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Quilting just got SewEzi! // A Sewing Table Review


Working through the Skill Builder BOM this year I have really fallen in love with free motion quilting, but quilting on a 12.5” block is a whole lot easier than a large quilt. One of my biggest FMQ and straight line quilting struggles is dealing with the “drag” from the bulk of the quilt catching on my sewing table extension. This would make it stressful every time I’d sit down to quilt a larger quilt. Throughout the entire quilting process thoughts would race through my mind,  “I need a Longarm Machine (ha! too expensive), I need a quilting frame, anything, just save me from this headache!” So what was my problem? I needed a completely flat surface while I quilted.

On my request, Barbara at SewEzi sent me a SewEzi Table so I could test it out at home and share this review with you (as with any of my other reviews I vow to share my honest opinion, from heart as stated in my blog disclosure).

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When my very own SewEzi table arrived at my house I was really excited. I have used the table for almost a month now and before I share my personal experience I’d like to share some important details about the table.

SewEzi: The Truly Portable Table (details from seweziusa.com)

SewEzi is the only truly portable sewing table. It is designed for comfort and portability. Your sewing machine will be at the proper height, enabling ergonomically correct posture while sewing. You can sew longer and be more productive. It has wheels and two handles for easy transportation.

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Your Sewezi table can be setup to fit nearly all commercially available sewing machines. Don’t worry if you don’t see your machine on the insert list. Barbara at SewEzi USA will produce an insert for your machine at no extra cost as long as they can access a machine to measure the template.

7 Reasons SewEzi really is so easy!

  1. Stops sore shoulders and back: Designed exclusively for sewing, SewEzi puts your sewing machine at the proper height for correct posture and comfort. You can sew longer,be more productive.

  2. Lightweight and sturdy: SewEzi is so light, you can easily take it to class, retreats, or on vacation, yet its sturdy construction will provide many years of sewing enjoyment.

  3. Folds flat for effortless storage: SewEzi's specially designed legs fold tightly beneath the table. Goes into the backseat or trunk of your car easily, sets up in seconds!

  4. Easy to transport: Built-in handgrips and durable rubber wheels make it easy to take SewEzi wherever you want to go. Compare to those heavy, bulky, "unfriendly" sewing tables.

  5. Compact: SewEzi is perfect for limited spaces, yet you still have a large, flat sewing surface with rounded corners on which to work.

  6. Custom fitted to most sewing machines: A special 1/4" thick clear acrylic insert fits snuggly around your sewing machine bed to provide you with a large, stable sewing surface. Custom inserts are available for Bernina, Brother, Elna, Husqvarna, Janome, Juki, Kenmore, Pfaff, Singer, and White. If you can’t find one for your machine Barbara at SewEzi USA will make one custom!

  7. Complete with carrying case: SewEzi comes with a fitted, heavy-duty nylon bag to protect it in storage and during transport. Built-in pocket keeps your acrylic insert close at hand.

Table Options

The SewEzi table has a few extra options which can be added to make your table even more functional.

The Wooden Insert

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="512"] A wooden insert can be added to make your table a regular flat surface, without your machine.[/caption]

Lightbox Insert

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="512"] A clear acrylic insert can be used with your light source to convert your table into a lightbox.[/caption]

Accessory Tray

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="512"] The accessory tray attaches to your SewEzi Table for storage of your pins, scissors, etc..[/caption]

Quick Change System

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="512"] The Quick Change System allows you to use different sewing machines in the SewEzi Table without reassembling the table.[/caption]

Extension Table

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="458"] The Extension Table provides additional working surface around your SewEzi Table.[/caption]

Thread Holder

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="480"] The Thread Holder attaches to the SewEzi Table and allows the use of large cones of thread and includes a travel pouch.[/caption]

My SewEzi Table Review

Packaging and Assembly

IMG_8567_smThe SewEzi table comes very well packaged. In fact, they even put wood frames in the box to prevent damaging of the table in route.

IMG_8575_smThe table comes partially assembled leaving you with the task to add the legs and sewing machine tray.

IMG_8574_smThe instructions were pretty easy to follow for assembly, and it took me a little under an hour to have it completely setup. The only step which I felt a little confused by was getting the machine set to just the perfect height. I plan to use the table for both my Janome and Juki machines so I had to set it up just right using the Quick Change System so I could easily switch back and forth.

Quick Change System

IMG_8591_smI requested an additional Quick Change System, and acrylic insert for my Janome 4120QDC. I usually use my Janome for travel, and its amazing walking foot. Then I usually use my Juki for free motion quilting and super speedy chain piecing. My plan was to just switch back and forth as needed. The Quick Change System saves you from having to unscrew the sewing machine tray and adjust the height every time you switch your machine, so it does make that process “quicker”. However, since I am using this as my primary sewing station I am slightly lazy about taking my Juki station apart so I can travel with the table and my Janome. I also found that since I love sewing with the table so much my Janome hasn’t gotten much use. I think the best solution would be two SewEzi tables one for each machine!

Strength and Sturdiness

IMG_8578_smOne question I have already been asked from a close friend was how sturdy the table is. No one likes to sew on a wobbly table! The table I was using before was from Ikea and at high speeds it would shake, which drove me nuts. The SewEzi table is very sturdy, with little to no shaking and wobbling, even when I am going full speed on my Juki!

Using the table on a regular basis

My SewEzi table is always set up and used on a regular basis. I do not use it just for traveling. I butted the SewEzi table right up against the front of my old tables, which turned out to be even more helpful. I have a table to the left of the machine and behind the machine, which helps even more because very little of the quilt hangs over the ground. If you don’t have a table to set up in this way I would strongly suggest doing the same with the SewEzi extension table.

Taking the table on the go

Last week I took my SewEzi out for its first sewing day which turned out to be a great success. The table comes with a fantastic bag which protects the table while traveling. I was really impressed with the quality of the bag. The zippers are heavy duty and it fits the table perfectly. The bag also has two pockets: one for your table accessories and one for your acrylic insert. Taking the table down is fairly easy as long as you’re careful not to pinch your fingers! The table also has those awesome jelly skate rolls which makes things so easy.

Overall Review

IMG_8593_smI honestly don’t know how I was quilting anything without this table! Having any drop down sewing table would help with quilting considerably, but the SewEzi table just adds icing to the cake because it really is truly portable! I will never have to sew with my machine on a tabletop again, even at guild meetings and sewing parties! Now, I may have to get myself another SewEzi for my little Janome who is feeling oh so neglected : )

Alyssa

 

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  • Judy says...

    Have been looking into the Grande……think it is a go!!!

    Canada

    On February 10, 2015

  • Judi says...

    My sister brought her SewEzi table to a retreat last summer. She & I have the same machines so I was able to see how nicely everything worked together. She was able to use the limited table space for her cutting/pressing while I was constantly jumping up to go cut or press. I’d seen ads for the tables in various quilting magazines but had hesitated to buy because I wasn’t attending that many retreats (& couldn’t justify the cost). Now we are thinking about spending winters in the sunshine so have asked my husband to order one for me as a birthday/Christmas gift. All I need to do now is give him the website & my machine info. Can’t wait to have one of my own!!! I’m one happy lady!!

    On November 29, 2014

  • Margaret Partridge says...

    I have just bought a Janome Skyline 55. This is a larger machine and I am looking for a fold up table for it

    On November 04, 2014

  • Cynthia says...

    I’ve purchased my Sew Ezi grande last year at the Houston Quilt Festival I have made more quilts this year than ever before. I cannot believe how much more comfortable I am when sewing now. I saw it at a retreat the year before. Customer service has been excellent. I use the light box insert as well as I’m doing a fair amount of appliqué. My machine was ruined by a lightning strike in Oct so I’m looking to replace it with a Bernina 750. I’m glad I bought the Grande! By the way I’ll now unplug my machine when I’m not sewing. I don’t want to go through this again!

    On October 26, 2014

  • Margaret Schindler says...

    How lucky you were to try it first. I bought a table for my machine and man when I try to go fast it is so wobbly that my machine and the floor shakes. This one sounds like a dream come true without spending a fortune. Thanks for the input

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Oh that looks perfect. I like how you are in the middle of the room. I completely agree it is on the top of my list and the price is more than worth it. It really has made sewing easier.

    On August 20, 2014

  • made by ChrissieD says...

    I have been using my SewEzi table for over a year and I’m totally in love with it. Like you I put my old sewing table (which is the same height) behind the SewEzi table to extend it to the rear and when I’m quilting I place my ironing board (also at the same height) to the left hand side to extend there as well. This gives me all the flat quilting space I could ever need. I’ve found the table to be incredibly stable, no shake, and after my Bernina, probably my best sewing buy ever. I shared a photo of how I set my sewing space up for quilting here in this blog post.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Karen says...

    I have a sewezi table too and I love it. I use it with my Bernina and haven’t had any problems with it. It is actually the same height as my folding table and dining room table, so I just use those when I need extra length or support and since it is so portable I can move the sewing machine wherever I need it.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Rosemary B says...

    Boy, this is a nice table.
    I am sewing on a card table. This would be a dream to own.

    I also hope to own that Juki 2010Q one day.

    Thank you Alyssa for this wonderful and honest review!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Pam from CA says...

    I love my SewEzi table!! One of my best purchases ever!! I needed a flat surface for machine quilting. I have a Janome 6600 which is a very heavy machine. Absolutely no vibrating or table movement even at high speed. I have had it for 3 yeaars now and purchased it at the Long Beach International Quilt Festival. I put a small 2 ft. by 4 ft. table behind it for quilting large quilts. Love it!!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Nedra says...

    I love my SewEzi table! I especially like taking it to quilt retreats, where there is limited sewing space. I use my SewEzi next to the table, and then use my allotted table space as my cutting and ironing center. Even though the SewEzi is compact, it’s solid, and doesn’t bounce when I sew, which is another really great feature.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Nancy says...

    I have had my SewEZI table for about 4 years now. I love it. I used to use it as my primary table until my husband built me a huge table. Now i take it with to retreat and sew days. Gives me much more room to spread out. They must have added that second pocket. I dont have that and it sure would come in handy. Five of my friends have now purchased because they saw mine.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Erin Marie says...

    I first heard of the SewEzi table from the Quilting for the Rest of Us podcast, and I’ve been coveting one ever since. Thanks for the review.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Denise Holland says...

    This is a GREAT table, I bought it to bring to Quilt Retreats and Sew-Ins and it is great for traveling, however, I wished I had not bought a sewing cabinet for home, because this is a great table to have set up all the time for your machine. It is a sturdy table like you said, and has more add-ons that I didn’t get, but know that they are there. It also is a great company… my order had gotten duplicated and I ended up with 2 at my door, however, we worked out an arrangement and I found someone who wanted the other table. We all got a good deal from that Opps. Can’t say enough about it. It is worth the price.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Hey Lisa, since the table drops down it immediately solves the issue of catching on the side of the machine which is HUGE for quilting. I think primarily the table has solved my quilting dilemma and the other things are just a perk. I do suggest having a table behind or next to it when you are quilting larger quilts so the quilt isn’t laying off the table to the ground pulling. Having the quilt completely off the ground reduces all drag. A great solution is putting an ironing board behind or next to the table. Hope thats clearer.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Lisa C says...

    I guess I need to clarify — you really appreciate the table for many reason but it seems as if it didn’t solely accomplish the original task – a table for quilting. To accomplish this task you still need another table of some kind. But the table does so much more on its own. Correct? Sorry to be a bother!

    On August 20, 2014

  • robin says...

    Horn makes a sturdier table that is transportable as well. Mine is up all the time and holds 2 machines, one a serger and the other a BERNINA. It isn’t heavy to transport to sewing/quilting retreats.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Ivy says...

    Wow, Alyssa, this is an amazing review! Now I feel like I have to have something 5 minutes ago I didn’t know existed lol! It sounds great! Happy sewing! :)

    On August 20, 2014

  • Carol AJ says...

    At an annual quilt retreat one of the ladies brought her new Sew EZ table. We were so in love with it that 9 of us ordered their very own. Now when we go on retreat we do not have to look for the longest dinner table possible. We bring our Sew EZ’s and make a circle of tables around the room. We can enjoy the oceanfront view and sew and sew. I love that I got the inserts for my Bernina 1230 AND my 220 so I can use either machine with it. Love it!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    You are very welcome!!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Ya, the pocket is pretty deep to I have a bunch shoved in there. The the pocket on the very front is just for your clear insert.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    That would surely be a site to see when sewing! It is a fantastic table!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Haha! I know I didn’t know what it was either until a friend showed me hers in person. She kept saying it was a must and so I thought I need to try this now I understand what she was saying!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Never heard of it, thanks for sharing!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Sara says...

    Thank you so much for your review!!!! I just ordered a table for my machine.
    I can hardly wait for it to get here. Thanks again.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Thanks for sharing Karen!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    I agree it is perfect for all time use! Thanks for sharing!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Thalia from Prussia says...

    Yes, you can order it here: http://www.sewezi.com/northerneurope/index.html

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Hey Judy, here is her show list http://www.seweziusa.com/shows.html

    On August 20, 2014

  • judy says...

    May I ask where is long beach? did you get a better price for a show price on these tables or something extra? would love to have one, but would like to go to a quilt show to see it. thanks, judy

    On August 20, 2014

  • Vivien Lee says...

    Hi there, Ive been reading with interest these threads on this sewing machine table, and I have to ask: Is this table really as stable as people are saying it is? I just bought an Arrow sewing machine table with a drop down section for my Juki, and its terrible! It shakes and bounces all over the place. It’s a shame as it looks nice..but we want more than looks, dont we? Fortunately, I was able to video what was happening and Im returning it. Im still left with the dilemma of getting a sewing machine table that functions as a cutting table. Also, is this table available in UK? All the reviews seem to be from US.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Laura says...

    Hi can this table with is insert be used for cutting? Thank you.

    On August 20, 2014

  • shirley ellis says...

    Robin

    Saw your earlier post about a comparable Horn sew table, portable. What model do you have?

    Thank you Shirley Ellis

    On August 20, 2014

  • Jeannie says...

    Thank you for the review of Sewezi. Are you still happy with it? May I know what is the throat space of your Juki 2010Q? Knowing now that a few quilters have issue of cracks, I can’t make up my mind of buying one. I have a Bernina QE 750. Just wonder whether it will hold my big machine. Thanks

    On August 20, 2014

  • Laura says...

    I’ve had my Sew-Ezi table for 3 years. I replaced my heavier, larger Horne cabinet when we became full time RVers. The Sew-Ezi is perfect for the Motorhome. I can use it inside, outside or for quilting events. I keep it up in the corner with my Bernina, but have the solid insert to use it with my Serger as desired. I also have the clear insert for use as a light-box. It is an amazingly versatile table, easily stored and transported. I had a minor crack in the top, which is not surprising given the nature of RVing. I sent of a quick e-mail to inquire about replacing the table top and much to my surprise, I got a prompt reply with a request for shipping information. The replacement top was sent to me with no questions asked, and at no charge! I was delighted! Replacement was easy and I was quickly back in business! I wouldn’t be without my Sew-Ezi and I appreciate the great Customer Service!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Jamie says...

    I’ve seen this table before but didn’t know anyone who has used it. I agree that having a table or cabinet that your machines sits down in makes free motion quilting so much easier. I have a large Koala cabinet in my studio. I find the piece of furniture that I prefer to take when going to a quilting event is a chair. I have a smaller, good quality typist chair that is fairly easy to transport. It allows me to sit at the right height when sewing unlike more classroom chairs where I feel like I’m sitting in a hole.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Judy Holt says...

    Love my table! It’s perfect! I am reclaiming my sewing room space.
    I will be ordering the larger table for my Janome 1600
    Easy to assemble, and looks great.
    Judy H
    Florida

    On August 20, 2014

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