Friends, after a full year of use, I'm here to report that I have found the best sewing cabinet for quilting and crafting! Folding leaves, legs on wheels, and lots of storage are just some of the reasons I love this piece of furniture.
Before jumping into the deets, you should know that this is a completely honest review. No one is paying me to write it and I'm getting ZERO affiliate money. Without exception every time I post a photo of this table someone, and usually multiple someones, writes to me asking for more details. So, to save some time for me and to save you from having to ask, here are those details!
Before publishing this review I reached out to Tracey at Tracey's Tables to let them know how much I have loved my sewing cabinet. I also asked if they could give any of you a coupon code in case you were in the market for a new table. And YAY they said YES!
From now until May 20, 2022, use coupon code SUZYQUILTS7 for 7% off Tracey's Tables sewing cabinets and sets of drawers. You must call Tracey's Tables directly at 715-687-3575 to redeem this offer. If you have any questions you can reach out to Tracey directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Best Sewing Cabinet for Quilting & Crafting
Exactly one year ago today a burly man named Mike gave me a call to let me know that his truck was parked in front of my house. With the same excitement as my toddler on Christmas morning, I bounded to my front door.
Even though it was exceptionally warm for May and Mike had just driven three hours from Wisconsin, he didn't bat an eye or look concerned when I told him that we would be hauling this sewing cabinet up two flights of stairs to my attic studio.
And by "we" I 100% meant "he" because I was only four weeks postpartum from having a C-section. I do think Mike could have moved this cabinet by himself, but lucky for him my husband was working from home at the time and could help with the process.
Once all of the pieces were in my studio, Mike finished assembling the cabinet and even gave me a few tips on using it. He then casually informed me that he had made this cabinet in his own home workshop! How cool—Mighty Mike, indeed!
Why I Love My Sewing Cabinet
Are you ready for those deets? I am convinced the best sewing cabinet for quilting and crafting is the Quilters Cabinet made by Tracey's Tables. My favorite features include:
WHEELS! It's on wheels.
That may sound like a small thing, but it's HUGE during the quilting process. Sometimes I want my table in the middle of my sewing room so I can easily jump from cutting to sewing to pressing. Other times I need floor space for laying out fabric and making quick decisions on block placement. The wheels on this cabinet allow me to move it anywhere I need so I can access the space as I need it.
Drop-down folding leaves.
These drop-down folding leaves are my second favorite feature and probably what many of you will appreciate the most. This cabinet can become compact or very very large. Large enough for me to quilt a throw quilt comfortably.
It's big, but not bulky.
This cabinet is the perfect combination of minimal design while still being large enough for me to work on big sewing projects. It's sturdy enough that it never shakes or wobbles while I'm speed sewing through my chain piecing, but it's incredibly easy to roll around. Like, I have done it one-handed while holding a baby.
Above I am quilting the New Horizons quilt.
There's a lot of storage space.
I personally do not need a lot of storage space in my sewing cabinet, but these drawers are really nice for keeping my machine quilting notions and sewing machine feet. I keep extra bobbins, needles, oil, and snips in the top drawer, machine cleaning supplies in the middle drawer, and all of my extra feet and machine attachments in the bottom drawer.
The custom Sew Steady insert is a must.
Tracey's Tables does not make the actual insert and it is an additional $89, but it's awesome and very very worth it. I had a sewing cabinet before with a wooden insert and although that worked great, I really like the clear one for my BERNINA because of its front-loading bobbin.
Being able to see that part of my machine without lifting it up and out of the insert makes changing the bobbin or doing a quick lint brush so quick and easy.
One of the main perks of using a sewing cabinet is that it allows your machine to rest inside so you have a seamless workspace. Below you can see how easy it is for me to sew my stitch and flip blocks in the New Horizons quilt pattern by using some quilter's tape as a guide.
And here is a view from the back so you can see the other half of my attic studio. My cutting table is a kitchen island from Crate & Barrel. The three men it took to move that piece of furniture most definitely DID roll their eyes and sigh when I told them it would be going up three flights of stairs.
They were quite confused why I would have my kitchen in the attic. My husband has told me many times that if we ever move my cutting table won't be coming with us. (But friends, between you and me, we both know who would win that argument.)
Table: French Kitchen 72" Large Kitchen Island from Crate & Barrel—I have found kitchen islands to work great as cutting tables because they are the right height and usually have some storage underneath.
Cutting mat: This is a large clear Rhino cutting mat I had custom cut by an online company that no longer exists. The grid you see is a white sheet that sits underneath the mat.
No matter where you sew or what you sew on, it's important to create a space that allows you to be creative and have a comfortable workflow. That can be in a college dorm doom, communal dining room, studio apartment kitchen hallway, basement storage space, guest bedroom... oh wait, no I'm just listing all of my past sewing spaces. ha!
Basically what I'm saying is, that you don't need a designated sewing studio or the best sewing cabinet to enjoy sewing and make beautiful quilts. You do need some basic tools and a spark of creativity. Thank goodness that second one is readily available to us all. 😉
Now let's hear from you! Do you have a sewing cabinet you love? What is your sewing space like? Have you ever sewn in a dorm before? Because I can tell you from experience that if you don't have a VERY laid-back roommate it won't go well.