Sewing Machine Cabinet Checklist
Don't buy a sewing machine cabinet before you determine and prioritize your needs. A sewing cabinet is an investment and you want to spend your money on one that will serve you well for many years.
There are many things to consider when shopping for a sewing machine cabinet. And with price tags from the hundreds up through the thousands this purchase is worth the time and effort you put into it.
Here is a simple checklist to use as a guide when shopping for your sewing cabinet. It will provide you with information that will help you to be prepared for the cutting edge of technology. Today's beauties bear no resemblance to the antique sewing machine cabinet your grandmother had!
It is a good idea to prioritize the features on this list in the order of importance to you. Then be sure to take the list with you when shopping. When you do your comparison shopping (and this is highly recommended), create a chart to use as you talk with a salesperson.
Sewing machine cabinet check list:Properspace for the sewing machine. The cabinet should be able to accommodate more than one size or brand of machine. You may have more than one or invest in a new one at some point.
Enough space for a second machine or serger. Is there enough room to set up a second machine or serger so that they can be used at the same time?
Easy to operate lift mechanism. It should be easy to mechanically lift the machine up out of storage and into sewing position.
Comfort. Be sure to sit down at the cabinet. Can you sit directly in front of the needle when sewing? Is there enough knee space?
How does it look? Many manufacturers offer a variety of cabinet finishes and colors. It should compliment the other furniture in your sewing area.
Construction. Solid construction is key since sewing machines are heavy. Look for hinges with rounded edges. They should be mounted flush with the cabinet surface to avoid snagging fabric.
Assembly required? Be sure to ask if the sewing machine cabinet comes fully assembled or if you have to assemble it.
Support. Many cabinets have a lift-up table that provides additional work space. Be sure it has sturdy swing-out legs or other means of support.