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Thread: What size Sew Steady do you use?

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    What size Sew Steady do you use?

    Connecting Threads has the 18x24 on sale for $89....is there a big benefit to getting the larger one? I read some older threads here, and it seems some are unhappy using it to FMQ? I have a small extension table that came with my machine, but the sew steady looks nice!

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    I saw one on sale on MSQC but I thought they were too expensive. I have never had a problem but I have always had good support for the quilt when quilting.
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    That's really good price these days! I love my 18 x 24" but have a unique set up so lots of room around my machine.

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    I saved a link at home with some very good pricing on the sew steady. I thought that price was high, I'll try to post the link tonight after work. My advice keep shopping.

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    sew Steady

    Quote Originally Posted by Clay View Post
    I saved a link at home with some very good pricing on the sew steady. I thought that price was high, I'll try to post the link tonight after work. My advice keep shopping.
    I don't know if what I have is a Sew Steady or not. It is a clear piece of acrylic material with legs and cut to fit under the arm of my Bernina. While I don't machine quilt anything larger than a baby blanket it works great for piecing and binding bigger quilts. Another plus for me is that I can store additional feet, bobbins etc. etc. under the left end of the clear table and see just where everything is without having to remove the slide on clear table. It also allows me to change my bobbin without having to remove the clear slide on.

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    This is a link about what size table you should consider. It's one person's opinion, but she makes a lot of sense and speaks from experience. As a new free motion quilter, I enjoyed all 4 of her YouTube videos. So watch the whole series if that interests you. This is the forth video in the series. She starts talking about the table in detail about the 8 minute, 10 second mark - if you just want to get to the point. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DmW-1L9Ua0

    Sometimes my memory isn't perfect, but this time, I remembered correctly. While I haven't done business with this place before, this is the best price that I found on a Sew Steady table: $40 for an 18 X 24" table.

    http://www.voguefabricsstore.com/Sewing-Machine-Extension-Table-18-x-24.html





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    Thank you for the pic and the links!
    I Have viewed Patsy's videos before, but did not remember her addressing the extension table issue. The Vogue fabric shop looks great! I am always looking for garment fabric, so that's an added bonus!
    This board has the best members....always willing to help! Thanks again!
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    I have the larger one and couldn't do without it. It even fits on my new gidget Ii table. It is a shame that the sewing machine makers do not include an extension table with the machines. I bought a singer at Walmart 10+ years ago and that cheapie came with a table. At the time I did not realize what a plus that was. Go ahead and put the table on your Christmas list. You deserve it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skhf View Post
    I have the larger one and couldn't do without it. It even fits on my new gidget Ii table. It is a shame that the sewing machine makers do not include an extension table with the machines. I bought a singer at Walmart 10+ years ago and that cheapie came with a table. At the time I did not realize what a plus that was. Go ahead and put the table on your Christmas list. You deserve it!
    At $40, even if you have a table on your machine already this larger, see through table, still has many benefits to offer. My wife's machine came with a nice table, which is much nicer than no table, but I am still considering getting one of these for her.

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    I have the 18 x24 and cannot imagine sewing without it.

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    I purchased the larger one at MQX New Hampshire in April for my new Janome. The table was made so I could FMQ with the side of the machine facing me rather than quilting from the front so I can move the quilt easily to the left and right. I'm not sure it will become a natural feel but I have been practicing on table runners and baby quilts for now.
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    What I like about my 401, I can butt another table up against it and have a lot of space. I use the 2662 for a lot of piecing and smaller items. Still considering a Sew steady though.

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    I was going to get a sew steady, but instead bought the "sew adjustable table". I got the 24 x 24 size. I love it. It was a bit pricey but I can use it on all my machines just by adjusting. Could not afford to get a different table for each machine. Plus they are made here in the US. The legs are metal, not plastic and of course all is adjustable. I am really pleased with this purchase. The site is "sewingmates.com" and I am not affiliated in any way with this company.

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    I don't think that is a "Sew Steady" table, but it might be just as good.

    Quote Originally Posted by mpspeedy2 View Post
    I don't know if what I have is a Sew Steady or not. It is a clear piece of acrylic material with legs and cut to fit under the arm of my Bernina. While I don't machine quilt anything larger than a baby blanket it works great for piecing and binding bigger quilts. Another plus for me is that I can store additional feet, bobbins etc. etc. under the left end of the clear table and see just where everything is without having to remove the slide on clear table. It also allows me to change my bobbin without having to remove the clear slide on.

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    Nice work Clay. $40 is a great price for that size. I paid more than that for one I bought 4 or 5 years ago when most prices were lower. MPspeedy's comments are spot on. If you can get one that size for $40 I would suggest you do. They are worth the money.
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    I agree with catsden, unless you have just one machine the adjustable one is worth it's weight in gold, it will hug any machine you want to sew on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catsden View Post
    I was going to get a sew steady, but instead bought the "sew adjustable table". I got the 24 x 24 size. I love it. It was a bit pricey but I can use it on all my machines just by adjusting. Could not afford to get a different table for each machine. Plus they are made here in the US. The legs are metal, not plastic and of course all is adjustable. I am really pleased with this purchase. The site is "sewingmates.com" and I am not affiliated in any way with this company.
    I had one of those and really liked it.

    Currently, my Janome 8900 came with a table and I am using that.

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    I called Vogue Fabrics this morning....the extension tables they have were purchased in a buy-out, so they only have a limited number. The sales associate I spoke with took my machine info and said she would check with their warehouse and call me back.....have not heard back from them yet. Price is right, but chances of them having one for my machine probably aren't very good...but it's worth a shot for that price!


    Quote Originally Posted by Clay View Post
    This is a link about what size table you should consider. It's one person's opinion, but she makes a lot of sense and speaks from experience. As a new free motion quilter, I enjoyed all 4 of her YouTube videos. So watch the whole series if that interests you. This is the forth video in the series. She starts talking about the table in detail about the 8 minute, 10 second mark - if you just want to get to the point. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DmW-1L9Ua0

    Sometimes my memory isn't perfect, but this time, I remembered correctly. While I haven't done business with this place before, this is the best price that I found on a Sew Steady table: $40 for an 18 X 24" table.

    http://www.voguefabricsstore.com/Sewing-Machine-Extension-Table-18-x-24.html





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    Received a call back-they do not have an extension table for my machine....back to the search.
    The adjustable table looks great, but I would rather not spend that much.....I think that's the table I see on Bonnie Hunter's machines!

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    Personally I like the extension table from sewingmates.com. I can use it for any of my vintage machines. It's not like the sew steady that will only fit one machine. I have the 18x24 and I have plenty of room to work or machine quilt. I have no connection with sewingmates. Just a satisfied customer.

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