Sewing machine cabinets are not universal. So, if you don’t see the option for your sewing machine table, you’re probably wondering what to do. There are a few things to consider before purchasing cabinets for your particular sewing machine model.
Your next consideration will be the type of cabinet that you need. There are so many different cabinet styles that it can get confusing. You can choose from a sliding glass front or an enclosed cabinet with a lid to reveal the sewing machine and the storage below.
How much storage do you need? If you want to have a separate area for your fabric and supplies, the enclosed cabinets are great.
Let’s start in-depth with 3 things to consider and the benefits of using a cabinet for your sewing machine.
3 Things to consider while studying sewing machine cabinets:
- The first thing to consider is, what type of sewing machine do you own? The type of sewing machine you have will determine the capacity of the table and the support system (if any).
There are 3 primary types of sewing machines:
Hand Operated Sewing Machine: These are basic machines used for embroidery, hand stitching, and cross-stitch. These machines do not have a foot pedal and are operated by hand or a screwdriver with a small clutch to hold the needle.
Electric Sewing Machine: These are also called Commercial Machines as they were originally manufactured as commercial sewing machines before being discovered by home sewers. They were often found in stores like Penny’s and Sears’ selling various items like buttons, flannel, and leather goods. These are the machines that most home sewers use now.
Computerized Sewing Machine: These are electric machines electronically controlled via a computer interface or a plotter system. These are used for industrial sewing, apparel manufacturers, and home sewing.
- The second thing to consider is, what type of cabinet do you need? Some cabinets hold the whole machine while others hold the tabletop. Some cabinets can expand to hold a larger machine if necessary. The cabinet size will determine whether it will support your sewing machine or not. For example, if you have an industrial machine like a computerized or embroidery machine, either of those might be too heavy or large for a regular cabinet.
- The third thing to consider is what type of support system you need. If you were considering a sewing cabinet for your industrial sewing machine, you would want a cabinet that will provide some support system for the table. Industrial machines might need a foot pedal or floor stand to support the tabletop. That’s why it’s important to know what kind of machine you have to find a suitable cabinet for it.
What to consider in choosing a cabinet for your sewing machine?
- The size of your machine (height, width, and depth).
- The space you have.
- The amount of money you want to spend.
- How you will use the cabinet.
- Where you will put it when not in use.
- The style of cabinet to match your room.
- The purpose of your sewing machine cabinet.
The above are general considerations. Sometimes the purpose of the cabinet is so you can take it easy with you to an event or a client. Some sewing machine cabinets are not too big and can be carried by two people. Some craftsmen like to work on the machine while at home, so they need a well-designed table without any supporting structure.
Also, if you plan to leave your sewing machine on the table all day, consider buying a portable tabletop sewing machine cabinet.
The benefits of using a cabinet:
- Versatility: Limited to one type of cabinet: only one style and a limited number of sizes. No need to purchase multiple cabinets – One cabinet can hold all the different types of sewing machines.
- Easy cleaning: CABINETS have extra space for the “cabinet” and the “table.” CABINETS are easier to clean because there are several removable parts.
- Space-saving: CABINETS that don’t need to be anchored to the floor or wall can save a lot of space in your sewing room.
- Sturdiness: The heavier the cabinet, the sturdier it is. As long as you have strong support for your table, it will not break even if you sit on it or bump into it from time to time.
- Affordability: A cabinet will take up less space and add to the overall beauty of your sewing room.
- Ease of use: Some cabinets have easy access doors for steam, pressing, and other accessory functions (e.g., pressing cloths, hot irons, etc.).
Although most sewing machine cabinets are made of hardwood, and a few are made of flexible material, they are heavy and bulky. This further increases the weight of the whole couch.
A cabinet holds the table and can be used as a decorative piece in your sewing room. It is an investment but will do wonders for your sewing experience. We are sure that you will never look back after purchasing a sewing machine cabinet.