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Date: 3/3/13 8:22 PM

We've talked about cutting tables, but I don't recall a discussion of workspaces for tracing and working on patterns. I don't have a cutting table besides my sewing (aka "dining") table, and honestly prefer working on the floor... but I'm getting to an age where any work on the floor with my head bent down really aggravates my neck. I'm still suffering the after-effects of shoveling snow + tracing out a pattern + giving my dog a bath in the bathtub last Wednesday. I'm thinking I really need to rework my work habits if I don't want this to be a semi-regular thing.

I do A LOT more tracing than cutting (seem to always be in the permanent muslin stage! LOL), and cutting is more physical--you have to move around the fabric as you work--so it doesn't bother me to do it on the dining room floor. But I think I need to move my tracing space to some kind of surface.

I fantasize about workspaces like this one, made with storage cube units, but my "studio" is an already-crowded front office/sitting room, and I don't have room for a permanent setup like that. (Also, we're not handy. )

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Date: 3/3/13 8:47 PM

I use the cutting table - a folding one from Joann. For me, it's the right height and I like that I can put up one or both leaves (or none if small enough project) and put them down and roll it out of the way when I don't need it.

edited to add - I like the table you linked to for the storage it has. But the more time I spend in my sewing room, the more I realize that I'd rather have the room to move around. I've just about finished modifying an old sewing cabinet for my machines. Now that I have an open space in the center of the room, it feels so much less...oppressive(?) not sure that's the word. Maybe less stuffy or simply less stuffed. Maybe someday if I have a sewing/craft area that's much larger, I'd get one like that.
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Date: 3/3/13 11:44 PM

I use my sliding glass door as a vertical light table to trace patterns.

I use small Post It notes as temporary pieces of "tape" to hold the paper on the glass. First, I "tape" the original pattern onto the window, and then I "tape" my tracing paper (medical exam paper, in my case) onto the window, over the original pattern piece. Now I can trace standing up. I can use rulers and curves held flat on the glass. As long as there is some daylight coming through the window, it's easy to see through all the layers.

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Date: 3/4/13 1:36 AM

I use a table from ikea set on blocks with casters as my cutting table and my tracing table.

I love the cutting/storage table you found but I'd also like it on casters so that I could push it to the side.

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Date: 3/4/13 7:07 AM

My dad was an engineer and he gave me his drafting table ... pure tracing work area bliss!

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Date: 3/4/13 7:17 AM

I agree that I do more tracing, drafting and other tasks on my cutting table than cutting. I was considering a drafting table to save my neck and shoulders but I like spreading things out on a flat surface. I elevated mine with blocks, later bed elevators and last year purchased an elevated cabinet with hinged shelf.
I also use my kitchen island butcher block surface. For rotary cutting (rare) large areas I set up a portable fold away table which is lower.

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Date: 3/4/13 7:22 AM

I am with JustGail on the open traffic flow space. I cant work in clutter or packed spaces. I use nooks and cabinets in our guest room to handle sewing stash and storage and turned our front room into my sewing/office area because I have room and views and not closed off.

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Date: 3/4/13 7:28 AM

I was wondering how the slanted surface was going to work (and I suppose I could position it to be flat if I wanted).

It works really well. The tracing paper stays put and it's comfortable for me to work

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Date: 3/4/13 8:14 AM

A drafting table is a wonderful thing. Now to get mine from my office to my sewing room....upstairs!

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Date: 3/4/13 8:29 AM

I cut and trace my patterns on my 36in high kitchen table that is used as an island/kitchen table with stools in my kitchen.It's the perfect height for me.I drilled holes in the legs and screwed on 6in high wooden furniture feet and bought stools when we moved here almost 2 years ago.

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