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Thread: Should I buy this???

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    I've been looking high and low for a different sewing machine cabinet. The one I have now (was my mother's!) doesn't allow me to sit in front of the needle. Awkward and tiring.

    I've tried craigslist and my request is on some Google pages....but no result.

    I did find a sewing and cabinet store 80 miles away (I live in the country in SW Iowa) and finally got to see and try some Roberts cabinets. Nice but tooooo expensive.

    I'm down to two choices:
    A sewing machine table (about $130) that holds my machine flush (I don't want it on top).

    A cabinet large enough so I can sit in front of the needle
    http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/p...DID=xprd398503
    And this doesn't have any reviews written about it...

    My DH said to get the one I want now since I use it a lot. (He's a wonderful guy in many ways!!!)

    So, do I get the table or pay close to $700 for more????

    thanks for your help!

    Oh, it's costly!!!

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    others may disagree but i think that price is far too high for a table that provides so little workspace behind the machine. it would be fine for piecing, but would be a major pain once you got around to quilting a top.

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    I say get the table or keep looking! Just think of how much fabric a$700 would buy!!! LOL

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    Good point about the fabric...

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    Hold out. Shop around. I would expect more for my money. Just my view.

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    Very pricy. My hudband built mine very much like the one at Joanns but with a lot more counter space. He used malmaine (sp?) to do it. It has a door on both end that opens and has to slide out shelves. on the slide out shelves he put pegs to hold my thread. If your husband is handy he could make you one much cheaper. Mine goes along one whle wall so I have plenty of room to do everything,

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    Quote Originally Posted by zennia
    Very pricy. My hudband built mine very much like the one at Joanns but with a lot more counter space. He used malmaine (sp?) to do it. It has a door on both end that opens and has to slide out shelves. on the slide out shelves he put pegs to hold my thread. If your husband is handy he could make you one much cheaper. Mine goes along one whle wall so I have plenty of room to do everything,
    That would be wonderful!
    I already asked my busy husband who farms as one of his jobs. The farm and machinery are constantly in need of repair. So, he said he wouldn't get to it...

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    He might be more inclined to help if he could see how much moolah he could save by building it for you. My hubby doesn't like to do carpentry things but he would balk at my spending that much for a sewing table. It could be really simple and still do the job.

    Another idea, maybe you have a friend who is handy at building things who might be willing to swap his skills for something that you or your husband are handy at...maybe you could make a quilt for him/her or do some cooking, etc. I'm very frugal and would have a problem spending that much but that's just me.

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    It really is worth it to have one made for you. Here is a pic of the one hubby did for me; it took him just a couple of hours, and the most expensive part was the acrylic sheet for the insert he cut for me (around $30 IIRC.) I love it so much, I had him cut a second insert for my other piecing machine so I can swap them out. I now pair this table with its twin in my sewing room to give me lots of quilting space.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-17094-1.htm

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    My most favorite sewing table in the whole wide world was the kitchen table Mother had when we were growing up. I hate so much that I didn't keep using it.

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    Since this is an opinionated question, I can't see paying so much for so little for many of the same reasons already stated.

    But, your in a kind of bind, since hubby could do but lacks the time and you need a solution. If it's affordable to you, meets your needs and wants, you'll buy it. I'd suggest taking the drive to check it out in person to see if it truly meets your expectations as well as sewing needs. That's a lot of $$$ to lose if you aren't 100% happy.

    My Mom had a sewing cabinet and the stool opened up for more storage, thread racks and so forth, but it was just too small and I developed a great dislike for things like that. But that's just me. I'd be happy for you if you're happy with it.

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    I got a real nice desk at the office store...
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    You might check in your area and see if someone would be willing to make you one that is larger for sewing quilts, has a storage shelf underneath, for that much money or less :D:D:D With the economy being like it is, someone may want to make some extra money :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovemonkie
    I've been looking high and low for a different sewing machine cabinet. The one I have now (was my mother's!) doesn't allow me to sit in front of the needle. Awkward and tiring.

    I've tried craigslist and my request is on some Google pages....but no result.

    I did find a sewing and cabinet store 80 miles away (I live in the country in SW Iowa) and finally got to see and try some Roberts cabinets. Nice but tooooo expensive.

    I'm down to two choices:
    A sewing machine table (about $130) that holds my machine flush (I don't want it on top).

    A cabinet large enough so I can sit in front of the needle
    http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/p...DID=xprd398503
    And this doesn't have any reviews written about it...

    My DH said to get the one I want now since I use it a lot. (He's a wonderful guy in many ways!!!)

    So, do I get the table or pay close to $700 for more????

    thanks for your help!

    Oh, it's costly!!!
    i use an old 8 foot long by 4 foot wide dining room table.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mama's place
    He might be more inclined to help if he could see how much moolah he could save by building it for you. My hubby doesn't like to do carpentry things but he would balk at my spending that much for a sewing table. It could be really simple and still do the job.

    Another idea, maybe you have a friend who is handy at building things who might be willing to swap his skills for something that you or your husband are handy at...maybe you could make a quilt for him/her or do some cooking, etc. I'm very frugal and would have a problem spending that much but that's just me.
    Hmmmm, I just thought of someone who could make this and I'd love to make a quilt for them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsb38327
    My most favorite sewing table in the whole wide world was the kitchen table Mother had when we were growing up. I hate so much that I didn't keep using it.
    Funny you said that...my first suggestion to DH was to use my parent's old, sturdy dining room table. It's just a catch all now. He said he didn't want to cut into it.

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    You all have been soooooo helpful :-D . I'll let you know what I end up with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ann clare
    Hold out. Shop around. I would expect more for my money. Just my view.
    I would want a lot more for that kind of money

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    That sounds like an AWEFUL lot of money. What I don't like about the sewing desks I looked at is that I have very limited mobility. Right now I have a table and I can scootch the whole length of it without bumping my knees.

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    I think it's highway robbery, the prices those sewing furniture places ask.

    Take the "sewing" out of the description and think "table". Costco sells a nice 6' long table that is height adjustable. A sturdy desk is nice and has the added perk of drawers. Tables/desks come in a variety of shapes and styles, you could find the perfect one for next to nothing.

    My first sewing table was my son's old computer hutch.

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    I got my "sewing center" from JoAnn's and I love it.l It collapses into a nice sized credenza when it is shut, but when it is open there is a place for my machine that sits lower than the table itself. It has a little bookshelf for books and magazines, it has a small drawer for scissors and cutters and stuff and another drawer for my thread and bobbin winder and Calculator. The top of the table has a back that opens up to a 46x46 top, perfect for setting blocks on, it has a grid on the top 1"; grids with 1/8" rulering. It was $129.00 I believe with a 50% off coupon. I love it. Google Sew Essentials Quilters Design Table. That is mine - sold by JoAnn's. It is not expensive and it does the trick and I like that the machine is down about two inches from the table. Hope that helps. Edie

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovemonkie
    Quote Originally Posted by dsb38327
    My most favorite sewing table in the whole wide world was the kitchen table Mother had when we were growing up. I hate so much that I didn't keep using it.
    Funny you said that...my first suggestion to DH was to use my parent's old, sturdy dining room table. It's just a catch all now. He said he didn't want to cut into it.
    I didn't cut mine either. I just put my machine on the top. The table was so big I could do everything on it from the planning to the final seaming. If you don't want it scratched you might consider have a glass cut to put over the top of it. I really liked using it. My bad. Would have, should have and didn't keep it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edie
    I got my "sewing center" from JoAnn's and I love it.l It collapses into a nice sized credenza when it is shut, but when it is open there is a place for my machine that sits lower than the table itself. It has a little bookshelf for books and magazines, it has a small drawer for scissors and cutters and stuff and another drawer for my thread and bobbin winder and Calculator. The top of the table has a back that opens up to a 46x46 top, perfect for setting blocks on, it has a grid on the top 1"; grids with 1/8" rulering. It was $129.00 I believe with a 50% off coupon. I love it. Google Sew Essentials Quilters Design Table. That is mine - sold by JoAnn's. It is not expensive and it does the trick and I like that the machine is down about two inches from the table. Hope that helps. Edie
    I like it! But I need a table/cabinet in which my sewing machine sits in it, is level with the top. (My old machine isn't portable.)

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    Yesterday, I visited a family woodworking shop of excellent quality about 25 miles from here. Their beautiful, hand crafted, oak, solid sewing cabinet is wonderful-and costs $580.

    I asked if it was possible to make one without drawers (like what I have now) and is wide enough for me to sit in front of the needle.
    Yep, $300!

    I also looked around for a large old desk or table-maybe one possibility.

    I'm glad I'm still looking thanks to all your info. Haven't decided yet!

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    Too pricey! Go to a second hand store, pick up a desk for $50 and tweek it. OR get 2 file cabinets, and some countertop scraps and position it between the cabinets. BUT! if you can afford it, and $$ is no object - go for it!

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