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Thread: What do you sew on???

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    Senior Member retired2pa's Avatar
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    I have a new machine (a Brother Nouvelle 1500S!!) and I absolutely LOVE it for straight stitching and quilting (which it glides through all the layers like butter) but I need to re-organize my sewing room, which is very small. I have a high cutting table which saves on my back but currently I'm also sewing on this table....standing up! I wouldn't mind but I can't stand for very long doing this as it throws my left hip out of whack....aaarrrggghhh!

    I've been kicking around ideas with my DH but he isn't up for "building" me what I want. I have one long wall that is 7' that I would like to have a sewing table where I would have room for my quilting machine AND my embroidery machine. I'm not sure what options there are. Tell me what suggestions you have and I'm curious as to what you have to sew and/or quilt on.

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    A very expensive (but worth every penny) Koala table with an automatic lift. Yes, I'm spoiled:>

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    Congats on the new machine! May you have many happy hours with it.

    Have you considered getting two short filing cabinets and a hollow core door (across them) to make a new table? Doors are usually around 6 feet and the cabinets would give you more storage. Just a thought.

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    I piece with a featherweight on a plastic folding table from Costco, they come in several lengths. There are plastic bed risers sold at BedBathandBeyond and other national stores that will elevate tables to desired heights. The gals at our senior center use them on their tables to tie /pin quilts. I need to get these for cutting, bending over hurts my lower back.

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    Welcome to the board from Southern California!!!

    I have a Bernina 630 and a great sewing desk that I bought from my Bernina dealer. It sinks the sewing machine to level for quilting and I can bring it all the way up if I need to change the bobbin or use the free arm. It will also sink all the way down and I have a cover to go over it to turn it into a flat top in case I wanted to do my cutting there or something. I have 4 drawers and a tray(fits a 12x18 cutting board) on the front left and the desk has an extension on the back that folds up and gives me an even larger surface for quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryStoaks
    I piece with a featherweight on a plastic folding table from Costco, they come in several lengths. There are plastic bed risers sold at BedBathandBeyond and other national stores that will elevate tables to desired heights. The gals at our senior center use them on their tables to tie /pin quilts. I need to get these for cutting, bending over hurts my lower back.
    I have a table up on gallon paint cans...not beautiful but works perfectly.

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    Welcome! I just use an old desk!

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    I got my cabinet from a Bernina dealer back in 96 or 97. It is on wheels & has a drop leaf at the back to make it bigger when needed. It makes machine quilting much easier as the machine sits down on a shelf lower than the cabinet top & has a plastic inser to make fill the space around the machine - making 1 big quilting surface. Behind the door on the left is a drawer for notions & shelves for my iron, etc.

    I also have a "Big Board" ironing board that goes on top of my ironing board & sits the the right side of my sewing cabinet. The ironing board lets me adjust the hight to the same as my sewing cabinet & I can press seams without getting out of my chair.

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    I would just order a laminated kitchen counter to fit the space and then get some of those fence posts and you can drill them in to the top with screws and then you can cut out a hole big enough to put in your machines at counter height with either a air lift or just get a small little table the right height something like a TV tray that is large enough to hold your machine. you and hubby could do this project together. it would be fun.
    I am currently sewing on a TV tray in my small meager corner of the living room. will add pic in a few min.

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    Almost always Janome 6500 on top of a 4'x14' conference table. Very sturdy and alsmost no vibration to speak of.

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    Thanks for the suggestions....great ideas (except for Sahm...LOL). I'll let you know what happens :)

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    BTW, my new machine weighs about 30# and I tried it on one of those 4' folding tables but it wasn't stable enough. I think we're leaning towards the laminate counters :) I'm going to Home Depot this weekend to look at them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QBeth
    Congats on the new machine! May you have many happy hours with it.

    Have you considered getting two short filing cabinets and a hollow core door (across them) to make a new table? Doors are usually around 6 feet and the cabinets would give you more storage. Just a thought.
    I like this thought - though hubby is a carpenter! I sew on my kitchen table and cut on my island.

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    I got a Babylock Espire - "Quilla" and I wish I had a little more time to sew on her right now.

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    I have:

    Brother 1500s (won this one)
    Singer Featherweight (was given this one)
    Singer 15 90 in cabinet (found in great aunt's house)
    Singer 301 (was given this one)
    Two Janome Gem Golds (bought one for classes, DD bought one used it once, left it here)
    Singer Quantum (bought before I started quilting)

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    I have been looking on Craigslist and noticed many sewing table /cabinet set ups from about $45 to $300. Some even come with a machine or supplies. It might be some thing to look into. That tip is for poor sahm too. When kids are out you can close some of them up and hide your stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QBeth
    Congats on the new machine! May you have many happy hours with it.

    Have you considered getting two short filing cabinets and a hollow core door (across them) to make a new table? Doors are usually around 6 feet and the cabinets would give you more storage. Just a thought.
    My daughter did that and she got the (gray) filing cabinets at a thrift shop for $4 each. They worked just fine, the drawers slid out perfectly. They were dusty and marked on, but she cleaned them with Greased Lightening and they are now spotless. The drawers make a nice place to keep all her patterns and odds and ends. I love the whole idea! 8-)

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    HI, i am also from NW Pa, south of Erie. I have an old 6' banquet table i sew on, nice and high, lots of space to pile stuff lol. Welcome to the board, glad u joined us.

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    I think it's so interesting that there are so many "variations" used for sewing and I guess if it works for you that's all that matters. I am very unproductive if I am not organized or if I'm "crowded".....just another side of my OCD...LOL

    thequilterslink: I am also south of Erie about 35 miles! Maybe we're "neighbors" and don't even know it...LOL

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    I forgot to add to my post I have three long tables in a T shape I have four machines set up on. I love having a machine all set up for different sewing projects. I also have the SewEasy portable table to set up anywhere.

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    Most of the time I sew on the dining room table. It's really too tall though. When I'm doing binding or quilting, I haul out a 2x4 plastic folding table and spread out right next to the dining table. I can lower it to a comfortable height, which is better on the shoulders.

    If I had the space, I'd get 2 filing cabinets and a length of formica countertop. I'd make a cutout for my machine and add a shelf underneath to hold it. I miss my old kitchen table. It had a formica top and the quilts just glided so nicely over it.

    IKEA has some inexpensive table tops/legs that I was looking at.

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    My DH bought me a nice sewing cabinet last Christmas that I sew on.

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    I have an old Horn Sewing cabinet with a gas lift for my embroidery machine that I got off ebay, and I have an old kitchen dining table for my sewing machine and cutting mat that I got from my brother for nothing when he got a new dining suite. Works great

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    A Horn Quilter's Dream table with a lift. I sew on a Husqvarna Viking Designer SE. ;)

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    I have a Pfaff and I sew in the corner of our sunroom on an antique pine kitchen table. My husband bought the kitchen set, table and 2 chairs, for $40. I like having that second chair. I use it to pile up blocks that need pressing!

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