Friday, January 30, 2009

Tools 2 - Tables

I am very fortunate to have a room devoted to my sewing. I took over my son's room when he moved out after college. He still calls it his room.

Every quilter needs a work surface and a place to iron fabric. My work surface is a drafting table, 37" x 50". I keep it at a slight angle so it is easier for me when I use the rotary cutter to cut strips. An angled table makes it easier to see an entire project, easier to reach everything, and much easier on my back, particularly when cutting strips with the rotary cutter. Not as much leaning over. I just have to remember not to set my scissors down on this table, because they will slide off. There's a little "cat hammock" underneath the table for Millie.

I have always felt traditional ironing boards were pretty useless for quilters, so my sister and I built this one about a year ago. The top is 24" x 48", and the base is 2" x 3" and some assorted 1" x 4" poplar scraps from another project.After the table was finished, I covered it with two layers of cotton batting (using a power stapler)and then some of that metallic heat-resistant ironing board cover fabric.I love it, and now I use the shelf underneath for fabric storage.It's terrific for ironing a full width of fabric. But if I were to do it over, I would make the top six inches wider, or about 54". Why? Because you need a place to set your iron down within easy reach while you shift your fabric about, and 44" wide fabric on a 48" wide table doesn't leave you a lot of space. Also, if you make one of these (and I highly recommend it), make sure you set the height properly. The top of my ironing table is 32-1/2" off the floor, perfect for me. But I am only five feet tall. If you're taller, adjust accordingly.Of course, Millie thinks it's hers.

6 comments:

Gina said...

Love the ironing table. If ever i get a bigger sewing room I think that'll be another project for Mal to make for me.

Love and hugs Gina xxx

Clare said...

Is that a draughtmans's table? Excellent idea.

Great idea for the ironing table too.

Jenny said...

What a fab room, I have to do all my sewing on the dining table these days since we filled up our house with guests! Thought when my daughter left to get married I would have more space but it hasn't quite worked out that way...

Sarah said...

i like your tables! great ideas! and i too usually tidy after each sewing session.

Cher said...

I think the right tools and equipment are a necessary investment and so worth having-great idea on your ironing table-I have seen many versions-yours is very nice. wish I had enough room for one for myself!

Tracy said...

Love the ironing table. And though you probably figured it out the hard way, good thinking about making it wider to accomodate the iron!