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Deluxe Sewing Center Plan

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Deluxe Sewing Center Plan
Deluxe Sewing Center Plan

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.
  • Hardware, wood and lift mechanism sold separately.
(1) Deluxe Sewing Center Plan: Includes the plan to build the Deluxe Sewing Center only.
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Brand N/A
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
Technical Documents N/A
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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
2 months 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 4 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
8 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
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
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great Sewing Machine Plan
Love the way it closes. Looks like a piece of furniture.

Winter project.
September 7, 2016
over 2 years ago
Easy plans
Well written plans
May 21, 2016
over 2 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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February 17, 2016
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
I built this cabinet for my...
I built this cabinet for my wife shortly after the article came out in Wood Magazine. I used red oak lumber with red oak plywood in the panels for the top pieces. For the door panels, I laminated two pieces of 1/4-in. walnut plywood together back to back, then trimmed the four pieces to size. Rather than use the lift mechanism, in its place under the cabinet in the knee hole I added a narrow shelf for my wife's smaller sewing machine. I finished the cabinet with Min-Wax Golden Pecan followed by three coats of Johnson's Paste Wax. She leaves her large Elna on the top center section, stows her serger in the space to the right, and her smaller Morse on the knee hole shelf. The only thing she does not like about the cabinet is the locator pins on the tops of the doors. If she doesn't hit their socket inserts dead on, they leave small scratches on the flip-over panels. All in all, I invested about $350.00 in material and hardware.
January 16, 2010
The plans are excellent and easy...
The plans are excellent and easy to follow. I did some minor changes to accommodate flush door closure, mobile wheel base, and stronger support for a heavy serger. Overall, I stayed as true to the design plans as possible. I used three coats of Minwax Peacan polyurethane.
December 26, 2009
I received these plans several weeks...
I received these plans several weeks ago, and although I have never done any woodworking, found them extremely easy to follow. I tweaked them a bit in that I did not want to use plywood, instead built the unit out of scrap barnboards planed down and biscuited together. I can't wait to get the finish on so I can start my first sewing project. Guys, this cabinet would cost a fortune purchased in a store. I have about $225 in this with the lift and finish. Cannot even buy a particle board unit for that. And as a seamstress, this is an incredible piece of furniture.
May 11, 2009
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Why did you choose this?
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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
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
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
I want a cabinet for my sewing machine that's quality that won't cost a fortune.
Mary M on Mar 1, 2016
Just liked it and it fit my wife needs
David R on Feb 25, 2016
I liked the overall design.
Rick M on Feb 3, 2016
My wife wanted a place that she could work with her serger AND embroidery machines.
Keith C on Jan 29, 2016
Could not find another plan. Will use this as somewhat of a guideline along with using some of my own ideas/needs.
Joe O on Jan 23, 2016
This looked like the best sewing machine table that I could find! I've been looking for a long time and I loved the functions this piece of furniture offered. I also like the looks of the piece when not in use.ð???
Beth W on Jan 18, 2016
Plans for my wife's sewing table!
William L M on Jan 17, 2016
looks like a great sewing center for the wife and a good looking cabinet when not in use.
Jeff r on Jan 14, 2016
Wife would like me to make this for her birthday.
Michael F on Jan 7, 2016
good reviews and verification by the boss
Retired and busy on Jan 2, 2016
Seems to be one of the best plans available.
Bob J on Dec 22, 2015
Needed a place to start with a design and this will allow me to modify to fit my needs.
William S on Dec 22, 2015
I thought I would like the design but it has some flaws to work out.
Michael R on Dec 15, 2015
My wife is an avid quilter and sewer. The plans I ordered will provide her a work space that is her own.
Leanard P on Nov 21, 2015
It is the only decent site that I could just a set of plans and not join some club.
John M on Nov 8, 2015
Wife Likes it
Robert B on Feb 28, 2018
Picture was on the internet.
Peggy V K on Feb 4, 2018
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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: I used this plan and my wife did not want the sewing machine inset into the top as she likes to move the machine to various positions depending on what she is sewing. She can still put the machine under the cabinet and close it up but mostly she leaves it opened up.
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: They have a lift you would need to see if the dimensions of your machine fits. I did not put the lift on my cabinet. I wanted to be able to use it open wide for other things as I have a small space.
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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