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Nov 5, 2012

Product Review: Quilting Extension Tables

Nov 5, 2012
Pin It Do you have an extension table for your home sewing machine?  I've received several emails since I last posted about my new sewing space asking about the table.  So I thought I'd share the information with everyone.

If you want to make free-motioning quilting easier on your home machine, I would recommend getting one of the many quilting extension tables on the market.  The tables are made to provide a larger surface area to maneuver the bulky quilts when free-motion quilting.  A larger surface area allows you more room to keep your hands and quilt layers flat as you quilt.


This is a great solution for those of us who do not have a sewing table with a recessed area to drop your machine into.  You simply remove the tool bin portion of the machine and slide the acrylic table into place.  There are several supports under the table to keep the extension table surface level with the throat plate.

The tables seem to start at around $50 and go up from there.  I absolutely love using this table and keep it on my machine all the time, not just when quilting.  Since I use it every day, I would consider it a worthwhile investment.  But if that's just not in your budget right now, I have also seen some DIY tutorials online for making one from cardboard boxes, etc.

It is important to note that these tables are made specific to the make/model of each sewing machine.  If you decide to purchase one, make sure to get one that is made to mate with your particular machine.

Pros:
  • easy to use/install
  • allows you more surface area to maneuver quilt for FMQ
  • acrylic - easy to clean
  • specific for your make/model sewing machine - perfect fit
  • some models have a printed ruler

Cons:
  • can be pricey

**This product was a gift from my family several years ago.  This is solely my opinion and I have not been compensated for this review.
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1 comment:

  1. These extension tables are really great, but it can be tricky getting it dead level with your machine. If you are having trouble it is better to have the table slightly (1/16")higher than the bed of the machine. If it is even a little bit lower your seam allowances on the backside are more likely to bump into the machine and flip!

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