As I sat at my new table, I tried to think of a way I could either cover up the gap or use that space. I measured it and started looking around my studio for something about that size. I found a bobbin box that was the perfect dimensions. In fact, if I was going to make a box from scratch for this purpose, I would have made it exactly that size! Having the dividers in the box made it even better. I just needed to cut off one end so I could use it to create a little gadget holder.
Don’t tell: I used a combination of scissors and a steak knife to cut off the end opposite the hinges. I am not recommending that cutting device! It would have been safer to use a jigsaw or something like that. In any case, once the end was cut off, the modified box slipped easily into the gap in front of my machine.Now I have a perfect place to keep small scissors, seam rippers, pencils, etc.