Hey Folks! In today’s episode we’re chatting about sewing machine tables. Oh my goodness, this is such a big topic and there are so many options and honestly, quilt room organization and sewing machine tables is a love affair topic for me. And I know that there are many of you that don’t have a designated sewing room, but don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about you guys either!
I’m breaking down a list of the best options and brands for designated sewing tables, tables that do double duty, and how to store your machine if you need to pack it up at the end of each session.
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If you have the room for a designated sewing machine table, I think they are the absolute best option for comfort and sewing ease. I’ve found that I’m 10x more likely to sit down at my machine if I don’t have to set it up or move anything out of my way. Though this is an option that many don’t have because of space. I get it. Check out these solutions to see if they might work for you!
Arrow carries an array of sewing tables that range from foldable (aka storable) solutions to full on craft rooms in a cabinet. I’ve listed some of my favorites below.
The Gidget is actually the first designated sewing machine table I ever had. It’s a pretty basic table with one function: hold your machine. It was sturdy for my beginner Brother sewing machine and I loved that I could fold it and it would fit easily under a bed or in a closet. There are other similar models on Amazon slightly less expensive, but I can’t speak to their quality.
I gotta say, I kinda love this table. It’s beautiful and just the right size.
So this is where the tables and cabinets start to get a little pricey. But depending on the time that you spend at your machine and the amount of money that you’ve invested in the machine itself, it can definitely make sense. Plus, in these larger cabinets, you start to gain some storage solutions for your supplies as well.
Kangaroo Cabinets fall under the Arrow umbrella and you will find many similar offerings at similar price points.
One standout Kangaroo Kabinet is the Wallaby II Studio Set. It’s like a whole craft room in itself. There is a designated space for your machine, as well as a cutting surface, and tons of storage for all your notions and the current projects you’re working on.
These tables are pricey, especially since they are not machine specific and you will usually need to add an acrylic extension to get a smooth work surface. But the reviews don’t lie and at these price points, if they were crap, we’d have heard about it by now.
Most machine manufacturers will make some “universal” table for their machines and potentially even one specifically with your model in mind.
There are also a ton of other machine table manufacturers like Sew Ready and SewStation. So if you’re in the market for a sewing machine table you’ll definitely find one and at prices that range from $100 all the way up to $5000+.
This is my personal choice. You can upcycle a craigslist or Facebook marketplace find into something magnificent. There are a ton of DIY sewing machine table tutorials on Pinterest. To see what he’s made me, check out my instagram.
For many of you out there who are able to carve out some space to keep your machine set up but not able to claim a whole room, the craft table is an excellent option. With a craft table you can have your cutting mat out and just shift your sewing machine around to suit whatever task you’re up to in the moment. You can purchase a special “craft” table but I don’t suggest it. Instead I suggest getting an Ikea dining room table. The small ones that are 4 seaters but really ideal for apartment living. I used to use a Melltorp and it served me for 7+ years. It was the perfect size to fit a 24×36 cutting mat with room to spare while not taking up a ton of room in the craft room/ office.
Before I was able to carve out a space that was all my own, I had to store my machine in a closet. I’m sure many of you can relate. If that is the case, I highly suggest getting a hard case for your machine. The last thing you want is a spool holder to snap or some other minor disaster to take your machine out of commission.
For those of you who have a standard size machine and/ or a travel machine for classes, I suggest getting a rolling sewing machine case. It will protect your machine and make traveling (either to class or down the hall) a breeze.