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how to make a sewing table insert

Creating a sewing table insert, also known as a sewing machine insert or custom sewing machine table, can help you create a smooth and level surface for your sewing machine when it’s placed in a table or cabinet. These inserts are particularly useful when you have a sewing machine that doesn’t fit perfectly into your existing table or cabinet. Here’s how to make a sewing table insert:

Materials You’ll Need:

  1. Plywood or MDF (Medium-Density Fiberboard): A piece of plywood or MDF large enough to accommodate your sewing machine and fit into your sewing table or cabinet.
  2. Saw: A jigsaw or circular saw to cut the plywood or MDF to the required shape.
  3. Sanding Tools: Sandpaper or a sanding block to smooth the edges and surfaces.
  4. Sewing Machine: Your sewing machine, as you’ll need to measure its dimensions accurately.
  5. Screws and Screwdriver: To secure the insert in place.
  6. Felt or Foam: Optional, for lining the insert to create a smooth sewing surface.


  1. Measure Your Sewing Machine:
    • Begin by measuring the dimensions of your sewing machine, particularly its width, depth, and height, including any knobs, handles, or accessories that may affect the fit.
  2. Cut the Plywood or MDF:
    • Transfer the measurements onto the plywood or MDF and use a saw to cut out the shape of the sewing machine insert. Ensure that the cutout is slightly larger than your sewing machine to allow for a comfortable fit.
  3. Smooth the Edges and Surfaces:
    • Use sandpaper or a sanding block to smooth the edges and surfaces of the insert. This will help prevent snagging on fabric when you’re sewing.
  4. Test the Fit:
    • Place the insert into your sewing table or cabinet and test the fit with your sewing machine. Ensure that it fits snugly and sits flush with the surrounding surface.
  5. Secure the Insert:
    • To prevent the insert from moving while you sew, secure it in place. You can do this by using screws from underneath the table or cabinet. Drill holes through the table or cabinet into the insert and screw them together securely.
  6. Optional Lining:
    • If you want to create a smoother sewing surface, you can line the top of the insert with a layer of felt or foam. Cut the lining material to fit the insert, glue it in place, and trim any excess.
  7. Reassemble Your Sewing Table or Cabinet:
    • After the insert is secured and lined (if desired), reassemble your sewing table or cabinet, making sure it’s level and stable.
  8. Test the Sewing Surface:
    • Place your sewing machine into the insert and test the sewing surface to ensure it’s level and comfortable for sewing.

Creating a custom sewing table insert can make your sewing experience more enjoyable and efficient, especially if your sewing machine doesn’t fit perfectly into your existing table or cabinet. It provides a level and smooth sewing surface, making it easier to work on various sewing projects.