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Thread: Sewing machine set into or on top of table?

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    You won't regret putting it in the desk. You'll be amazed how much easier it is to sew.

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    I love mine inset as I am short and even with the moving chair I can reach better

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    My 42" quilting machine table has height adjustable legs, and is set so the sewing machine bed is at table height. The table will hold both my Sapphire and H-Viking S-21 Serger. They are both big machines. Both sit on placemats I made, so they slide across the table surface. The serger is often stored in a plastic box on the floor next to the table when not needed, allowing for a rotating cutting mat on the table next to the sewing machine while piecing. Do use a plastic machine extension when quilting -- would give it a solid "B" for ease of use. The table sits behind a large sofa, where a quilt can drape across while quilting. I'm so used to this lowered height that taking my machine to classes and having to sit it atop a table feels unnatural, really prefer to look down on my work. Agree with most of you that it's easier on the back and shoulders for the set-in height. The odd part of my set up is that my ironing board is upstairs -- yes, on purpose, makes me get up and move! Actually like "stepping away" from the machine and moving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pocoellie View Post
    I would love to have my machine set into my desk, but unfortunately I'm unable to do this, one of the reasons I don't, is because I have several machines, and if I have the opening cut out for my big Elna, then when/if I use one of the other machines, they would rattle around in that big opening. Personally, one of the first things I would do, would be to get a comfortable chair, that you can adjust the height and that is on wheels.
    +1 on the height adjustable, rolling chair for sure.

    This is what I did for the multiple machines, one table problem:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...e-t216312.html

    It's possible, and cheap too. I was tired of being tired and sore when I quilted / sewed. I even shortened the desk to make it height appropriate for me.

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    It looks like the majority of everyone likes their machines inset. What kind of table is good for that and has easy access to the bobbin areas on the older machines. I was looking at the arrow and koala cabinets but they are way out of my price range. Has anyone tried those Gidget tables? I also need it not to vibrate as I sew. I only know warp speed when I sew and it drives me crazy when the machine vibrates. No one likes to sit beside me at retreat due to the tables moving when I sew. Thanks
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    I prefer to have my machine set in. When I got to a class/retreat, I found that if I take a boat seat cushion to sit on, it gets me closer to a better height for my machine. Good luck on your new room.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nilla View Post
    The only time I raise mine up to the top is when I attach the embroidery unit. Otherwise, I always prefer it down so that the needle plate is flush with the table. I have an acrylic plate that fits around my machine so everything is flat and smooth.
    I would agree me too
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    It really does depend on your body length and your height... sit in a chair... with arms that are adjustable.. raise the arms until they reach your arms.. you should bend your arms at the elbows and the arms of the chair should come up to them..that's the perfect fit...you should not lean on either side to reach the arm rests of your chair... then with your arms and hand straight out that's where the bed of your machine should be... just like a key pad for your computer. That's why some computer tables work so well if the drawer for the keypad will hold your machine... for most of us putting the machine down in the table works . But for taller quilters this does not work.
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