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Message Board > Sewing Spaces > Koala QuiltPro Plus IV vs Cub Plus IV ( Moderated by Deepika)

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Koala QuiltPro Plus IV vs Cub Plus IV
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Date: 6/15/13 8:03 PM

I have an Ellisimo and I want more space to the right and left of the machine. Plus I need storage drawers/shelves.
I am looking at the QuiltPro Plus IV.

I was also considering the Club Plus IV and a separate
Storage Center for more versatility as the pieces could go together or be separated in a future home.

Is anyone using either model with one of the largest TOLs? Are there things that you love or hate? Are the drawer notion inserts and thread chest worth ordering?

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Date: 6/16/13 0:15 AM

I had a koala cabinet and absolutely loved it. It kept everything neat and organized. If you can afford the extra storage drawers and the other add ons and you have the space I would highly recommend you buy it.

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Date: 6/16/13 7:14 AM

I've got a dualmate, which I love. I have my Pfaff QE4.0 in one side, and I rotate a serger, coverlock, or my Pfaff 1222e in the other. I don't have drawers, but I do have the back extension shelves.

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Date: 6/18/13 7:28 AM

I have a DualMate but it doesn't work well for my Ellisimo. There is not enough room to the left or right. I am hoping a center well opening will give me the space it needs.
The DualMate is fine for my smaller Pfaff 6152 and BL serger.

I cant find pictures on the website of the front.
Does the QuiltPlus without the outback have those holes for pass through cords?
I am hoping not as I want a clean appearance.
I was wondering if the thread chest works for feet and attachments and if the drawer inserts are useful.

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Date: 6/19/13 6:37 PM

Why not the SewMate its smaller but has draws I think its a good inbetween.

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Date: 6/21/13 6:38 AM

Just looked at it. The Sewmate has a right machine well just like my Dualmate.

Due to the size of the Ellisimo, I am looking for a center well so I have enough space on both sides.
I sew garments so I want space on the left to manuever fabric and put the pieces there ready to pick up and put down. I want space on the right to use the Ellisimo mouse and my laptop when needed or my pattern instructions and notions.
The swing out arm will be my pressing station.

I was hoping someone might offer comments on the notion trays that can be ordered for the drawers. Do they lift out or slide around? Are they deep enough to be of use? Can the thread chest be used to store feet and accessories?

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Date: 6/21/13 9:53 AM

Hi Sandi....When I was purchasing my Koala cabinets, I really wanted the QuiltPro plus for the same reason you mentioned-to have room on the right and left of the machine. I wanted to be able to use the mouse with my Ellisimo too. When it came time to decide, I ended up getting the SewMate Plus along with a Cub Plus and a Rollabout storage cabinet with the corner top. So I have my SewMate and to the right of it, the Rollabout with a cornertop. It works really, really well and I love it. I especially like how the Rollabout with the corner top is angled so it's easy to reach over and open a drawer as well as using the mouse. I use the cornertop to lay out my cut pieces and keep my pattern instructions there as well. My CubPlus is usually used as my cutting table and it also holds my Enlighten Serger.

I love the Koala cabinets so much, I'm actually going to purchase the Treasure Chest Plus since it is a taller standing cabinet. I'll use that as my dedicated cutting table and house my 2nd embroidery machine in there. Of course, this is "all down the road".....

The reason I did not get the QuiltPro is because of the size. Since you have the DualMate, you know how big and heavy these big cabinets are. I don't have a lot of room and figured smaller pieces were easier to move around. Now, if I had the room, I would have bought the Quilt Pro and put it in a place where I wouldn't need to move it.

And yes, the thread chest can definitely be used for notions and the trays come right out. You can order the thread chest empty for about $179.

I think I posted the link to the pictures of my set up on an earlier thread in here.

I hope this helps!

Jim
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Date: 6/22/13 6:30 AM

Thanks Jim! Exactly the sort of information I was looking for. I moved my sewing out of the guest room and into the living-dining room so right now space in not an issue. But as I age and we downsize again it will be. I could take smaller units with me. I like your thought process. Your explanation of how they are actually working helped me decide on combining the units. It will be significantly more but it think worth it as the smaller ones are more flexible. I need more drawers though and not so much cutting space. My Dualmate PlusIV has the Outback. The shelves are holding collectibles as it faces our homes front door. Plus the sewing notions would be unreachable there as I sit on the other side.
Will look at your room pictures again.
Sandi.
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Date: 6/24/13 3:18 PM

I think the smaller units work best in the long run because you'll never be cemented into one configuration at any time. The absolute best part about the Rollabout Plus is the fact when you order the corner top, it comes with the regular top as well. So you can take the corner top off or on whenever you want and that provides a lot of flexibility.

Since you said you need more drawers and cutting space, the Rollabout is really a nice option. The bottom drawer is pretty deep. Since this sits to the right of my SewMate, I have sewing notions (needles, scissors, pins, etc.) in the top drawer, stabilizer in the middle and thread boxes and extra fabric in the lower drawer. I never bought the extra plastic container accessories Koala sells because I think you can get those much cheaper at Joann's when they have their 50% off storage sales.

The set up does cost more but I haven't regretted it one bit and love the flexibility and assurance I can arrange it differently whenever I'd like.

If I was in a residence that had the room and I knew I'd be there through retirement, then I would definitely get a Quiltmate just to have stationary and provide a large space. But until then, I'm pretty happy with what I have and what I'd like to get!

Jim

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Date: 6/25/13 7:29 PM

I am glad to hear about ordering the corner. Was going to go regular but having both options will be nicer down the road. I ordered the extra height on the dual mate and love it so that is going to add onto my costs quite a bit.
I think I may have to do it over time. Rollabout first. The money we anticipated is delayed. But thats life! Back to floor plans and dreams.

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