Early American Sewing-Serger Cabinet

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Influenced by early shaker-style furniture, our Amish-crafted Early American Sewing and Seger Cabinet is period Americana with a twist of modern functionality.

The cabinet nicely compliments other period antique furnishings and décor when stored, yet it provides the ability to operate two independent sewing machines or a serger in the same work center. A Perfect mother and daughter sewing center.

Heirloom quality Amish handcrafted using old-world joinery passed down from generations.

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Early American Sewing-Serger Cabinet
Early American Sewing-Serger Cabinet Early American Sewing-Serger Cabinet Early American Sewing-Serger Cabinet



Our classic Early American sewing center is 62-1/2” Wide x 20” Deep and 30” Tall.  When opened this cabinet provides a spacious sewing area of 125” Long x 20” Deep. The door on the serger compartment will fold back to allow the right-hand flip-out to fold down as pictured to save space when that side is not being used.

The Early American is equipped with two airlifts and can accommodate two standard-sized sewing machines or one main sewing machine and a serger. Instead of a serger use another sewing machine to make quick stitches without having to change over attachments on your main sewing machine.

Sewing machine size and insert.

The Early American sewing cabinet will handle standard-sized sewing machines up to 16-5/8” Wide x 7-7/8” Deep up to 14-1/2” Tall using a 10-7/8” x 19-5/8” acrylic insert in the middle and serger and sewing machines up to 16-5/8” Wide x 11” Deep on the right side. The cabinet is equipped with two standard-sized 50 lb. capacity airlifts.

When measuring the machine make sure to include the spindle and cords that would be in the machine when it is lowered down into the cabinet. As a rule of thumb, add 3” to the length and depth of the machine for the template size. The best way to measure is by setting the machine between two tall, fixed items such as large books, and then measuring across the top. Do not include detachable arms and parts that would not be lowered with the machine.

The cabinet includes the acrylic template custom-made to fit your machine. We will need the make and model of your machine in the comment box at check-out.

The sewing machine pushes down into the cabinet using a German-made airlift allowing the top to be closed. When the doors are closed this unit appears to be a sideboard or chest to fit into your decor.

Wood Options

Pictured and priced in Red Oak or Brown Maple. Quarter Sawn Red Oak, Hickory, Hard Maple, and Cherry are also available.


This builder uses a formaldehyde-free topcoat finish.

Click Here to view stain options that are included in the price. Painted and distressed options as well as stain matching are available with an upcharge; contact us if interested.


The Early American Sewing Cabinet uses solid hardwood on the tops, fronts, doors, and drawer fronts. Cabinet-grade veneer plywood is used on the sides and in the kneehole.  The back will be of Luan-type plywood that is stained and sealed.

Shaker-style doors are equipped with quality hinges and the top flip lids are attached with snag-free mortised hinges.

The cabinet is equipped with four quality crafted dovetail joinery drawers mounted on full extension slides. Three of the four drawer boxes are all equal in size and measure approximately 7” W x 17” D x 2-1/2” H. The bottom fourth door box measures approximately 7” W x 17” D x 4-1/2” H. 

Unlike other serger cabinets, The Early American comes with two airlifts so that a second small sewing machine could be added to make two separate workstations. An additional template would be required. Note: You will need to sit in front of the second compartment to use the machine.

Cabinet doors on the serger side feature bifold door hinges and the door that covers the sewing area is equipped with cabinet door hinges. The flip-out tops are equipped with snag-free mortised hinges.

The cabinet is equipped with nylon-tipped adjustable glides that will adjust between 5/16” to ½”. Rollers are optional to select using the drop-down boxes. Cords will slide under the edges of both the glides and rollers, so cord holes are not needed.

Time Frame

You should expect 3-6 months for your custom cabinet to be built and shipped. Since the pandemic and the uncertainty of the economy, there has been an overwhelming renewed interest and demand for home-based products. Our Amish builders are also facing the same levels of supply chain and labor shortages as other industries. Each cabinet is handcrafted for quality and not mass production speed.

Payment Options

You can order online using a credit card, PayPal, over the phone, or mail us a check.

A word about pricing and shipping cost. We have seen a wide range of prices on Amish sewing cabinets over the years. The factors are the cost of the cabinet and the cost to ship and deliver them. When comparing look at both. Some will increase the price and offer free shipping while others lowball the price and charge by the mile to deliver which may end up costing more to deliver than the cabinet price itself. We feel our flat rate shipping is fair and the prices of our cabinets competitive when you factor in both the cabinet and delivery costs.

Cottage Craft Works has gained a respected reputation for quality sewing cabinets and was featured in the December/January 2015 issue of Vogue Patterns Magazine as a resource for Amish handcrafted sewing machine cabinets.

Shipping Options

You may pick the cabinet up in central Ohio; Select F.O.B (freight on buyer) if you live close to Central Ohio and would like to pick the cabinet up at the Amish shop. Select a $400 shipping deposit for in-home delivery. We will notify you should there be an issue with delivery to your location.

In-Home Delivery

We utilize insured, professional blanket-wrapped Amish furniture haulers that cover 95% of the Continental US with inside delivery for only $400. The exception might be a remote location at the extreme tip of a state like Michigan, Main, Florida, or some other location that is difficult to maneuver into for a delivery.

These companies make monthly runs with scheduled pickup dates. We coordinate with the cabinet builders around these pickup dates to ship your cabinet as soon as it is completed and can be picked up by the hauling company.

Solid Wood Furniture is a term that has loosely evolved over time. The term once meant furniture built entirely from native solid hardwoods. 

Today some companies have stretched the term in marketing for those looking for quality furniture. They claim they have solid wood furniture based solely on the technical aspects of wood chips and fibers that still comprise the wood structure. This means that their furniture might contain particle board or MDF wood fiber lumber. The woods being used in furniture; even high-end sewing cabinets most often utilize particle board wood covered with a glued-on laminate. Particle board does not do well in humid climates or when used on long cabinet tops such as those used on the next-generation computerized sewing and embroidery cabinets. The product often begins swelling or sagging. Cabinet laminated edges are easy to snag on fabrics and chip or peel off edges leaving the particle board exposed and susceptible to absorbing more moisture from the atmosphere.

While particle board laminated boards are widely used in office furniture, cutting a 13” x 27” hole in the top of a sewing cabinet changes the structural integrity of the top exposing the edges to absorb moisture.

Amish furniture will never have particle board or MDF wood in their furniture. The cabinet fronts, and tops, including door and drawer fronts, will utilize premium solid hardwoods for the high-wear areas. Cabinet-grade matching veneer plywood will be used on the sides and in the case of a sewing cabinet inside the kneehole sides.  The back will be covered in the same plywood or a Luan type of plywood. Plywood is layered sheets of real hardwood laminated together providing a more stabilized wood that doesn’t expand and crack like solid wood while providing a stronger structural wood versus a single wood sheet.

About the Builder

Our builder learned his craft from accomplished Amish cabinet builders who have passed down old-world craftsman skills from generation to generation. He has been building cabinets since 2002 and in 2010 started his own custom cabinet business. In 2014 his unique cabinet design and craftsmanship blessed him with solid growth to the point he needed to expand to a brand new 50’ x 80’ shop.  Then again in 2018, he expanded with a complete in-house finish shop focused on custom furniture building. Unlike other shops that send their cabinets to other Amish finish shops, this builder can build and finish on the same property controlling the complete process from start to finish ready for shipping.

Click Here to view all our sewing custom cabinetry for any dream sewing room imaginable. From reproduction treadle cabinets, and specialty Singer Featherweight tables to the most sophisticated solid wood sewing cabinets for the next generation of sewing machines, you will see why Cottage Craft Works is on the leading edge in providing handcrafted custom solid wood sewing cabinets.

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