In my findings, a cut table is one of the most essential things. Well aside from sewing machines. Carolyn and I have moved to a new studio space last month and are still getting settled. We get our cut table this weekend. So that has lead to some creative fabric laying and cutting. Luckily it is just samples, not anything production. ha ha. I'm also a spoiled brat, since the cutting table at my work is 7 yards long.
Also, shoes do not make the best of pattern weights.