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I found this table at a flee market and I just loved how quirky it was. Its crooked legs, banged up and dented top, with paint splatters and cracks from the screws. I think that’s why I was so drawn to it – it has a workshop feel. I could do anything with/to this table and I wouldn’t feel like I ruined it. I’ve been using it as my sewing table for about a year now (since we’ve moved into the new house) and I really needed to improve it to do bigger quilts on my Bernina 380 domestic machine like I want to. Even the baby quilts I’ve done get caught up under the ledge of the sewing machine table. It was time…..
The table had to get hacked
Buwahahaha! (<—- mad scientist laugh)
Here’s how I did it: but I must warn you – I am not a wood worker. I only recently picked up the power tools and put on the safety goggles, so bear with me. I will tell you this though – If I can do it with the little help of my 3.5 year old daughter ….anyone can do it! I hope this inspires you to look at power tools a different way. Like Rosie the Riveter would say, “We can do it!”
- sewing table (preferably not an antique heirloom piece)
- sewing machine or the measurements of the base of the machine
- marking pen
- jigsaw and blade. I used an all purpose semi fine blade
- sander and 50 or 80 grit sandpaper – or just sand paper as you can easily do this part by hand
- drill and drill bit
- wood screws – the length I used was 3 inches but this is unique to each job
- wood glue
- a 2″ x 4″ piece of wood that is the length of your machine plus 6 inches or more. This will be the base that your machine sits on.
Step 1: Know what you’re working with. Check underneath the table and see what obstacles you might face. You may need to adjust your sewing machine placement accordingly.
Step 2: Mark your shape. Remove your machine’s sewing table if you have one and with your marking pen trace 1/4″ around the base of your machine.
Step 3: Cutting. Drill a hole into the table using your drill and drill bit – the largest drill bit in your tool box should do the trick. Make sure the hole is big enough for the blade of your jigsaw to fit through.
Step 4: Check the size of your cut. Make sure your machine fits through the opening with enough room for cords that might need to be plugged into the sides. I left an extra inch of room.
Step 5: Sand your edges. You can do this part by hand if you don’t have access to a hand sander. Sand until there are no sharp edges.
Step 6: Assess the bottom. First go to your machine and measure the depth from the sewing surface to the bottom of the machine. If you have a sewing table that came with your machine measure from the bottom of the sewing table to the bottom of the machine. This is the depth that you will want to drop your machine into your opening. Cut wood to give you this depth. Example: my depth was 3 inches. The table top itself as 1 inch thick so I needed to add on 2 inches to the bottom of the table to give me the depth I needed.
Step 7: Glue and screw. Stack your wood pieces and secure with glue in between each layer. Ideally it would be just one piece of wood the size you need but in this case I’m working with what I have on hand. I wouldn’t suggest stacking more then 2 pieces of wood. Stack and glue your base 2×4 across this gap and secure with wood screws. Make sure the screws are long enough to go through each layer of wood without going through the top layer. I used 3 inch wood screws.
Step 8: Check the fitting. Make sure the machine sits inside the opening and that sewing surface is at the desired height.
Step 9: Revel in your masterpiece!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s Tip and Tutorials Tuesday’s and will give this DIY sewing table a try! Be sure to check out these other great tips and tutorials by clicking on the images below:
See you soon and until then, happy sewing ya’ll!