Quilting machine base transformation

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Project by revanson11 posted 09-20-2012 03:15 PM 4391 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My wife took up quilting a couple of years back and just used her sewing machine to do the work. She often let me know that it was really hard to do large quilts with just her sewing machine so when a used Mid-Arm quilting machine was listed locally for sale she bought it (who knew quilting machines cost so much, more than a really nice cabinet saw). This thing has a frame that is over 10 feet long and the previous owner has just used some rickety old fold-up tables to set it on. There were some problems with this set-up, it was too low for my tall wife, it was not even and it wobbled some.

So, being the excellent husband that I am, I told her that I would design a new stand for her machine, one that was tall enough for her, dead level and solid as a rock. I had recently completed a new queen bed and used some inset bed rail connectors from Rockler to tie the side rail to the head board and foot board. I loved how solid of a connection you can make with these so I used them to tie the sections together (the top rails). She tells me that she loves it.

I used red oak for the 4”X4”legs and bottom rails and I glued three layers of 3/4” oak ply with a 1/8th inch trim for the top rails. The center is 3/4” MDF. Over all length is 10’-8”. It was fun to design and builld.

-- Randy, Central MN

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#1 posted 09-20-2012 05:00 PM

My sister has been big into quilting for a lot of years. I think she is on her 3rd or 4th quilting machine. Then there are the sewing machines, embroidery machines, and sergers. Lumberjocks aren’t the only breed susceptible to tool addiction. You may be in for quite a ride. Not my thing, but it is pretty cool stuff.

BTW, the stand looks about perfect – functional chic. Those fold-up tables made the whole room look ugly and had to go.

-- Greg D.

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#2 posted 09-20-2012 11:06 PM

Wow! I like it! My mom just got a big quilting machine. She’d love that base. I’m going to have to hide it from her till I can have a little more experience. I know she’ll want me to make her one.

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#3 posted 09-21-2012 03:02 AM

I’d have to hide this from my wife! Well done!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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Dan Krager

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#4 posted 09-23-2012 12:25 AM

@AngieO Why don’t you build the whole thingy?

Your stand is perfect for the job. Nice work, revason11

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL All my life I've wanted to be someone. I see now I should have been more specific.

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