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I'm looking to redesign and expand the area for my sewing machines.  I
already have a very adequate cutting table so this area will be just for
my machines and related eqpt.  Currently I am using a 3' x 7' birch door
on 2 file cabinets.  The metal files are useless except for support.  
The advantage is that my sewing surface is extremely solid--- no
vibration whatsoever.  The door could be sanded and refinished but the
files have to go.

I need room enough for at least 4 machines to be set up all the time:  a
Janome 6500 that weighs about 40 pounds.  My Bernina 931 weighs about
the same.  The serger is much lighter.  And the new Bernina weighs about
35#.  So I need really stable surfaces and I fear that most tables would
vibrate.  It would also be nice to have at least one of the machines
flush mounted for quilting.  

I've heard several people mention IKEA but we don't have even one store
in the state so I have no idea about the quality and sturdiness.  It
would be nice if I could find some kind of modular units.  I don't need
a lot of cabinetry and would be perfectly happy with plastic drawer
units I can roll around or put underneath tables or desk-type units.  
Mainly what I'm looking for is stable surface for the machines so I'd
appreciate any ideas or recommendations you might have.  Thanks!

Phae

--
I fear me you but warm the starved snake,
Who, cherished in your breasts, will sting your hearts. (Henry VI, Shakespeare)

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Phae, the only reason to use something designated as "sewing" furniture
would be the height, as the ideal machine bed height should be no higher
than 27-29". Most dining height tables are 29-30" already, so when a
machine is added they are too high to be ergonomically comfortable for
most of us.

Ergo, you might be interested in the table I just found online at
Target. It has an adjustable height, from 24" to 36", and is large
enough that you could conceivably have four machines set up at all
times, if you have the table placed with at least three sides, including
both long sides, with enough room around them. It's only 2' wide,
though, so you may have to move your machines aside to use them. But do
you ever use all four machines at once? Two of these tables would
probably be better, if you have the room. It seems very sturdy, and a
similar table I recently bought from Target is plenty steady enough to
hold any number of machines (it's just too tall).

I'm sure other similar tables are available, but this is the one I
found:   http://tinyurl.com/qbk5c

Karen Maslowski in Cincinnati
www.sewstorm.com


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IKEA is also online.  Try www.ikea.com  and they do have fantastic modules
or did  when we were living in Torrance, CA during the late 90s.  I've not
been to the store here in Houston, so have no idea of their new furnishings.
Emily



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Yes, I've been looking at the website.  But I've still never seen their
stuff and I'm reluctant to buy something I've never seen without even a
personal recommendation on a particular style.  Their website says they
have scheduled a new store to open in Texas but I forget if it is in
Dallas or Houston.

--
I fear me you but warm the starved snake,
Who, cherished in your breasts, will sting your hearts. (Henry VI, Shakespeare)

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I absolutely love IKEA, and was very happy that they built one in
Atlanta.  This is still a 4 hour drive for us, though.  Although their
prices are amazing, watch out if you decide to order anything online.
Their shipping prices are sky high.

lisa



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Thanks for the warning!

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I fear me you but warm the starved snake,
Who, cherished in your breasts, will sting your hearts. (Henry VI, Shakespeare)

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I have two of the IKEA "Galant" series tables set up for my embroidery
machine and notebook computer.  The Galant is adjustable in height,
and have a neat system for hooking two or more tables together.  They
are *very* sturdy.
http://www.ikea.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?topcategoryId=15600&catalogId=10103&storeId=12&productId=47119&langId=-1&parentCats=15600 *15874*16137

I have to drive a couple hundred miles to shop at the nearest IKEA,
but it's worth it IMHO.

NAYY, just a *very* happy IKEA customer.

Beverly, who is delighted one is coming to my hometown soon!



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That is good to know.  I wish I could find someone nearby who has some
of those tables so I could see what they are like.  The nearest IKEA is
over 500 miles away from us.  Their website sure does not give much in
the way of detailed measurements, joints, connections, or how the height
adjustment works, etc.  I was worried about tripping over the legs since
they seem to stick out from the edges of the tables.  Or is that not so?  
It is hard to tell from the pictures.

--
I fear me you but warm the starved snake,
Who, cherished in your breasts, will sting your hearts. (Henry VI, Shakespeare)

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That is the problem I have now and it's driving me crazy.  The height of
my work surface is 31" so I have to raise up my chair so my feet do not
touch the floor and I have to put them and my foot pedals on a very low
bench.   This was supposed to be temporary when we moved in but you know
how that is... you get busy with other things...

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Thanks for the tip.  That does look like a nice little utility table but
it's way too small.  My current work surface is 3' x 7'.  And the
designated space for this operation is about 8' x 10'.  So I could
easily have 2-3 tables or workstations.  It took forever to upload these
but here are some pics of my current, embarrassing mess:

<http://community.webshots.com/album/549991733wTNgJQ

The desk with my 931 on it is in an adjacent room and I really want to
get that machine back with the others.  That seems like a very sturdy
desk, but it vibrates when I run the Bernie on it.  So you can see why I
am concerned about sturdiness.  I often use 3 machines on the same
project.  And my daughter is learning to use the Janome.  So I really do
need to have all 4 machines set up at the same time.

As you can see, my birch door really only comfortably fits three
machines.  I'd love to reuse it but I honestly cannot think of any
supports that would be sturdy enough.  The door alone weighs a ton; my
daughter and I together can barely lift it.  I was thinking of a U
shaped affair with 24" deep counters/tops maybe.   Do you think 24" is
too shallow?   A surface height of 28 inches would work just fine.

Phae

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I fear me you but warm the starved snake,
Who, cherished in your breasts, will sting your hearts. (Henry VI, Shakespeare)

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What a beautiful room, and what wonderful windows you have!

What about something like an "island"?  Check the kitchen design area of
places like Home Depot and Lowe's for what they have you could configure
to your needs.  You could have two levels, with some dedicated storage,
and kitchen countertop for a work surface - formica would work well for
a work surface and it's not all that expensive.  (Stay away from granite
and Corian because of outrageous cost.)

--
Joanne
stitches @ singerlady.reno.nv.us.earth
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Thanks. :)  It is a very peaceful, pastoral setting.  There's a very
deep woods behind us and we have lots of nature. (For the last few days,
a squirrel has been coming on the deck and eating our potted tomato
plants (we like to keep a few on the deck for quick picking).  He's
already ruined three--- ate them right down to a stub--- and I'm
starting to think that maybe he better make out his will. ;)  It's such
a shame to have a nice room such a mess.  So you can see why I really
need to do something with it.  

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That's a great idea and I'd be perfectly happy with formica!  I was
worried that I'd have to pay a fortune since my counters would be at a
non-standard height.  I was thinking I could also set up a more or less
permanent spot for my Elna-Press too that way.  A  bit more storage
would not be bad either though I already have quite a bit.  I've sewn in
some pretty dingy places so it's really a treat to have plenty of room
to spread out in our lower level.

I think I'll make that trip to Lowes or HD real soon.  Thanks again!  
I'm open to ideas :)

Phae

--
I fear me you but warm the starved snake,
Who, cherished in your breasts, will sting your hearts. (Henry VI, Shakespeare)

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Phaedrine wrote:
  The height of my work surface is 31" so I have to raise up my chair so
my feet do not
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My current work surface is 3' x 7'.  And the designated space for this
operation is about 8' x 10'.  So I could
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   A surface height of 28 inches would work just fine.
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What a gorgeous room!  Two suggestions:  (1) go to your local "big box"
office supply store and check out all the computer tables.  Measure the
sizes, then dance on one (:-))

(2) When I wanted one slightly lower and narrower counter in my kitchen,
I bought two bathroom vanities to match the cabinets - they are usually
28" high and 18" deep, but you have to check each indiviudal one - then
had dh hook them together and build a formica top for them.  Worked for me.

Olwyn Mary in New Orleans.

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That's a great idea, too.  I picked up some brochures at Lowe's on
kitchen cabinets, and was encouraged to see that they are branching out
quite a bit - no longer the standard same-old, same-old anymore.  There
are all kinds of specialty cabinets, at different heights, with
different treatments - I might even consider attacking my very vintage
kitchen.

When I hear of, or see, a really workable plan, it often involves using
materials designed for another purpose.  This is a great group for
thinking outside the dotted lines.
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Joanne
stitches @ singerlady.reno.nv.us.earth
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Thanks Mary!  I sure hope things are getting better there out your way.  
Never had better food in my life than I had in New Orleans.

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More great ideas.... thank you!!  Pardon my ignorance but I don't know
what you mean by "big box", however.

Phae

--
I fear me you but warm the starved snake,
Who, cherished in your breasts, will sting your hearts. (Henry VI, Shakespeare)

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Office Depot, Office Max, Staples etc. etc.

Olwyn Mary in New Orleans
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Ah... OK I see.  We have all of those here so I can check.  Thanks!

--
I fear me you but warm the starved snake,
Who, cherished in your breasts, will sting your hearts. (Henry VI, Shakespeare)

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Sadly, the town is still 75% uninhabitable.  Things are going VERY
slowly, and our national government is not helping much at all.  In
fact, around here FEMA is a four-letter word!

If you all want a full update, I'll write one up, but only if you are
interested.  (don't want to waste all that bandwidth)

Olwyn Mary in New Orleans
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I can only imagine and then I'm sure I'd fall way short.  FEMA and HS
are looking really bad.  Very scarey.  You can see where the
government's priorities aren't.  There's another storm coming and I'm
not talking about a hurricane.  Hang in there Mary... lots of us care.

Phae

--
I fear me you but warm the starved snake,
Who, cherished in your breasts, will sting your hearts. (Henry VI, Shakespeare)

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Think Staples, Office Depot, Officemax.

Karen Maslowski in Cincinnati
www.sewstorm.com


Phaedrine wrote:
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I can custom build & ship what you need My web site is ohwoodudesign.com

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