But not everyone has a sewing room that can accommodate a table so large. The solution? To convert the kitchen or dining room table into a quilting table - and back again. The trick is to make use of a feature the table likely already has - a removable leaf. By building a new leaf with a cutout for the sewing machine, a large table can be converted into a giant quilting table, ready to tackle king-size quilts with ease.
I've documented the quilting table leaf I built for my mother in law for Christmas. She loves it! If you or someone you know is into machine quilting, then something like this should be at the top of your list of things to make.
Step 1: Table Suitability
opening >= machine width + (rail width x 2) + (alignment pin length x 2)
There must also be enough space between the support beams (see the pictures) and table edge. If the rails are close to the edge, then maybe the machine will fit behind the rail, closer to the center of the table.
I mentioned alignment pins before. These pins ensure that the two halves of the table (and the leaf, when installed) line up properly. They will do the same for the quilting table leaf, and support the weight of the machine as well. So, make sure the table you're considering also has these pins.
Finally, make sure that the table surface and edges are smooth. The fabric of the quilt should not catch on anything! The table may need refinishing if it's not up to par.