Meet my NEW sewing table, designed, sized, built by my Sweetie to fit my available space. Yahoo! It features a cut-out space so that my machine can drop-down into it, and I have a much wider space to support quilting. Although I'm still using my clear acrylic free-motion table, the available space to support free-motion quilting is much wider. The acrylic table fills in some of the space directly around the machine. Nice!
As a comparison, here's the OLD set-up.
Actually, this is an interim set-up since January 2012. I used to have an old sewing table that I picked up off the curb in Madison about 20 years ago. You can see it here underneath. The surface was so bad (meaning the finish was coming off), I had to cover it with a piece of fabric all those years. Although it had a slot where I could have dropped the machine down into it, the surface was so bad it would never allow for free-motion quilting. In January, I decided to Get Organized, and I brought up the black desk top you see here. This was also trash-picked many years ago with hopes of using it some day. It turned out to be too big for my available space. I couldn't get around it to use my Light Box, or the table to the right. Hence, Sweetie built me a custom unit.
The adjustable medical stool is also new. I purchased it in January from Amazon.com. None of the local office supply places had anything that seemed sturdy enough, so I went online. When I brought in the black desktop, it raised my sewing surface enough to make it uncomfortable. So I bought the adjustable rolling stool. And I wonder why I never did it sooner!
I used to have 2 chairs in my sewing room. 1 regular kitchen table-type chair with a back, and one with the back cut off, so it was more like a stool (also trash-picked). (Now you know my dirty little secrets about recycling!) But having 2 chairs took up too much space. The adjustable medical stool has been a big improvement because now I only have 1 chair in my sewing room, and I can easily move it to the appropriate workstation :
1. Sewing Machine
2. Light Box
3. Work Table
4. Ironing Board
Here's the Maker, right after installation. Thank you, Sweetie. I appreciate it!
Here's a close-up of the actual surface. He made it out of MDF (medium-density fibrerboard) covered with a combination of 2 stains (Cherry and Walnut) plus a coat of Polyurathane.
Not a Koala Cabinet, but it's mine. And certainly affordable by comparison.
Here are some of the additional storage units I purchased, and their placement. This also serves as an additional support space to hold up a larger quilt, should I need it.
Now I can get to my Light Box again. And now I should be able to do some sewing projects again. These have all kind of been on hold while my workspace has been in flux. I guess that just makes it a good time to dye and otherwise work in the wet studio!