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Thread: Seeking Advice on Sewing Cabinet

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    Seeking Advice on Sewing Cabinet

    I's like some advice on what sewing cabinets to look for. I want something that my Bernina can sit in flush with the surface and have as much room as possible (within reasonable $$$) to quilt. I may not do full sized quilts, but my attempt to quilt my Lil Twister Valentine Heart wallhanging has been quite frustrating. I used iron on batting for the first time I felt it may it stiffer than what I'm used to. I rolled the sides with bicycle clips but I still didn't have the ease I needed. Even with needle down, every time I adjusted, you could tell. I have an extended bed for my machine, but the clips got caught on the edge and that made a mess. After two borders, I stopped and ripped it all out. I need a better sewing surface. Currently I am using a hollow core door that has drawers added with pipe legs that are the correct height for sewing. I am open to recommendations as I start my quest. Thanks much!

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    Here is the desk I bought for my Bernina - I ordered it with 1 drop down tray on the right hand side of the desk.

    http://www.bizchair.com/bl3060-crl.html

    It comes in several sizes, but the tray is the perfect size for the Bernina with its table extension.
    QuiltingVagabond aka Kathy

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    I know several people who have Tracey's tables... and love them. They are more affordable than many .

    http://www.traceystables.com/

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    [QUOTE=QuiltingVagabond;4989534]Here is the desk I bought for my Bernina - I ordered it with 1 drop down tray on the right hand side of the desk.

    http://www.bizchair.com/bl3060-crl.html

    Looks good...thank you for the suggestion! What model Bernina do you have? Barb

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    Interesting! Have not heard of this product but looks to be exactly what I'm looking for. Thank you.

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    I have a Bernina 440QE, fits like it was made for it.
    QuiltingVagabond aka Kathy

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingVagabond View Post
    Here is the desk I bought for my Bernina - I ordered it with 1 drop down tray on the right hand side of the desk.

    http://www.bizchair.com/bl3060-crl.html

    It comes in several sizes, but the tray is the perfect size for the Bernina with its table extension.
    I ordered a desk from this site and was impressed with the quality and how sturdy it is.
    The Bernina fits perfect in the drop down tray. You can order the tray in the middle or on either side of the table.

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    Have you looked at the 'sew perfect' tables. They are wonderful

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    Ive had my gidget 2 for about a month and a half and I love it

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    I have a Bernina 440 and I got a Horn cabinet. It fits the machine perfectly and I just love it. It has a large drop down front to the table and an extra piece that goes over the drawers on the left side. It has plenty of room to lay out a quilt and I use it for cutting too, when I'm not quilting. I got it from my Bernina dealer. Someone had ordered it and then wanted a different color, so it was a good deal for me.
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    Ditto on Tracey's tables...can't beat the price and customer service

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    I bought a $99 Sauder cabinet with storage from Walmart online and you can open it up on top for more space. I actually have 3 FW's sitting on it as we speak.

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    I got lucky when I bought my Pfaff in 2000. the price included a Koala quiltmate cabinet (costs somewhere around $1000-$1500). However, I looked several of the suggestions here and I like the Sew perfect table as an alternative. It provides good room for supporting the quilt for a lesser price than a Koala. It does not have storage but you may not need that. I have a table similar to the gidget 2 that I take to quilt classes. I would not find it adequate for quilting anything larger than a small wall hanging. Since most of my quilts are twin or larger I would go for the sew perfect table.
    I would also make a suggestion to get rid of the clips. I tried those at 1 time but regardless of what table I used I would run into problems with them catching. I just fold, roll, scrunch the sides of the quilt so that it fits in my machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    I know several people who have Tracey's tables... and love them. They are more affordable than many .

    http://www.traceystables.com/
    I have a Tracey's Table and I just love it. I have one with one set of drawers, the back folds up and the side also has an extension that unfolds. I have so much room and the quality is great.
    SittingPretty

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    I have several machines that go in my Horn Quiltmate cabinet. You can see pictures in these 2 pictures, #1 is a Bernina 1031 and #2 is Husqvarna Viking Sapphire 875. I have 5 machines that share the cabinet, each machine has its own plexiglass insert.

    http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/...45965719kFeKjn

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    I have several machines that go in my Horn Quiltmate cabinet. You can see pictures in these 2 pictures, #1 is a Bernina 1031 and #2 is Husqvarna Viking Sapphire 875. I have 5 machines that share the cabinet, each machine has its own plexiglass insert.

    http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/...45965719kFeKjn
    You mentioned different plexiglas inserts for your machines....were those custom made? Source?

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    I wanted a Tracey's Tables product bust there was a six month waiting list as they are made to order. I wound up buying a Sylvia model 1600. It looks pretty ordinary in pictures, but I absolutely love it. it is much sturdier than my old desk. It folds to half its width when I need it to, and I bought an insert that fits my Bernina 440 perfectly. I also got a plain clear insert so I can use the table as a light table. This has been so useful and much easier on my back than using the old glass top coffee table I used previously! I've now had the desk for a couple of years and am very happy with its durability.

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