Saturday, April 11, 2009

Sewing Table

This is what I did today (so far). I have been having pain in my right shoulder from sewing--partly because I am reaching up to guide the fabric. My machine has been sitting on a piece of 3/4" plywood that is screwed to an old kitchen table. About 2 feet of the plywood hangs over the end of the table, so I decided to cut a hole in the top and move the machine down so it is level with the table top. It's not fine carpentry, but it does the job. I haven't sewn on it yet, but I'll let you know if it works. The cutting mat I cut is about 8 years old, so I wasn't concerned about ruining it. The blue in the last picture is painter's tape. I have been using it to hold the table on my Bernina for a number of years (the pins broke off). I decided I would use it to hold down the cutting mat so it is exactly level with the bed of the machine.

I just used plumbers tape (it's metal) to hold the stand of the machine. Like I said, not exactly fine woodworking. If I find that it is too jiggly, I can attach the piece of plywood that holds the machine in place with actual wood and L brackets.

First iteration, not so good--blue painter's tape has too much texture so the fabric doesn't move smoothly.

Second iteration was with the plastic you can buy on a roll at fabric stores to put over tablecloths--better--a bit more slippery but not flat enough.
Final iteration (for the moment anyway) I used template plastic and cut a hole for the needle and feed dogs. I'll try it again and see if I need to change it one more time.


1 comment:

XUE said...

wow! I love this post as I am in the midst of sorting out my room & dreaming of making something but probabaly nothing like what you have done! Happy weekend!


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