Making a flush mounted sewing table to hold my Janome sewing machine was a lot easier than I thought it would be, and less expensive. I started with this tutorial from Blue Dinosaurs, and adjusted it to work for me. It's a great idea, and well-explained.
Here's my final product:
I decorated a sheet of poster board with vintage pattern envelopes, and slipped it under the vinyl table cover. I can change it out whenever I like.
I'm thrilled with the final result, and the cost, about $125, including the $70 table.
If you're looking for a dedicated sewing table, I really recommend doing this. It's a dream to have all that room on the left side of my needle.
Here are my tips for following the tutorial:
1. Although you CAN do this by yourself, it's much easier with another person, especially when holding and measuring things. I was lucky to have hubby get involved, as he's much better at woodworking, and more accurate when measuring.
2. Use an all-wood table. Not sure this would have worked, or at least been as easy, with a particle board or laminate table. The Ikea INGO dining table is perfect.
3. If you choose the Ikea table, be careful where you place the cut-out. Mine was too close to the right side, making it necessary to re-work the design. Another time when a handy hubby was a big help.
4. Cover the table with vinyl, it will allow your fabric to slide better. And, you can add decorative stuff under it, like I did.
5. Cut a hole for the knee lift bar - I can't sew without mine now!
For more details and the full story, check out my QuiltedCupcake Podcast, Episode 54. Listen to learn why I'm sure I married the right man for me!
Here are some pictures of the process - click on any of them to make them bigger.