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Looking for a new sewing table

JMMMOORE | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

Since I left home 10 years ago, my sewing surfaces have been a door laid over top of two two-drawer filing cabinets, and my husband’s old drafting table. The first was certainly large enough to also accommodate my serger, but overall it was too high. The drafting table isn’t long enough and is also too high. A couple of years ago we contemplated having a nice Shaker-style table made from solid wood, but realized that we had other things to spend $6,000 on. Though we’re pretty handy people, we don’t have room to buy our own power tools to make it ourselves. We also considered buying a cabinet from the kitchen department of Home Depot, then suspending a 6 1/2-foot countertop between the cabinet and a wall. It’s probably not likely that’s going to happen either, because that doesn’t have too much potential for stashing little things out of site.

So, today we were at Hancock Fabrics and saw a special deal from Koala cabinets. Sure, they’re pretty pricey and aren’t solid wood, but I think they look nice and look a lot sturdier than a lot of other things on the Internet. My question to you:

What kind of sewing cabinet do you have and how do you like it?

Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


  1. dmorvant | | #1


    i use the type of an old tredle.  it is the right hight  I also have a fancy electric one that elevates and recedes.  both are fine!

  2. mommydionne | | #2


    I have a Koala Cub it's the smallest or 2nd smallest they make that the machine can recede down into.  I like it b/c you could select the veneer colour and I got a blond colour to match my house (have since moved and it doesn't match anymore :-)

    It has lots of space and nice little thread holders but folds up in a jiffy with a key lock so it won't fly open on you.  Most of them come with casters too so they are quite mobile and easy to tuck away but when open you can quilt a queen size on it easily.

    Hope that helps


    1. JMMMOORE | | #3


      Thanks for your note. I finally got something yesterday. Actually two things! On a chance call to a sewing buddy, I asked her what kind of sewing table she had. She has the Outback plus and absolutely loves it. Plus, she had an invitation to an invitation-only sale at a fabric store an hour away that carried the Koala line. She mailed it to me and my husband and I drove up yesterday. The only Outback Plus in a color I liked looked a bit worse for the wear, even at 50 percent off, so we walked around and kept looking, trying to figure out what other finishes or models of Koala tables would work in the space we had. After thinking and asking for prices for about an hour, we finally made a decision. I'm now the proud owner of a Cub Plus (for my sewing machine) and a Serger Cub in the Southern Ash finish. All that thinking made us hungry, and when we came back to pick them up, I ran into another sewing buddy of mine. She looked at them and made the observation that should I ever work on a large project like a full-size quilt, I can scoot the open Serger Cub behind the Cub Plus and double my workspace! If I'd thought of that earlier, I probably could have made my mind up sooner. I was, at first, reluctant to consider two pieces because I thought they'd be way more than one piece with everything. I think this will be much more versatile, and the pieces hardly way a thing vs. what the Outback or Outback Plus would have weighed. Now that I have my sewing space reorganized (it looks great) I just need to get sewing again.


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