sew ready with studio designs: furniture for sewists (and giveaway!)

I’m a big believer in doing the best you can with what you have. I’ve been the recipient of many a hand-me-down in my life – everything from clothes and furniture to tools and appliances – and most of those things have come in quite handy over the years. When I first started sewing as a teenager, I parked my machine on our dining room table – having to move it every night for dinner. Later, it moved to a side table in my bedroom, which was cramped and awkward. In college, my mom gave me a table after she got a new desk, and I have used that table (and added two more hand-me-down tables from my husband to it) for the past 15 years. Those tables, along with things my dad made for me, rolling racks I’ve gotten on sale, and dress forms I’ve purchased for a bargain from local sellers or stores’ going out of business sales, have moved from about a dozen different houses over the years and been set up in a variety of spaces: teeny, tiny spare bedrooms, formal dining rooms, closets, and loft spaces. They’ve been used nearly every single day, and I’m lucky I have them.

I believe in doing things like that: cherishing what you have and making it work. But I also believe in investing in good quality tools and equipment when you can, and having functional furniture and thoughtful spaces in which to use it. In December, I got a new sewing machine, and I found myself in need of a new table for it. I’ll be using this machine mostly for embroidery so the embroidery arm will always be attached, which means I needed something long with plenty of workspace. In a very, very lucky sequence of events, Studio Designs reached out and asked me to pick a table I liked, review it, and share my thoughts with you. Oh, and one lucky winner will be getting a table too – eeee! (Entry form is at the bottom of this post.)

Studio Designs is a leader in the art accessories and art furniture field, and they have a number of specific furniture lines, including pet furniture, sewing furniture, home furniture, and office furniture. Like most everyone else on earth, purchase price is a big deal to me, because I’m in no position to dump endless cash on all the things I’d love to have (as much as I would like to). The Sew Ready collection is super affordable, and it’s one of the main reasons I was excited to partner with Studio Designs. This stuff is great quality and easy on the pocketbook.

After looking over the dimensions of the different sewing tables, I decided that the best match for me was the Eclipse Hobby Sewing Center. With the shelf on the left side up, it measures 60.25″ wide, which is more than enough space for my machine and supplies – and plenty of room for the embroidery arm to move freely. I also love the three drawers. I really like hideaways for supplies and all the things we use on a regular basis but don’t want to see or have cluttering up our workspace. Prior to getting this table, all of my embroidery thread was in big plastic bags in a box. Not exactly ideal. Now I can store them in these drawers and see exactly what I have and organize everything by color – which you know I love to do.

There’s also a platform under the table that is great for fabric or other supplies, and I’m using it for rolls of stabilizer and interfacing. Pretty much everything I need for embroidery can be stored in this table, and I just think that is beyond handy.

The tables are delivered in pieces, but it’s incredibly easy to assemble. I put this table together all by myself in about an hour one afternoon.

The tabletop itself is two pieces, one of which can be lowered so that the arm of your sewing machine to be level with the table. It’s adjusted by loosening the bolts, which isn’t difficult – but I do wish there was some sort of spring or latch mechanism that allowed you to raise and lower that shelf just by sliding it into place.

The left side of the table can swing down, giving you more or less tabletop depending on what you’re working on.

This table is solid and sturdy and everything you need a sewing table to be. It is a welcome (and much needed) addition to my studio! Be sure and check out the entire Sew Ready Collection (I love this cutting table too). The Comet Sewing Table is a great table for beginners or anyone short on space, and this Multipurpose Sewing Table is handy too.

Now, for the best part! Studio Designs is graciously giving away a table for one winner! To submit an entry, fill out the form below. Entries will be accepted through Monday, January 29th at 11:59PM CST. One, randomly-selected, US-based winner will be picked, and I will announce who that is on Tuesday. Good luck!

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Thank you to Studio Designs for kindly sending me this sewing table. It will be used for many years to come!

73 COMMENTS

  1. Karen Alexander | 14th Feb 18

    Love that Big Blue Epic! Does this table sit firmly during embroidery? Right now, my Epic is on a 2 x 3 foot “Childcraft” Table, which was my son’s “growing up” table! We bought it from a school supply house, (think sturdy wood legs and top with melamine on top! And you could buy 3 different size legs – toddler, school age, and teen – adult height. I use the middle size legs, which sets the table lower, just right for sewing, though it’s a really tight fit. After all these years (it must be at least 27 years now!), it’s still quite firm and doesn’t wobble! Though, one of these days, I should find something a bit more professional! My sewing studio has a motley assortment of tables. A large maple commercial table with my “Heavy” 5100 Janome, I could drop a real commercial model in it someday. It’s joined by a Library table (low) with the Hv 936 serger on it, a 1951 Singer model 15-91 in a vintage Walnut cabint, an old British Medical Cabinet for needles and thread and such, and the Sit Down Platinum 16 for quilting. An arrangement of Elfa basket shelving sits in the middle with a “Big Board” on top for ironing and cutting…This would normally be the guest bedroom, and I have my own bath too! One of these days, I’m gonna do some dyeing! Emily… when ARE you going to buy a RED car?! I just LOVE all this red too. My favorite color, though I only have a few red pieces that I wear regularly… time to remedy that! See you soon!

  2. Gayle A Karson | 29th Jan 18

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this great table. I would have picked the Eclipse table because of the combination of storage and the ability to lower the sewing machine. We just bought a new house and I am going to be able to have my own sewing room. So excited!

  3. Cate | 29th Jan 18

    I teach at a small independent school, and have built a sewing and costume program. My classroom doubles as a small dressing room, and space is at a premium. This sewing table would be a dream for my new HV Ruby Royale! Thanks for turning me into this brand.

  4. Julia | 29th Jan 18

    I love the storage on the Eclipse! I have been looking for a desk with some drawers for quite a while and just can’t find what I’m looking for. The Eclipse is just what I need to keep organized!

  5. Lori Anne | 29th Jan 18

    My favorite would have to be the Eclipse – love the drawers and underneath storage!

  6. Linda O | 29th Jan 18

    I love your studio and this table!

  7. Martha | 29th Jan 18

    I like the Comet hobby table! Would be great for quilting.

  8. Kathryn McBride | 29th Jan 18

    Your table looks perfect, even with the fiddlyness of loosening bolts. I’d be tempted to go crazy and spray paint some of the components, line the drawer fronts…

  9. Christine Umeh | 29th Jan 18

    Great post and gorgeous table. Currently, my kitchen counter is my sewing table so making it work and appreciating the space. Love how this table can be adjusted and has compartments for all your sewing thing-a-mabobs.

  10. Show and Tell Meg | 28th Jan 18

    I would definitely have picked the same one as you – the Comet 🙂 I love the option to extend the length and I love the drawers! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  11. Sheana Puvicanthan | 27th Jan 18

    Lovely table!!

  12. Jennifer | 27th Jan 18

    Thanks for offering the giveaway. Looks like a wonderful table with a sTORAGE!

  13. Florence | 27th Jan 18

    I love the craft armoire. It’s perfect for me because I don’t like to see things when they aren’t being used.

  14. Kemi U | 27th Jan 18

    I love the storage of the sewing table and the mobility of the cutting table. But where I am now, the sewing table is everything!

  15. Manette Gutterman | 27th Jan 18

    That table completes me! I have a sewing corner that is yearning for organization because my rubber bins aren’t cutting it!

  16. Whitney H. | 27th Jan 18

    What a great table, I could really use one.

  17. Melissa | 27th Jan 18

    That comet table is so cute!

  18. Tiffany Strong | 26th Jan 18

    First of all, how cute are you! Second of all, this is awesome! I’m entering right now! Thank you for the reminder! ❤️❤️❤️

  19. Marica | 26th Jan 18

    I love it! The size is perfect for my sewing area

  20. Heidi | 26th Jan 18

    The eclipse table is amazing! I live in a small home, so my bedroom doubles as home office and sewing space. The drop leaf and smart storage would make this such a great piece of furniture for the space I have.

  21. Aliyah Townsend | 26th Jan 18

    I got the hobby table for Christmas and plan on using it as a cutting table. The eclipse table is amazing. I would love to upgrade the sewing table I’ve had for 20 years!

  22. Katy renee | 26th Jan 18

    I live the one you selected!

  23. Jenna | 26th Jan 18

    Love it! Now I need that desk!

  24. Anna Hart | 26th Jan 18

    I use a folding banquet table squeezed in next to our kitchen table for everything and this table would be amazing with the fold down option!

  25. Zoe Brown | 26th Jan 18

    Definitely hard to choose! So glad you partnered with them! I love the Studio Designs 13374.0 Sew Ready Hobby & Craft Table with Drawers 13374 because I’m totally in need of a better cutting space! Currently, I just cut on the hard wood floor for bigger projects which ends up in dog hair all over my fabric (which I’m sure you can relate to with Harrison!) and an aching back!

  26. Amanda Whitley | 26th Jan 18

    i like the Studio Designs 13373.0 Sew Ready Folding Multipurpose / Sewing Table. i like how big it is so i can spread things out.

  27. Claudia | 26th Jan 18

    What a great review. Would love to be able to see on this wonderful table.

  28. Raquel Puckett | 26th Jan 18

    I really like all of their tables but the mobile fabric cutting table is my favorite.

  29. Sarah R | 26th Jan 18

    I’ve been looking for a cutting table and the mobile one would be perfect.

  30. Sarah | 26th Jan 18

    The Eclipse looks lovely. My serger needs a new home.

  31. Patricia Sliney | 26th Jan 18

    Wow, what a smartly designed sewing table! First time I’ve seen this furniture line. Thank you for the giveaway!

  32. Sheila Hester | 26th Jan 18

    I would love to have a sewing table and this one would be great!

  33. Kimberley | 26th Jan 18

    I love the Eclipse Hobby Centre – so much space and storage!!!

  34. SachiD | 25th Jan 18

    I love the mobile fabric cutting table with storage. Can’t have a big cutting table in my small apartment, but a foldable one would be perfect!

  35. Elisabeth McClure | 25th Jan 18

    Oh how cool! What a great looking table.

  36. Whitney | 25th Jan 18

    I’m so excited to learn about another brand! I have been searching for a sewing table for over a year now and they are quite the pretty penny. Maybe there is more than I know about but they are hard to find. I’m so excited about their products. I would love to get their biggest sewing table and that cutting table too. Mine is way to small and that would be perfect. (Ps, I love all the clothes you sew. I’m inspired to keep improving my skills)

  37. Catherine | 25th Jan 18

    Very impressive table. Looks like you could fit any size machine on it. Functional with drawers and the storage shelf. Yes, I would be happy to put my sewing/embroidery machine on this.

  38. Amy Raymon | 25th Jan 18

    That table is great. Very practical and useful while still being an attractive piece of furniture.

  39. Madelyn | 25th Jan 18

    I think I would say to have a sewing buddy like Harrison would probably be my pick 😀 but as far as the desk I think the Eclipse would win! I love the left side that lifts up and the 3 drawers on the right! Dreamy!

  40. Emma Thorn | 25th Jan 18

    I love the cutting table!! Would definitely be nicer than cutting out on the floor haha but the whole collection would just make a dream sewing space

  41. Chelsea Hasrouni | 25th Jan 18

    Whoa it IS hard to choose….if I HAD to choose, I’d say the eclipse sewing center would win. I have a diy sewing table that isn’t mobile, and since it’s DIY, I’m afraid to attempt to move it and it collapse in on itself. It’s two cheap cabinets and some plywood attached with liquid nails lol. No matter how many of those sterilite drawer systems I buy, nothing ever stays organized. Drawers attached to the actual table really makes a world of a difference! Plywood isn’t exactly the greatest material to move delicate fabric across either…. probably should have thought about that lol. It’s amazing how your space can make sewing so much more enjoyable…or not!

  42. Emily M | 25th Jan 18

    I absolutely love how your studio looks! And the Epic looks great on that table!

  43. Lisa B | 25th Jan 18

    I love the mobile fabric cutting table.
    It has wheels!!

  44. Mary MacLean | 25th Jan 18

    I would love the cutting table for my new sewing space!

  45. Catty | 25th Jan 18

    So glad to know about these sewing tables. And you can get them on Amazon! I like the eclipse hobby sewing table like you have.The drawers are very handy!

  46. Beverly | 25th Jan 18

    I would love to win the Eclipse Hobby Sewing Center. This center is perfect size for my sewing room !

  47. Melissa | 25th Jan 18

    I like the table that you have! Studio Designs 13362 Eclipse Hobby Sewing Center, but I’d have to measure to see which one works best for my space.

  48. Pamela Terry | 25th Jan 18

    I love the eclipse sewing table. It’s so versatile and the storage is everything and the adjustable table genius! Would love to win. My sewing space has decreased recently , moving my sewing space from an extra bedroom into my bedroom .

  49. Lisa G | 25th Jan 18

    Emily, you are such a lucky girl!! What a blessing! That eclipse hobby sewing center is my favorite!

  50. Necoh | 25th Jan 18

    That Eclipse table is so awesome. It seems to have a spot for everything possible! It’s just fab!

  51. Yvonne Madden | 25th Jan 18

    The Eclipse is one wonderful piece of furniture! I’m negatively affected by a messy area so the side drawers appeal to me and lend themselves to keeping out of sight the small but necessary items you need at arms length around the sewing machine.

  52. Mitali Kerawalla | 25th Jan 18

    Would love to win!!! Fingers crossed!!!

  53. KV | 25th Jan 18

    I like the craft armoire to keep supplies organized.

  54. Erica | 25th Jan 18

    I would love a table that allows me to lower my machine – the Comet and the Eclipse both look wonderful! Your table looks like a great addition to your sewing room – enjoy!

  55. Brenda Douglas | 25th Jan 18

    Love your table, love that the table can be lowered to give a flat surface. Thanks for sharing

  56. VJones | 25th Jan 18

    I like your arrangement with the Eclipse sewing table with storage. It is so important to have things handy where you use them. I always have to keep jumping us for this and that!

  57. Morgan | 25th Jan 18

    Personally I like the eclipse sewing table best as well! I like how it offers the drawers on the side it would be great to put threads or even hoops in.

  58. Kaye Williams | 25th Jan 18

    I absolutely love your sewing space! I am digging the Hobby Table with storage. I think it would be a great addition to my sewing space.

  59. Mary Rames | 25th Jan 18

    Oh my goodness! Thank you Emily for featuring this wonderful table, the Eclipse Hobby Sewing and Craft Table. A few months ago, I purchased a PFAFF Creative Sensation Pro II. My first ever embroidery/sewing machine combo. The sad thing is…NONE of my tables are large enough for this machine! I had to put it back into the box until I can get a table large enough for the machine, but efficient enough for my very small sewing space. This table will be perfect and provide not only the surface area for the machine, but also provide storage for all of the thread, stabilizers and notions. That way I can actually make the most of my new machine so it won’t stay dormant in its box.

  60. Becca G | 25th Jan 18

    Wow what a wonderful blessing!
    It’s so nice to be gifted something brand new 😄
    The Eclipse table looks great, room to stash things, sturdy design & looks good to boot.
    I’m sure you’ll enjoy it for a long while I know I would. Congratulations!

  61. Monika | 25th Jan 18

    The Eclipse Hobby Sewing Center looks like a perfect sewing table. Just enough space without taking over the room.

  62. Michele Winship | 25th Jan 18

    This Eclipse table is actually perfect since I need the space for my own embroidery unit!

  63. Doctor T | 25th Jan 18

    This looks so great! The Eclipse looks like the best piece in the set – so much storage!

  64. Gwendolyn Jordan | 25th Jan 18

    Craft Armoire

  65. Maria Terry | 25th Jan 18

    I love this eclipse hobby table for the bottom shelf (such a good idea to store pattern paper rolls there!) And built in drawers!

  66. Sherry | 25th Jan 18

    Wow too much fun in one place! I love that you include a pic of your big lovable black and white too!

  67. Tania | 25th Jan 18

    You won’t believe this but I had just spent 2 hours on Craigslist looking for a sewing table when this came into my email! This Eclipse Hobby table is perfect! I have always wanted my sewing area to have an open and clean look. Love their products! Thank you!

  68. Laura | 25th Jan 18

    Omgoodness! that machine looks amazing! 😍 I have a Janome Skyline and love it but have never tried this brand. Might have to now…

  69. Mary M | 25th Jan 18

    This is such a great sewing table but the 13374 cutting table 😍 looks so awesome!!

  70. PsychicSewerKathleen | 25th Jan 18

    Congratulations on your new machine and table Emily! It’s beautiful and I’m sure you’ll enjoy many years of creative expression with it!

  71. Ruth | 25th Jan 18

    Great looking table, love the ability to lower machine.

  72. Jaimee Loria | 25th Jan 18

    I’m loving the look of the Mobile Fabric Cutting Table with storage! There have been many times when I’ve wished I could scoot my cutting area one direction or another, so mobility in that would be amazing!

  73. Nicki Slater | 25th Jan 18

    That is one heavenly sewing table! Thanks for sharing!

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