Step 3: Measure Thrice...

It's time to take some measurements. The most important measurements are of the sewing machine itself. Very carefully note the length and depth of the base of the sewing machine, at its widest points. Also measure the height of the machine table.

Next, measure the table. This is easy to do if you've got the original leaf from the table - Measure the length of the leaf and the width, but remember that the width of the quilting table leaf may be different.

Finally, measure the space between the edge of the table and the support beams. In my case, the sewing machine needed to fit inside this space. If the table you're using has these beams close to the edges of the table, then maybe the machine can fit between them somehow. That's up to you to figure out...
<p>Great minds think alike! I made similar tables a couple of times. Mine differ in that instead of using wood to surround the sewing machine along the sewing surface, I instead used 3/8 inch plexiglass to make a surround. I fine tuned the shape by making a template first from card stock. The plexiglass cuts easily with a fine tooth jig saw. If you want a really smooth edge you can &quot;flame&quot; the cut edge with a Mapp or propane torch. Information is available on the web. I bought my 12 inch x 3/8 inch plexiglass from a place called &quot;freckleface.com&quot;. He sells remnants. I made two inserts for each table since the second insert has no cut out, leaving a flat table surface. My wife then uses the surface to place her sewing machine with an embroidery module attached. </p><p>My first table was made using 3/4 inch plywood over an old desk and file cabinets. I joined two pieces together to get an L shaped table twelve feet long and about six feet along the bottom of the L. My wife's sewing machine sits on the long section and her computer along the shorter section. She loves it! The long section gives her an area to support larger quilts.</p><p>I recently made a table insert similar to yours, but using a plexiglass insert. All my inserts are supported by pieces of wood lath glued and tacked to the inside of the well, allowing the plexiglass surface to adjusted to sit flush with the wood top. </p><p>It all works really well!</p>
I forgot to ask you, since your mom-in-law quilts, does she have a nifty way to store all her fabrics? Have you helped her with any of those type storage problems? I am going to need some easy, cheap ideas for that area also.
I myself had been thinking about cutting my wooden table and making a leaf, so that when I did not need it for something I could make it smaller. I now have thanks to you a way to make it bigger than original size of 5 foot. for when I do get the quilting stuff out...or any other large project. <br>I am not real sure that I personally am all that capable, but surely I could maybe find a 'volunteer'
If you've got a table that doesn't separate, you may be able to simply cut a hole to fit the machine, then craft an insert to fill the hole when not in use. That way you wouldn't have to slice your entire table in half.
I have a need for less table most of the time. It is in an area now that I cannot get to but 2 sides...I live in a mobile home and the dining area is not really very big. And the table came first...and I love my table...however, for several years it has just been a 3x5 foot clutter catcher...I am hoping to be moving to another state in the next few years and most of the clutter has to &quot;gone&quot; then I can once again use the table for the right purpose...But your idea is great and I will stick it in my head... <br>but I could do both, make a leaf, to remove and add more than that leaf to make it big for quilting. <br>Thanks
No problem! Hmmm, have you thought of modifying your home to add more storage space in unused areas? Could be a fun project...
<p> That would be nice, however I live in a mobile home in a park. Limited everywhere.<br> And there is NO UNUSED PLACE, most places have to have too many uses.<br> But as a female, I do not think there is ever enough storage space of any kind.<br> And I have been keeping every 'storage expanding' into unusual spaces for years...in the hopes that one day i might live in a 'real' house...that is not to be on my budget.<br> But, keep up the good work. Today was the first time I had seen this website. And now I have it bookmarked...I am researching solar and wind options now for off-grid living. I am going to the desert, and will need something. And found these web pages invaluable.<br> &nbsp;</p>
My Handy Hubby made me something very similar 10 years ago, I'd drop my little Janome in the opening and off I go, Machine quilting away, I have since graduated to a Juki TL98Q, and use that on table top... but while I had the kitchen table modification it was wonderful, I quilted many a quilt that way...even King Size!
Great! This isn't a new idea, but I am a little surprised it isn't more popular. Maybe now it will be. :)
<br> That's a great idea - I've was just looking for a creative way to get some good sewing space yesterday, and then I saw this on FB today.<br> <br> Ryan<br> <br> <a href="http://www.dreambiglivesimple.com">http://www.dreambiglivesimple.com</a><br>
Totally awesome!<br>My husband is a carpenter. Maybe, just maybe... :)<br><br>Thank you for the great idea.
If your husband is a carpenter, this should be a weekend project for him! It's pretty easy to build.
Very nice project. <br> <br>I am sure that my wife would love one!
Well now you have a Christmas present idea. ;)
I will need a big tree to put that under it
I'm sure she'd understand, if it stuck out a little on either side.
This is great. I want one! But I guess my actual kitchen table will have to do for now. :P
Well, you could always cut a hole in the table. Then, have a removable cover for the cutout section!
Hey cool! I think my girlfriend would love this for her own sewing projects. Favorited and 5 stars for you!
Wow, thanks!
Very nicely done! It's definitely worth the effort to create a large surface area to sew on. It makes almost every sewing project more easy to handle.<br><br>I've gone to great lengths to build in sewing machine &quot;ports&quot; on some of my past work tables, and had mixed results. This ideas is really clever, and the end result looks great. I really like it.
Thanks very much. :)
Awesome! I need one of these.<br>(ps I love the fabric, I can't wait to see your quilt.)
Thanks!<br><br>Not my quilt, but maybe my mother in law will post pics when it's done! The stuff she does is amazing.
very clever.
Excellent project and ible, jeff-O! Looks like a prodigious amount of work..Results are worth it though, eh?
Thanks! Yes, my mother in law likes it very much. Totally worth the effort. :)

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