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Sewing Machine Cabinets

There have been various makes and models of sewing machine cabinets over the years. When I started work for my father in the late seventies there wasn’t a huge choice. There was ┬áthe ‘L’ shaped, blue-topped table, and the old drop-in Singer table cabinets. Prior to that there was a wide range of treadle tables and cabinets. Most of the Singer cabinets came in a walnut or oak finish and some had a small single drawer. Time moved on and at some point, back in the 1980’s, we started supplying the Horn range of cabinets. We also used to deal with a company in Bolton called, Hillaine. They had a small dusty workshop where Tish and Wayne used to make various types of sewing machine cabinets as well as furniture and coffins!


During the 1980’s knitting machines suddenly exploded onto the scene. A company called Keyto provided one or two models of cabinet to house the knitting machine. They were enormous and weighed a ton. I still remember my brother Steve and I delivering the Key cabinet to customers across Greater Manchester. The customer usually wanted the cabinet upstairs and let me tell you, dragging, pushing and pulling a Keyto cabinet up a flight of stairs was no mean feat.

Horn Cabinets

Hillaine and Keyto have, as far as I am aware, faded into the mists of time and now the Horn cabinet is the most popular option. Horn produce a wide range of excellent quality cabinets and you can see most of them on show in our shop. Horn always keep pace with the changes in sewing machine design. For example, they now produce sewing machine cabinets to accommodate the current trend for long-arm machines. The aperture and platforms in their cabinets have grown in size as machine get bigger, and bigger. Horn also produce a wide range of colour and finishes. so that your new sewing machine cabinet will blend in nicely with the colour scheme of your sewing room – even if that room is your kitchen.