There comes a time in every new quilters' life where they need to make the transition from the kitchen table to a quilting table.
Aside from the fact that the kitchen table will never do a good job containing all our sewing supplies, it does not provide comfortable support for our bodies.
Long periods of sewing at the kitchen table inevitably lead to sore neck and shoulder muscles.
The best solution for successful quilting with storage solutions and ergonomic comfort would be a sewing or quilting table or sewing cabinet.
What to Look for in a Sewing and Quilting Table
When shopping for a new table for your sewing and quilting space, you’ll need to consider several attributes and options. Here are the top features to keep in mind when on the hunt for your new table:
- Storage: Is there adequate storage for your notions and tools?
- Sewing Machine Slot: Does the table have a drop-down slot for your sewing machine, so your work surface is smooth across to your needle? This is especially important if you want to do a lot of quilting.
- Tabletop Space: How much space does the table give you to work with?
- Tabletop Texture (Smoothness): Will your fabric glide smoothly across the surface of the table?
- Moveability: If you want to, can you easily move the table to another room or another area of your home.
Here are 8 of The Best Sewing Tables for 2021
The trays on the left can hold rotary cutters, scissors, thread, and other quilting notions.
The drop leaf extension provides an extra workspace and makes an excellent surface to utilize a rotary mat or iron pad.
The machine stores inside the cabinet which will protect it and keep the sewing area clutter free. The caster wheels allow the cabinet to move easily for cleaning.
If space is not an issue in your sewing room, then consider this Kangaroo Sewing Cabinet.
It features several storage compartments as well as two extension areas for rotary cutting and ironing. The lift system moves the sewing machine to the top surface for sewing and back down for storage.
With several lift positions, the machine is at the correct height for ergonomic comfort. Several drawers will help store notions, rulers, and scissors.
When sewing is complete, the machine can be lowered down into the cabinet for protection and quick clean up.
For quilters that have a combination sewing/embroidery machine, this cabinet from Arrow features a hydraulic lift built to raise and lower heavier machines.
The quilt leaf added to the back of the table will allow quilters to rest their quilt across a larger surface area. This will prevent the quilt from hanging heavily off the edge of the table while trying to sew.
The extension leaf to the right provides a nice ironing area, while the one on the left can be used for rotary cutting.
The thread trays will hold thread, scissors, and a rotary cutter.
This sewing cabinet works well for quilters that do not have a lot of room for a large cabinet.
The compact design that has a side drawer slide out to store the machine when it is not being used. This additional small surface would also work well for ironing.
The top left drawer acts as a thread storage unit with built-in pegs for quick thread access.
The left side drawers will store patterns, notions, rulers and other quilt accessories. The surface area to the right of the machine would work well for rotary cutting.
Quilters with small work areas will also enjoy this cabinet.
Although compact, the Auntie Em sewing cabinet features an airlift system, four storage drawers, and two fold-out leaves.
The airlift system allows the machine to lower inside the cabinet, become flush with the top, or raise above the work surface for free arm sewing.
The left extension leaf provides a place to use the rotary cutter and mat, while the right extension can hold the iron.
The four drawers can store, thread, rotary cutter, scissors and other quilting notions.
Studio Designs has done a fantastic job designing a work table perfect for cutting and sewing. One of my favorite features of this table is its adjustable height, so if you want to work standing up, you can.
The table has a grid for quick measuring and a couple of wire pull-out drawers that can hold all of your notions.
Another great feature is that the sides can fold down for easy storage or moving the table to another room. No more having to squeeze the 58”x36” table through a doorway, just fold the sides down and roll it to the next room.
This cabinet-style table is an excellent option if you want a sewing and cutting table all in one. The large portion of the table has a grid on it, making measuring and cutting with scissors much easier. If you want to use a rotary cutter, you will need to use a cutting mat since the tabletop is melamine.
This table boasts a large storage section with a drawer and several shelves to hold on the necessities for a fun day of sewing. It also has lockable casters, perfect if you like to move your work surface around.
This table is one of the prettiest sewing tables I’ve ever seen. With a unique farmhouse, rustic style, this cabinet will not only be functional but beautiful as well.
When the table is fully extended, it is quite a large work surface at 62” wide and 19 ½” depth. If you don’t need all that space, the tabletop will fold down to a 40” wide cabinet perfect for sewing smaller projects.
For storage, you will have two hanging bins attached to the door opening and a shelf under the work table. There is also a full storage cabinet on the right side of the table with plenty of space.
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Having a comfortable work area is essential.
When you sit at the machine, your body should align with the needle bar area, with your hands in a straight line with your wrists and forearms.
Most sewing machines do not have enough light in the throat plate area. Consider buying a lamp that will stand close enough to the sewing area. LED bulbs are cool and are cost effective over the long run.
A padded chair with excellent lumbar support will help prevent stress on joints. A chair that raises and lowers will help keep you aligned with the height of the machine. Your knees should sit slightly lower than your hips when sewing. When sewing, be sure to keep your shoulders down and back. Try not to hunch your shoulders and get up and often walk to relieve stress.
There are several quality sewing machine cabinets available to accommodate large and small sewing areas.
Consider buying the biggest cabinet you can fit into your work area because you will fill it quickly with your notions, books, and cutting supplies.
If your machine does not sit flush at the surface of the table, be sure to raise your chair to work comfortably.
Have good lighting covering your entire work surface and be sure to sit ergonomically correct.
Last but not least, enjoy making beautiful quilts.
Which of these quilting tables do you own? Do you have a favorite quilting table suggestion?
About the author: Miriam Ronne is a lover of all things quilting and sewing. She is a self-taught quilter and is constantly learning and broadening her skill set to create one-of-a-kind quilts! When she's not behind her sewing machine you can find her playing with her fur babies or trying her hand at other crafty things.