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Deluxe Sewing Center Plan

This plan is temporarily unavailable as we look for a new source for the sewing machine lift hardware which has been discontinued by the manufacturer.

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This plan from Wood magazine, along with Rockler's special value lift mechanism and hardware kit, can help you build a beautiful, highly functional sewing center!! The detailed plan gives instructions on how to build a sewing cabinet featuring extension tops that fold out in two directions to double your work surface, multiple storage drawers and a special serger compartment. (Sewing Center Hardware Kit and Lift Mechanism sold separately.)

Recommended Products to use with Plan (sold separately):
  • #38647 - Sewing Center Hardware Kit: This kit contains necessary hardware to build the Deluxe Sewing Center (wood not included). Includes brass sewing machine hinges, twin ball catches, cherry shaker knobs, table pins, and brass piano hinges.

  • #57812 - Sewing Machine Lift Mechanism: Designed to lift and lower a sewing machine. Mounts to underside of table top and back of cabinet. Release and latch mechanism lock the sewing machine height at different levels which may be adjusted. Mechanism can be adjusted to fit most free arm sewing machines.
(1) Deluxe Sewing Center Plan: Includes the plan to build the Deluxe Sewing Center only.
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Manufacturer Part Number IFS-1013
Weight 0.1500
Tech Spec
  • Base cabinet in the plan measures: 48-1/2" L x 18-1/2" D x 30" H
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It arrived on time pattern looks very easy to do when it is completed we will send you a picture thank you for your time
December 3, 2019
6 months ago
Well written and easy to follow.
May 11, 2019
1 year ago
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Over due honey do
At long last I will be able to make the sewing cabinet promised.
March 13, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Good plans and worth the money
I like the plans. They are very clear and easy to follow. I would recommend them
August 27, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Made this for my Mother, she loves it.
Easy to follow. Makes a very useful stowaway sewing center
July 11, 2018
over 6 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
The plans were detailed and easy to follow
Great set of plans but be aware there are some dimension errors. I would recommend if you have a panel door bit set for your router use that method for a stronger door frame
July 6, 2018
over 2 years ago
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I am not much into wood working but my Dad is, I got this for his birthday and I think he is enjoying it so far.
November 12, 2017
over 2 years ago
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Great Sewing Machine Plan
Love the way it closes. Looks like a piece of furniture.

Winter project.
September 7, 2016
over 3 years ago
Easy plans
Well written plans
May 21, 2016
over 4 years ago
Great plan great results
Nice plan, easy to follow. I used the hardware kit and found the lift easy to install and it works flawlessly. Sort of amazing actually. Since the (infrequently used) sewing room is also my office, this really cleaned up a mess for me.
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Why did you choose this?
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I want him to make it for me
karen roberson I on Dec 8, 2019
Wifes birthday wish list.
Michael R on Aug 17, 2019
I want him to make it for me
karen roberson I on Dec 8, 2019
My wife wants this piece of furniture.
Gary T on Nov 29, 2019
Wifes birthday wish list.
Michael R on Aug 17, 2019
Gift for my wife
Kevin K on Aug 4, 2019
birthday present for wife
Alissa P on Jul 13, 2019
Trying to help a friend collect all her sewing together in one place.
Thompson S on Jul 7, 2019
Looking to build a table for my friend.
christopher r on Jun 6, 2019
I looks like it has the features which would facilitate the needs of my wife as far as sewing is concerned. My wife spent 40 years at re-upholstering other peoples furniture. She has discussed her needs with me. I may have to make some changes to make it fit her needs but I believe they will be minor.
James A. C on Apr 6, 2019
I promised my wife I would build her a sewing cabinet. I need good plans to get the job started & done.
Marvin J on Feb 19, 2019
Opal on Feb 12, 2019
accommodates two machines and when folded it looks like a piece of furniture
nanette m on Jan 1, 2019
I lost the original copy somewhere in my garage and figure it best to pony up the money and get it done.
RoBanJo on Dec 31, 2018
I need a sewing table for my sewing machine and serger because I have started sewing more. This plan seem to be convenient.
Gloria M on Dec 30, 2018
present for my wife.
George N. Shaw J on Dec 28, 2018
I need a sewing cabinet for my machine and other tools and supplies.
Frances J on Nov 25, 2018
My wife needs a new set up as we r moving and her current one is built in. This looks like a good replacement and should cost less than one already made
Joseph B on Aug 5, 2018
Wife Likes it
Robert B on Feb 28, 2018
After looking at several sewing centers online, this one seems to fit my needs best. Great size, good storage, and looks like a piece of furniture when closed. Perfect for a spare room addition.
Marilyn A on Feb 18, 2018
Picture was on the internet.
Peggy V K on Feb 4, 2018
Building this for my wife and her quilting projects
John L on Jan 23, 2018
Make wife happy
Michael R on Jan 3, 2018
Building sewing cabinet for my wife
William H on Dec 25, 2017
only one out there
William S on Nov 21, 2017
My Wife's hobby is sewing
DARYL H on Oct 9, 2017
I'm planning on building or revising a sewing desk
Carol G on Aug 17, 2017
Not many good plans available. Good reviews
Kevin J on Aug 17, 2017
Because, I'm going to build a sewing center as a woodworking project
Federico A on May 30, 2017
Have a Sewing Machine project coming up. Plan to combine best features of this plan with your smaller cabinet plan.
Chuck M on Mar 24, 2017
My son in law offered to make the cabinet for me if I got plans.
Tom K on Mar 20, 2017
Because i like how they look and I neeed to for my student
Rebecca C on Mar 17, 2017
My wife sews and is currently on a folding plastic table and I wanted to surprise her with I nice set up for better functionality and organization space
Steve G on Mar 5, 2017
I would like a sewing area that is functional, but can also be closed up and look nice when not in use.
Lori W on Feb 15, 2017
These plans best met the features that my wife wanted in a sewing machine table. Being a wood worker I will be able (hopefully) have a table of a quality of some of the very expensive pre-made tables.
Phillip R on Jan 9, 2017
I like the layout and need to build this for daughter
Kerry N on Jan 7, 2017
Like the style and will do everything that I need in my sewing room.
Linda D on Dec 28, 2016
Seemed to be a sturdy design and hardwood.
Vincislao C on Nov 18, 2016
My spouse needs a small portable sewing cabinet for our vacation home.
Shelley E on Nov 18, 2016
I saw it in your customers catalog, BRUCE EDWARDS
JOSEPH M on Nov 18, 2016
Looks like a great project, my wife liked the look of it and it'll be hers...happy wife, happy life.
Timothy B on Nov 15, 2016
Seems to be very practical - good use of space.
Julie W on Nov 8, 2016
nancy B on Nov 7, 2016
Liked the cabinet.
Maryann H on Oct 30, 2016
Hoping my husband can make this, which it will be going into our Motorhome. Thank you!
Jane B on Oct 22, 2016
I'm hoping that building this sewing table will be less expensive rather than purchasing one.
Patricia K on Jul 8, 2016
Great look and reviews and great plan
Charles K on May 30, 2016
I needed a cabinet that would house my machine and serger
Kathryn J on May 28, 2016
I have been looking for this kind of a cabinet
Margaret S on Apr 29, 2016
My Wife needs one of these and it's nice to have a plan to work from
Rick E on Apr 29, 2016
Need a starting point to work from in order to make modifications to address my wife's needs to accommodate two machines.
KEN C on Apr 17, 2016
It is the size we want and we can adjust the plans
Terry J on Mar 21, 2016
My wife wants this piece of furniture.
Gary T on Nov 29, 2019
Gift for my wife
Kevin K on Aug 4, 2019
what are the dimensions when opened up?
A shopper on Apr 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The dimensions, as the unit is shown in the photograph, are:
Base Cabinet - 48 1/2 inches wide and 18 1/2 inches deep
Left Extension - 35 5/16 inches wide and 18 1/2 inches deep
Right Extension - 18 1/2 inches wide and 13 inches deep

The working surfaces are all 29 1/4 inches high.
How wide a sewing machine can fit this cabinet?
Patrick C on Jun 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This plan is designed such that you cut the opening for the sewing machine to match the sewing machine you'll be using, therefore there isn't a set amount of width the machine has to be.
Approximately how much did it cost to build this sewing table?
g k on May 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If you use the woods called for, include the hardware ( lift included) it will be approximately $500-$600.
the list of hardware specifically the screws did not define the screws as fine thread or course thread. flathead screws are not normal used in woodworking what type are they?
clifford c on Nov 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I'm thinking that "Pan Heads" are the screws not used as much as "Flat Headed" Screws. Flat headed screws are used almost all of the time. That's why you have Countersinking bits... So, more than likely it is Flat Headed screws... Oh, yea, if there are instructions for countersinking the screws then it is flat headed screws. Hope that helps
I would like to use drawer slides in this cabinet rather than wood with dado. Has anyone done this?
Dick W on Jan 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I used the wood slides/dado method. I am sure that drawer slides would work but the space for the slides and the resulting drawer size might have to be adjusted. This should not change the drawer fronts.. Good luck. Randy
is there a download version for these plans?
Suzanne P on May 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I don't think so. You'll want the full size plans anyway. There's a lot there.
What is the overall width when fully open? Is it the base 48.5" plus the left extension of 35 3/16"? Does the right extension add to the width? Not sure if I have the space.
Julie W on Nov 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The right extension does not add to the width of the cabinet. When opened, the right extension folds out toward the front and increases the depth, but the width of the cabinet remains the 48 1/2 plus the 35 5/16 plus another 1/16 or so for the hinge knuckle.
I have a large embroidery machine that this needs to fit. Do you think this plan would be able to be altered so the table is wider, meaning there is more distance in the kneehole area? TIA
vickie a on May 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This was a good project. The plans are clear and do lend themselves to making adjustments in length or width. I built one for my wife who has a Mid-size Viking Sewing machine that she uses to quilt. The sewing surface gives her them room for the machine and the extension table to support the large areas of cloth. We did not install the drop down, the top surface is intact.
Good luck on your project
Can the plan be altered to make it more ergonomic? The needle part of the sewing machine needs to be in the center of where a person sits at the cabinet. It would create a terrible back ache to try to twist and sew with the needle of the machine located off to the side like that.
Jennifer D on Oct 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The Picture is deceptive. The sewing machine should be just to the left of center. To tell the truth after reviewing the plans, I modified them to build my wife's cabinet.
Is there an alternate way to lift the machine without using lift mechanism?
ed a on Mar 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I do not think there is another way to lift the machine. I highly recommend the lift mechanism. It works beautifully and my wife loves it. She says the 3 positions put the machine just where it needs to be. It is easy to install and easy to adjust. You won’t regret buying one.
Need to make a sewing desk with a "machine lift" in it. Have you sourced a lift yet?
Jonny S on Apr 22, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I made the desk without the lift. However, when my wife’s friend saw the table she asked if I could make her one with the lift. So, I’m going to make her one with the lift but, have not ordered it yet.
Is it on casters? if not, how easy is it to pull away from the wall when extending the back leaf?
Jacqueline M on Jul 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hello Jacqueline, Quick answer is that the original design does not use casters. i built this for my wife and we modified the design a bit which is easy to do if you plan up-front. If it will be on carpet, casters would be a good idea however, if it is on a hard floor like mine, those teflon pads you stick on the feet work great (available at home centers). If you'd like to read about my build, you can see the write-up and pictures on my blog: eastmountainkustom dot com. the furniture gallery has pictures and if you go to the Blog you can click on the Sewing Center category to see all 15 articles I posted during the build process :-) Hope this helps! Steve
What kinds of tools do you need to build this?
Robert B on Jan 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: A Pretty complete shop. Table saw, router, drill, sander, doweling jig. That's if you use dressed lumber. Rough lumber requires a planer and jointer as well.
Do you have a lift mechanism that will accommodate a 60# sewing machine?
Connie R on Jan 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The unit I purchased from Rockler will handle 60 lbs. based on the way the machine is raised and lowered.
I already have the lift, can I get the pattern? I am worried that you may change the pattern to accommodate a new lift mechanism!
Anne J on Dec 17, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I have a similar plan and design document I purchased in 2018 and finally built the cabinet in May 2019
What is ment about the plan and how much is the total cost for everything needed to complete complete the project?
Angel on Oct 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I have not built the project yet so I can’t help right now.
Can you buy this completed?
Marcia R on May 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Rockler currently offers this as a plan only.
Is this the only sewing cabinet plan that you offer? Can you make specific custom plans?
Barbara F on Feb 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It’s the only one I found on Rockler. However, I never built it. Our design requirements changed so I built a custom unit.
How many of each size screw do I need to build this?
Dick W on Mar 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have a production pocket machine that I used to screw and glue the panels together. I used 1.5 inch pocket screws. If you don't have one, standard 1.5 inch wood screws would work. I suggest you pre drill holes for the screws and glue.
What size castors can you use?
Sandhiller on Jan 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I did not use any casters. I am on a carpeted floor so I just keep it on some plastic furniture movers that slide on the carpet really nice.
How many board feet is needed ? And what is the thickest lumber required ?
Michael W on Jun 28, 2018
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