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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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Bunsnpigs said...
Cool. Can you post a picture?
9/25/09 2:45 PM
Teeavilnor said...
any photos?
9/25/09 3:41 PM
janlorraine said...
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.
9/25/09 4:43 PM
Sewing Joe said...
Cool idea. I've seen people make these out of cardboard, but the balsa would be nicer looking!
9/25/09 4:54 PM
j222b said...
Clever. Here is a link to an acrylic one if other sewists have trouble picturing:
9/25/09 8:49 PM
j222b said...
Duplicate post.
9/25/09 8:49 PM
deesews said...
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.
9/26/09 11:59 AM
janlorraine said...
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.
9/26/09 12:30 PM
nancy2001 said...
What did you use for legs?
9/26/09 1:20 PM
janlorraine said...
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.
9/26/09 8:47 PM
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