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WI Lori

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Regarding original (Singer) bases:
The accessory pocket on the right is too narrow for the manual and accessory box.
The base design has no left side table room to support the fabric.

I'm planning to put the accessory area on the left, to easily fit manual and access. box, as well as provide fabric support.

Has anyone tried this? What is a decent sized accessory pocket, that supports fabric without being outlandish?

Or, is there another option to extend the work space? (Sure wish I had a portable European model with the extension table to play with design elements, attachment.)

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I like how you're thinking.  Please keep us updated (with photos!.  I'm slowly still working my way through the Singer 99 I got back in January.  It's pretty much together and does work!  I've asked my husband (who has a bit of woodworking savy), to some day make a base/box for it.  I would love to see how yours comes together.
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WI Lori

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Mavis, there are plans at Treadle-on, building bases, that provide a basic display box or hinged box. No accessories compartment, but that shouldn't be hard. I was in the wood shop today, scavenging 2-3/4" scraps.

I did measure the Mercury case my RedEye is in, that base is 3" high. I have two 99s and a 66 that need a base, as well as 2 15 clones. Careful measurements are needed.

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Of course the reason the accessory box on the Singer bases is too small and on the wrong side is because all they were doing was filling the space under the hand wheel.

Since you have multiple machines to do, it might be worth making a raised fabric support that wraps around the front, left, and rear of the machine.  If you were really clever, you could maybe make it adjustable for height.  Unless the bases will all have the same front-to-back depth, maybe make it L-shaped instead of U-shaped, so it wouldn't depend on specific base dimensions.

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You have me thinking. There were extension boards for Singer 99. There is about 2 3/8" of height under extension for a box size of 5" x 6", that might be stored under arm on bed. Box bottom felt, not to mar decals. The box could have glides, for use as drawer, under extension.
I have attached pictures of 99 original extension board, and how it fits in case. I have made a few, not hard, but time intensive.

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I contacted on of the makers of the plexiglass extension tables like the one I got my wife for her featherweight. I measured the dimensions around an original Singer wooden carry case base for the bentwood cases. I had him make me a custom opening that would fit around the case bottom. This way I could use them on any original Singer machine base. I gave him the dimensions I wanted but he suggested some changes. When I got it it’s a bit tight. I intend to file it down to a perfect fit. So I’ll end up with a universal Singer extension table.
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I use fiber board to make extensions for my machines in cabinets but they might work with machines in bases as well but you would have to have a bit of support on the front. Here is a picture of one on my 1916 Singer 66 machine and I have used the same extension on my White treadle machine in its cabinet. I tuck the board under the front lip of the machine and the front of the cabinet supports it.  I like front support and have some type of front support on all of my machines in one way or another. It doesn't raise the machine a lot and it gives me an area to work on. Certainly helps with machine quilting.

Sammie quilter in NC

Sorry for the mess to the right of the machine but it seems I like to work in a messy room...

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This is a Domestic design that I think accomplishes what you are talking about. The box sits to the left of the base to form an extension table, has a compartment for attachments, and folds up inside the case. Pretty clever!

Kelly in PA

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WI Lori

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Kit and Kelly, thanks for the photos of the "stock" extenders. Russ, Sami, great ideas to extend the work area.
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Sammie, your area to the right of the sewing machine looks like mine![smile]
Kelly, that's a pretty clever design!

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Quote:
Originally Posted by WI Lori
Regarding original (Singer) bases:
The accessory pocket on the right is too narrow for the manual and accessory box.
The base design has no left side table room to support the fabric.

I'm planning to put the accessory area on the left, to easily fit manual and access. box, as well as provide fabric support.

Has anyone tried this? What is a decent sized accessory pocket, that supports fabric without being outlandish?

Or, is there another option to extend the work space? (Sure wish I had a portable European model with the extension table to play with design elements, attachment.)
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You can add a simple extension to your base.  I have one shown on this blog post https://cherylsteapots2quilting.blogspot.com/2012/02/finishes-starts-and-treasures-teapot.html  It is attached with 2 screws on the base, and the metal brackets just slide over those screws.  If you wanted it in front also, then make an 'L' shaped piece, and add screws to the front also.

I also have an adjustable acrylic base (like those for modern machines) that I use for my vintage machines.  It is also 'L' shaped (so that I don't have to worry about any bases being larger or smaller than the others).  The feet adjust for height, so it can sit high enough.  

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