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Date: 1/26/13 11:06 AM

I am about to invest in a new cabinet for my Bernina 830 and am looking for reviews from anyone who has purchased from Gristmill. Their sewing cabinets look absolutely gorgeous on-line and I have been in contact with Jason for pricing on what I am looking at.

Before I invest a large amount of money in this I was wondering if anyone out there has bought a piece of furniture from them. It is hard to know what kind of quality is there from looking at a picture on a web page.

Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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Date: 1/26/13 12:32 PM

No personal experience with the products but everything I've read and heard has been that they produce outstanding furniture.
I didn't buy my pieces from them but I am kind of wishing that I could have gotten one of their sewing desks with the electric lift...that 830 is SO heavy that I dread having to move it in and out of my well.



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Date: 1/26/13 12:44 PM

I know what you mean about the weight of that machine!! She is going in for a check up next week and I need my husband to carry her out to my car for me!!

Besides the look of the Gristmill cabinet, the other main feature that is drawing me is the electric lift !

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Date: 1/26/13 12:59 PM

One negative I have heard about electric lifts and the super-heavy machines is that there can be some wobbling.
That may not be the case with Gristmill, but it's one thing I'd want to check out before I bought.

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Date: 1/26/13 1:44 PM

Thanks Linda I will keep that in mind.

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Date: 1/26/13 8:32 PM

I sent you a PM

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Date: 1/27/13 7:18 AM

How heavy is your machine? I've got several Pfaffs, the old one (a 1222e from 1981) is 2 pounds heavier, although more compact, than the QE4. Of course, it's cast aluminum and not plastic. BTW, I've not noticed any wobbling raising or lowering either machine in my Koala table with electric lift. Thank goodness for electric lift!!

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Date: 1/27/13 7:27 AM

Those are beautiful looking cabinets. I admit that I didn't look at all of their offerings, though. One thing I noticed is that they center the machine in the knee hole rather than centering the needle in the knee hole. For whatever amount of money you spend on a cabinet for your machine, please consider that point. Each cabinet will have you leaning to the left to position your body in front of the needle. This will give you a backache at the very least.

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Date: 1/27/13 8:10 AM

I keep hoping PR will make a dedicated sewing cabinet review section. It is so hard to track thread discussions to get information on them. Sewing Spaces is nice but not a template format or very searchable under brands and models.

Your point about centering the needle is excellent! I had custom cabinets made 6 yrs ago and designed it to center my machines.

That backache showed up real quick. That is one advantage that a counter type design has- where you can scoot your chair and knees in any position and not be cubby-holed in by drawers on one side.

So many things to consider. Cabinets are not an inexpensive notion- they really need a dedicated Review Area like the machines have.

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Date: 1/27/13 8:54 AM

Thanks so much for that insite MegquiltsinVT as it is something I didn't even consider. I have emailed Jason (who is the owner of Gristmill) a few times and was given to understand that I can customize the sewing cabinet any way I wish. I will certainly keep that centering issue in my plans.

This is one of the reasons I was leaning towards Gristmill. The option of customizing is very important to me. I am spending this money once and really want to get it right so the piece of furniture will last.

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