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Cutting table/ workspace

dtaitkate | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I’m looking for an — inexpensive — cutting table. Currently, I have a table (1/2 sheet of plywood on folding legs) raised up and sitting on some containers. It put’s the height just about right (37 1/2 inches) but it’s not bit enough to lay out a pattern for slacks or a dress — and, from time to time, I knock it off the supports! Crash!

I’ve checked on-line and see a folding table (Sullivan?) Does anyone have it? like it? Where did you get it? I’d prefer to pick it up if I can find the right store.



  1. Susan -homedecsewing | | #1

    Right now Joanns has a table on sale that folds up . I also have 2 hollow core doors ,side by side on file cabinets in my workshop , with another drafting table at the end . Since I make really long drapery panels one day and build upholstered cornices the next, I like the versatility this allows me .A few large cutting mats on top works well .I covered the folding one with cotton batting and a silver ,gridded ironing cover .Good luck Susan http://www.homedecsewing

    1. mayme | | #12

      I have the table sold by JoAnn's stores.  I find it convenient because both sides fold down when not in use.  When folded down the top is 12" wide and 36"long, so it takes up little space.  Hope this helps.

  2. thehat | | #2

    look at Manards or lows for  fold ups if you don`t have a lot of space then you could put a couple togetherand then easy to store.

  3. Ckbklady | | #3

    I bought the folding cutting table at JoAnn Fabrics over the weekend. It was tricky to put together - the threaded holes molded for the casters weren't quite aligned - but it is marvelous. With the extensions folded flat it is 12" wide and 3 feet long (and about kitchen countertop-high). With the extensions opened out it is 3 feet by 5 feet, which is simply enormous.

    They were also selling a 3 foot by 5 foot ironing board cover, which I bought to go with it. To cut out fabrics, I can put a Rubbermaid no-skid mat on the table and my cardboard cutting mat on top of it. To iron enormous things, I can remove the mats and put on the ironing board cover. I'm in heaven!

    If I am not mistaken, the sale on the table is on for a couple of weeks, so you might have time to drop in at a JoAnn's and see if they have one in stock, or better yet, one assembled so you can see what it looks like.

    I am going to sew a vinyl cover for mine and use it for making Christmas cookies, too (since I use our eat-in kitchen as my sewing room, it's a simple thing to roll the table to the other side of the room and set it up for food uses).

    It's a very solid table, but heavy - 55 pounds. I needed help getting it into my car and then into my house. You certainly never want to have to move this baby up and down stairs.

    :) Mary

    (Edited to add: The regular price of the table is $100, but the sale price is $60 - I don't know how much cheaper you can go than that. I debated buying a leg-fold trestle table at an office supply store - you know the kind of tables used at trade shows and in church basements - but found them to be about the same price and more cumbersome.)

    Edited 9/4/2006 11:49 am by Ckbklady

    1. MaryinColorado | | #4

      I have that same table and pad and am happy with it many years.  Suggestion: when you put on the ironing pad be sure to get the foam part of it extremely straight!  I had a crease in mine that I did not catch right away and it wreaked havoc!   It was my own fault for not letting it "rest" overnight before tightening up the cords.  I ended up with a tear in the foam underpad that is a pain when I take it off and put it back on. Mary

      1. JVQualls | | #5

        I have one too. I got mine a couple of years ago and I really love it. I got mine at Joanns. It's really a good table for the price.Jackie

      2. Ckbklady | | #8

        Yikes - that's good to know. Thanks!

        My regards to Lola!

        :) Mary

        1. MaryinColorado | | #9

          I gave your regards to Lola.  She is standing in the corner for being so sassy, also I am working on a pieced labrador quilted wallhanging.  Beau Bailey is amber and cream colored.  I had to go pick up four more fat quarters as my others were too dark.  I just noticed that Lola is looking over my shoulder as I am typing this....she is bored and wants a new outfit.  She will just have to be patient as this project is taking me longer than planned.  It is supposed to be paper pieced, adding quarter inch seam allowances, using lots of glue and pressing to turn under the edges, etc....  Yuck!!! 

          Instead I am going to do fabric collage on "steam a seam 2" and use YLI invisible thread to zig zag the rough edges.  If necessary I will so some contoured satin stitch on them.  Maybe do some threadpainting before and after adding the batting and backing. 

          We had a poodle named "Peepers" because of his beautiful eyes, but the name ended up fitting for another reason.....Yorkies were: Thrillin Dillon Huphhh becasue they huff at you when you scold them....Tiffany/ Fannie.....Junior because she looks like her daddy but is called sweet bubba dooo for unknown reasons....they always end up with thier own song that we sing to them....crazy family I have....Mary

          1. Ckbklady | | #10

            Oh, what a giggle. Awesome pet names!

            Now if Lola only had arms she could type for you while you dictate! If she wants a new outfit march her to your closet and insist she picks something "ready-made" in the interim. Dressforms are pushy, aren't they?

            Your wallhanging sounds marvelous. Maybe you'll show Threads when it's done??:) Mary

            (PS - I'm also a regular on an online finance forum, at which there are EIGHTEEN Marys on the roster. I've always said if you hang out long enough in cyberspace you'll become a Mary! :)

          2. MaryinColorado | | #11

            I was an RN, at a Catholic hospital!  Talk about many Mary's!!! The hospital manager nicknamed me Murray because she heard my grandson call  me Gramma Murray when he was a baby and couldn't say Mary...It stuck. 

            Our name seems to be gaining popularity again as I have noticed many little girls around four years and younger also named Mary.  I was named for my mother's best friend in high school and my great grandmother.  Mary

  4. solosmocker | | #6

    I have this folding table as well and love it. I had no trouble putting mine together. DH and I used his power screw driver. As they say around here, "can't beat it with a stick."

    1. dtaitkate | | #7

      Thank you all. I got the table and the cutting board that goes with it at JoAnn's this week. A bargain price indeed.Dee

  5. susanna | | #13
    I, too bought the JoAnn's cutting table and love it.  But threw my back out hauling it home.
    1. dtaitkate | | #14

      Susanna, I can believe it about your back. It's fairly heavy (about 60 lbs) and a box of that size and weight is awkward, too. I was lucky my husband was with me so we moved it together. Setting it up was somewhat challenging as instructions translated from Chinese are often creative, to say the least!Anyway, it's great and I'm glad to have it.Dee

      1. ayelean | | #15

        Would you describe this table exactly. On Joann's web site, they are offering a deal on a Singer that includes an extension table. It also include two packages of accessories or kits with the second Singer that is on sale. They describe the kits but not the table then they say the value of the freebies is $130. Could it be this same table? I am checking out the deals while trying to make a decision.

        Thanx, Ayelean

        1. dtaitkate | | #16

          No, that's a different table. This one normally sells for about $100 and is billed as a sewing/hobby table or cutting table. When folded out it's about 60" long, but folds down somewhat like a gateleg table. It is 36" tall which makes it much easier on the back for cutting.You can see the same or a similar table at this site.

          1. ayelean | | #17

            Is it the one called Home Sewing and Hobby table with the price $129.99 sale price $99.99? That one sounds great in that it takes so little room when closed.



          2. dtaitkate | | #18

            That's the one!It is a great space saver. The wheels lock when you want them to so it shouldn't roll while you're working on it, but you can unlock them and roll the table out into the middle of the room when you're cutting out a project so you can reach from any side. I like that!Dee

  6. SqueakAB | | #19

    I purchased a cutting table with fold down leaves...it measures about 36inches deep, 18 inches wide(with leaves down)....each fold out table is about 24 inches...

    I have on one side 2 drawers with dividers and a cabinet door with 2 shelves and on the other side is just one cabinet door with 2 shelves...

    It is 36 inches high... I use a bar stool to sit right now if I sew or just sew in the kitchen on the table.  I love the way it is convenient folded out the way and then big enough to work with when doing my cutting and sewing...

    I got this table at Wal-Mart for about 175.00...it is made of particle board...but it is a good starting table until I can get a table of all wood.


    1. Jumala | | #20

      The table I have is the one bought from JA 7 years ago. It is 3'X5' extended and 3'X1' folded. It can be used as a bar during a party if need be. The wheels are lockable, however, my floor is carpeted. I also have the T-Square that came with it and the optional white cutting mat. It has served me well all these years.


      1. dtaitkate | | #22

        I see that JoAnn's have their cutting table on sale again this month only $60.00. I love mine.Dee

    2. ellalouise | | #21

      ii have a cuttingtable,the leaves fold ,it is so easy to put together,but very heavy if you are carring it a distance,i would highly recommond this table was purchased at cloltile.com

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