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Does anyone use purchased quilter's furniture?

Old 01-07-2018, 01:03 PM
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I have a Horn cabinet for one of my sewing machines. It's one of their low end units, but it allows my machine to sit flush with the top of the cabinet. It was designed for this purpose so works really well. I did get it at a thrift store, so keep checking CL. This is the only 'official' piece of manufactured furniture specific to sewing use, however, I have a handy husband who has made purpose built items and adapted other pieces of furniture for me. Having something specifically made or adapted for a purpose does make the whole process easier so more fun!!
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Old 01-07-2018, 02:53 PM
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I was fortunate enough to find a cabinet with pneumatic lift in the configuration I wanted on CL for $25. It was about a 40 min. drive but well worth my time! Not a name brand and not particularly high quality but good nonetheless. I've spent the last 25 years sewing on a $10 little pressboard table w/drawers with no issues but I wanted the machine flush with the top so I could try MQ'ing. Haven't taken that plunge yet but I'm getting there!
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Old 01-07-2018, 03:14 PM
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About 10 years ago, at a quilt show I bought a Horn work table which is 36 in high and has a place for my machine and a manual lift. I love it because I can put the sides up or leave them down...when I'm standing and cutting for long periods, my back doesn't hurt. the chair which is drafting height was included...I think I paid around $1600 at the time and it was wonderful.
Then I got the big Bernina with the large harp and the old lift in the table really didn't work with this machine. Also, I was tired of scooting up on a drafting chair. So I looked around for a basic sewing table with an electric lift and I wanted another Horn.The one I settled on has an electric lift so I can position the machine perfectly and it's around 32 inches tall....now I have the best of all worlds with both pieces. I can sit low and piece or I can move the machine over to the old table and spread the quilt out to quilt it. I'm happy that I made the investment in myself. And all the rest of the furniture in my sewing room is Ikea. And while I love what they have to offer, I really like having my machine recessed and even with the table top.
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Old 01-07-2018, 03:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
I posted this back in May.

Arrow Kangaroo sewing cabinet, is this a good price?

I love mine. Best purchase ever. The quality is excellent. I bought another one after I posted and sold it new in box for $850. I bought the Arrow sewing chair and a couple of inserts for the table to fit my machines.

The link of course doesn't work now but here is what I got for $400.

The price was $400 and free shipping. This one: https://www.arrowcabinets.com/shop/k...-joey-cabinet/ No Joey in stock to fit under it so the cabinets were marked down to get them out of the warehouse. I found several online dealers that had the Joey that fit but I don't need it.
Saw your post in May and bought one also but am just now getting ready to put together since my husband had just had major back surgery. Have to get room organised first as it's been the dump room for years. Have to thank you for posting the link for it.
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Old 01-08-2018, 08:22 AM
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Just as One by One and Three Dog Night, I purchased an Arrow cabinet in May when they offered such a great deal. They only sold about a dozen at that price. I don’t know how I managed without it. I have also purchased two of the Alex IKEA storage cabinets. I just refinished an Ethan Alan desk for my sewing studio that I was going to cut a hole in for another machine but it turned out so beautiful I don’t want to cut into it. : /
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Old 01-08-2018, 10:22 AM
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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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Old 01-08-2018, 03:46 PM
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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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Old 01-09-2018, 03:03 PM
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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.

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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Old 01-10-2018, 03:44 AM
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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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Old 01-11-2018, 02:22 PM
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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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