I’m in love with my new 24×48 inch self-built ‘Cheap Sewing & Quilting Table’ designed by Marguerita McManus. I made it specifically for my new-to-me vintage Bernina 801S. This is how it looks when I need the full table for a project:
I made my pressing board with two pieces of foam core wrapped in aluminum foil. I wrapped that in a sandwich of canvas, fused to a cotton quilt bat, fused to a cotton backing. I didn’t even bother to finish the edges, it’s survived washing a few times already. This is as firm as using a piece of wood, and much lighter for me to stash when not in use.
Marguerita has a four part youtube video explaining how to make this table out of rigid foam insulation and vinyl yardage. Here’s part 1:
Marguerita also has an inexpensive downloadable book, Sew & Quilt in Comfort, that details how to make the table. It has other ergonomic tips too.
I’ve been struggling some with my 3/4-inch HSTs for my Tiny Table Topper. The feed dogs of my sewing machine just don’t want to grab these little pieces evenly. I’ve used a stiletto, and a good long tweezers, and tried the walking foot but they’ve not turned out as accurately as they should with Inklingo templates! I do have one of the toppers sewn, with more cut off tips than I prefer. I’m going to try hand piecing some of these tiny HSTs tonight that are ready for the second topper to see if I prefer doing it that way. (I LOVE to hand piece.)
’til later, Jillian