Recessed shelf for sewing machine

oldalgebraSeptember 27, 2007

I hope this is going to make sense!

I have a built-in desktop in a rather large closet. (I call the closet "my sewing room."). Actually the desktop is just a piece of plywood nailed to some 2 X 4s that have been screwed to the wall.

I would like to be able to cut a hole in the desktop and drop my sewing machine down, so the level of the machine's work service is at the same level as the desktop's work service - just like sewing tables that one can purchase.

I was wondering if anyone knows whether or not a company sells just the under shelf mechanism that would hold the sewing machine. I should think I would need to find one rather than built it myslef, as the shelf needs to be somewhat adjustable, so that the sewing machine's work service would be as flush as possible with the desktop.

I was thinking of buying an entire table and then removing the shelf and attaching it to my desktop.

Any ideas?

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Do you merely want the bed of the sewing machine to be level with the table top or do you want the whole machine to disappear below the table top when not in use?

To make the machine level with the table top would be easy enough and wouldn't require any mechanism, just a cutout and a lower shelf installed in your existing table top.

To have the whole machine disappear when not in use would be a more intricate job, but shouldn't be too difficult. Many sewing cabinets have the machine head hinged with special sewing machine hinges which have a flat plate recessed and screwed into the table top. The other side of the hinge has a short rod which fits into holes in the underside of the machine head and held on with set screws. In front of the sewing machine is a lift-up flap so there is clearance to lower the machine on it's hinges. Lift up the flap, lower the machine and then put the flap back down. You would then have to have a cover plate to fit in where the machine hole is but you would already sort of have that from when you cut the original hole for the machine.

Anyone who repairs sewing machines may have a set of the hinges, they aren't very large so if they were found online the shipping wouldn't be expensive.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2007 at 2:20PM
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I don't want the machine to disappear. I never use the desk for anything else but sewing.

>>To make the machine level with the table top would be easy enough and wouldn't require any mechanism, just a cutout and a lower shelf installed in your existing table top.Easy enough, if you know how to built shelves! I was hoping to find a ready-made shelf that could just be screwed on, sort of like computer keyboard shelves that can be added to older (pre-computer days) desks.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2007 at 7:12PM
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Before recessing a sewing machine in a table top, be sure the bobbin case is on top of the machine and not necessary to get to under the table top.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2007 at 1:14PM
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