For every sewist, working at the right height for comfort and with an adequate amount of space is important, whether you’re sitting in front of your sewing machine or standing at your cutting table.
While it’s easy to assume you can just cut on the larger work surface that some sewing cabinets include, it’s not recommended for a number of reasons.
Ideally, your cutting table should be taller and larger than your sewing cabinet because of how you will use it.
If you only have room for one, a combination table like the Horn Model 6440 might be a great choice.
Cutting Is Different Than Sewing
As simple as it might be to have one table you can use for everything, it’s not practical from an ergonomic sense.
Sewing while seated in front of a sewing cabinet like the Horn Model 5300 involves different actions and the use of different muscles than cutting out fabric while standing in front of a cutting table.
It also requires less workspace than cutting fabric, especially when cutting larger pieces.
The correctness of how your fabric is cut can affect how good or bad your project turns out.
If you sew more than occasionally or cut larger or longer pieces, it’s important that you have a dedicated cutting table at the right height and size so your cuts all come out perfectly.
Choose A Cutting Table According to Your Height
Because sewing is done seated, and you stand when cutting fabric, your cutting table should be taller than your sewing cabinet; how tall will depend on your height.
In the same way your height and body size affect the sewing cabinet you choose, it must also be the main consideration in the cutting surface you work on.
Sized correctly, your cutting table should be as high as your waist or just slightly below it.
This will give you the height you need so you can cut and reach easily without bending too low and having back strain.
The Bigger Your Cutting Table, The Better
Beyond height, you should also consider the size of your cutting table.
It’s important that yours be large enough to easily accommodate the fabric you plan to work with.
If you do mostly quilting and cut smaller pieces, you can get away with a smaller table, even something as small as 2’x4’.
A taller sewing workspace like the Horn Model 6440 cabinet could be ideal.
Generally speaking, 4’x4’ is a great, workable size for a cutting table that fits many sewing spaces while giving you the necessary room to make good cuts.
There are quite a few cutting or crafting tables available in this size, which is perfect for most projects.
If you sew larger projects, a larger size cutting surface will be better.
A longer table, even as long as 8 feet, will give you more space to lay out the fabric for larger cuts without having to continually shift it.
A Great Sewing Table Compliments A Great Sewing Cabinet
If you are lucky enough to have a large sewing space like a sewing room, take advantage of it with the right sewing furniture.
With these items, you’ll be sure to see great results with your sewing projects without any physical strain or difficulty trying to make do without them!