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Thread: Does anyone use purchased quilter's furniture?

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    I have a friend who treated herself to some of the sewing furniture seen in magazines. Her sewing room is in the far side of her formal living room so she wanted to close it when company comes. The only problem she has had with it is she ordered an extra top to put her serger on a wing of the unit. With the extra top, the unit can't be closed. The height of the serger top is the same as the tabletop and it is screwed on. So she lost the ability to tighten it all up and fold it away. Other than that, it's beautiful. But not what she intended.

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    I have furniture from Arrow/Kangaroo and I'm so happy I got it! I first purchased an Aussie so I would be able to have plenty of room to free motion with my machine at the right height. I really liked it, so I've been able to catch some additional pieces on sale now and then. I've got a few Joeys, which I stacked, plus their cutting table which I use for both cutting and ironing larger finished tops. And you'll see my quilt on their website hanging above many of their cabinets. They had a contest to design and make a quilt that matched their colors, and the prize was a certain amount towards their furniture. That's how I was able to get the cutting table. (Here's a link: https://www.arrowcabinets.com/shop/b...s/emu-cabinet/)

    For me, one of the big advantages is the ability to fold up the furniture with the machine in it and have a nice neat look. We recently did some remodeling, and my entire sewing room folded up and rolled out of the way. Awesome!

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    I have a Koala Table and I ordered the extra tall one as I am tall and it kills my back to have to hunch over to cut and sew, this is the one I purchased.
    http://www.koalacabinets.com/index.c...ategory_id=303

    I love the height and the storage, I will say I was not happy with the materials used to make it. If I ever redo my room, I will go for a handcrafted solid wood table, and forgo another Koala. As far as the rest of my sewing room furniture, itís all IKEA and it works well for me. I regret no purchase that lets me enjoy my hobby in comfort.
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    I bought a Horn table when I got my Bernina and I love it. It's large enough to be able to use the other side for cutting. My machine goes in it and it has a manual lever.
    I also have a large table for my Juki (for machine quilting)

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    I'm negative on the koala. I bought one as a 'soon to be retired' present to self. I really liked using it, but we moved and although I always kept in in the house (my bedroom, so it was heated - it was not left in damp or severe heat) When I started using it again I found out that all of the rounded edges were delaminating. I take responsibility for the lift mechanism failing, my son didn't see the instruction before he put the top down. But delamination REALLY this was a top of the kind purchase

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
    No different then furnishing the rooms in your house with nice furniture. Why should a sewing room be all make do and hodge podge? I have the same pride in my sewing room as I do the rest of the rooms in my home. If my sewing room is junky and raggedity then I feel like I don't value what that room means to me.
    Amen! When I had the chance to use a spare room for a sewing room I bought furniture for it, like I would have for a bedroom, sitting room, or office. If all the other furniture was make do then I would have no problem with it but I have nice furniture in my other rooms why should my sewing room be only good enough for the free or cheap stuff? I take pride in my sewing room.

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    I have always sewn with vintage machines that came in wood cabinets. Until I started quilting in the spring of 2017, I did not even realize that the modern machines did not come with cabinets. All of my machines except for my 99k handcrank are in the original wood cabinet that they came in and so far for my needs, they all work well. I am lucky to have a Featherweight card table and I do use that to help with the large quilts. I was using my dining room table to cut on, but it was too low. I found a folding cutting table on CL for a good price. I need to be able to swap the cutting table and the dining table in and out depending on what I am using the room for.
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    In my other house I had a large desk that had been modified but it would not fit in the new house. I loved the Koala cabinets but the price was way too high for me. I don't have a lot of room for a table so I got a folding one that fits my machine. I would really love to have one with a hydraulic lift so I could have a flat surface -- when I looked at the Arrows a couple of years ago, they did not handle my machine. This one looks like it would fit. I am thinking hard about getting one but need to save up for it. Thanks for the link One by One.
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    Keep a eye on the Arrow flash sales. You never know when one may show up. Usually they are posted on Facebook and sold out by the time the email gets out. Arrow has give aways every week too.
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    My Bernina sits in a Horn cabinet, too...and having the surface flush with the table is a dream, it really is. I think each person must decide what their sewing area looks like...I need a bit of order (just a bit), and I like to look up and see some of the cutesy things I've placed about...but that's just me. I STRONGLY recommend cutting on a tall table, even if you must use bed risers to achieve the height! Doing this has saved me from countless back aches!! Good lucK!

    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    I have a mixture of furnishings in my sewing room. My Bernina sits in a Horn cabinet, but my cutting table is a solid core door resting (not attached) on two short bookcases. It is the perfect height for me. I have bookcases and garage shelving that hold fabric, carts from Ikea, storage units from Walmart. Whatever works...
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    I have an old pine kitchen table my husband made a cutout in for my machine to drop into. Also used an IKEA hack for a cutting bench/ craft table using 2 2x2 cupboards and an old desktop on top. My cupboards are an assortment of white drawers/cupboard and plastic filing cupboard.
    Bit of a mish mash but doesn't look too bad all together really. The most I paid for any piece is $80 AUD.
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    I have purchased furniture, cabinets and shelves. The cabinets have storage with tables don't. And I like the unified look. It's another priority thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qltldy10 View Post
    Not sure if we can use brand names...but... I have fallen in love with sewing furniture in a catalog. If I sell my blood, my soul, and an organ or two I can get a piece (maybe two?) of dedicated furniture for my machines and cutting. I wonder if I am being seduced by beautiful matchy matchy sewing rooms. Does anyone use professionally made sewing furniture?
    Those fancy furniture is great - for those who have a high bucks job, huge retirement or rich husband or relative. The rest of us just sew on what we have. REMEMBER it's not what you sew on, but the outcome of your sewing. I've seen some of the most amazing intricate quilts, made on a card table in the corner of a very small apt. So, IF one can afford it without debt.. GO for it.
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    My dining room is my sewing room. I purchased a Kuala so that I could close it up when I used the dining room for company meals. I love, love, love it. If I had room, I would get another for my serger and second machine so I could keep them out and convenient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fruitloop View Post
    Amen! When I had the chance to use a spare room for a sewing room I bought furniture for it, like I would have for a bedroom, sitting room, or office. If all the other furniture was make do then I would have no problem with it but I have nice furniture in my other rooms why should my sewing room be only good enough for the free or cheap stuff? I take pride in my sewing room.

    Different folks have different taste-- you might view my sewing room as looking junky because my space is cobbled together from things I've repurposed or made for myself to suit my height and my way of working, but I view it with pride since it looks (and is) very functional and workmanlike. Different strokes for different folks, but please don't think that just because folks don't have the same taste or perhaps budget as you do that they don't take pride in their workspace.

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    Rob...I would kill to walk thru your workspace and roll around in all the treasures. Lol!

    I pilfered my RV for my sewing table. It was a big square table and not rectangle and it works great. Then I bought a resin table for the RV to replace it. I like to repurpose stuff, too. I'm an antique collector so most of my furniture is used differently then what is was originally designed to be used for. And, I' married to a handyman with a gazillion skills so he can make me anything...and has... Bless his heart. He runs when he hears me say..."Honey?...Could you....."
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    The only specialty table I have came as a bonus when I bought my Babylock Tiara. I was upgraded from the plastic foldable table to the solid wood table. Otherwise I’d have to say every other piece of furniture is IKEA. I have 3 of the malm desks that hold my computer and printer, brother scan n cut, embroidery machine and the Jan one I use for piecing/sewing. My cutting table is the IKEA stenstorp kitchen island. I can also use this for crafting as there are two stools that fit under the one side of the island.

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    I've been following this and thinking "Wow, IKEA stuff could be a good idea." I just now stopped and thought about it. The table on which my sewing machine sits: the original kitchen table my husband and I bought from IKEA in 1985. My cutting board sits atop the cabinet/table top combination IKEA was selling as a baby changing table; we purchased that in 1990. And we purchased my chair from IKEA about 4 years ago. Hmm. I guess IKEA stuff really does work for quilting furniture!

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    Never! I have bought most of my sewing furniture from yard sales and thrift stores--the newest items were tall white bookshelves that wal mart used to sell and I put them together myself. My only true sewing furniture was my cutting table with storage underneath. I have 2 tables for my machines--one my grandpa made with a formica top and the other is a farm table bought from my boss from a showroom we used to have for the company Other items are microwave carts on wheels which hold my books, magazines, steam press, 2 wood file cabinets that hold patterns, a small white 3 drawer chest which has my scissors, and notions, a small buffet that holds my tv, record/cd player (gotta have that Elvis music going), vcr,dvd and cable box --with storage underneath behind doors, a small 2 door video cabinet and some plastic drawers on wheels for various craft items. My most expensive item was the cutting table that was originally $100 at JoAnns and I got it for $50 with a coupon. All the rest were $30 or less. I don't care if they match as long as they are cheap and funcional.

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    I used to have a small sewing machine and sewed wherever but always ended up having to put away. Since my husband died 18 months ago I have been watching marketplace for stuff. I purchased the Janome 15000 and the brother innovis vq 3000 really cheap with all attachments & goodies. Were brand new. Lady had to sell due to health reasons. She also sold me her koala cutting table and delivered it. I also found a kangaroo dingo cabinet and a Joey for $200 like brand new hardly used. I did purchase a new kangaroo cabinet for my brother. The Janome sits on top of a cabinet I had. I also purchased two new chairs to sit on as the others I had didnít lift and stay up. I was fixing up my skid shack b4 my hubby died but have since been remodeling my garage as the car is never in it. During winter I would not be able get it out due to large snowbanks out front. Iím retired from both my jobs and used the money I saved while working to do my improvements. As soon as itís done I will post pics if I can figure out how on the new site. I wouldnít change what Iíve bought because I deserve the best I can afford for my comfort and sewing.

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    Since we are talking cabinets I own Horn's but I have such vibration when I run my Pfaff sewing machine. Love the cabinet but would love to get rid of the vibration and suggestions?
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    For vibration, one suggestion: check that the surface on which the machine is sitting is level.

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