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Date: 9/15/10 2:23 PM

Hi all I just joined and was hoping you guys could help me.

I learned to sew way back as a child but haven't sewn alot since. I can make my way around well enough and I do really well with making my own patterns from things I see.
I just realized the other day that I haven't read a pattern in years and am a little confused by it so might need help in the future with this.
I have been sewing things by making my own patterns for way to long I guess.

We purchased a home and now I am finding more and more that I need to sew so I am hoping to get a sewing room together soon since we are empty nesters now.

I bought Jamome S525 a couple years back. Didn't need anything fancy and absolutely love the way it sews.

My sewing room will also be a guest room but plan to put a queen futon in there instead of a bed since we don't get a whole lot of visitors and that will take up less room and give me more space for sewing and storage.

I am hoping to get a sewing table or cabinet but its been so hard to decided what I want or need esp since hubby seems to think $100 is a lot!

Anyway I have been trying to figure out IF there really is an advantage to having your machine fit down into the table and having a level sewing surface or not.

Also does it make a big difference IF theres a fitted plate in this area or not?

The 3 tables I have been looking at the most now due to the ablity to have them leveled are the Sewezi, Arrows Gidget, and Robets 299 tables.

Its hard to know how each one compares to the others since there is no way for me to see them.

So I was hoping maybe some of you guys could give me a little info on them and the pros and cons that you all see to them.

What should I be taking into consideration when looking for a table/cabinet?

Is there advantages and or disadvantages to having a sewing cabinet with an airlift?
As there is another I have found that I kind of like that has this but its more pricey so I'd have to make certain it would be what I wanted .

I have only ever sewed on a table. The table I am sewing on right now will become my cutting table once I get a sewing table as it is a portable table that closes down on itself.
I have also considered trying to get hubby to make me something with everything else we have planned not sure how long that would take .
Anyway if anyone has any info that can help me or any additional info on tables/cabinets that they like that aren't to pricey it would be Greatly Appreciated.
Thank You in advance.
Look forward to hearing back from everyone and from learning new things here.
melrh

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Date: 9/15/10 4:07 PM

I ordered the Arrow table last week! It should be here in a couple of days so I'll let you know. I also ordered this table from Amazon.


It is in pieces on the floor!!! I am just now putting it together. Personally, I don't think you need an airlift unless you put your machine away a lot. I tend to leave mine out all the time. I just moved into a townhouse and my sewing area is small -thus these small tables.
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Date: 9/15/10 4:28 PM

I bought a work bench off craigs list years ago, it used to be in a high school carpentry class. I covered it with 3 healing mats. Its a great height, I don't have to bend over to cut out as it is waist high and it cost me 40$. My sewing machines are on a folding table that was given to me from a friend who didn't need it any more. They're very common, about 6' long with steel fold out legs. Cheap on CL also and my SM and 3 sergers fit on it. I do shove the ones I am not using to the back of the table and scoot from machine to machine on an office chair. Its not always tidy, but its very efficient, so your husband probably has the right price in his head. Good luck.

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Date: 9/15/10 4:33 PM

I have an airlift, but I hardly ever put it up or down. Unless you have little children you need to hide your machine from, I do not think it is worth the large price tag.

I do very much like having the machine sit flush with the table top. And it is nice to have the insert that fits around it, although that is really more an aesthetic thing bc you can usually scrunch your sm close up to the front of the opening. Still, I would pay extra for the insert.

At least some of the tables you mentioned are easily folded up and stowed out of the way and that would be a nice feature in case your guests needed a little more room.

Good luck--there is a lot to choose from!

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Date: 9/15/10 5:46 PM

i was looking at this one, Kens has alot of tables
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Date: 9/15/10 5:49 PM

FYI - there is two versions of that table. I am getting the one with the smaller opening for smaller machines. The one you posted a link to has a larger opening to fit the newer, bigger machines.

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Date: 9/15/10 8:35 PM

I have a quiting book written by Gwen Marston. She is truly an expert fabric artist and she sews with a vintage machine on an old, but very cute, green Steelcase desk like this . You might want someting more modern or high tech but the thought of a very stable and large surface intrigued me, and it has drawers! It would also fit into the price range your DH has in mind.

You might want to look at this book Creating Your Perfect Quilting Space, sewing room makeovers . It shows many different ways to organize a craft/sewing room. It shows a variety of furniture options, floor plans, etc and is eye appealing and inspiring. It is probably available at your local library, it is at mine. I bought myself a copy to dream about "some day".

Good luck with whatever you choose.

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Date: 9/15/10 9:08 PM

maybe just an OLD desk made out of of real wood would work best?

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Date: 9/15/10 10:52 PM

Quote: melrh
Anyway I have been trying to figure out IF there really is an advantage to having your machine fit down into the table and having a level sewing surface or not.

Yes, because the tiniest little bit of weight from your fabric falling over the backside of the sewing machine can cause a drag on the fabric under the needle resulting in stitch problems. A large flat surface for your fabric to lay on is much better, not to mention it's much more comfortable to sew on a flat surface.

Sears.com has an Arrow table. Click here. I bought one sometime last year and only paid about $70 for it because it was on sale or it was a closeout at my local Sears or something. I really forget. Had to slightly sand the front edge because it was too sharp on my forearms. It's a decent table, but don't think it's anything to write home about. My machine really doesn't fit in it, so I had to retrofit it. Still not right, but it'll do in a pinch. Personally, I like a wider table. My sewing machines have always been in some sort of a cabinet. Oh, I also added 6" to the height of that Arrow table (stacked 3-2 X 4's under the legs on each side to make it higher) because that's the way I like it. I have an adjustable office chair which I highly recommend, too.

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Date: 9/17/10 1:14 PM

Hi all Thanks so much for all the help and info I really appreciate it.

I am still searching and hunting for the perfect fit for me.

Hubby didn't like the Arrow table as he said the legs are weak points the way they are made and didn't think it was a good idea so I scrapped that one.
I was just about to purchase one and asked his opinion between the arrow gidget and the sewezi and he said the sewezi would be the more stable due to leg design.

So I am still on the hunt at this point.
Anyway Thanks again for all the help.
melrh

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