The dining room table has always been a center of artistic activity in my home, just as it was when I was growing up in my parent’s house.  I can remember being 10 years old, sitting at the head of the maple-wood dining table and sewing away on my Mom’s Elna. 

As a sewing machine table, the elongated rectangle (or oval) form is the perfect match. Today, my sewing machine sits on the edge of a long side of my dining table which supports the bulk of a quilt - my main sewing activity.  It also has plenty of room for equipment so I’m not constantly getting up and down.  To the side of my chair is a TV table that holds a mini ironing station. I can happily sew for hours with this arrangement.

However, there are still families who use their dining room table for eating every day (imagine that!).  Shifting the contents of a sewing project for each meal, or even for one meal would be impractical and so an alternative needs to be found.

Sewing Machine Cabinets

Luckily, there is plenty of sewing machine tables available created in the functional and convenient form of a cabinet.  Sewing machine cabinets contain drawers and shelves for supply storage along with a spot for the machine on top. Some cabinets permit the machine to be lowered through a lift mechanism and kept beneath when not in use.  These cabinets can also be used in unison with other tables to afford enough space for the cutting and piecing of larger projects.

Put Together a Self-Made Sewing Center

Do you have a portable table - you know, one of those rectangular and thick plastic ones you can get inexpensively at shops like Coscto?  If you have sufficient room, this can be a completely suitable and sturdy alternative to a dining table or sewing machine cabinet.  Plastic drawers on wheels can be used for materials and rolled under the table when not in use.