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Thread: Humble homeade sewing tables

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    Humble homeade sewing tables

    First off I don't have expensive machines or a fabulous studio (because I'm a guy... LOL), but what I do have is a chunk of my basement to work and the ability to be thrifty.



    My problem was it's difficult to sew and my hands and arms were getting sore because my machines were not level with with the table so I needed to get creative. What I did was take two old doors I had from when I replaced them in my house and traced both of my machines on the top. I then cut the middle out and built a lower platform to make the machines level with the top.

    On the one bigger door I polyed the door so my fabric slides nice and easy on the door. On the other table I used some left over peel and stick tiles left over from a job I did for a friend. I can't tell you how awesome these tiles work for moving fabric. I like them so much that I'm going to do the other door soon with them. I then built the shelves/legs underneath with and old entertainment center

    I'm not sure how useful this thread is going to be to the members that have great equipment, but if someones looking for an inexpensive solution to a makshift sewing table than I hope this helps.
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    I wouldn't laugh at a guy that quilts, because your wife seems to find it attractive...

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    An excellent job. My DH reset my machine in the table also. You do not have to have lots of money when you want to do something. If that be the case, I wouldn't have anything. I love what you have done.

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    Looks great. And a person could match there decor. Love the tiles.

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    I think these are awsome! I would love to see some of your quilts..

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    Great Idea, doors really give you a nice long working surface.
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    Years ago I used a door on saw horses. It worked.

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    It's good to use all your skills and resources. That's money saved and great solutions. Look at all that work space on both sides on the machine!
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    that is a great idea for a large and sturdy sewing table.thanks for sharing
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    Great solution, well done!

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    Great idea...I also cut a hole in my 6 ft. table and mounted my Juki flush...works great. I'd rather spend my money on fabric than fancy tables or cabinets!!!

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    thanks for sharing your great ideas
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    Great idea and how creative of you!
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    There is nothing like making use of what you have! Great job!
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    Perfect use of the doors. Not everyone has a fancy studio, me included. I share the space of a spare bedroom with my husband. I have one wall and the closet. He has the other two walls. The walls of the entire room are covered in his deer mounts. On one side is his gun cabinet, the other, his fly tying bench. My so-called sewing table is a formica covered kitchen table from the 1950's that belonged to my parents. It works and I am sentimentally attached to it. On one side of the table, my husband cobbled up a tall cutting bench of sorts for me, complete with a drawer. It's a very funky room to say the least.

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    Excellent use of a door. This is something I can handle on a do it yourself kind of project. Thanks for the suggestion. Now to find a door!

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    Great ideas!
    Never thought of cutting a hole in a table and creating a shelf for the machine.
    My table is an old folding cafeteria style with a very rough top. I put some nalgahyde over the top to make it smooth. Floor tiles is a really good idea!

    Hope you continue to share your ideas and quilts.

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    great idea .. like the door idea for long and useful cutting and put on batting and fabric use for ironing as well..
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    Great idea! I need to pass this on to my husband. Nice to know that guys can be crafty, too.

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    My husband helped me with a sheet of plywood to make a table for my machine. My shoulders feel so much better. Use what you have, recycle what you can.

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    I love what you have done with your two doors and two machines. The tile is an excellent idea. You made yourself two great sewing/cutting etc. areas to work on. I'm sure your arms/shoulders will feel much better sewing now! Great job!

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    That's great. Wish I had that much room in my sewing area!
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    Great job!
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    AWESOME!!!! Come on over & make one for me Guys who quilt are.....awesome!!
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    good job, my hubby quilts too, he makes the best t-shirts quilts out there. Here's one of them, keep doing what you're doing real men do quilt
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    GREAT IDEAS!! I'm old enough to remember when quilting was not an "expensive hobby" but was done to provide warmth to the family and connection with community members (AKA "quilting bees"). Those quilters didn't have expensive equipment either, yet made lovely heirlooms, many of which today are collector's items. So thank you for sharing your creative genius with us! Inspires me to use what I have and not make rich people richer. THANK YOU for sharing your ideas with us.

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