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Set in table or extension table??
Need to decide & not sure what to choose!
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Date: 7/23/12 10:21 PM

Ok... need your advice/help/opinion/thoughts....

I'm getting my new sewing space and I need to decide how I'm going to set up my sewing area.

I want to do and 'L' shaped area with two sms, my serger and coverstitch all set up so they are all accessible at one time - CAN'T WAIT!!!

I can't spend a ton of money, but I've been looking at various options. I do want to set up my main machine to be "flush" with a table and I can't decide if I should get a decent sized extension table (you know, one of those clear plastic things, maybe an 18x24) OR to get a table where the machine can be sunken into in so it's flush with the table top. The one I'm thinking of is the Cricket 2 as it's about all I can afford. This would, of course, have to be lined up to other tables where I'd have my other machines (I'm thinking something from Ikea that I like (Vika series - Amon, etc.).

ANYWAYS... I'd love opinions specifically about whether I should do the extension table or the sink-in table.

And in general, any sewing table "L" style set up ideas are also appreciated!


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Date: 7/23/12 10:36 PM

Would a free arm be a problem with a set-in arrangement? Not sure if you have a free arm or not...

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Date: 7/23/12 11:32 PM

I like my sew steady plexiglas table. I keep stuff like bobbins and scissors under it for easy access and I love the ruler on the front. I often put my item under the ruler to measure.

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Date: 7/24/12 2:23 AM

Love my sew steady. I have the small one. It fits around the free arm, and when I'm not using it I store it in an extra laptop bag (not too big for the small insert like the brand name case would be). My sewing area (not room, sadly :() is made up of two ikea desks, one that has the shelves attached at the side, the other the small $20 one set up with the length butting up against the first one. That one can hold my fashionmate or serger, but not both at the same time.
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Date: 7/24/12 2:26 AM

I'm a quilter and 5'2", so set-in is IT for me. No trouble at all using the free arm for pant legs, cuffs, whatever.

Now if you are tall, and the area of an extension table is sufficient to support your work without dragging, maybe that would be better.

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Date: 7/24/12 8:51 AM

The Sew Perfect table is on my list. I hope to order one this fall when I have some extra $$. I think they are more than the one you found here but you can get different inserts to fit whatever machine you have at the moment and there is an extension table that could be added later if you have the space. Here is the link: Sew Perfect

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Date: 7/24/12 9:26 AM

I really like the set-in arrangement. The extension tables are okay, but for me it places the machine up too high for comfortable sewing. Also, unless the table is really large the material seems to drag off the table, and I am constantly having to lift it up to sew.

Years ago when almost every machine came in a sewing table it seemed much easier to sew. Then machines went more portable. A few years ago when I purchased a cabinet by Horn with the machine set down inside I thought to myself, "Ah... this is how I remember sewing to be, and so much easier."

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Date: 7/24/12 9:34 AM

I too, like the Sew Steady's. I have both the smallest size and the largest. I use the smallest most of the time. I use the big one for big projects but actually those are rare. I love that you can keep a few notions you are using beneath it while sewing.

I was thinking at one time to get the Cricket 2 but the thing that stopped me cold is that open space at the right end of the SM with the insert inserted. I always lay items to the right of my machine and I know things would roll into that opening, fall on the floor and totally drive me crazy! So think about that before you opt for the Cricket. I just bought Lifetime Banquet Tables and am very happy with those and the Sew Steady's. The link you provided for the Cricket is only the table. The insert is additional money--more than the Sew Steady's. So pricewise, I'd say you'd save money buying rectangle tables (whichever lengths fit your room for your L) and Sew Steady's.

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Date: 7/24/12 9:42 AM

:) The planning is always part of the fun. I have a couple of Gidget tables (that is what you linked to in your post) and I love them. One is a regular Gidget and one is the Gidget II. You can get custom inserts and they will be flush, or you can use extension tables minus feet with them, which is what I do. I have gotten the Sew Steady extension tables for my machines, and I use them with the tables and the machine resting in the cutouts. There is very little wobble with these tables, which is a nice surprise indeed. If you want to see how they look - here is a link. I found it a really least expensive way to get myself some flat sewing surfaces. Good luck. :)

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Date: 7/24/12 11:15 AM

Here's another vote for the Sew Steady tables. I really love using mine and regard the space underneath the tables as very valuable real estate for storing notions.

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