Do It Yourself

Embroidery Cabinet


OK, you got yourself an embroidery machine.  Great!  Now.  What do you do about a place to use it, and what on Earth do you do about the various 'bits' that you need to do your embroidery?

This is what I came up with as a solution to that problem.  It is easy, inexpensive, and just about anyone can do it.

Pick yourself up one of those "kitchen carts".  You know the type; made for microwave ovens (not the two level kind!) with a drawer and storage space underneath?  You can get them pretty cheaply, and I got mine second hand.  It was dinged around the edges and stained - but HEY!  Who was going to see it?  It was for WORK, not display!  The one I got even had the side areas for spices, so that was even better, as you will see in the photos.

Next, you need a hand saw (unpowered hack saw) and a power drill.  A dremel tool will do fine to take the place of the drill, for the most part, if you have one and not the other.  You can also make the Dremel take the place of the saw, if you want.



You will need some wood - lathing or 1X2s - your choice; either one will work just fine, and I used both.  Think of the size you would use for the 'post' on yard sale signs...  Yeah, that's the ones.  And you will need some wood dowels.  You can find them in the hardware store or in the craft department.  The hardware store is probably cheaper.  Get 1/4" or smaller in diameter.  These are the posts you will be 'hanging' your thread on.  You know, like the fancy thread stands that sell for $25-70??  Yeah, those.

What I did was to measure the width of the cabinet, and subtract about 1 1/2", and that was the length of my wood strips.  Cut the wood strips to that length.  Next, take a ruler and mark down the center of the wood strip, starting about 1" from the end, just about every 2" and put a dot.  This is where you will drill your hole.  You will want a drill 'bit' that is just about the same size as your wood dowel.  If you lay the drill bit over the dowel and vice versa, you shouldn't see edges of either one showing on the sides - or if anything, just a hint of the wood.  Not the other way around.  

The tricky part is next.  You want to drill your holes at an angle to the surface of the wood.  You can go all the way through - I did.  But try to keep the angle the same on every hole.  It gets easier with practice.  After your holes are drilled, you want to cut your wood dowels to size.  I cut at 2 1/2" long.  Just take your ruler and make a mark on the dowel every 2.5", and then take the hack saw and using very LIGHT strokes cut your dowels.  Then you are going to put the dowels into the holes.  If the size of the holes is close, you can use a hammer to lightly tap them in; if the holes are a touch too large, use some hot glue.  Just put a drop into the hole, then put the dowel into the hole.  Presto, you have your thread racks ready to mount onto your cart.  This sounds a LOT more complicated than it really is, honest.  It takes as long to explain it, as it does to do it.

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Then you simply mount the 'racks' to the side of the cart.  I used the drill to make pilot holes, and used screws to hold them to the sides.  I also used a couple of smaller 'racks' on the doors for the colors that I am using the most.  Since you very seldom SIT down to do embroidery, this is an ideal solution for your embroidery machine.  These carts even have wheels on them, so you can unplug the machine, and push the cart from room to room, if you need to get it out of the way!  My cart isn't QUITE finished, I'm still making and mounting racks - and I haven't yet decided what I'm going to do about that big open space in the bottom center.  I might use some of those little 'drawer' units you can get, or I might use a two-level lazy-susan.  But I'll make that decision once I have finished putting racks on both walls (you do not want to try to use the back wall!).

All in all, this was probably the best "embroidery" cart I've seen.  And it has cost me $30 total so far.  And about 2 hours of labor.