My New Sewing Table
July 23, 2008 by Candy Glendening
So, the upside of my little business is that I have made enough money to completely cover all my material expenses, plus I’ve been able to purchase a new camera (a Nikon D40) and a new Sewing Machine – a Juki TL-98Q. Yay! But now I needed a table that could fit both machines at once, or one at a time. For 2 reasons, 1) money and 2) function, my DH has made me the perfect sewing machine table!
Tah Dah! As always – click any picture to embiggen!
It is 2' x 6', with an extension hinged across the back to make it a full 4' deep when I want (the extensions that hold that up aren't built yet, but Rome wasn't built in a day either...) It is 28" high with leveling feet that allow up to another 1" in height if needed. There is also a 12" deep shelf running across the back to hold either the machine covers or the machines themselves.
Table frame: 2x4's braced with plywood pieces at the junctions. There is a 12" deep shelf running across the back.
Lots of drywall screws, counter sunk, then later filled with spackle.
The Juki with the brass plate set into the worktop and held in place with some rare earth magnets. I can fit my finger into the fingerhole of the plate on the machine, flip the brass plate over, then access the bobbin area.
Here the brass plate is flipped over - you can see the magnets counter sunk and plenty of room to access the bobbin.
Bernina sits just proud of the table and the table that came with it covers up the hole. This system worked really well with my old table and saves the $$ for the plexiglass insert. See my July 6 post.
We stapled some velcro ties underneath to control the cords.
- My DH created a “mini-table” insert for the Bernina hole.
A carefully fit plywood top with 2x4 bits underneath. Those are adjustable chair legs screwed into the bottom, so we could get the top totally flush.
With the "mini-table" in place, I can use the surface for cutting, or it will support a large quilt when I'm quilting.
With the addition of one more set of drawers for my fused fabric little bits my studio works very well!
This new table is a bit narrower, so when I open up the cutting table all the way, there's room to walk all the way around.
These drawers were repurposed to hold all my thread.
I can also create an ironing surface by placing my large board across a small set of rolling shelves (balance carefully) Then I can cut & press side by side.
I always enjoy seeing where people work, so I’m glad that 1) I’ve got such a great place to work and 2) that I can show it off to you! This is not a large room, but with most things on wheels, I can reconfigure it depending on how I need the space! This is working really well for me.