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Sewing Machine table plans

PatchogPhil | Posted in General Discussion on

I am looking for recommendations for plans for a sewing machine table that I can build for my wife.  She has both a sewing machine and serger.  I have seen plans for this combo from rockler

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If anyone can recommend other plans/designs please let me know.

*  NOTE  *  This is for something I want to build myself,  not a ready made unit.







  1. kayrosie | | #1

    No but if you find plans let me know I want one like that too.  I have been trying to get my husband to build me one. 

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      PatchogPhil | | #2

      So,  are you thinking that this is the best one you have seen?


      1. kayrosie | | #3

        I reallyt have not looked at any other ones.  I just happened to see your post.


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          PatchogPhil | | #4

          The one from the picture I posted is from rockler



          Edited 11/10/2006 7:11 pm ET by PatchogPhil

          1. kayrosie | | #5

            does it have plans with it.


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            PatchogPhil | | #6

            Click on the link.

          3. kayrosie | | #9

            It will not let me into that site.   Is there something I need to know.  It is asking for a locator number and a zip code.  so I put in our zip code but didn't have locator code. 


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            PatchogPhil | | #10

            I corrected the link,  so that those who do not have a login id can look up items



          5. kayrosie | | #11

            I really like it.   I have been trying to figure out if I want to move my sewing room downstairs.  We are in the process of trying to make a drawing of the room.  Thanks for the site.


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            PatchogPhil | | #12

            Glad to be of help.

            If you modify the table design a little and put some wheels on it,  then you can move it about from room to room.  At least on the same floor unless you have an elevator then wherever you want.


          7. kayrosie | | #13

            No elevator.  My room right now is so small. I have two sewing machine tables set up so the serger is on one and then a long place to put stuff and then my regualar sewing machine. BUt I need shelves, and places to put materials, patterns and so forth. Thanks for the info.  I did subscribe to a free design a room soft ware and trying figure out if i want to move down.  Will see. I really like it up here but outgrowing it.


      2. thehat | | #19

        just a thought  there should be a work area along and I seen self contained unit 20 years and it had a light and a place to put fabric in this unit and you could shut it up and it was all enclosed

  2. solosmocker | | #7

    I have been researching sewing rooms a lot lately and my first dedicated sewing room will be finished within the week. Hooray! One of the things I saw in a fair amount of rooms of serious sewists was a sewing table with a lift mechanism. Some things that we sew really are done better on a flat surface but others are better with the ability to put around the arm. This lift mechanism allows you to alternate betweetn the two methods. From this experienced sewist, this would be heaven. I believe Horn makes the lift mechanism. You may be able to get it thru your local dealer or online.

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      PatchogPhil | | #8

      Yes,  the sewing table plans for the one in the picture I posted has a lift mechanism.

  3. solosmocker | | #14

    Check out this website:


    You will find some amazing sewing rooms as well as some ideas on machine tables.

    1. suesew | | #15

      Thanks. That is a great website.

    2. kayrosie | | #31

      where can I get the plans for Chris's table.  Do you know.

  4. SewNancy | | #16

    Is this picture what you are looking for, or is this an available plan? And, I'd love to hear about any other plans too.

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      PatchogPhil | | #17

      That is the picture of a finished table.  The plans can be bought from the company of that link I also posted.


  5. thehat | | #18

    Don't forget the ironing board  even if it is small and plugin strip so you don't have to go find a nother plug in for other tools

  6. meg | | #20

    That is pretty nice looking. 

    However:  please modify the plan a bit.  Re-design the cabinet so that you align the knee-hole and the needle area of the sewing machine.  Most cabinets are designed so that the entire machine is centered to the knee-hole.  That is very bad for the sewist's back, because it forces him/her to lean to the left all the time. 

    1. solosmocker | | #24

      Meg, you are so right. I remember sewing on my old singer in the cabinet and having the left front leg between my two so I wouldn't have to lean. Excellent suggestion.

  7. chris458 | | #21

    you can see a picture of my sewing cabinet here:



    it was made from these plans sold by keepsakequilting.com


    Edited 11/14/2006 8:49 am ET by chris458

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      PatchogPhil | | #22

      Thanks for the links Chris.

      Maybe it is me,   but can you please use a larger font when you post!  Hard to read such small lettering.


      1. chris458 | | #23

        it's not you--was trying to get the links onto one line

      2. SAAM | | #25

        What a wonderful husband you are. One suggestion, you may want to make the table deeper so that there is more room to spread out large pieces of fabric. That was the fabric is supported and has somewhere to go rather than falling off the back of the table as you are sewing.

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          PatchogPhil | | #26

          Thank you!    But don't tell her -  it will be one of her Christmas presents.

          I am making it deeper with a leaf extension off the back as well.

          1. lovemycottons | | #29

            I really like the sewing table with some of the modifications listed above. My husband is a wood worker and I may present the plans to him. Not sure I understand how the back drop leaf would be added. If it is the size of the sewing table minus the side drop leaf, the fabric will still fall off the table, If you make it long enough to back the side drop leaf, then how will you attach it? Am I making any sense?

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            PatchogPhil | | #30

            I do understand your question.

            The back drop-leaf will be in two parts so to extend the full width when the top is flipped open to the left.  One hinge will be along the back width of the main unit.  Also the will be a hinged piece off of that (at 90 degrees from the long hinge), so to have the same depth.  


          3. lovemycottons | | #32

            Thank you. That makes a lot of sense.

            I love those plans. I have already started my campaign with my husband.  I will have to think of something I can do for him to express my thanks if he ever agrees to building this sewing table.

          4. lovemycottons | | #33

            OOPS.  Forgot to suggest putting castors on. It will make it easier to move the sewing cabinet away from the wall when the back leaf is extended.

            Good luck with your project. It will make your wife very happy.

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            PatchogPhil | | #34

            Yes,  wheels already in the plan.  I might need to add a small engine to help move this thing around!


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      blondie2sew | | #27

      Wow Chris,I just had to comment on your Sewing Room. Love love love it!!What a great space!! I love your table too!!I went on line to the link and I know it is more or less meant for quilting however is there plans like this that could be more L shaped so to have a serger on it as well? I didn't see it.Your Sewing table is great how would you suggest to modify these plans to house a serger? This is a great plan!! I just want to get my ducks in a row before I slap this to my wonderful husband to build!!Thanks for letting me jump in this conversation had to let you know your sewing space is a "WOW"Connie

      1. chris458 | | #28

        hi connie,

        glad you like my sewing room. i don't see why the table couldn't be modified to an L-shape. the serger could sit on top of the table.

        my sewing machine sits flush with the surface of the table using an insert i ordered from http://www.dreamworld-inc.com/, which makes inserts for all machines.



  8. Josefly | | #35

    You have a very lucky wife. I think the table pictured looks wonderful. The small drawers look very useful...clear plexiglas fronts on some of the drawers would be an improvement for a forgetful person like me. And possibly a pull-out rack with pegs for thread storage could be included somewhere.

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