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DIY Sewing machine extension table
building my own extension table
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Date: 1/1/14 11:19 AM

I hope this topic goes in this section. I want to make an extension table for quilting and looked through several pictures. I noticed that some people remove the first extension that has the compartment to hold feet, tools, etc. and some people leave it on there and cut the table to fit around the whole shebang. My tool compartment doesn't open if it is removed so I'm thinking it would be better to leave it on there although I believe it may compromise the stability just a bit to have such a wide cut out area. Does anyone have thoughts on this? Also, I noticed that some people have ruler built in to their extension table and I can't think of a good use for that but maybe others can. Thanks for any advice/ideas.

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Date: 1/2/14 5:46 AM

I think as long as you are making it, you can do what works best for your situation. I have found that all the commercial extensions are designed for a free arm set up.
I like my accessory tray attached- that's how I sew. Everything I need is handy and I am not looking for stuff I need to pack when I head to a class. So if it were me, I would design it to include the the accessory tray.

I made my template out of the foam core board. I still need to get to a DYI place and have them cut it on plexiglass for me. I did not put in a ruler- have found no need for that yet. I did buy some yellow type tape that has the ruler marked on it but it is still in the drawer.

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Date: 1/2/14 5:52 AM

Oh, I should add that I started with tracing the outline on pattern paper. Then I traced to old cardboard. I had to cut and tape some areas together on the paper and cardboard to get the angles and cord cut outs right. When I got the cardboard correct, I used that to trace on the foam core. It was much lighter weight and firmer- didn't bend or fold. I sewed with it for a few months just to make sure it is what I want. So now I am ready for the last step- the plexiglass.

Mine is not really an extension table- its an insert but hopefully some will transfer to what you want to do. I could put legs on my insert and easily turn it into an extension table.
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