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Learning to sew is a great way to save money on clothes for your family. Besides being able to make your own garments for a fraction of what they cost in stores, a sewing machine also enables you to do your own alterations and repairs. Once you've purchased your sewing machine, there are a few additional things you'll need in order to create an efficient sewing room that's a pleasure to use. These include a sewing machine cabinet, a sewing kit and a sewing box.

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Sewing Cabinet Styles

Sewing is a popular hobby enjoyed by millions; hence, there's a wide variety of sewing machines and cabinets available today. From a simple sewing table to a compact credenza, to a desk style with multiple drawers, to a space-saving armoire with a drop-leaf work surface, there's a sewing machine cabinet to suit every budget and room decor.

You can buy your sewing machine cabinet pre-assembled, or save a little on the price by purchasing one that requires some assembly.

Sewing Cabinet Features

The features you'll want your sewing machine cabinet to have will depend to a degree on how much sewing you plan to do and what types of things you plan to sew. In general, your sewing cabinet should have a large, sturdy platform for your foot control, as well as plenty of storage options.

If you plan to do a lot of sewing, look for a sewing machine cabinet that features spacious drawers, cubbies and shelves to hold sewing notions, patterns, software, spools of thread and other fundamental supplies. Some cabinets also come with a rolling caddy that fits underneath when not in use, which doubles your storage. For quilters, a quilt-leaf extension on the back of the sewing cabinet will expand your work area and keep the quilt from bunching up on the floor.

Some sewing cabinets are designed so that the sewing machine folds down into the middle when not in use. This style is great for occasional sewers, as it frees up the top to be used as a work surface for paying bills, writing letters, doing computer work on a laptop, etc. A three-position airlift mechanism lets you sew flatbed or free-arm at any height, and effortlessly stores your sewing machine with a simple push.

The Sewing Kit

Be prepared for any stitching chore by keeping a sewing kit stocked with thread, bobbins, scissors, buttons, pins, snaps and fasteners, needles, a measuring tape, thimble, seam ripper, pin cushion and other essential supplies. You can either buy all your supplies separately and assemble your own sewing kit, or look for one that comes pre-filled.

Because you will use your sewing kit often, make sure it has a durable, well-made case. Styles that fold out so you can see everything at a glance are especially handy. A compact sewing kit that has a carrying handle is great for travel.

The Sewing Box

If you decide to assemble your own sewing kit, there are a multitude of different sewing boxes to choose from. The most basic of these is just a single compartment sewing box, such as a covered basket, or hatbox and suitcase styles with carry handles. More elaborate sewing boxes will feature multiple compartments designed to keep everything neat, organized and easily reachable. This style of sewing box might also include removable trays.

Written by Julia Williams