A good sewing table means more than just an adequately sized surface and sturdy legs. Having your own dedicated sewing, crafting, and DIY workspace will save you time on setup, and make it easier to store supplies, stay organized, and find room for tasks like cutting and ironing. Following are some tips and information to help you find the ideal sewing table for your needs. We asked popular sewing blogger Tilly Walnes for some pointers as well.
For Tilly Walnes, a hunger for hands-on creativity inspired her to take up sewing as a hobby. In 2009, Walnes started a sewing blog, Tilly and the Buttons, to track her progress and connect with other people in the online sewing community.
Since then, sewing’s become her full-time way of life, and she’s received training from the London College of Fashion in professional sewing and pattern drafting. Walnes has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, and the BBC Two show The Great British Sewing Bee, as well as plenty of sewing and crafts magazines and websites. Her blog includes awesome detailed pictorial guides and sewing patterns for beginners.
We recently asked Tilly to offer some tips that Hayneedle shoppers and novice sewers would find helpful when searching for a sewing table. She narrowed it down to three important points: size, adjustability, and surface material.
“Invest in as large a table as you can afford... and fit in your home! It's amazing how much you need to spread out when sewing, plus having a larger table makes it much easier to cut out fabric,” she said.
“If possible, get a table with adjustable legs,” she advised. “That way you can raise the table up for cutting out fabric without straining your back, and lower it again for sewing.”
“The surface of your table will come under quite a bit of wear and tear from cutting and marking fabric, so either choose something that you don't mind messing up, or invest in a large cutting mat to keep on top of it,” she said.
Here are some additional features to look for that will help make your sewing (and shopping) experience better.
A sewing table lift is a platform mechanism that allows you to adjust the height of your sewing machine for freearm or flatbed sewing, or store it beneath the tabletop when not in use. Manual is the most common lift type, but if you can afford it, an air lift (aka pneumatic lift) is a nice convenience for adjusting larger and heavier machines.
Sewing cabinets offer the all-in-one convenience of a workstation with drawer and tray storage. If you need to save space or don’t have a full-time sewing area, check out Kangaroo Kabinets’ compact cabinets, which unfold into large, multi-surface sewing stations. It’s like having two or three tables in one for your serger, sewing machine, and laptop.
A portable sewing table with rolling and locking casters is a must for mobile convenience, whether you’re sewing in a multi-use space or working somewhere other than where it’s stored.
Dedicated cutting tables offer a larger surface area for laying out patterns and measuring fabrics. For easy, hands-free measurement, choose a table with a tape measure edge and gridded surface.
Counter-height sewing tables present a more modern look for homes, while giving you the option of standing or sitting on a stool rather than sitting on a chair. Their cubby-style storage is perfect for a crafts room or home office, and easily accommodates boxes or wicker baskets.