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Thread: Another cabinet question - Arrow Bertha vs Kangaroo Wallaby

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    Question Another cabinet question - Arrow Bertha vs Kangaroo Wallaby

    I'm going crazy trying to choose a cabinet for my new sewing room. I had ordered a Perfexion cabinet, but after 3 major delays and no clear delivery date now, I've decided to order another. I'm looking at the Arrow Bertha and the Kangaroo Wallaby. I really only have my Bernina to take care of, and it's primarily for piecing and putting together the quilts. I do the actual quilting on my Sweet Sixteen. Can anyone help me with these two cabinets? Do you have one of them? Do you have a sense of the pros and cons?
    Thanks so much!!!

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    I have the Wallaby (sold here as the 'Horn Eclipse') and cannot fault it. At first I was going to say that you probably wouldn't need the flip up table when I saw you quilted on on a Sweet Sixteen - until I remembered how great it was when sewing bindings on.......
    Everything is at my fingertips and I rarely(?) lose things now, lol. i've never regretted buying mine.
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    Thanks, Knitette. My worry about the Wallaby is that there seems to be little room to the left of the machine, where I would think you need most of the room when working with a large quilt? Have you found that to be a problem? How large is the table part to the left of the machine, can you tell me?
    Thanks!

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    I'm looking at these two tables too. In addition, someone here has offered me an older model Horn that may fit my machine after all (Ace sewing told me it wouldn't-maybe they just want to sell me a new table. lol).

    Do both of these cabinets have the same type of lift?

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    I have the Arrow Bertha and it works very well for me. It does have a nice work area to the left of the machine and also a section that opens out to the back of the machine, in addition to an open area to the right. With the lift for the machine and custom insert, I have a nice flat area for piecing and FMQ with my Pfaff. I have a relatively small area to use in my guest room and it folds up nicely when company comes. I bought mine on line and it was delivered direct from the factory (a USA company, which I like). My husband set it up, I would not have been able to do that by myself. I can't compare to the Wallaby because I'm not familiar with it. I know that Arrow fit my price range and it works for me. Plus has storage on the insides of both doors which I have filled with "stuff".

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    Take a look at the older cabinet first as it is probably better constructed and sturdier than the new ones. You may be able to adapt it with just a little bit of sawing. I was about an inch short for my machine and my neighbour was able to cut out the necessary piece for some beer as payment and it saved me a lot of money.
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    I love my Bertha, I found the Kangaroo cabinets to be out of my price range and the Bertha works great to spread my quilts out on. Right now a lot of the surfaces are covered with batting, thread boxes and patterns because I am temporarily sharing my sewing room with my one year old grandson, He's a doll BUT, They are finding a place of there own soon, so I can put everything back in it's place. Even with all the piles of stuff on my Bertha, I have plenty of room to sew. But boy will I be glad to have my bright yellow room with my white Bertha cabinet back. I sewed many a beginners quilt on a tiny quilt table, can't believe they turned out so well. I feel like the queen of my own little Kingdom when my room is all about me and my stuff!
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    Actually the Wallaby and the Bertha are not that much different in price. I've found the Wallaby for $850 and the Bertha for $720.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelbie View Post
    Take a look at the older cabinet first as it is probably better constructed and sturdier than the new ones. You may be able to adapt it with just a little bit of sawing. I was about an inch short for my machine and my neighbour was able to cut out the necessary piece for some beer as payment and it saved me a lot of money.
    We've decided to go with one that fits, so if the horn doesn't fit, I'm not going to cut it. We had to cut my current table to fit and let's just say I'm not doing that again. Fake wood doesn't cut all that well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Puttergeo View Post
    Thanks, Knitette. My worry about the Wallaby is that there seems to be little room to the left of the machine, where I would think you need most of the room when working with a large quilt? Have you found that to be a problem? How large is the table part to the left of the machine, can you tell me?
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    Go to the site I linked and click on 'dimensions' and all the measurements are there (unfortunately in centimetres. Easy to convert via calculator or internet 2.54 cms = 1").
    I haven't found a problem to the left - so far. I only use the left side flip down occasionally too - mostly I keep it folded over.
    Lang may yer lum reek. (I'm a knitter - hence - 'Knit-ette'. Confuses a lot of people!)

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    I have Bertha because it was cheaper than other cabinets. It was difficult to put togather.
    The end pieces do not drop down, they only fold over the top.
    It is very heavy since made from pressed board not wood.
    But it works for me since my machine is larger than standard machines and I needed a cabinet to fit the larger machines.
    It is 7 ft long when open. I dont have room to use the back extension but would like to.
    It has plenty of room on the left for quilting .
    I bought mine when it first came out so was only $550. You can see it in my Avatar, part of it anyway.
    Last edited by Rose Marie; 07-09-2013 at 05:50 AM.

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    Can you tell me if it is possible to fold either the right or the left extension while sewing if you don't need all the table space for a project? Thanks.

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    I found out the wallaby will barely fit my machine so I'm going for the Bertha now. A semi-local shop had a great sale on a different one but they sold out the first day.

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    i have the Horn quilter's dream table, and the ultimate storage center. I can't say enough about how much I love these two pieces of furniture. my quilter's dream table is almost10 years old and has been moved cross country into 3 different houses, the tables are so sturdy and built truly to last a lifetime. These cabinets are expensive, but the quality is worth it. The bonus is they are made in the USA and come mostly assembled. I think I put the wheels on and that was about it!

    I've heard great things about the wallaby, but I'm not familiar with the Bertha. good luck with your choice, I'm sure what ever you pick will be the one that is right for you!

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    There is a shop hop in a town near me next weekend and several of the vendors carry Horn. I wonder if they ever have hop specials. I'm going to wait until next weekend and find out and if they don't, I'll order the Bertha. Maybe I'll call them during the week and find out.

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    Have you considered a custom actual real wood cabinet. Bebas makes them. You can see them at bebasboutique.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by jk1972 View Post
    Have you considered a custom actual real wood cabinet. Bebas makes them. You can see them at bebasboutique.com
    Do they only have the one model? When I clicked on shop online, it showed only one and it's $3000.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gale View Post
    Do they only have the one model? When I clicked on shop online, it showed only one and it's $3000.
    Haha....no that's a nice one though. Lots but they start around $1600 for basic. But its a real wood furniture piece

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    Still way over my budget. I wonder why they don't display any others on their websites.

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    The website has just been re-done! More will show up as the days go.

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    I see she has 2 now. The $2000 one doesn't even have an airlift. If I want certain features, like the airlift, extra space in the back, and the ability to close the whole thing up, I guess I'll have to stick with the particle board ones.

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