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Date: 9/26/09 11:48 AM

There are so many choices for sewing cabinets, but what I really want is a big table for quilting with no drawers and cabinet drawers to get in my way. I need to be able to sink my machine into it and use an insert. Ideally, I'd like a 5' by 2.5 foot table, with the insert closer to the right side.

The sew perfect tables are really nice, but seem pricey given the fact that the bases they use are readily available for $50-70 and the tables don't even come with inserts.

Does anyone know of a non-custom route I could take to get a similar product? I'd be happy to buy top and base separately, but hoping not to have to saw a hole myself:)

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Date: 9/26/09 1:13 PM

I don't have a clever reply, but I'd like to find this alternative as well! I would like to have a surface with two machine positions (one for my Bernina 160, and one to accommodate a vintage mechanical machine for heavier fabrics). A nice feature of the Sew Perfect tables is that they are height adjustable. I am 5'2" and I need a surface that's an inch or two lower than normal table height. Those couple of inches make a big difference, and they make even purpose-built sewing cabinets less than comfortable for me.

I'd love to hear from others what they have done.

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Date: 9/29/09 1:45 PM

Anyone? Please?

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Date: 9/29/09 4:53 PM

Quote: SecondHandRogue
The sew perfect tables are really nice, but seem pricey given the fact that the bases they use are readily available for $50-70 and the tables don't even come with inserts.

Sorry, I don't have a solution for you, but I was wondering where you found the bases for $50-70?

I'm also looking for a table for quilting. I think DH and I could whip up some sort of top to bolt to that base. I want a straight-stitch machine but it needs a home, the cabinet I have now won't hold it and I don't really want a whole 'nother cabinet...

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Date: 9/29/09 10:23 PM

Check out this thread and see if it helps. Good luck.

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Date: 9/30/09 8:04 AM

Rhoda--that thread is awesome, and I'm so impressed with the resourcefulness and craftsmanship of the OP. But I don't like cabinets, new or old. I don't want my legs crowded. Also, I want a giant space, not something I'm likely to find in a vintage piece.

Tess--
If you look up "K Legs adjustable" or "k legs sewing" on ebay you should come up with a few options...hope that helps...

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Date: 9/30/09 11:34 AM

Tess, I think the eBay seller is Atlas Levy. The legs are $50 and the shipping is about $25. I love that they are adjustable height.

It seems like the kicker comes if you want to have a lift to raise and lower the machine. This would be if you have a free arm machine that you want to be able to raise to access the free arm and lower to have flat bed operation. I suppose you would need a lift kit, which is pricy ($150 from Rockler woodworking, or perhaps one could be found used). Then there would need to be a way to attach it to the frame and the top.

Very possible but beyond my cabinetmaking capabilities!

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Date: 9/30/09 1:13 PM

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Tess, I think the eBay seller is Atlas Levy. The legs are $50 and the shipping is about $25. I love that they are adjustable height.



It seems like the kicker comes if you want to have a lift to raise and lower the machine. This would be if you have a free arm machine that you want to be able to raise to access the free arm and lower to have flat bed operation. I suppose you would need a lift kit, which is pricy ($150 from Rockler woodworking, or perhaps one could be found used). Then there would need to be a way to attach it to the frame and the top.



Very possible but beyond my cabinetmaking capabilities!

Thanks Ripple, I found them Atlas Levy K legs

I have a cabinet with a lift, which I use for my every-day sewing machine, so for me all I'm really looking for is a table. Hmm I smell a honeydo...

BTW my lift only attaches to the frame of the cabinet, not to the top, so someone handy could bolt a wooden frame or some supports to the K legs that the lift would bolt onto...

I found fully assembled tables at Allbrands Here and Here these include the motor so are more than you need, Rogue, wonder if Allbrands might be able to help you find out how to get just top and K legs...?

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Date: 9/30/09 1:53 PM

Quote: TessKwiltz
[quote]Tess, I think the eBay seller is Atlas Levy. The legs are $50 and the shipping is about $25. I love that they are adjustable height.





It seems like the kicker comes if you want to have a lift to raise and lower the machine. This would be if you have a free arm machine that you want to be able to raise to access the free arm and lower to have flat bed operation. I suppose you would need a lift kit, which is pricy ($150 from Rockler woodworking, or perhaps one could be found used). Then there would need to be a way to attach it to the frame and the top.





Very possible but beyond my cabinetmaking capabilities!


Thanks Ripple, I found them Atlas Levy K legs



I have a cabinet with a lift, which I use for my every-day sewing machine, so for me all I'm really looking for is a table. Hmm I smell a honeydo...



BTW my lift only attaches to the frame of the cabinet, not to the top, so someone handy could bolt a wooden frame or some supports to the K legs that the lift would bolt onto...



I found fully assembled tables at Allbrands Here and Here these include the motor so are more than you need, Rogue, wonder if Allbrands might be able to help you find out how to get just top and K legs...?



Problem is, the shipping on those tables is $150...so for around $400, I think I could get something nicer. Also, I am not sure that those tables have a shelf for the sewing machine, it might just be a hole.

I am actually in talks now with a local woodworker. I may get a big piece of butcher block, the K-legs online, and he will just put in the cutout and the shelf. To make it really custom we'll design the cutout around an acrylic insert.

Does anyone know which company makes the best or most reasonably priced clear insert? I see that the ones that go with the sew ezi tables are around $40 but I'm not sure they'll sell to me if I don't buy their table. Maybe Roberts? I believe that Koala and Horn are over $100 now...

Any suggestions?
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Date: 10/2/09 7:41 PM

I had a local woodworker make me a table this year. I ordered an acrylic insert direct from Dream World. I was thrilled with how my table turned out but it was a lot of researching and planning to get everything the right height, make sure my knee lever worked, make sure I could get to my bobbin case easily and finally make sure the leg opening and spacing was proper. I wanted mine to be more "furniture like" since it is in my guest room and to match some existing pieces in that room. Otherwise, I might have ordered one from somewhere like Traceys Tables. In the end it cost me MUCH less to have a custom table built and I got the exact size, features and look I wanted.

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