I have the best dear husband! I am forever trying to figure out the ultimate quilting/sewing set up. He puts up with a lot in my fiddling with things. He often ends up getting invloved. He does a great job! Last weekend, I found a desk at Goodwill. It looked to be a perfect size- not too big, not too small…..just about right for machine quilting and piecing and much heavier than the folding table I had been using. It seems that most tables/sewing cabinets do not have as much space in FRONT of the needle as I would like. If we could modify this desk, I could have as much as I wanted and still have room to support a quilt behind the needle. It was more work than I expected but it turned out great. Here are pics in case you would like to see how it was done:
He cut a hole so the machine would sit nearly flush with the table. The extension table that came with machine rests just a hair above the desk top.
Here you can see how he used bolts with sleeves to fasten the board to the bottom of the table. He used an oak stair riser for the board.
The desk cost $25 and the additional materials brought the total to about $45.
This was a commerical office desk and it weighs a ton even though the top measures just 30″ x 42″. I can really speed and there is no vibration at all. I love the space in front of the needle to support the work if machine quilting and for laying out pieces when I am piecing. Hope this gives some of you ideas for making or modifying your own table.
Until next time!