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marjoryt
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Date: 3/3/12 0:06 AM

My Janome MC10001 and Horizon need a suitable home, after the years of living on various tables! My back and arms want better alignment! My husband does music, not anything "wood working." So, it's time to buy a cabinet, which will provide flat space for the quilting projects and hold the machine.

My question - I know my machines are rather heavy. It appears that some of the cabinets have REALLY LONG horizontal space between the vertical supports. Do I need to worry about a sagging top? I know the machine will be supported by the air lift, but still. . . .

I did get a really nice cutting table at Hancock's! The only one left was the floor model - it was on sale, with another 10% off for the floor model (which only meant it didn't need assembling). This phenomenal luck won't last for the cabinet - not in this neck of the woods. Not even the old fashioned sewing cabinets are in good shape around here! I've been looking at the Arrow Aussie and Horn Medium Quilter's Dream. Unfortunately, even traveling an hour away doesn't mean I'll have the actual cabinets to examine.

Any advice, short of building my own is welcome. Hubby will never put his banjo/viola/guitar/bass/piano fingers in danger. I want to sew, not take up woodworking.

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Date: 3/3/12 9:20 AM

The Arrows are less expensive than the Koala/Horn cabinets but are a total bear to build. My husband purchased one for me at Christmas and the directions only gave instruction for the main cabinet, not the L part that holds the serger. DH and son spent 8 hours putting it together and DH is in construction--he's an electrician, so has skills and blueprint reading etc. If you go that way, you might want to hire that cabinet building out. Dh spent less time putting in my basement floor and a water pump in the car combined. It was very frustrating for him. Also, we had to add a door stop so the cabinet door would not swing closed and hit my knee while I sewed. Additionally, the little plastic holders for the door came cracked.

My favorite table is actually the one I bought with my Janome 6600. It doesn't have any bells or whistles--just one little drawer. My rolling plastic drawers fit under it. It is utilitarian.

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Date: 3/3/12 10:41 AM

I have the Horn medium quilters cabinet and love it. It's in a dedicated sewing room, so it doesn't bother me that it doesn't close and I love the size and look of it! Yes, it's pricey, but I thought worth it! Good luck to you! I have a smaller one that fits my serger sitting behind it so when I sew and serge, I just swing my chair around. Convenient for me! Enjoy what you get. It's fun shopping for it!

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Date: 3/3/12 11:33 AM

Call before you make the trip.

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Date: 3/3/12 12:19 PM

LuceLu
Which cabinet do you have for your 6600? Is it a SewPerfect Cabinet?

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Date: 3/3/12 12:27 PM

I am considering the Horn 3167. Saw it and can say it is really nice. MY dealer is selling it for 1369. He actually said he would sell it for 1100 two weeks ago and then 175 for delivery and set up. I believe it comes fully assembled but you would have to check on that.
The other table I was looking at is the Koala, SewPlus IV
I think it's not sooo huge.
I have two machines to put into cabinets. So Im not sure what I will do.
The Sew Perfect tables are very sturdy they are a lot less,
Im thinking of getting two and putting them back to back Not decided though.
Unique Sewing Furniture check them out, and Gristmill Sewing
Furniture.

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Date: 3/3/12 12:57 PM

Check around. I purchased a formica desk at Dania furniture years ago for $200 and it came with a huge top, three draw file.cabinet on wheels and a typewriter extention on wheels for my serger. These roll under the desk when not in use. This desk really supports my drapery fabric when i need it. Ikea may have something similar. Good luck in your search.

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Date: 3/3/12 1:04 PM

Will regular desks work too?
I have a great L-shaped work space, was able to
buy cheap heavy office desks when some of H's
branches closed. The main one is nearly 6' long and has
the deeper office drawers with file holders for patterns,
etc. With a double kneehole area, I can set 2 machines side-by-side when needed for back and forth.
I also got one of their back 6-drawers buffets
for the stash and an expensive adjustable swivel chair.

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Date: 3/3/12 1:14 PM

If you use a regular desk and the machine is not inset, it's a little taller than optimal height. If you're tall it's probably OK. I ended up using the adjustable legs from IKEA to make my table, that way I got it just the right height. I'm not real partial to cabinets, I have 2 machines and 2 sergers and I like to be able to move them around.

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Date: 3/3/12 6:25 PM

I have a Gristmill sewing cabinet and cutting table. The sewing cabinet was comparably priced to the Horn brand but in my opinion is far superior. It is made of solid wood and is as lovely as any of the furniture in my house and I love solid wood furniture! Because it's custom made, you can go with the models they already offer or change things to meet your needs.

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