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What type of table do you use for a Pfaff Sewing & Embroidery Machine?
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Date: 5/16/14 11:54 AM

Hello,
I recently purchased a Pfaff Creative Sensation but I am puzzled as to what type of sewing table I should get to hold it.

If I get one that sits 29" high with a well for the machine, I would have to move the machine to use the embroidery unit so I assume this isn't what people do.

If I get a 23" high table I would have to use one of those lucite extension 'tables', which are expensive and not as good as a solid table top for piecing and quilting.

Does anyone know of a table with a well (big enough to fit a Creative Sensation) that lifts and lowers with a lever of some sort?

Suggestions?
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Date: 5/16/14 5:14 PM

I bought a Koala "sew mate" cabinet and it is big enough for my Sensation. But I think that Horn may have a cabinet with a bigger opening for the Bernina 880 if you are concerned that you might want a longer arm machine at some point. I like Koala because of the electric lift and you can pay for delivery and set up. Instead of using that electric lift when I want to do embroidery, I just put the "lid" insert on the well and set the machine on top. It is easier than getting the right level again when you want to sink it for the sewing. I have more than one machine so that is when I use the elec. lift to adjust it for a different machine. hope this helps.
Carol

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Date: 5/17/14 4:47 AM

I have the Koala Dual Mate plus. As far as I know, all the models have the same size cut out for their airlift and it is TOO SMALL to lower and raise the larger combo machines with an attached embroidery unit. They only fit though if the embroidery unit and storage trays are removed.

I will be tracking this topic in hopes to find other useful ideas.

My combo machine is not my go to sewing machine anymore so I keep the emb unit attached.

I have been looking for a good solution for a few years now. When I originally bought it I had a custom desk made to fit- children's desk furniture raised to adult chair height on a hardwood floor. It was perfect- the machine stayed on top of the desk and stayed covered. No vibrations and I had desk drawers built on both sides to store everything. The desk was about $400 and shipped in flat containers UPS with easy assembly.

Then we downsized, moved and I gave up the desk. At first I used a white foldout craft table but too much carpet vibration. Then I tried an old round dining table but the legs were unsteady and the machine covered the entire surface. Too wobbly.

Next I ordered a Koala and it wouldn't fit into the well so it stayed on top. A waste of a good airlift so after a year, I rededicated the Koala to another machine. Back to the portable craft table.

But over the past 18 mo the machine's weight has formed a slope in the plastic table's center. I only discovered this 2 weeks ago when DH put PVC risers to elevate the craft table legs. In removing the embroidery bed it would not slide off. I have to put the whole machine on a level surface to attach or detach it. The risers did help reduced vibrations I think. I have considered a plywood topper to correct the slope.

Heavy wooden furniture seems to be the best. I thought about an old fashioned wood desk but they don't have the height I want.

I am also considering a kitchen island - a heavy butcher block with cabinets underneath for storage but then I couldn't sit which I do occasionally during embroidery set up. But I mostly stand so the island height is appealing. Its just the $900+ price tag!

I am afraid the Ikea island versions with legs are too light and I would be back to having vibrations. If anyone is using them for a TOL combos- how do you like it?


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Date: 5/17/14 5:25 AM

After re-reading your post- I think you are right. Most people that like using the tables with airlifts for flat surface sewing find it acceptable to detach and reattach and reposition for embroidery.

If you primarily will sew, a Koala airlift won't disappoint you. But if you primarily embroider then you pretty much need a large flat surface to put it on and keep it covered.

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Date: 5/17/14 10:19 PM

Take a look at the Unique Sewing Machine Tables.
I think you will find just the right thing there. I like the platform tables.

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Date: 6/17/14 11:51 AM

Thanks everyone for your suggestions. What I'm thinking of doing is purchasing an adjustable height (or 23" high) sturdy table and having my husband make a flat piece out of wood, with a cutout for the freearm and pegs to hold the piece on the table, bringing the sewing height up to 29". When I want to embroider, I would simply remove the wood piece and insert the embroidery unit.
If we're successful, the table would look similar to the SEWEZI Grande but the bottom would be the same dimensions as the top and the top piece would be removable.
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Date: 6/19/14 7:30 AM

I have my PCP on an Ikea Expedit desk extension. It means when I'm sewing, I'm doing so at a higher height than my vintage machines in cabinets, but it's ideal (for me) in terms of giving me lots of space for my embroidery.



When I use the embroidery unit, I turn the machine around and work from the other side of the table so there's no chance of the hoop bumping into anything while it works.

I've had no problems with the table vibrating or shaking while the machine is embroidering.
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In reply to aapQ

Date: 6/19/14 8:58 AM

Your solution sounds wonderful. There is only one commercial table available with a well large enough and it is made by Tracey's Tables. He delivers all over. I have 2 of these.
Leslie

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