Someone suggested a while back that I get some type of lift for my sewing machines so that I didn't have to break my back getting them from under my counter and having to put them back again. I have thought about that for some time as it was great advice. Since I do not like leaving much out in my studio, I am constantly taking the sewing machine and serger from beneath the counter, setting them up and then reversing the whole process.
After some thought, research, and planning, I have exactly what I need - a lift! I purchased this lift from Rockler. It is most typically used for heavy duty mixers. (I love the way flour is sprinkled all over the counter and lift, but the mixer is pristine and clean!)
My dear friend, Richard (who has done the large majority of remodel in my home including my entire studio) installed the lift for me. He is wonderful to work with because first he listens, then he helps plan and calculate, and finally he completes the jobs better than most "professionals". He builds things well and to last. I'm pretty sure I could jump on my counter top and it wouldn't budge! That's saying a lot!
Here is the space before adding the lift:
This lift holds not only my very heavy Janome 9700, but my Evolve serger as well. And, I can leave them in place and sew from both machines. I just swivel my chair around. Or stand at the serger which I can do every once in a blue moon!
I had intended to paint the shelf of the lift but decided instead to cover it with fabric and then a heavier vinyl. So, late at night when everyone was asleep, I got out a few of my tools. Who says a gal can't use tools? You should see my toolbox - it rocks! And yes, Gingher scissors and a sewing awl are serious tools, too!
And voila again...
The picture makes the room look pretty small, but it really is very spacious. I even have room to add my acrylic sewing table next to my machine and onto the counter and I have room to my left for cutting and pinning, and also behind my chair where I iron. The power cords run on top of the lift and under the counter to the plug. I can move the lift up and down without bothering the cords and even better - without having to plug them in or unplug them. (I do unplug them from my machine so there is no power serge to harm them.)
Now I can just put the pedals on the lift, cover the machines, pull the handy handles to release the machines below the counter, pull the curtain and everything is tidy again.
After installation, we noticed that the lift shows slightly through the curtains. This is because the weight of the machines makes the lift settle in that position. So, after even more thought, I have decided to turn that portion of the counter space into an actual cabinet. It will bring forward the lift by about three inches, giving me a little more space on the table. It will also encase the end of the counter space below, add doors, and eliminate the curtain in front and on the side. I will post about that later!
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