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Date: 6/13/11 9:18 AM

The short of it is.....Do you think a 36"x60" table will be sufficient cutting space? Typically I cut out renaissance costumes for my husband and myself, as well as every day clothing for myself, and also quilting pieces.

It seems like a good size, but I would like to see what size most everyone else uses and how satisfied they are.

I had a plan to make one that would fold up and roll through the door so I could cut out on landing space since it has more free area than my sewing room does (that table would have been 45"x84"). Well that plan fell apart when the door to my sewing room (the place where I insist on storing the table when not in use) is only 24" wide...There went my original plan (that base was turned into a rolling cart that stores my patterns and offers me a 24"x24" cutting top). So DH has suggested I just make a standard table and leave it sitting up in my room, pull it out to the center when needed and then slide back against the wall. I dont need 4 sided access that often for this to be an issue. I thought about one of the tables from Joann's however, they are about 4" too short for me a comfortable cutting height, both shears and rotary.

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Date: 6/13/11 2:19 PM

The most fabulous thing that I saw when checking the sewing room space sites online was a modified bookcase.

Use an appropriate height ready made bookcase or cabinet. Make a custom fit removable pressing station for the top. For the back, make a hinged fold up table, an overly long drop top if you will. The whole thing was on locking casters. I want two. One for smaller projects, the second one to pull up to the first for larger projects. I suppose this could be done with a backless shelf or unit so that when it is turned to the wall with the extension out for cutting you could still reach under the cutting extension to access the items on the shelf.

Also, check Joann's or another source for your ideal cutting mat size and consider your table being that size. They have a 36" x 59".

There is never enough cutting, layout and planning space, but I have resolved that it is better to have less so that I can still move around comfortably in the sewing room and also have it be attractive and uncrowded. To that end, the bigger projects are often precut on the dining table. Fortunately I have table pads that stay under my extra thick rotary cutting mat.

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Date: 6/13/11 2:54 PM

36x60 is what I have and I love my table. I have it set up in the middle of the room (for a few more weeks anyway, when the baby comes I'll need to put it against the wall). The only times I've needed more than the table is long dresses sometimes take up most the table, and any extra length in fabric I fold up on an ironing board at one end of the table. Also, cutting single layers on a 60" wide fabric--I have to pin/cut one side and then scoot it over for the other side. But that situation is rare and the ironing board (or something else to hold the fabric for long cuts) is not a big deal.

If you have the room to walk around it, I highly suggest you have your cutting table in the center of the room!

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Date: 6/13/11 4:53 PM

For garment sewing a two yard, or 72 inch length is preferred.
40 in width. There are many fold up tables, listed as craft tables
That are this size, and will easily fit through your 24 inch door.
The nice thing about the fold ups is you can have one leaf up and the other down and still have a nice size cutting surface. Also they are usually around 35 to 36 inches high. If this is out of your budget then Ikea has a wonderful height ajustable saw horse with a shelf that you could use for either abase and make a table top with drop leafs or use a hollow core door as a table. I like the fold down the best as my space is not very big, I just have not decided on one yet.

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Date: 6/13/11 7:33 PM

The fold up was my first go-to, however i need a 40" high cutting surface and do not want to puchase a dresser, buffet, or such and then purchase the material to make the drop leaf and gate legs to support it, mainly due to budget constraints. I can make the table for approx $50-60 total.

I had thought of a murphy style table, but after placing it at 40" high, I dont get much lenght due to 8' ceilings and the fact that I would want the narrow end against the wall so I have more "walk-around" access.

I cant keep the table out in the center of the room all the time due to the room's size, but for the occasional cutting project, i can pull it out, use it, and then slide it back into the corner.

Ikea is where I am getting the legs and just using a piece of 3/4" melamine board so I dont have to bother with varnish.

Thanks for the input on sizes. At this point 3x5 is better than the floor. And the legs will be reusable if I later decide that I am wiling to store/use the table outside of my sewing room and get a larger top.

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Date: 6/14/11 8:30 AM

I have 30"x54" in my limited space. I can put a bigger cardboard mat on that if I need to, but then can't get out the door so have to keep cutting until I'm done.

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Date: 6/14/11 4:25 PM

I use 2 ironing boards with a piece of cardboard on top, like the fold out cutting board. Easy up, easy down.

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Date: 7/11/11 10:08 PM

Wished I had remembered to mention earlier than when the old rickety sawhorses had to be replaced that I asked the hubby to replace them with a nice matched pair that would adjust to a cutting table height in case I needed extra cutting space for curtains or other big projects. Pricier than ordinary sawhorses but the double duty capability is worth it.

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Date: 8/8/11 9:09 AM

I have a 40 by 72 horn table in my newly renovated sewing room...and I think I hate it. It is set up against a wall with only one leaf up sometimes, and it is just too deep. The space all the way in the back is somewhat wasted because I can't reach it very well, and I can't use the wall space behind it at all. I do love the Horn rolling storage chest that fits underneath, but because of the way the drop leaf works, there is weird unused storage space behind the rolling cabinet.

Has anyone else downgraded their cutting area? I plan to keep the huge cutting table folded so I can take it out for pinning larger quilts, but I think I'd prefer a longer, less prominent, 35" inch high 77" long 27 or 30" deep table that would allow me better access to the wall behind it...

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Date: 8/10/11 10:50 PM

I considered buying the Horn table but If you have a deep table and it is the average cutting hieght of 35 to 36 inches, 40 inches against the wall is too deep. You have to beable to walk around it. I think 32 inches would be ideal, for against the wall. Most fabrics are no wider then 60, folded 30. For garment cutouts 72 + inches of length is really good. With a 40 Inch deep table you need a depth clearance of 9 and a half 3 on each side and 3.5 feet for the table, Plus 6 feet when open and three at least on one end. One end could be set up against a wall. If against the wall you need a total floor space of 9x9.5 feet. and if in the middle of the room you need
12x9.5 feet clear around it. Since the Horn table is on rollers it could be pulled out when needed. But still the clear floor space has to be there.

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