Wednesday, November 20, 2013

DIY Ikea Sewing Table Hack

I've been thinking about making my own custom sewing table for quite some time now.  I guess having a new house and a whole room for sewing was just the right kick in the pants to git 'er done, right?

The tutorial I used is at From Marta with Love.  You can use any table that has a rail under the tabletop, because that's where the hidden supports for the shelf that holds the sewing machine go.  I decided to follow her lead and bought the Ikea Ingo table for $80.

The only real downside to her plan is that you need a tool called a Kreg jig to add the sewing machine shelf supports to the table frame.  There are 3 versions of the Kreg jig and they cost either $40, $100, or $150.  I decided to go with the $100 version because after watching their video, I immediately dreamt up about a dozen other non-sewing related projects I could make with it.  All stuff to fill the empty rooms in my new house, of course!



I have a Bernina 440 (Francine) with a knee lift, so I let my boyfriend expertly cut the hole on the top for Francine to is in and then I totally botched the hole in the table rail for the knee lift.  He left me alone for awhile, came back, and just said, "I wish you hadn't done that" when he looked at my knee lift hole.  Ooops :D  I don't have a problem with how it looks, so whatevs...





I'm planning to paint this with enamel paint to make sure the top is smooth and lets the fabric glide as easily as possible across the table top while I'm sewing.  So far, so good!  I'm plugging away on my maple leaves!

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Have you build yourself a custom sewing table?  Any suggestions for other readers?  What color should I paint this bad boy?  Thanks for sharing!

7 comments:

Conni said...

your table looks great, and the hole for your knee lift, looks fine to me.

Kirsten said...

Your sewing table is looking wonderful - I just sew at the dining table as it is the right height for me but I would totally love a "proper" place to sew!

LA Paylor said...

oh the knee lift is functional right? Success!
LeeAnna Paylor
lapaylor.blogspot.com

Corinne said...

Paint it teal! You can't go wrong with teal :)

AmandaK@whatthebobbin said...

It turned out so great! I agree, teal would be great. I'd even do hot pink :)

Sylvia said...

Wow, this looks nice! Do you ever use the free arm, and if so, how do you do it with this table?

Nancy @ Wrapped In Love said...

How do you go about getting to your bobbin with this cut out? Just wondering! I want to do this with my Bernina 770 but it is a bottom loading bobbin.

Nancy

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