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Date: 12/29/13 10:59 PM

Has anyone made one, or this a job strictly for the high priced professionals?

I will need one for my new cabinet, but the insert in my older cabinet is about 1/4" too long. I'd love to just trim it myself. Is that possible?

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Date: 12/29/13 11:09 PM

I haven't made a sewing machine insert, but I have cut plexiglass for exhibit boxes. To do a really good smooth cut will require a power jig saw. I would make a template out of poster board and go to a plexiglass/plastic business and have them cut it for you.

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Date: 12/29/13 11:38 PM

If you can make a good pattern, a glass shop can cut that for you and it's not that expensive. When I was making tarot bags, I had my patterns cut of plexiglass so they were very fast to use with a rotary blade. There are other ways of doing that, but it was only a couple dollars each and they lasted forever.

A lot of times, the shop will have scraps that they'll cut your stuff from if it's not too big. I think those entire sheets were purchased by the original buyer so it's just some extra cash in their pocket.

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Date: 12/30/13 5:54 AM

I made an insert from the core board. I had plans to take it to home depot and cut from plexiglass. But the foam core board has proven to be sturdy enough and so lightweight. I love it. I need to get the plexiglass cut though before I damage my template.
I also cut it at an angle becayse I prefer my machine slightly angled rather than straightly lined up with the edge.

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Subject: Thank you! I had NOT thought about a glass/plastic shop! Date: 12/30/13 5:26 PM

We just purchased a whole house of windows from one a glass shop!

I learned how to do funky templates while replacing a sheet vinyl floor in a bathroom. I took notebook paper and a roll of tape, and simply laid paper over paper, taping away, until I had a solid piece. Took up the piece, and I thought "this can't be right," and laid it back down - yes it was exactly that.

I cut "exactly that" for a small portion of scrap vinyl (from a neighbor) and yes, it was "exactly that."

Next step - cut the whole floor "exactly that" from the good vinyl. My only problem laying that vinyl was working around the wonky corners - I took it out and rerolled it, so that I started in the middle of the floor and rerolled out to the corners. PERFECT fit. Hubby was shocked. Kids were shocked. I was so proud.

I'm lucky in that the original cutout for the cabinet opening is included; it fits in place perfectly. I just need to get the sewing machine adjusted (I will have to adjust the lift just a little), and get my strips of paper and tape.

I think the shop has been around for quite some time - I wouldn't be surprised if they've done this job before.

Thanks for the advice!

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Date: 1/2/14 6:49 PM

Whether you can do it yourself may depend on how thick the plexiglass is. There are knives made to cut the thinner ones. Look on YouTube for videos.

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Date: 1/2/14 7:11 PM

Yes, it is possible to trim down the insert, but you'll need the correct tools.

My brother cut down a plexiglass sewing machine cabinet insert for me, but I'm not sure what tools he used - most likely a table saw and a sander. I will ask him when I see him in a few days what tools he used.

I had a similar situation in that I had an insert that fit perfectly from front to back, but was longer from left to right than I needed, and the trimmed insert works great.

If you have a TAP Plastics store near you, or some other plexiglass/acrylic/plastics sales and fabrication type store, they should be able to trim this for you.

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