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What sort of cabinets do you use?  I've decided to upgrade from my drop leaf
table (which served very well as a change table when our daughter was a
baby) and was wondering about sewing cabinets.  I love the fact that they
take up so little space when closed but have room for the machine and the
bits and spread out on when open.  Horn Australia have various designs on
their website - anyone used one?  I'd appreciate any comments on what you
have and pros and cons.



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I still regret no longer having my Horn cabinet
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AJH
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DD has had a Horn cabinet for several years now and likes it well.  I am
considering
buying one.  Her machine lift mechanism gave problems and they sent a
replacement
at no cost, but it took three of us to install it.  Her model is something
between the
Crown and the Imperial, with two doors and no right hand extension.

Jean M.



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Mine had the right-hand extension. I had the airlift out of it and
reinstalled it no probs at one point (don't ask). As far as I know it's
still in the attic at the old house - removal entails taking the
skylight out and lowering it down the roof, and the new occupants now
won't give me access.

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AJH
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They are NEVER big enough!  I have mine set up on work benches in the
sewing room.  You can see the set-up on my web site (URL below).  Not
perfect, but I get the jobs done!

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Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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OKay...I don't actually have a sewing room, but we've come up with some
pretty decent ideas that have worked for me.  I have a 2'x4' adjustable
height table for my sewing (when I am actually working in the basement!)
and on either side is a cabinet we got from Home Depot.  Just you basic
utilitarian white, DIY cabinet.  On one side is a tall skinny cabinet
that holds the projects in order of when I want to get them finished.
The other side has a larger, double-door cabinet that holds most of my
quilting books and such.  The fabric stash in in another cabinet in the
laundry room, also a DIT from Home Depot, (securely mounted to the
wall).  Above my sewing area I have a mini design wall, a thread storage
rack that I decided needed to be up and out of the way, and a couple of
pictures.  I also have a dressmaker's dummy sitting next to the sewing
area, currently sporting some funky pants and the jiffy quick cover I
made for it.

If you want pictures, I can provide them....just give me a bit of notice
so that I can clear off the table a bit <grin>

Larisa

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I don't have a sewing room either and my area is out of control.  I would
like to see how you designed your space.

I sew in my basement, its all concrete....how drab and  uninspiring.
(sigh......)

Please and thanks!
Michelle Giordano



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Hey Michelle!!!  How about painting some walls in Lime green, Hot pink,
Yellow and Tourquoise???   If you are not enclosed, make some cheap but
swell screens out of 1" x 2" boards with canvas stapled on??



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MIchelle,

http://photos.yahoo.com/nystitcher1972

sewing area - it has before and after pictures in it.  It's not cleaned
up in those pictures, but at least you get an idea.

LArisa

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I had a cabinet maker make me a cutting table and a huge sewing table
with space for all three of  my machines.  The table has a lift for my
main machine.

Maureen

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My cabinets are the Koala Cub and Outback, which are perfect for me.  All
the years I sewed previously, I used a table to cut & sew, but when we
bought this house, my DS decided I should have 'real' sewing machine
cabinets instead.  He did some research, and after I told him about Nancy
Zieman redoing her sewing studio with the Koala brand, he ordered their
video and catalog.  For Mother's Day three years ago, he presented me with
the ones I have.  The Outback has space for the serger to remain ready to
use at all times, and the extension table for cutting smaller pieces of
fabric(I still use the kitchen island, which is 3 x6 feet to cut any large
piece).  They're easy to fold away when I need to put up the twin bed in the
sewing room if I have an overnight guest.  After three years, I frankly
would not trade them.  However, I must say, my DD likes her Horn cabinet as
much as I like mine, but she has to lift her serger off the floor since hers
does not have a space for it.  The Outback is great for that feature, I just
turn my chair 45 degrees from the sewing machine to the serger.  It has 2
small shelves under the machine for manuals and one deep shelf some 14
inches wide for other sewing books, projects or whatever.  When he bought
them, I received as gifts for each cabinet, 2 large boxes of assorted
Madeira embroidery thread, which I use all the time with no problems, plus 2
stuffed Koalas, which I gave to a DGD and a dear friend on her 77th
birthday, who collects stuffed animals.
Emily



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Hi Cy, good to see your posts.  I am OK, but don't get on the computer
often.
LOL  Barbara
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I got my sewing cabinet at Sears, and I love it.  It looks like a small 1
door/ 4 drawer cabinet when closed up, but has 4 roomy drawers, a left
extension, a right extension, a lift, and storage bins on the inside of the
front door.  My machine goes on the lift, and my serger sits on the right
extension.  You might want to check it out.
http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/product.do?BV_UseBVCookie=Yes&vertical=APPL&pid=02098302000
They also have other styles, including an L-shaped cabinet for two machines.


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I have a Horn Quilter's Dream, and I love it.  The space for the machine is
perfect -- it has accomodated both a Bernina 125 (the small, small one) and
a Janome 6500 (a behemoth machine).  I like the extra top you can place on
the drawer for additional space to the left of the sewer.

Good luck.

Sheila
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