How to Install a Sewing Machine in a Cabinet

Updated February 21, 2017

A sewing cabinet is the ideal solution if you sew but do not have a dedicated sewing room. A cabinet can allow you to neatly and easily tuck your machine away when it is not in use. Some may even offer storage for notions and other supplies. You can use a vintage or modern sewing cabinet for your sewing machine. Installing a sewing machine into a cabinet takes only a few minutes, assuming you have the supplies you need.

Measure your sewing machine. Most drop-down sewing cabinets, both modern and vintage, can accommodate a machine up to 13 1/8 inches deep, 19 3/4 inches wide and 13 1/8 inches high.

Make sure that your sewing machine and your sewing cabinet are a match. Modern sewing cabinets include universal mounts that work for any mechanical sewing machine made to mount in a cabinet. Some machines are portable and cannot be mounted. Vintage cabinets may have been produced for a specific machine but can be adapted with some woodworking skills.

Adapt the mount or cabinet to fit your machine. You may need to drill additional holes in the cabinet or mount. The mounting screw holes should line up properly between the sewing machine cabinet or universal mount and your sewing machine. You might also be able to drill directly into your cast metal sewing machine frame to attach mounting hardware. If you are working with a vintage cabinet, see if a modern universal mount will fit your cabinet.

Screw mounting hardware into place on your sewing machine. Modern drop-down cabinets should come with the hardware you need for most machines. If you are using a vintage cabinet, consult your sewing machine manufacturer for mounting hardware.

Bolt the machine onto the sewing machine cabinet or universal mount. Drop it gently into place, and close your new sewing cabinet.


If you have a computerised sewing machine, do not use a drop-down sewing machine cabinet. Cabinets with an air lift mechanism are appropriate for these machines.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Sewing machine
  • Mounting hardware
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill
  • 3/8-inch drill bit
  • Sewing cabinet with universal mount or a cabinet that fits your machine
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With a master's degree in art history from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Michelle Powell-Smith has been writing professionally for more than a decade. An avid knitter and mother of four, she has written extensively on a wide variety of subjects, including education, test preparation, parenting, crafts and fashion.