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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Koala vs Unique Sewing Cabinets vs ???? ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 11/20/12 1:35 PM

Hey Learn to Sew....

I saw that you had a Unique cabinet. How you liking it?

I realize that this topic *maybe* should be in the Sewing Spaces category here on PR....

But with the new, heavier machines, wide model machines... I'm hoping we can talk about what best suits these machines here.

Anybody else shop between these brands?

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2013: Wow.. no real new toys - too much family drama!!!!
2012: New Elna Lotus for granddaughter, Red Elna Press, Horizon 7700, Gidget 2 Table, Babylock Ellisimo Gold
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Date: 11/20/12 1:41 PM

Love, love, love my Unique cabinet. I think I have pictures somewhere in the Sewing Spaces topic. Model 450L, as it has 4 drawers on the left side. 48 inches wide, and has the drop down leaf, which I occasionally now use. I've had it since March 2008 and love it. Natural stain on Birch wood. I prefered it to Oak. They discontinued my model and went with one wider, I think. See the 472L, as I believe it is nearly the same as mine.

You need to call Patrick and ask him which cabinet for which machine. I would not know, as machines change so fast.

Unique Sewing Furniture 1-866-739-3876.

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Bernina 630, my main machine
Pfaff 2036, my class machine
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Date: 11/21/12 10:50 AM

If you like to have your machine out and dont need to put it away, the Unique tables are GREAT. Very solid and they will customize it or them you may need more then one RipS. because you have several large machines. He delievers them to you. Can take several months to get.
Also look at Gristmill they also custom make and they are really beautiful.
I have been going back and forth for over a year as what to get. For now I have my machines one on a heavy desk (bad height) and one on a Galant Sytem table from Ikea with the adjustable T legs that is working ok. But I really want Flat SPACE and sturdy and no vibration, flexable and good looking easy to mess with everything.
Since I have all front loading bobbins I think I prefer the Unique set up though I like the look of the Shaker Gristmill cabinets more.
SewPerfect tables are another option that is much more resonable and he wil all customize but not as much.

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Date: 11/21/12 11:36 AM

Hadn't heard of Gristmill... I'll have to check that out.

The Unique dude is up in Cheyenne, Wyoming, right? (Just wanna make sure I'm not confusing companies) If so, I met him at a quilt show here in my town this summer. Cheyenne is only 120 miles from here.

I just posted pics this morning of my sewing room on my newly-started blog. I've only been here two days... so be kind... (don't look at the boxes and piles! lol) .... but here's the room I have to work with... scroll down to the last pic and click on it to see the whole room:


Rip's Room

I'm pretty excited...
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My projects (and life and times!) are on www.RipStitcher.com

Wish list:
Bernina 550QE (for it's cute little footprint)
Sashiko
Ovation serger
APQS George ... oh heck... go Millie!

2014: Sold the 7700 to make room for a 5.5mm machine alongside side my Ellie.
2013: Wow.. no real new toys - too much family drama!!!!
2012: New Elna Lotus for granddaughter, Red Elna Press, Horizon 7700, Gidget 2 Table, Babylock Ellisimo Gold
1970's: Elna SU62 & ElnaPress

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Date: 11/21/12 1:00 PM

What a GREAT sewing space! I'm enjoying your blog. But you are right - that Ellisimo deserves a really special table!
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Date: 11/21/12 1:13 PM

Thanks, Southern... :)

I've got some other personal crapola to take care of over the next few months... so my sewing furniture is down on the list a few rungs under a few other spendy necessities in my realm...

I'm thinking for the short term, just to get comfy, I'm going to spring to get a second Gidget 2 for the EG from Amazon ... and a couple of those Costco folding tables that people have been raving about.

That gives me more time to settle into what I really need in this room.

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My projects (and life and times!) are on www.RipStitcher.com

Wish list:
Bernina 550QE (for it's cute little footprint)
Sashiko
Ovation serger
APQS George ... oh heck... go Millie!

2014: Sold the 7700 to make room for a 5.5mm machine alongside side my Ellie.
2013: Wow.. no real new toys - too much family drama!!!!
2012: New Elna Lotus for granddaughter, Red Elna Press, Horizon 7700, Gidget 2 Table, Babylock Ellisimo Gold
1970's: Elna SU62 & ElnaPress

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Date: 11/21/12 1:32 PM

Impressive. I like it. Now I have to go back and click on each picture to see what I did not see the first time.

Edited to ask: What is your baby's name? Such a cute long haired Doxie. Mine are short hairs.
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Bernina 630, my main machine
Pfaff 2036, my class machine
Babylock Molly
Bernina 1200DA serger
Unique Sewing Cabinet 450L

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Date: 11/21/12 1:48 PM

The one in the first sewing room pic is my old girl - Nilla. She's 14 and deaf now.

If you look carefully at the last pic, there are two dog beds in front of the fireplace. I have the fireplace on low... and those dogs are lovin' it. My little weirdo, Bella, is in one of the beds.

Bella is also known as Marilyn around here... because when she hears the furnace come on, she goes and lays down on one of the heat vents. LOL

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My projects (and life and times!) are on www.RipStitcher.com

Wish list:
Bernina 550QE (for it's cute little footprint)
Sashiko
Ovation serger
APQS George ... oh heck... go Millie!

2014: Sold the 7700 to make room for a 5.5mm machine alongside side my Ellie.
2013: Wow.. no real new toys - too much family drama!!!!
2012: New Elna Lotus for granddaughter, Red Elna Press, Horizon 7700, Gidget 2 Table, Babylock Ellisimo Gold
1970's: Elna SU62 & ElnaPress

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Date: 11/21/12 1:57 PM

Our Dachshunds do that too. They love to sit in front of the heat vent below the cabinet under the kitchen sink. I have a nice soft mat there for my feet (hardwood floors hurt my feet), so when they hear the heat come on, they head for it.

If I am in my sewing room, Mocha likes to lay on the vent and get the heat. Cookie likes her round bed better. The vent is close to my Unique cabiinet. Mocha also likes to lay at my feet under the cabinet, away from the vent.

The funniest thing is when we turn on the gas fireplace. Mocha likes to watch the flames come on! We go to the switch and she gets excited to watch the flames. Then she ignores it. Cookie will wait until the area in front is nice and warm with the blower pushing the heat out, and then lays down in front of it.

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Bernina 630, my main machine
Pfaff 2036, my class machine
Babylock Molly
Bernina 1200DA serger
Unique Sewing Cabinet 450L

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Date: 11/21/12 2:46 PM

Congrat's!! All of it's so lovely!! AND Thanks for the reminder about how important it is to set intentions in our everyday life!! Sometimes we get so inundated with bad news and unhappy situations that we forget we're worth it!!

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