I love my Christa Cabinet from Arrow Sewing – it’s perfect for domestic machine quilting!
Collaborating with a sewing furniture company was a dream come true!
Here’s a quick backstory: I’ve been quilting my own quilts for over 25 years, and with the rise of social media I began sharing more pictures and videos of my work. Anytime I shared my sewing setup, I would get about a dozen people asking where to get my table.
I had a hard time answering that question since the table I was previously using was a gift from my mom over 20 years ago. The shop she purchased it from was no longer in business and I didn’t even know the brand!
When you order your Christa Cabinet from me, it comes with a free custom insert to fit your machine!
So fast forward to just before the pandemic. I spent a good amount of time coming up with the *perfect* design for a sewing table since I couldn’t find anything like it on the market. In addition to creating a large flat surface with a drop-in hole for my machine, I needed a table that would hold up the weight of the quilt in ALL the right places, with plenty of room for my notions close at hand.
But here’s the most important feature: I needed a table with raised edges to keep the quilt from falling off the sides as I quilted. I was dumbfounded that no one thought of this before!! Another super important consideration was cost. In my research, I checked out all of the leading companies’ offerings and found the prices to be way too high for the average quilter.
Moreover, most of the high end tables I researched were actually too big to fit in an average sized room, especially if you wanted to keep your cabinet completely open and in use all the time, like I do.
The “L” shaped design to the left of your machine holds up the weight of your quilt.
Much to my luck, a mutual friend helped me get in touch with the folks at Arrow Sewing. I showed them my design and asked if they could produce something like this.
When they said yes, a beautiful partnership was created and I was thrilled to work with them to create the Christa Cabinet which made its debut in May of 2022. It was an instant hit and the response has been amazing!
If you haven’t seen this amazing table in action yet, I’m excited to share measurements with you, plus a video for you to check out. So keep reading…
Christa Cabinet Specs
My cabinet will fit all of the BERNINA & Juki models out there, plus about 95% of all other brands currently on the market. As long as your machine measures less than 23 1/2″ wide by 12 1/2″ deep, it will fit nicely. Here are the rest of the cabinet measurements:
- Cabinet fully open, will all leaves extended: 71 5/8″ W x 40″ D x 29″ H
- Cabinet closed with side leaf down: 56 1/2″ W x 22 5/8″ D x 29″ H
- Quilt leaf (back extension): 55 3/4″ x W x 18 1/4″ D
- Right side leaf for notions and stuff: 15 3/4″ W x 19 5/8″ D
- Lift opening (table top cutout): 23 3/4″ x 12 1/2″ D
- Drawer (open or closed on left): 18 3/4″ x 15″ D x 3 1/2″ H
- Cover for drawer (extra table space): 22 3/4″ W x 14 3/8 D
With my Christa Cabinet, domestic machine quilting is a breeze!
Shipping the Christa Cabinet
As of right now, the cabinet can only be sent to addresses in the continental US. It can be shipped fully assembled to about 90% of US addresses through Fed Ex’s premium delivery service. For areas where this service is unavailable, you’ll have the option for it to be shipped unassembled and flat in a couple of boxes.
Here are a few more FAQs (frequently asked questions):
- The Christa Cabinet features manual lift and locking casters.
- Standard height with casters is 29″
- Assembled Cabinet takes 3-4 weeks for delivery
- Both top loading and front loading bobbins can be accessed.
- Knee will fit with the cabinet; specify with custom insert
- Custom insert ships separately, allow 3-4 weeks for delivery
- Height of table tray can be adjusted for perfect fit by tightening the wing nut or removing a few of the chain links. (Click here for Arrow video showing how!)
Christa’s Quilt Blocks
My quilt blocks shown above are a separate add-on purchase. But the best thing is, they’ll fit most tables already on the market. They come in a set of 2 are they are like guardrails for your quilt, keeping it from going overboard!!
Christa Cabinet Pricing
Due to MAP regulations (minimum advertised pricing), the retail price (MSRP) listed on my website will usually be higher than what you will actually pay. In addition, Arrow offers special deals from time to time, plus I can offer a few bonus incentives when you order it directly from me.
So if you are at all interested in getting more information about the cabinet, just shoot me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll help you determine if it’s a good fit for your machine! I’ll be able to quote you the lowest current price and help you with shipping questions, too!
Watch This Videos for More Info about the Christa Cabinet
Click play below to see my cabinet in action!