Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a pretty big proponent of "Do It Yourself" for projects around our home, and shouldn't be surprised that this tendency has spread into my sewing room! For this project, I set out to find an inexpensive way to make a large flat sewing surface for use with my serger.
Having a larger flat sewing surface really does make it easier to sew by giving you more space to maneuver while still keeping your fabric fully supported.
You can see in the picture below the serger with just the sewing surface that came with the machine. It's great if you're working on a small project, but it really doesn't provide much room at all for anything larger.
To make my sewing surface I used covered MDF shelving (the kind that comes in either woodtones or white), 1-1/2" PVC pipe, plastic closet pole holders and 2" circular non-skid pads. Everything was easily found at my local hardware store.
I cut out a section of the shelving for this one, but you could easily do it with multiple pieces of shelving instead. You'll also need to take some measurements before getting the PVC pipe cut to ensure you have the right height when you add in the thickness of the shelf. Below are the steps I followed to make it.
1. Screw the plastic closet pole holder into the bottom of the MDF shelf, spreading them out for stability.
2. Slide the PVC pipe piece over the closet pole holder. It should be a tight fit.
3. Add a second closet pole holder on the open end of the PVC pipe.
4. Attach the 2" non-skid pads to the bottom of the second closet pole holder. These will prevent the unit from sliding when the machine is in use.