Picture of Quilter's sewing machine table.
Here, inevitably, is a project made for my wife, Lizzyastrouk, as an accessory for her at the Manchester Maker Faire.

It provides the quilter with a larger level surface to arrange squares on, whilst sewing.

Thrown together in a morning, it uses 10mm thick acrylic for the top surface, into which I cut the outside profile of her favourite sewing machine.
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Step 1: First measure your machine.

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I was fortunate that Lizzy has a sewing table with an insert cut to take her machine, so I just copied that.

You need to measure, reasonably accurately the profile of your machine at the level of the platen. I'd make a template to check the design fits !

My table size was limited by what I could fit into my laser cutter, but you don't have to use a laser, and you don't have to use acrylic, but it does look pretty.....

I also added a series of parallel engraved lines to the platen, 0n 12.7mm, 1/2" centres, as a sewing guide - so the long lines you see DON'T go through !

Step 2: Cutting.

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Laser cutting is  really simple, if you've got it, but otherwise standard wood techniques work just fine. I used a fine pitched circular saw to cut the profile to final size outside, to save over an hour on the laser.

If you use acrylic "by hand", you can scratch the guide lines in with a piece of hacksaw blade, sharpened into a very thin chisel.
canucksgirl2 years ago
That is a super clever idea! Even for non-quilters, I could see a lot of benefit in having the extra room to work with and the guide lines are a fantastic idea.

So.... when I trace my machine, where do I send the template for you to cut? LOL...
steveastrouk (author)  canucksgirl2 years ago
Reasonable rates always available to our colonial cousins..
:D I'm impressed. When I first saw the photo, I thought it was part of the sewing machine (as in manufactured that way). Well done. :)
steveastrouk (author)  canucksgirl2 years ago
Like the pictures.. ..
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steveastrouk (author)  canucksgirl2 years ago
I need to take a picture of the one finished with fire, after I rounded all the edges.
Good idea. I was going to comment about any snagging, until I read that you had taken care of that. :)
HagridsMom6 months ago

Now this is nice! I've seen several home made stands and they were as nothing compared to yours - wow! Great tut - thanks!

steveastrouk (author)  HagridsMom6 months ago

Thanks for your appreciative comment !

dsantil711 year ago
I was wondering what the dimensions are for the table, the main length (from left to right) and the width (from front to back). How much did the acrylic cost? I know it's been a while, I would have to convert for currency difference & prices change. Just curious. And you had all the equipment to make this? It looks awesome! Your wife is very lucky!! Dang!!
steveastrouk (author)  dsantil711 year ago

It sticks out about 8 inches to the left of the foot, six inches behind the machine, and three to the front. The rest is down to the dimensions of the sewing machine, as you can perhaps see from Lizzy using it.

There's probably about 20 dollars in acrylic there, if you buy a small piece. We're visiting the USA in a couple of weeks, if you want the acrylic piece making let me know, and we'll bring one over. I need to know the dimensions of your machine at the level of the sewing plate of course.

Oh my that would awesome. Actually I'm going to buy a new machine this week so I'll let you know! Where in the US are you going?
grannyjones2 years ago
Hubby made something like this out of an old acrylic printer stand.
I love it.
lizzyastro2 years ago
Thank you Steve!

This was great help at the Maker Faire when I had to take my machine out of the cabinet it usually lives in. A bigger flat bed is a great help when sewing flat seams whether quilts, clothing or furnishings. Any time I take my machine away with me this table will certainly be coming along too.