If you follow me on Facebook you already know about the new addition to my sewing room! If not, tadaaaaaa!
My dear hubby made me my very own drop-in sewing desk in just one weekend!
I had a beautiful French-inspired desk that my sewing machine sat on….it is gorgeous and has 3 great drawers that hold lots of stuff. The problem is that it is fairly high, and my sewing machine sitting on top made so that I was doing funny things to my upper body when I would sew. The desk also is not very deep, so when I would quilt, there was not a lot of room for the quilt to go, not to mention the “drag” from the quilts, draping over my sewing machine bed. My husband had offered to sink my sewing machine into that desk, but my heart just couldn’t bear to “ruin” it.
A few weeks ago my local sewing shop had an ad for a drop-in table….the problem was that they are around 1400 dollars! That’s money that I would rather spend on fabric! So I went looking at other options online and there are lots of sewing machine tables available, BUT, when I read the fine print, I realized that none of them would support the weight of my machine ( it’s a super heavy bugger!).
So dear hubby offered to make me a drop-in table out of an old desk or table. I searched FB Marketplace for a while, but couldn’t find anything suitable at all, so finally ordered a cheap but solid table online ( under 100 bucks~free shipping 😉 ).
I won’t bore you with all the technical stuff about how he built a shelf underneath and everything~but if you want some more details don’t hesitate to ask!~but he was able to complete my table in just one weekend. My machine sits sunken in and the insert comes out so I can change the bobbin and clean the bobbin case, and I can ofcourse lift out my machine when I must. It has already been wonderful while working on the sections of my Irish Chain quilt because everything is flat so there is no drag, plus I have more space for the quilt.
Speaking of my Irish Chain quilt, I have finished quilting all the sections and am in the process of sewing the whole quilt top together. This quilt is going to be HUGE….I have never made a quilt this big before, but honestly, when you divide it into smaller sections, it makes it so do-able!
To circle back to the drop-in table….this new table needed a new space because I need to get to my windows, so this has required some re-thinking of my sewing space. I thought about getting rid of my old sewing desk, but it has those great, useful drawers, and it is just so pretty that I decided to keep it. My design wall is going to need to move over a little bit, but that’s not a big deal. And as my quilt book collection keeps on growing ( plus I can’t bear to part with my quilt magazines!), I have decided that I need some more bookcases. I have been in my room for about a year now, and I continue to change and tweak it, and hopefully I can find just the perfect combination of pretty and functional ;).
How often do you swap your room around? Or have you found the perfect combination of pretty and functional? Let me know in the comments!
Until next week~happy creating!