the other side. I use a drafting chair to sew. With the top up, I have an instant cutting table, crafting table, pinning table, ironing table, sewing table...all in one. All at the right height for me to stand without stooping, or sit in the rolling drafting chair. Full size is 60" x 40". With the back folded down, it's 60" x 20". If I really need space, I drop the machine below the surface and cover the hole with the tabletop insert. Instant HUGE surface to work on. I put this in the middle of my room abutted up to the serging table (which is the same height). I used a telescoping leg, 4' blow-mold utility table. I have storage underneath it, and the serger onthe end. It's set at the 36" height too.

    My number one issue was space. So having a table that was 36" high and multipurpose useful was the key. I thought about using two 6' tables up on risers - but didn't have the room. Remember your walk way areas, for comfort and ease of movement...should be 30" or so. If you are a (forgive me) larger sized person, probably 35" to even 40" would be more comfortable to you. Leave yourself enough room to move around your space!

    This is what works for me (picture attached). What works for you will likely be very different. That's great. You'll figure out what you really need and what will really fit....by graphing it out ahead of time. You might be able to make your own table out of 2 nightstands and a kitchen counter top or table top, or you might want to use old vintage sewing machine tables back to back, or even purchase a brand new table. The graph will tell you what your possibilities can be.

    Good luck and keep us posted on what you discover and find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeckyL
    I need to buy a sewing table and I would like to know what brand you recommend and what features you consider important and which features are luxuries. Thanks for your input.
    I have a very small room as well (12 x 10) so I needed to get very creative with space. I wanted a U shape so I could swing from the ironing board to my machines. My dad made me my machine tables with the lift for the serger and a drop leaf that can be opened up for FMQ. I have the dimensional drawings if anyone wants them.
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    I bought a floor model 3140 Horn and love it!. Also the 4 drawer caddie which fits right under the 3140. also a chair--good prices. At the Atlanta sewing expo 3-4 years ago bought the matching 6 drawer chest--no tax, no shipping and it was on sale--love all! MGrubbs, Covington, Ga.

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    Thanks ladies for the great ideas. I need to rearrange my office sewing room. I this will help greatly. I have an old workhorse that I do my mending & tough sewing on & my Janome is on my dining room table so I can watch my gr. grandson & sew. But it looks messing & is the first thing someone sees when they walk into my living room. So would like to change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carslo
    I have a Horn it is outstanding! We bought it as a floor model http://www.hornofamerica.com/product...&productID=125 so it was considerable discounted and an impulse buy. I said I wanted one and my DH said okay.
    I would check craigslist and kijiji for used ones either Horn or Koala.

    Features I like are it is big 4 feet by 5 feet, the back part drops down if needed. It is on casters for easy moving. It is heavy and doesn't wobble or vibrate. It has 3 levels with a push down hydrolic lift.

    Hope that helps.
    I agree - I have a Horn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JNCT14
    I have a very small room as well (12 x 10) so I needed to get very creative with space. I wanted a U shape so I could swing from the ironing board to my machines. My dad made me my machine tables with the lift for the serger and a drop leaf that can be opened up for FMQ. I have the dimensional drawings if anyone wants them.
    Yes, I'd be interested! Especially in the drop serger table. Great idea. I'll pm you with my email. Thanks! kim

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    Hey as I was looking for the manufacturer of the drop mechanism for the sewing machine I came on this website. Its pretty good!
    http://aces.nmsu.edu/pubs/_g/g-412.html

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    I just use my old dining room table and bought another one for my cutting table.

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    What is your Horn sewing cabinet model? Price and location?M Grubbs

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    Haircut 2What Horn cabinet do you have and price?
    I have the 6 drawer one and would like another one. MGrubbs

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeckyL
    Thank you Kwendt for your time and effort in providing a well thought out reply. I am looking at the Horn site to see if that meets my needs. My husband is a carperter (retired) and we have a double closet with lights in the guest room where I sew. I had already asked him about doing something very similar To Chasing Hawk some time back. I need to decide which direction to go. He built my drop leaf cutting table. It is extra high because I am tall.
    If your hubby is a carpenter, just order a cabinet insert for your specific model machine and let your hubby create the rest. The cut-out that goes around your free arm is the key ... plus the size of the hole the machine sits in.

    I have the 'old' style Horn 1040 and my designer 1 barely fits, but it does fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carslo
    I have a Horn it is outstanding! We bought it as a floor model http://www.hornofamerica.com/product...&productID=125 so it was considerable discounted and an impulse buy. I said I wanted one and my DH said okay.
    I would check craigslist and kijiji for used ones either Horn or Koala.

    Features I like are it is big 4 feet by 5 feet, the back part drops down if needed. It is on casters for easy moving. It is heavy and doesn't wobble or vibrate. It has 3 levels with a push down hydrolic lift.

    Hope that helps.
    I have a Horn too and I love it!! I have a nice sewing surface and I can adjust my machine height to three different levels!

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    Hi all, I see many of you love your Horn cabinets. I have had 2. The first for many years and was very happy with it. Then I began quilting and updated my machine to a Janome Memory Craft 6500. It was too long for the original cut out so--- I updated my cabinet as well. It has many positive features as already listed, BUT I found I could not sit directly in front of the needle when ditch stitching, and would end up with a sore back from being slightly twisted when I was needing accurate stitching. I still use this cabinet for my smaller Brother but bought a Janome sewing table purpose built with a cut out for the larger machine. Granted it needs another table behind and to the left when quilting large quilts, and it doesn't fold as some of the others do, but it is very sturdy, no shakes or rattles and plenty of leg space and your choice of sitting position in front of the machine. For me, at my age, comfort and good posture is VERY important. One negative is that the machine is in place and cannot be hidden as with a Horn so I suppose a separate sewing room, away from children and guests may be needed ( I use a spare bedroom). One of my tall friends also had an issue with her Horn cabinet as she had had knee replacements and couldn't comfortably sit with knees bent at right angles for too long.She tends to sew with her legs in a more stretched out position and therefore went back to the dining table to quilt. My advice is to sit at any table you are thinking of buying, note leg and body position in relation to machine needle etc. I do like the Horn cabinet for all the neat storage it provides but for me it is uncomfortable to use for extended periods. Good luck with your shopping.

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    My "sewing table" is a 59" wide "Mission" computer desk. We left off the keyboard shelf and sawed off approximately 2 inches from the legs to make the desk 27 inches high. It has two drawers on the right side and a storage place with door on the left. It has shelves and dividers on the top where I put my manuals, patterns, accessories, etc. I use an 18 by 24" Sew Steady table with my machine, put my bobbin holders and sewing tools under it (where I can see and select easily). My thread racks sit on top of the shelved area, and there is space on the wall in front of my machine to tape up a pattern guide (where a monitor would have been). This is the best sewing arrangement I've ever had. The only drawback is that this "table" is heavy so I can't move it around and it was a pain to move when I changed sewing rooms. I bought it second hand for $75 but a new one like is probably about $120, last time I saw one.

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