How to Build a Table for a Portable Sewing Machine

So you want a place to sew, but don’t have the space or money for a full-sized sewing table. Maybe you’re working in a small apartment that doesn’t have a dining room, or your house has a dining room but it’s nowhere near your workspace.

Maybe you’ve got more than one sewing machine and you need more than one table. Or maybe you just like building stuff in your spare time. Whatever the reason, there are lots of options for building (or buying) something to hold your sewing machine up off the floor.    

The problem is that even if you can afford a new machine, it’s usually very expensive, and even if you can afford to buy one outright, they aren’t designed to be moved around very easily and it gets old fast if you have to move it from room to room just to do some sewing.

If yours is an older model or out of style, you might not be able to sell it for much of anything when the time comes to upgrade.  

 So instead of buying something new or even used, this article demonstrates how you can make your own portable sewing table in a few hours with materials that cost less than $100.

How to make a sewing table

how to make a sewing table

This is a simple DIY project. If you want to make a table for sewing, cutting, or any other purpose, there are a few ideas here that can be used to make a table of any size. The presented methods can be used to make a table that’s 80 cm high and 120 cm wide. This is a very solid piece of furniture with drawers where you can store your essential items.

If you’re interested in creating something like this, this article will help you out. You can use the presented methods to make the table of any size – 80 cm high and 120 cm wide work great if you want to sew, cut fabric or pin it down on the work surface. What’s more, such a table is quite heavy and does not shake or vibrate while sewing. There are built-in drawers for storing essential items.

The sewing table is a staple of many a beginner seamster’s arsenal, but it doesn’t have to be an expensive one. With just a few hours and some cheap materials, you can build your own sewing table to help you create your next masterpiece!

Step 1: Frame Structure

The key to a sturdy sewing table is the frame. This one uses two layers of plywood for the top and the bottom. Either “plywood” or “particleboard” would work.

The frame itself is made from four corner brackets, two support beams on either side and eight vertical supports in between them.

Each horizontal support should be spaced about 10 cm apart.

The corner brackets are joined on either end with glue and nails, but screws are used much more extensively—four screws per joint ensures a super-strong final product!

Once the frame is built, we move on to the drawers. Each drawer is made from three pine boards screwed together with support elements installed between them; they are then secured in place by the already-built frame.

Drawer slides are installed, which will allow each drawer to both open and close smoothly.

Step 2: Legs

Two pine blocks measuring 10 x 10 cm and 2 meters in length were used for the legs.

Special bolts can be purchased with coarse screw clamps to secure the top of the table legs.

While this is an option, fancy bolts are not cheap. I chose the opposite route and used a regular 4-inch bolt to pass through the holes in each leg. Then, I plugged the holes using a large dowel.

Step 3: Table Top 

The table top is a 120 x 120 cm square piece of plywood.

Step 4: Sewing Machine Hole

This is where the fun begins! Much of what needs to be done depends on the type of machine. But the task remains the same. 

The sewing machine hole is easy to measure but complicated to cut without damaging other furniture or the wall. First, there should be enough space between the table and the sewing machine for movement and manipulation.

Second, the surface of the machine must be a bit higher than that of the table. The depth of 15 centimeters from the edge of the table is best for most machines.

This is a job for a professional or a very confident DIY-er. It requires measuring and using power tools correctly, as well as doing precise measurements on both sides of the wall, so you’ll need a helper to hold one side while you measure and mark on the other side.

All measurements should be closely monitored—it’s easy to make mistakes that way! Be sure to ask your helper to double-check your marks before cutting.

 In this case, I used an older version of the sewing machine. Basically, they all have a universal base size. 

After careful measurements, it is necessary to cut a hole, which should be 15 cm from the front edge and 10 cm to the side.

Step 5: Mounting the sewing machine

I used pin hinges from an old case, which I installed on the tabletop. Along with this, it is necessary to fasten the adjustable feet to the front edge of the hole.

Step 6: Mounting option two

I made this small table under the hole to use as an alternative mounting option if needed. 

It is mounted on the support rails, but it is not in the finished table; if necessary, it can be easily moved from below. 

Step 7: Finishing the table

The legs, drawers, and top are sanded and coated with two layers of polyurethane. The top of the table is coated with furniture wax to keep the surface nice and smooth. The table legs are attached to the rails that will support the tabletop by wooden pegs. A small gap between each peg is filled with glue before insertion into the holes drilled in the rails. The pegs are made from scraps of wood glued together.

Step 8: Assembly 

The top of the table is screwed on from its bottom. When the table is upside-down, the legs snap into position and the drawers are in place.

I placed small foam pads inside the drawers. I finished covering the machine from dust. But that is entirely up to you.

Sewing table universal

This sturdy table with a large working space is suitable for various types of sewing machines. 

If you buy a similar model in a store, it can cost three times as much as a sewing machine and requires an insert, which also costs decent money.

The upper part can be adjusted to different machine sizes. The prototype for the universal sewing table was a rectangular frame with legs made from an old pallet. 

The height of the top 60×120 is 30 cm from the floor. The top is shaped like an “L” and the cutout is kept to fill the hole when used as a table.

  1. The hole is smaller than the machine support shelf so that the cords fit between the shelf. This design is convenient because you can slide the machine support shelf back so that scraps don’t fall through the slot to the wastebasket beneath the table.
  2. When sewing, some machines require access to the lever to retract the feeders. The large opening and hinged top allow you to install an extra tray when you’re not using an insert. The legs are removable and can be stored inside the frame.
  1. You can add a rectangular sheet to the front of your machine to increase its working surface. This issue can be solved in a number of ways. One option was to build a drawer that slides out of the front sheet and supports it.

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