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Posted by: janlorraine

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Posted on: 9/25/09 11:47 AM
Review Rating: Helpful by 3 people   Very Helpful by 4 people   
I made an insert for my free arm sewing machine out of balsa wood. This is available at art supply and craft stores. It is easy to cut an opening for the base of the machine though it is important to make a template first. I made one for $10.00

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janlorraine said... (9/26/09 8:47 PM) Reply
nancy2001: The insert does not need legs; it fits in the cabinet cut out just like the acrylic inserts that are sold with free arm machines. It is virtually the same, except it is wood. I also like that it is not reflective like the acrylic ones.
nancy2001 said... (9/26/09 1:20 PM) Reply
What did you use for legs?
janlorraine said... (9/26/09 12:30 PM) Reply
deesews: no, this is not like the extension tables that come with the newer quilting machines these days. It is a homemade insert that fills in the cutout of a cabinet to make the upper surface of the machine level with the surface of the cabinet. To access the free arm, the balsa wood insert is removable just like the acrylic inserts sold with different models of sewing machines. I hope this helps.
deesews said... (9/26/09 11:59 AM) Reply
Does this mean that you made a larger table to increase the size of your free arm to be like a sewing table extension? Could you please post a photo? Thank you.
j222b said... (9/25/09 8:49 PM) Reply
Duplicate post.
j222b said... (9/25/09 8:49 PM) Reply
Clever. Here is a link to an acrylic one if other sewists have trouble picturing:
Sewing Joe said... (9/25/09 4:54 PM) Reply
Cool idea. I've seen people make these out of cardboard, but the balsa would be nicer looking!
janlorraine said... (9/25/09 4:43 PM) Reply
Sorry, I do not have a camera. But the insert looks exactly like the acrylic type except it is wood. I did go over the surface of the balsa wood with a coat of polyurethane.
Teeavilnor said... (9/25/09 3:41 PM) Reply
any photos?
Bunsnpigs said... (9/25/09 2:45 PM) Reply
Cool. Can you post a picture?
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