A sewing room designed to handle all your needs while you create with your sewing machine has three essential pieces of sewing furniture: a sewing cabinet with chair, a pressing station, and a cutting surface.
A dedicated cutting surface is an important piece to have in your workspace as it serves many purposes; it can even double as a pressing station if you don’t have room for a separate one!
These tips on cutting tables will help you understand their purpose and choose the right one for your sewing space!
Why A Cutting Table and Not Just Any Table?
The prime function of a cutting table in your sewing room is to give you a smooth, flat surface away from your sewing cabinet that you can use to measure and cut fabric.
Even though any table you might have in your home can do this, kitchen and dining room tables fall short in one important area: height.
Cutting and crafting tables are taller than standard dining, kitchen, or folding tables, a critical detail that will reduce the arm and back strain that can come from reaching over and working on a surface that’s too low.
Additionally, your kitchen table is in the kitchen and host to all kinds of activities, so keeping it clean enough to not dirty your fabric could be an issue, requiring you to repeatedly go from your table to your machine when sewing a pattern.
Choosing the Right Cutting Table for Your Space
When choosing a cutting table to include with your Janome 2212 in your sewing space, consider the different features that make tables like the Fashion Sewing Cabinets 98 Cutting and Crafting Table an ideal choice:
Ergonomic Height - A cutting table should be tall enough so you can work comfortably while standing and have easy reach of the entire surface which prevents strain and fatigue plus allows you to measure and cut more accurately at an ideal cutting surface height of about 36” or taller depending on your height.
Sizing and Expandability - A larger cutting surface is always better; however, if you can’t fit a particularly large table in your sewing room, choose one that has expandable leafs you can put up when you need workspace and put back down so the table takes up less space!
Smooth, Durable Surface - Ideally, a good cutting table surface located close to your sewing cabinet should be level and either made of hardwood or finished with smooth laminate to prevent damage by scissors, blades, and other tools!
Casters - Casters are useful when space is limited as they allow you to roll your cutting table into the middle of the floor for access on all sides when you need it, then roll it back out of the way to clear that space again!
- Storage Options -There's never enough storage space in any sewing room, so cutting surfaces with storage under the table are so very efficient; choose a cutting table with cubbies, shelves, or even drawers in the base to store rulers, baskets for sewing supplies and accessories, fabric, and more!
Equip Your Sewing Room With A Cutting Table!
No matter what things you like to sew, projects always begin the same way with measuring and cutting.
A dedicated cutting table that’s the right height, gives you ample working space, and other useful features is the perfect choice to equip your sewing room!