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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Sewing Table/Cabinet from JoAnn's ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Sewing Table/Cabinet from JoAnn's
Does anyone have this cabinet?
CathyWeeks
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Date: 10/14/08 2:47 PM

http://www.amazon.com/Homespun-Louvered-Cabinet-5701/dp/B000C38A7A



Does anyone have this sewing table? I'm interested in one that has a lift with three settings (machine all the way inside, machine with sewing surface flush with tabletop, and machine all the up resting on the tabletop), rather than a tilting tabletop that requires the machine be bolted on. I also want something that folds away and completely encloses the machine so my cats can't get to the thread (and to protect it from excess cat hair)

Because my sewing area is in my living room, I do need something that can be fully put away.

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Date: 10/14/08 3:19 PM

Oh Cathy I LOVE this cabinet, I was thinking of getting the black one, but chickened out because I wasn't able to see it 1st. I hear the arrow products are quite strudy, plus the air lift feature is great for storage. I've read that their products are difficult to assemble, but the end result is good. If you end up getting the this cabinet please review it. Good luck!

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Date: 10/14/08 3:53 PM

Cathy,

What worries me about this cabinet is that you won't sit "center of needle" which means simply that you won't be sitting right in front of the needle as you sew. And more likely, your left leg will keep fighting with or hitting that side panel b/c you don't sit center of needle. And because there's not much space inside, you might feel cramped while you sew. Does your machine have a knee lift? Eeek.

You'll notice that the new cabinets have an opening cut out of the side panel so that the sewist can sit center of needle.

Happy hunting.

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Date: 10/14/08 4:21 PM

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Does your machine have a knee lift?


Nope. Just a foot pedal. I would have liked a knee pedal (don't know what it's called - but you put the foot pedal up inside the cabinet, and you press this lever with your knee, and it actually presses the foot pedal. That's what I grew up with, but the foot pedal on the Janome doesn't fit in the mechanism that held the pedal for my old Singer, allowing me to drive the machine with my knee. However, I've gotten pretty used to the foot pedal at this point.

Anyway, to your point about center of needle, I'll definitely consider it. My current table doesn't allow it, so I'm used to not having that feature, but it sounds awfully nice. My only problem is $$$. I need it to have a lift, and fold completely up, and this table can be gotten with a coupon (likely) saving me lots of money. I haven't seen too many cabinets that meet my criteria for as little as this one is. And they seem to go up in price FAST.

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Date: 10/14/08 6:24 PM

Quote: geek sewing

What worries me about this cabinet is that you won't sit "center of needle" which means simply that you won't be sitting right in front of the needle as you sew.

That was my first reaction, as well. I can tell you that if you're prone to back trouble, this will make it worse if it doesn't cause it. The body will want to lean toward the left, and get itself centered on that needle. That is not a good position for the spine. Once I got a table that was wide enough to sit the machine with the needle centered to ME, I stopped having backaches.

Honestly, I think you can do better for the same money, or a little bit more. Check out the allbrands site, and kenssewingcenter. The Regal are made by Horn (or visa versa).
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Date: 10/14/08 8:31 PM

Ooo Cathy and Doris make a good point. I was totally distracted by how cute it was not how it would function. Duh.. I know that Sears sells Home Spun / Arrow cabinets online and will price match plus give 10% off of the difference. If you find something better in that line to suit your needs, just a thought.

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Date: 10/14/08 9:33 PM

I have an arrow cabinet, a bit bigger though. I love it, but my husband and father-in-law put it together. They said it was a B***H to put together! They said never again. I'm very happy with it though.

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Date: 10/14/08 10:40 PM

Sigh... So maybe I'll get something like this instead:

http://www.amazon.com/Homespun-Cabinet-Sewing-Table-6701/dp/B000C3CBIY

That way, even if I ever get a more fancy setup, this table will still be useful. I can keep using my sewing machine case cover (bought separately) to keep my cat out of the thread.

Here's a pic:



I *do* get a sore back from leaning to my left, with my current cabinet/table.
-- Edited on 10/14/08 10:43 PM --

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Date: 10/14/08 11:18 PM

Oh, grrrrrr... I just thought of a big downside to this table. I wouldn't be able to access the accessory drawer in the machine itself, unless I lifted it up and out of the table. Sigh... back to hunting.

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Date: 10/15/08 3:23 AM

Do not get the arrow table as pictured!!!!I have had 2-replaced by arrow,they are awful--they vibrate-both collapsed with machine on it,due to the bar that holds the pull down for the lift that is faulty.the bar pops out of a rubber stopper.
they offered me a 3rd table,after trying to insist it was my fault(arrow)I refused and junked the table.
you get what you pay for!!!
look in thrift stores,I bought a great older bernina desk at salvation army for 25.00-with lift,in great shape.then recently I found another table similar in style of the arrow but made really well for 35.00 in great shape.

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