Friday, November 2, 2007

My Juki Sewing Cabinet

This is the cabinet Louie and I put together a week ago Thursday night, that we bought at Walmart. It is a craft table type thing. When I bought it, I had the idea in mind to have Louie cut a hole in the top to accomodate my Juki, and put a shelf underneath it to hold it up. When we got the cabinet put together, I wasn't so sure it was going to work. I didn't think I would be able to sit in the correct position for where the hole had to be cut, and where the machine would sit. I felt like I had wasted our money, because with the machine not being able to sit down into the cabinet, the machine would still be as high as if it were sitting on my banquet tables. I was not happy about that, and decided I would have Louie look at it again, when he wasn't so tired.

Well, tonight, he looked, and said it could be done. He started taking measurements and drawing the outline on top of the table. Next thing I knew the phone was ringing, and we were getting company!!!! I quickly picked up the kitchen, etc, and Louie started cutting out the opening. I missed all the demolition of the top, but I did get the joy of cleaning up all the sawdust!!!!! Our visitors were Jack and Polly, my brother and sisterinlaw. Jack helped Louie finish up the project. Thanks, Jack! I love Louie so, for always making all my dreams and schemes come true! I am spoiled......I know this....and I love it!
There was only a very small limited area where the machine could be, because the opening could only go so far to the right, because of the shelf space to the right. In the end, it worked out just fine. This picture basically shows what the machine and cabinet look like when it is not being used. Since the machine cannot be lowered any further, or hidden, this is how it will be stored. The extention leaf on the left side drops down, instead of up and over to lay on top, like the regular Singer type cabinets do, so if I did not store the machine there, there would be a big ugly opening.

Here is a view of the machine and cabinet with the knee lift lever in place. Louie had to 'tweak' the lever a little so I could sit comfortably. It is hardly noticable.
No, you aren't seeing double....quit rubbing your eyes! This photo shows the shelf Louie built to hold the machine, and there is an additional shelf, which came with the original table for you to store your sewing machine, or whatever other craft you may choose. That shelf will hold my other Juki. That machine is the one I use with my Hinterberg quilting frame. There is some nice storage on the right hand side, and right now, it has the knee lift lever and the foot controller. The door has some plastic storage.
This photo shows the door closed and knee lift lever in place.
I thought this photo showed how much of the cabinet top is left. Quite a bit, I would say. Now, just in case you are all wondering where this machine is, it is in my laundry area at the bottom of my basement steps. That is where I planned on 'parking' it when it is not in use, but you know, I think if I was sewing alone, putting on some nice music and leaving it right where it is, would work just fine. I could put a clamp lamp on the side of one of my steps, turn on some music, and sew the night, day, afternoon, or whatever time of day it is, AWAY! I'm thinking I will clean out that cabinet against the wall there and put some more sewing 'stuff' in there! By the way, this cabinet is on wheels, so I can move it wherever I want. The center door has a piece of hardware on it, that goes up into a hole on the underside of the leaf extention on the right, to lock it solid. That makes the cabinet very solid. I just think this cabinet is really neat, very economical, and very well planned out.My Juki went to bed for the night. (I think I should too!) It is covered with the vinyl cover that came with the machine. I'm thinking it needs a prettier cover though. I'll have to see what I can come up with. Stay tuned!!!


Gina said...

What a great sewing centre. Malcolm keeps saying he's going to make me one when I move into my new sewing room. I've shown him this one and he's made a few quick sketches. It won't be made for a while though.
love and hugs xxx

Jen said...

That turned out fantastic! My mom is going to have cabinet envy for sure now! She was already there but your table is going to put her over the edge.

It's sooo pretty! You're going to be so comfy there. Are you going to sew all day now?

Jen said...

Oh, if you need help in the sewing machine cover department let me know. I'm giong to have to make a new one too since mine is too tall with my machine recessed. Last year I bought all kinds of patterns. You're welcome to them. In the end I just ended up doing my own thing!

Moneik said...

Your new set up looks great. I can't believe how awesome the table works. Great job to Louie!

Cindy (aka Peony the House Elf) said...

OHHHHHHH now I want a sewing table even more. It turned out fantastic and you're so lucky to have Louie who could do it for you.

jillquilts said...

Oh, that table looks so great! I really love my work table that my BIL made for me, but now that everyone is getting tables where their machines are recessed in the table.... I am thinking that I may need one. Maybe when the car situation is worked out..... Or maybe I will jsut enjoy what I have and quit coveting what others are getting! :)

BitnByAQuiltingBug said...

Waaaa! Waaaa! I want one! LOL...can't ya hear me whinning? Ok...I'm happy for you, but I really do want a table that lets my machine sit flush to it. Gotta make life so much easier. Enjoy it!

Maureen said...

Ohhh I am jealous too! I wish Mark would make me a table but ohhh well I have the lift for the machine and the clear part to go around the machine.
The stocking is lovely!



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