After a few years of sewing on the dining room table, I was starting to have real problems with my back and shoulders. I had a Sew Steady table (that I love) but the whole arrangement was just too high. I couldn’t raise my chair, because the table skirt was only 1/2 inch from my legs as it was.
So I started searching for an alternative. I found lots of helpful websites, here, here and here, but was totally taken with this concept that I found on a quilting board here. I decided to pursue this option.
I found a table on Craig’s list for a reasonable price. Rich and I rented a truck and drove 200 miles round trip to Eugene OR to get it. The gas and truck rental cost three times as much as the table. But it was almost the exact size and construction I needed.
Then I started trying to find someone that was into woodworking that could transform the desk into the sewing table of my dreams. My brother Mick would have done a great job, but was traveling a lot for work and really didn’t have time. Fortunately, a friend David that I had previously worked with, was willing to give it a shot. The irony was that, unbeknownst to me, he was living in Eugene and the table had to be driven back there for modifications. Sigh.
I asked him to remove the drawer on the right completely, and cut the hole for the sewing machine as far to the right as possible without compromising structure. We did discuss a few other details, but I won’t bore you with those. (He and I are both engineers, so needless to say, there were LOTS of details that needed to be hashed out.) I did tell him the top and top edges needed to be ultra smooth so that fabric would glide over it, but that looks were completely unimportant to me. No need for staining or anything like that.
In the end, I ended up with a table that is perfect for me! I can easily level the machine using nuts at the corners of the support platform underneath the table. My shoulders and back no longer hurt even after hours of sewing. And my dining room looks better too.