How to mount a sewing machine to a cabinet

Written by michelle powell-smith
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A sewing machine cabinet is the ideal choice if you do not have a dedicated sewing room. A cabinet allows you to easily access your sewing machine, but hide it away when it is not in use. There are several specific considerations when you are planning to mount a sewing machine to a cabinet, including the type of machine and the mechanism of the cabinet.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Sewing machine cabinet
  • Sewing machine with mounting holes
  • Mounting hardware
  • Screwdriver

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Choose the right type of cabinet for your sewing machine. If you use a mechanical machine, an old fashioned cabinet is a fine choice. These cabinets swing the machine horizontally on simple hinges, storing it beneath the tabletop. Computerised machines or larger machines with an oil reserve need a sewing machine cabinet with an airlift system that maintains the machine in a normal position.

  2. 2

    Make sure that your sewing machine cabinet-mount matches your sewing machine. If you are purchasing a new sewing cabinet, choose a mount that works with your machine or opt for a universal mount. If you are using a vintage sewing-machine cabinet, measure carefully to make sure that your machine will fit into the cabinet or have the cabinet adapted to fit your machine with a purchased universal mount.

  3. 3

    Install hinges onto the back of your machine to mount it into the cabinet if you are not using a universal mount. Hinges typically screw or bolt into place. If you are working with a vintage sewing machine, you may need to visit a repair shop or salvage hinges from a machine that is not working. Mounting hardware is more easily purchased for newer machines.

  4. 4

    Screw the hinges into place on the cabinet to finish mounting the sewing machine. You may find it helpful to have someone nearby to assist you by holding the machine as you mount it into the sewing machine cabinet.

  5. 5

    Use the included mounting bolts to secure your sewing machine to a universal mount. If your mount does not have holes drilled where you need them, use a 3/8-inch drill bit to drill holes where needed. Bolt your sewing machine into place.

Tips and warnings

  • Some airlift sewing-machine cabinets may not require mounts at all, as the machine can simply sit on the platform.

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