The Free Motion Quilting Project: Sewing Table for Larger Machines

Friday, August 13, 2010

Sewing Table for Larger Machines

Yesterday in my update on the Janome Horizon I mentioned that I've had to use a new sewing table because this machine is so large.

So today I've decided to feature it in our Feature Friday!

Here's a short video on the Gidget 2 Affordable Sewing Table:

This table is exactly the same size and height as the Gidget 1 table I've been offering for several months. The main difference between the two tables is the size of the cut opening for your machine to fit into.

The Gidget 2 table has a much larger cut opening, able to accommodate machines that are up to 24 inches long and 12.5 inches wide.

Of course, with an opening that big, even the Horizon had huge gaps all around the machine. These gaps can really defeat the purpose of having a flatbed sewing machine because your fabric or quilt can still get caught in the open spaces.

But the gaps really aren't a problem because you have the option of also purchasing a specially cut Acrylic Insert for your machine!

This clear plastic insert will fit over the table hole and around your machine, filling all the open spaces so there are no gaps anywhere on the table.

So really this table is not just for huge machines. It can fit machines of any size and with the acrylic insert, level out all the gaps so the whole table is perfect for piecing, applique or quilting.

Now both the Gidget 1 and Gidget 2 sewing tables ship for free within the lower 48 states.

If you live in AK or HI or in another country, feel free to email me and I can check on the exact shipping cost.

Now I'm off to get some machine applique finished! Make sure to stop by tomorrow when the 1 year Anniversary of this project kicks off!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day


  1. Hi Leah! I just wanted to let you (and your readers) know that I just received my table today! It was superfast service as I only ordered it on Sunday! I immediately took it out of the box and put my machine in. I have to wait till tomorrow for hubby to do some adjustments to level the machine (it is easy enough that I could do it myself but if I did hubby would realize i don't need him for that kind of thing!) but so far I love it and the service was wonderful! I can't wait to road test it!

  2. Hi Leah

    I've been pondering/shopping for a reasonable priced table for sometime. My temp setup on a folding table with one of those portable tables had a lot of vibration when I got the speed up to a certain point while doing free motion. How are these tables for vibration (Bernina machine)? Jsutine

  3. Hi Lea,
    I purchased a Gidget I for my Pfaff and although I love it, it doesn't really work well if you don't have a drop in bobbin. I found that when I needed to change the bobbin, I had to unplug the machine, raise the machine, open the bobbin compartment, change the bobbin, lower the machine and re-plug the machine is....again, loved how it worked just wished the company I had bought it from told me about that. Thanks for the video!

  4. OK. I want one now. By the way, you look fabulous! I'm looking forward to celebrating your one-year anniversary!

  5. How do you keep the Horizon's acrylic table from sliding around on top of the Gidget table? I used to use my Designer 1's acrylic table the same way in my Koala cabinet but the table wouldn't stay put and often slid off to one side because there are no cutouts around the edge to securely set it into the opening. I even tried taping it down LOL....but I ended up buying an custom insert for the cabinet.

  6. Happy Anniversary!! I surely hope you keep the momentum of your blog going. I have learned so much from your tutorials. You really do have the best quilting blog ever!

  7. Hi Justine - I personally feel no vibration with these tables, even when stitching at very high speeds on the Juki.

    I used to stitch in a flimsy table that would vibrate constantly which would cause the free arm to squeak. Talk about a headache!

    Lisa - I have 2 drop in bobbin machines and haven't had a problem inserting the bobbin while they're in the table.

    Maybe try moving the machine slightly to the right so you have a bit more space if the bobbin case is to the left side. If it's in the front, you could try lowering your chair or kneeling on the floor for a better view. Maybe that can help!

    Hi Herabird - The Horizon actually has a little knobby thing that the table hooks into so it doesn't slide around. If your Designer 1 doesn't have one, maybe try tape?

    Let's go quilt,

    Leah Day


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