Sewing, embroidery, quilting……..all are obsessions with my wife JoAnn. She needed a sewing center that would accomodate her hobbies. After a lot of searching, looking at how others do it, and considering the things we use and the things we do not use, we finally decided to remove the factory dining booth (which we didn’t use) and replace it with Jo’s corner.
Deciding what to do with the old dining area was our first dilemma. Do we store the old dinette or pitch it. Neither option was obvious. What if we decide to revert back to a dining area? How much storage space will the old dinette take up. Since we don’t have a lot of extra storage without adding to our self storage fees, we reasoned that we could always add a table and a couple of chairs if we ever wanted the dining area back. That seemed to be our best option.
Having made the decision to pitch the dinette. we forged onward with the plans for the sewing center. Jo needed space for her sewing machine, her serger, and her embroidery machine, out of sight and safe when traveling, yet accessible when she wanted to use them. Table top space for spreading out material and good size work area around the machine was a priority.
In the end, we built three separate cabinets for the space, a base cabinet along the outside wall of the slide out, another placed at right angles to form an “L” with a fold out table top extension, and a third cabinet on casters to store the embroidery machine. The mobile embroidery cabinet can be rolled over to attach to the other two cabinets providing a large work space. Jo designed the cabinets to hold her specific items. It has worked fine for her. She is very proud of it.