Why buy a fabric cutting table?
Many people enjoy sewing, it’s a fun and useful activity, but it demands patience and attention to detail if you want to get the best results. A good sewing or craft table can make a great deal of difference between a fun activity and a great deal of frustration. Anyone that’s been involved in sewing or detail orientated tasks knows that it can come with a sore back and feelings of fatigue. Having a table that encourages good posture and a comfortable working position can really help if you want to sew for long periods of time.
Another key factor for the best sewing experience is an organized working area. Sewing and crafting projects often require a large number of tools and materials. If the working space is disorganized the project becomes a chore and it’s hard to locate the exact item that you need. This can slow progress to a crawl and many people find that this is a significant hurdle to overcome if they want to finish their project.
To meet these needs many manufacturers have a range of sewing or craft tables available. There are many formats and styles to choose from and finding the right one to suit your needs can be a challenge. The purpose of this brief buyer’s guide is to help you select the right sewing table to meet your needs.
Features to consider when choosing a fabric cutting table
With so many fabric cutting tables on the market, it can be tricky to choose the best one for your requirements. Here we’ll explore the features you should consider to help narrow down the choices and find the best one for your needs.
Dimensions and weight
At the very least, a sewing table must have sufficient space to house your sewing machine. The best sewing tables also have some extra space for users to perform other tasks, such as: cutting, pinning, ironing and basting.
If you need space for these types of tasks you need to make sure that your new sewing table has a larger surface area. But, there is a caveat, the table cannot be too large for the working area in your home. Take some measurements of the space where the sewing table will be used and compare them to the tables that you like. If you have limited space there are folding tables that can be stored away when they are not in use, like the Sullivans Home Hobby table
and you need to factor this into your decision making process. A sewing table can be heavy, but many have casters that make them easier to move around a smaller home.
The construction materials used in a sewing or craft table will have a dramatic effect on how it’s used and how durable it is. A lighter table will be easier to move, but it may be more susceptible to lateral movement and vibrations. High gauge powder coated steel is the preferred material because it provides a solid working platform and it’s durable. But, this grade of steel is heavier, casters on each leg can help with portability but they must be lockable to prevent movement. Always check the weight limit of any table that you’re interested in and compare it to the weight of your sewing machine. Lighter tables are not suitable for larger sewing machines and they can sway when working.
We’ve already covered the materials used in the frame, but what about the tabletop itself? This is extremely important, a flat and steady surface that can take some abuse is essential if you want to get a lot of work done on your table.
Most modern sewing and craft tables have a surface manufactured from laminate, MDF or solid wood.
Each type of material has unique properties that make them very different from one another. Many table surfaces have a protective coating to prevent water damage and limit the effects of corrosion. Before you make a final decision to purchase your sewing table check the surface to see if it meets your needs.
A great warranty shows that a manufacturer has a great deal of confidence in their products. This is equally applicable to a sewing or craft table and many of the tables on our list are supported by a manufacturer’s warranty.
Many of the sewing tables on our list have a platform for the sewing machine, like the Arrow Wallaby II. This is helpful because the height of the machine can be adjusted to achieve the ideal working position for the user. If you’re serious about sewing, it’s a great idea to choose a table that has this feature. If you need a general crafting table and you occasionally use a sewing machine your needs are slightly different. In this case it’s a better idea to choose a craft table that’s height adjustable for different working heights. This will allow you to work in a standing or sitting position with or without a sewing machine as required.