Before I tell you about my amazing new cutting table, I want to assure you I still have my day job, and I’m not planning on quitting any time soon. My new cutting table is not cheap. It is a LaCresta Advantage workstation from Martelli Notions. I bought it at the American Sewing Guild Expo in Novi, Michigan this fall. It is big. It has a giant cutting mat, and it raises up and down with the touch of a button. The Martelli salesman gave me a great deal, shipped it for free, and threw in an ergonomic rotary cutter, a giant guide that lets me cut bias strips super fast, and a ton of quilting templates. ("But, wait, there’s more, if you order in the next 15 minutes….”)
I wish I could tell you exactly how much faster I can cut out a project with my new cutting table, but I go to such a happy place while I’m sewing; Time flies by, and I can’t be bothered to look at my watch. Believe me, the cutting part of a project is MUCH faster.
The two main reasons I am so happy about this cutting table are my height and friends. I am six feet tall on a short day, which makes cutting out fabric on the dining room table painful. Cutting out on the kitchen counter is not too painful, but my counters are not wide enough to accommodate a folded length of fabric, and the clearing and wiping is tiresome. My Martelli table is wide enough to accommodate a lot of fabric, and I can walk around it to get the best cutting angle.
Why not just have a perfect-height table built for me? That would be much cheaper. But, with my Martelli table, I can lower the table and have sewing dates with friends. Fun! I can also teach at my house (and earn enough to pay for the table!).
I know the cost of a Martelli table is out of reach for many people, and space is at a premium for all of us. If you are in the market for a fancy cutting table, though, this is a great one.