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Thread: Sewing table

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    Hi, this is my first time to ask a question.
    With that said, I have been lurking in the shadows....soaking up the expertise of the folks that frequent this forum.
    I am considering purchasing a "Sew Perfect" sewing table and would appreciate input to help me with this decision.

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    Welcome from Southern California. I don't know about the "Sew Perfect"table, is that the fold up- portable one? I do have a sewing desk that was made by the owner of my local fabric store. I love it, it is great to be able to sink the sewing machine into the cabinet to have a large flat surface for quilting.

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    Welcome from Missouri.
    Sorry, I have no experience with the sewing table, so I'm no help there. :?

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    I have one called Sew Ezi, and I like it. I have it set up at right angles to my cabinet the my larger Bernina is in, so if that one is doing some embroidery, I can still use the older one. Plus I take it with me to workshops, as the machine sits down, level with the table, and I am more comfortable with that. I hate trying to sew with the machine up on a table, and I get back ache that way.

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    I use the dining room table so I'm not much help - sorry. Good luck though - i think anything is an improvement from a regular table, at least ergonomically speaking.

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    I have 5 folding tables set up in the basement sewing room as my work space, and the machine just sits on top of one of them. It would be really nice to have a table where the machine recesses down into it making a big flat surface though. Does the one you're looking at do that?

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    http://www.sewperfecttables.com/sewing-tables.shtml

    This table does have the cutout. I am considering the "original" design...the first one listed in the link I attached.
    I appreciate all the comments.

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    Have you seen the Youtube video that shows how to make a quilting table? It would be a *lot* less expensive to do and I think would actually work better. Here is a link to the video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g14govA4pIM



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    Thanks for the link.

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    They look nice to me. I just use a desk top for my machines.

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    The table is too small so you need to put other same highth tables around it to hold up the quilt.
    Just dont buy the expensive plastic see thru tables that your quilt gets caught on. I spent 79 dollars for one and hate it.
    Finally bought a big Bertha table with a lift cause my machine is so big. Most tables were not made for the big machines.
    It was 500 dollars but worth every dollar. What a difference it makes with all the flat space for your quilt to lay on.

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    I use a small table to machine quilt and I put an ironing board adjusted to the table height at the left end of the table forming an L shape. It works fine to keep the weight of the quilt even. I have the table against a wall so the quilt can't fall off. I let it bunch up all around the machine. Many members of my quilt have the SewEZ table they bring to classes. They are nice and sturdy.

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    I have a SewPerfect table and it has been a great investment! I really like it because:
    1. It is very sturdy, machine and table does not vibrate or move at all and it was easy to put together
    2. It fits well into the area I have for it
    3. You can mount your foot pedal with velro to the cross bar on the bottom
    4. You can adjust the overall height to just right for you
    5. It is functional at a reasonable price without all the unnecessary extras
    6. You can add a shelf yourself using the side supports for more storage
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    If you live in New England , you may be able to pick it up at a lqs that has deliveries from the manufacturer in Maine and save the shipping costs
    Please consider the Professional model (20" X 56") instead of the original - the 8" on the right side is great for thread, pincushion, etc.
    A friend got the 56" and is glad she did - she is very happy with it
    If you see it at a quilt show, you might be able to get a demo or "show price" or have the insert free or some other promo
    Check their website or call them for this info
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    Thanks for your input. I think you are right, I would enjoy the extra inches to the right of the machine. I am working with a corner so I am also looking at the front table extension. Do you have any advice on that piece? I live in central PA and we have a quilt show coming up in Hershey at the end of this month. Maybe the vendor will be there.
    So many decisions....so many options.

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    From what I can see, they appear to be pretty sturdy tables. The rounded corners are very important. Will they make an insert for your specific sewing machine? Love the machine level with the table.

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    Looks like a really nice table! I'd go for it if I were you!

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    Yes, the cutout will be custom to my sewing machine.

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    365+9Thnaks for the link. I just watched a couple of gret videos. Will have to go back in when I'm not so tired.

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    jacquemoe - yes, the plexiglass insert is sized to your machine. Tony's Sewing Machines in Maine started making and offering these tables in just the past couple years when he felt there were few functional less expensive tables available. He has been in the selling and repair sewing machine business for many years - also sells industrial machines as well I believe. I think he has separated the two businesses but they are both his.
    icandothat- I only needed the20 X 56 table as I had a small extension of my own that I put on the end (to the left). The friend I mentioned did get the 40 " extension that she has to the front of the table and it works very well for her.
    My DH was willing to make a table for me to my specific needs/wants. After seeing this table, he felt the quality was so good for the price, it wasn't worth his making one if I liked this one.
    I hope you get a chance to see before you buy.

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    On the internet, I have only seen the 20X24 extention for the front side of the table. I see the rear extension that increases the sewing bed. Which one did your friend get?
    Did you get the light box? I have never had a "real" light box and am intrigued by how it fits into the insert.
    Did you order directly from the manufacturer?
    I still hope the vendor will be at the quilt show in Hershey next week.
    Thanks for your input. It is exactly the kind of review I had hoped for.

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    I have health problems that require me to make my sewing set up as ergonomic as possible. I purchased a 4 ft brown table with fold up legs from Staples and had my husband who is a machinist by trade and very handy with tools cut the legs down for me to make it 27 inches high. The idea is to have your machine sewing surface level with your hands when they are extended with the elbows bent. I have one of those clear acrilic extension surfaces on my machine. I purchased the extra large one to give me more surface area. I actually broke my original one. My handy hubby made me a replacement out of plexiglass. We were able to use the legs etc. from the old one. I like the clear surface as I can put stuff under it and beable to see what is there. Since I don't machine quilt anything bigger than twin size that is usually enough surface for me. When I am sewing the binding on a larger quilt I will set up another folding table behine my machine set up to hold the extra weight etc. I also splurged on one of those tilt table things for my machine. It also makes sewing more comfortable. You can get the same effect with a few door stops under the back of your machine.

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