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Thread: What do y'all use to hold your machine?

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    Super Member tuesy's Avatar
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    My problem is that my machine is also an embroidery machine. It's a B/L Ellagante and when it gets to stitching with the machine unit on, it can really move things.

    I have it presently on a 5 foot folding table that locks, but it's not sturdy enough.. well I mean it holds it alright, but it will get to moving/shaking when it's stitching.

    I also have my 301 on that table, so when I'm not using my Ellegante I can use it there. I have about 6 feet to work with here.

    I've looked at the thrift store for a old desk, table or sewing machine cabinet, but nothing there and we only have one thrift store.

    Does anyone have any ideas? I desperately need help as I don't want it to fall or shake off (yes it get to shaking and scares the bejeepers out of me).

    Thank you for any ideas...

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    I don't have an embroidery machine so can't really help with that but I have had the same problems with machines shimmying and dancing around.
    I, now, as of last weekend, have two converted Singer treadle stands that I just love. That cast iron just keeps everything nice and still. Not sure how they would work for what you need, 'though.
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    Mine is in a cabinet, so I don't have that problem.

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    dont know what it is called but what about the sheets they use in motorhomes so dishes dont slide

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    used furniture stores are an option, or distressed/damaged in a new furniture store.

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    I'd be for trying that embroidery machine on the floor to see just how much vibration/dance it really has while stitching...my buddies that have them are usually busy doing something else in the room while there's are running so I don't think you're supposed to have to hold them down...it's possible that yours may need some adjustment? Perhaps one of the plain rubber door mats would help? If your table doesn't have to be put away and you have the wall space, you might attach it to a wall for more stability until you can replace it with a heavier one...then repurpose the folder into a cutting table by raising it to your best height. Oh, I'm thinking you are one lucky lady to have that 301...nice, very nice.

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    I have a large dinningroom table in my sewing room. I can add two leaves to it and make it larger if I need it. That is sure handy.

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    I've got a Koala sewing cabinet. My embroidery/sewing machine sits and stays perfect in it. They're pricey but I love it.

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    Mine is on a computer desk. I just removed the slide out part for the keyboard and it is very sturdy.

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    I sew on my dining room table. To keep the machine from moving I bought a small roll of the shelf liner thats kind of like rubber. They use the same thing for rugs so they don't slip. You can buy a small roll at Wal-Mart for less then a buck. I cut it a little bigger then my machine and it doesn't move.

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    Staples has nice "computer" tables for $20, that's what mine is.

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    Gosh my Brother SE350 sits on top of a piece of cardboard over the hole in my old sewing machine cabinet. I don't have any vibrations or moving around. It sounds like yours may need a tuning. While mine is working I sit at the computer and come to this site!LOL

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    I got my tables at IKEA. Since this pic was taken, I put a leg in the middle and now it doesn't shake the table anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dingle
    I sew on my dining room table. To keep the machine from moving I bought a small roll of the shelf liner thats kind of like rubber. They use the same thing for rugs so they don't slip. You can buy a small roll at Wal-Mart for less then a buck. I cut it a little bigger then my machine and it doesn't move.
    I use the same thing. My dad had some left over after he backed a rug. I was complaining about chasing my machine when I sewed. I tried it and it works great. I use it for my embroidery machine and it doesn't budge.

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    I use old sewing machine cabinets. I found several at yard sales. Sometimes there is machine it which may or may not work. I don't thing I've ever paid more than $5.00.

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    Hi,

    I also have an Elegante and can relate to your table problem. I bought a big sturdy conference table from an office supply store, it's wood grain with stainless legs and it's so sturdy I could dance on it. I love it! Doesn't vibrate or wiggle at all when my Elegante is embroidering full speed. I have a sewing room in my basement and had the room for this bigger table. I have an Ellure and had an Esante and I could embroider on them on the white folding tables with not problem, but when I got my Elegante the table wasn't sturdy enough for the big machine.
    It was a couple hundred dollars to buy, but it's like 5 ft. long and 30 inches wide, and like I said, sturdy as can be. I have room for my machine plus supplies and my laptop on it.
    Hope this helps...

    Bev

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    Hi,

    I also have an Elegante and can relate to your table problem. I bought a big sturdy conference table from an office supply store, it's wood grain with stainless legs and it's so sturdy I could dance on it. I love it! Doesn't vibrate or wiggle at all when my Elegante is embroidering full speed. I have a sewing room in my basement and had the room for this bigger table. I have an Ellure and had an Esante and I could embroider on them on the white folding tables with not problem, but when I got my Elegante the table wasn't sturdy enough for the big machine.
    It was a couple hundred dollars to buy, but it's like 5 ft. long and 30 inches wide, and like I said, sturdy as can be. I have room for my machine plus supplies and my laptop on it.
    Hope this helps...

    Bev

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    Whoops......sent it two times...sorry.

    Your machine is probably just fine, it's vibrating and jumping because your table isn't sturdy enough for the weight and speed of the machine. I know exactly what you mean as that is what mine was doing....the Elegante is heavy....but oh I do love it and all its features!
    You just need a sturdier table and all will be good.

    Bev

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    I have a 6 foot banquet table that my machine sits on. It's on one end and I can cut on the other.

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    I got a beautiful sewing cabinet - it's a koala (I think...can't remember and am way too lazy to get up right now). Used, but a total bargain!

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    I use a garden kneeling pad under my machines no matter what table I have them on while sewing. It cuts down on vibrations and noise. Although mine did not vibrate much I used it more for noise reduction. Any table I do use is very sturdy. I have too much invested in machines to not take extra precaution. I hope this helps.
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    My husband bought me one of those sewing tables with the extra length top and shelf,etc from JoAnn's a couple years ago and I put my embroidery machine on it. I have my other machine set up on a computer type desk. They both have served the purpose except when I'm sewing full throttle and then I think we're all bouncing.:) I have a question about those Plexiglas like tables that they advertise in some of the quilt magazines. I'm not sure how it works, but I was wondering if anyone else knows what I'm talking about and if she(or he) think it would help with the free motion quilting. :) Bethy

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    I have a large dining room table, I put a large piece of carpet of carpeting that was left over from when we had some carpet laid, that covers the whole top of the table. I have an elegante and a quattro on the table, going at the same time with no vibration. It is great because you can stick pins in it if you are in a hurry and dont have a pin cushion at hand. You can vaccum it. It also helps cut down on noise.

    I also put HEAVY rubber shelf lining under all my machines to cut down on noise and vibration.



    Margie

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    I use a folding table also, but I use a placemat made of the shelf lining material under my machine. I also move my maching to the short end of the table above the legs. There is much less vibration while the machine is enbroidering there. Give that a try, it's a quick fix.

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    I purchased 2 file cabinets then placed a 6ft counter top from Lowes over the top. I have 2 drawers on each side to put patterns & sewing stuff. I have the same B/L machine. I keep the embroidery part in the bottom drawer so it won't get damaged, along with all the tools for it. My surger sits on the side, I can slide over either machine I need & still have room to hoop,cut,etc. I can move these if I need the room in the future.

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