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Date: 2/3/13 9:25 AM

DH is going to make a pressing/cutting table for me with storage drawers. I'm planning a top of 48" by 60. I plan to cover the surface according to the directions by Roberta Carr, replacing plywood with the more pinnable homosote. grainline fabric . The measurements for grainboards/ pressing boards are all much smaller than the planned top of my table.

Is there a reason for this other than she recommends cutting everything as a single layer and thus a larger table is not necessary?
Is there some other advantage to smaller other than size of table: size of room?
How much more helpful do you think a larger table would be? We all need more space but with storage drawers beneath it, it might be worth it.

I appreciate all your thoughts on this,

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Date: 2/3/13 12:29 PM

I think a larger table is a great idea but I don't have the room. I have a fold-up 6' long 32" wide table from Walmart. It is a very nice table and that is all the space I have. I was cutting 60" fabric today-very annoying as only part of it fits on the table and the pattern piece was huge so it was the floor for me. A 60" surface would be wonderful if you have the room for it! You are very lucky to have a DH who can make this for you!

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Date: 2/3/13 12:35 PM

Is the table going to be sitting in the middle of the room with access on all sides?

If it were my table, I'd make it 36" by 72" or even longer. 48" would be too hard for me to reach across for general work. But I'm short and have short arms.

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Date: 2/3/13 12:36 PM

I think tables that are so large you can't reach over to the other side can be a pain because if will have to walk all the way around over and over (and over ... ) again.

I would think cutting everything as a single layer requires a larger table, not smaller. I can use my dining table (38" wide) when cutting on fold but always have to use the floor when cutting in a single layer.

Personally, I think about 36" wide is ideal for cutting table. You can easily reach to the other side, and there's enough room to cut on fold on even slightly wider-than-normal fabric. I don't really see there's much to be gained by going to 48" unless you do a lot of single layer cutting of narrow fabric....which you might, a lot of silk and cotton come in around 44" wide, right? If you do, then it seems a good trade-off. I'd be willing to walk around if I can cut single layer on the table instead of the floor.

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Date: 2/3/13 4:42 PM

I'm short too but will have access on all 4 sides.

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Date: 2/3/13 6:00 PM

If you have the room, longer is definitely better IMO. I have a 48 in X 72 in table and would like a little more length at times. It is not wide enough to cut single layer for most of my fabrics, which are 54-60 in wide, unless I cut across the width of the table and then I don't have the length I need. When I cut double layer, I use the extra width of the table for the pattern, my weights, cutting tools, marking tools, pin cushion, and a place to stack the cut and folded pieces.

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Date: 2/4/13 1:30 AM

I agree that to a point bigger is better. I have a door (36x72) that is set up as a pressing table on one side and has a cutting mat glued to the other and there have been several times I wished it was a bit wider so I still have the length when cutting a single layer of 45" fabric. Now I have to turn it which works ok for a blouse or jacket and not at all for a dress. That said I was making my daughters wedding dress which had a full circle cocktail length skirt and made a special cutting table that was 60" wide X 72". It was necessary for that project but not worth it over all. All the walking around and not really being able to reach the center effectively. I am planning a new sewing studio and hope the cutting table will be 45-48" wide. I am thinking of a mechanism like a drop leaf so it doesn't take so much floor space all the time.

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Date: 2/4/13 8:31 AM

I like larger is better. No where did I read about the height of the table. As I am 5'8", I would like a table at least 42" high so my back does not hurt. All the table I see are 32-36". Much too short. I bought a tabletop at IKEA plus 4 adjustable legs. I use it for my Coverpro and serger plus anything else I throw on it. I can sit on my adjustable chair and sew without difficulty as it is 42" high. My cutting table, unfortunately, is not. My kitchen counter is 42" high and many times, I cut fabric on it. Believe me, height is important and I wish manufacturers would make adjustments in their tables.

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Date: 2/4/13 10:37 AM

My DH made a table for me, with the surface 72 by 41 inches. He made it with a drop leaf. The top is in two sections, one 17 by 72, the other 24 by 72. The 24 inch wide part drops down; it is supported by a gate leg type piece at each end. The 17 inch wide side has 12 drawers underneath, including some small, shallow ones. On the side with the drawers, he embedded a wooden yard stick and a meter stick along the edge of the top - very neat looking and handy. The top is a nice looking piece of maple (I think), with polyurethane finish. The table is quite low, but that was done to my specifications. It works for me.

The drop leaf design has been very convenient. I can pull a chair or two up to the side without drawers. Right now I have a number of plastic boxes of fabric stored underneath and my serger is on the table. Or I drop the leaf down and have more space in the room. Over the 25 years or so that I've had the table, it's been moved around the room in every possible way, leaf up or down. The table is very large with the leaf up. I've never needed a larger surface. but I like the choice of dropping the leaf.

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