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    Sewing Table

    I have this sewing table. I really want a cabinet with a hole, so my machine sets flush with the top of the table. Should I invest in another table? Or could I alter this one?

    http://www.amazon.com/Sewing-Craft-A...sewing+cabinet
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    I would alter this one if you think it will be the correct height for you. If you are sitting in your chair, your feet are flush on the floor, your machine should be level with your elbows bent like you are sewing. That is to releive any back or leg pain while you are sewing. I am just 4'10" since I lost 2" so I will be adjusting mine soon. I actually cut off the legs to my one machine that I have at the cottage and I cannot believe the difference. I can go a mile a minute if my boot petal would stay in place. So I am building something for that. I am tired of the stuff under the petal on the hardwood floors.
    It's got to go. I would use that beautiful cabinet, have someone put a hole in it with a brace to hold the machine. Turn the machine on it's side and measure the bottom, then adjust the size so you have a lip for the machine to sit on. You can then glue some felt on the lip so it will be more sound for the machine and the machine will not rattle. Good luck!

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    ​I currently have my machine sitting on a arbourite ( sp) kitchen table. It works well but I want a surface flush with my machine too. My son is going to measure and cut a hole in some finished wood and I will sit it on top of the table. He will fasten a couple of wooden blocks on both ends underneath it to bring it even with my machine.

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    I had one of these tables before I expanded my sewing room. Really nice how it all folds up and away if needed. I gifted mine to a friend who moved to a small apartment.
    However, as the cabinet is actually a fibre or particle board covered with some sort of melamine like finish, I am not sure if the "wood" would hold the weight of a shelf supporting the machine? Perhaps someone with more knowledge of woodworking and engineering could answer?
    It would be a shame to see you modify the cabinet and then have it not support the weight or vibration.

    edited to correct spelling error!

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    I have a sew-ezi table. I love it and they make a custom cut insert for your machine. If you change machines, you can buy a new insert. Sturdy, comfortable, light weight and well constructed. I would highly recommend it.

    The table you are looking at does not have anywhere for you to put your legs under. That would make swing awkward or uncomfortable for me.

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    I found that exact cabinet last month at a thrift store for 50.00. I love it except it could use a hole for the machine to sit in. The price was right so I will not complain too much..

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    I wouldn't buy it. Not enough room behind the machine for when I really get going...especially when I quilt. I agree tho...sewing table needs a well.
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    Have a carpenter look at it and see if it can be done. Looks like you would have to get rid of or move that top shelf drawer. Go look at other sewing cabinets and take your camera/phone and get photos to see if it can be altered.

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    I found an empty machine cabinet and had a friend put a false bottom in it, measured to allow the bed of the machine to sit flush. He made a template of the machine so it just fits wonderfully into its new home!

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    beautiful cabinet at a great price. I would buy a second if you have the $$ and room.

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    I have a cabinet indentical to that one. I love it and just set my machine on top. I leave the extentsion up all the time.
    I would never cut into the top.
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    If you are going to spend that much I would buy a sew-ezi table. I love mine.
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    This is the cabinet that I have and love it. When you open the left side it has small bins for miscellaneous items and the right side is a cupboard. It was easy to put together and for me to compensate for the height problem I use an adjustable secretaries chair on casters. Works great. The price here looks really good. I have had mine for 4 years so I paid less for it. Holds everything you need.

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    I have three of these with two I cut holes for my machines and added a shelf the depth of my machines. works nicely with both. I love them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by terridez View Post
    I have three of these with two I cut holes for my machines and added a shelf the depth of my machines. works nicely with both. I love them!
    How did you cut the hole? How about the space under your machine, where your legs fit, is that hindered?
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    The cabinet door is that shelves or what is in there? If it is just a cabinet with shelves if you want them, you could put one of those apparatus that go in kitchen cabinets to allow you to open your cabinet door and the mixer or what ever pops up and you can work right there. It would be like a short L. When you were ready to put it away, you just Somethinglet it go back into the cabinet. like this
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    Quote Originally Posted by hopetoquilt View Post
    I have a sew-ezi table. I love it and they make a custom cut insert for your machine. If you change machines, you can buy a new insert. Sturdy, comfortable, light weight and well constructed. I would highly recommend it.

    The table you are looking at does not have anywhere for you to put your legs under. That would make swing awkward or uncomfortable for me.
    Hi Hopetoquilt. I picked the name Hope2quilt but spelled it different. Too funny.

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    I am just beginning to do the larger quilts. I started doing them on my dinning room table so I had room. Eating is over rated at my house I guess but I must sew. My sewing room is. A work in progress yet. I love all the ideas here.

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    I would just buy a lift so you could use the cabinet I found one at a woodworking shop. Easy to install
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    If you have the right tools and/or the right person (I would ask my DH in a minute to do this for me) who knows what they are doing, I think you could easily convert this setup especially if you are trying not to spend more money or do not need another cabinet to fit into your room. However, if money and room space are not a problem, then I would buy a cabinet that has the lift mechanism for the machine. Your call, really. It certainly is nicer to sew with the machine on an even level with the cabinet. Hope you find what works for you.

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    Try looking at Traceys Tables. That is where I got mine, and I love it.

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    Check out this tute for cutting a hole in an Ikea table...I love this!

    http://frommartawithlove.com/diy-ike.../#comment-1048
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    Quote Originally Posted by carolynjo View Post
    I found an empty machine cabinet and had a friend put a false bottom in it, measured to allow the bed of the machine to sit flush. He made a template of the machine so it just fits wonderfully into its new home!
    My husband did the same thing with a large office desk that we found at a garage sale. Paid only $25 dollars for the desk. It was hard on my back and shoulders to sew without my machine sitting flush with the desk . I do my own quilting so this desk with a large top was ideal. He made a false bottom just rectangle shaped the machine sits on and then measured the base of the machine and made a template. That was cut out of acrylic and it fits around the base of the machine. I can lift it out whenever there is a need.
    Lizzy in La.

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    My OH modified my sewing cabinet with an extension table that can be set up or left down depending on what I'm sewing.
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