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Thread: where to find a sewing machine insert

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    Senior Member IngeMK's Avatar
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    I am looking for recommendations for a sewing machine insert to fit my brand new to me Koala cabinet. :D

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    you should just be able to contact koala

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    I was hoping for a little cheaper than the $150 :shock: that I found on their website. Also, they appearantly changed models since then, soo, it's not a current model

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    Anyone handy around your house. I got a new table and measured the two sides and depth and my dad threw this together for me.

    In the table
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    on top of table so you can see simple construction out of 1/2 MDF
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    I have an MDF inset too. DH cut it for me.

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    If your cabinet is of the style where there are little strips of wood the top insert sits on ... then you can go to a plastic company and have them cut your insert. You will need to provide the pattern
    which would include the outer edges and the sewing machine area.

    If you have trouble you can PM me as we have an excellent plastic company here that has cut out numerous templates and a few extention table tops for me. They also cut out the insert that I got with my cabinet that didn't fit my newer machine. Well worth the price.

    ali

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    THANK YOU SO MUCH, this is my first cabinet. I love the pictures because this cabinet does not have strips to set the insert on and I couldn't figure out how it's gonna be at the right level :oops:
    I'll have to figure something out with legs on it :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by IngeMK
    I'll have to figure something out with legs on it :D
    In that case you'll probably want to use some sort of leveling feet. It can be a bit of a beast to get everything just right otherwise. With them you just need to attach some blocks are are a little shy of the height you need then use the legs to make it just so. They're widely available in woodworking or hardware stores. The only issue is that most of them are designed to be slide easily and you'll want just the opposite. If you can find rubberized ones that's great, otherwise you can tack a little non-skid rug backing to felt bottomed legs with a little glue.

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    I am not sure what your cabinet is like, but I don't think you will need the feet. It doesn't have to be dead on level to work, it is just to keep your fabric moving and not falling in the hole and I don't think it will slide if the top board is "trapped" within the top hole (which means fits wall to wall from front to back) . Note that I made mine to fit the whole machine, not just the free arm so it was easier to measure and cut. Also mine doesn't go all the way accross the back so that I can fit my cone thread holder down and behind my machine. It keeps it from wandering if some cloth catches on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IngeMK
    I'll have to figure something out with legs on it :D
    In that case you'll probably want to use some sort of leveling feet. It can be a bit of a beast to get everything just right otherwise. With them you just need to attach some blocks are are a little shy of the height you need then use the legs to make it just so. They're widely available in woodworking or hardware stores. The only issue is that most of them are designed to be slide easily and you'll want just the opposite. If you can find rubberized ones that's great, otherwise you can tack a little non-skid rug backing to felt bottomed legs with a little glue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acesgame
    It doesn't have to be dead on level...
    Quote Originally Posted by pinkCastleDH
    Quote Originally Posted by IngeMK
    I'll have to figure something out with legs on it :D
    In that case you'll probably want to use some sort of leveling feet. It can be a bit of a beast to get everything just right otherwise.
    Ah, well. I know that if I made one for my wife and it wasn't dead on flush with the bed of the machine I'd just be doing it again until it was. ;)

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