Cheryl J. from Corvallis, OR


Welcome to my studio! This is my sanctuary and I spend many pleasurable hours here. Indeed, I am fortunate to have a dedicated space for sewing, painting and fiber crafts. The pictures that you see below are the result of an extensive studio makeover to improve efficiency and reduce fatigue when quilting, laying out, and cutting fabric. My new Koala QuiltMate Plus IV is great in supporting multiple tasks. First, it offers ample surface to support a quilt when free-motion quilting. This was my first priority in selecting a new sewing cabinet. Second, I ordered my Koala with the 6″ height modification, outback leaf and shelves. Thus, I can lower my sewing machine and move the Koala to abut the IKEA cutting/pressing table (all are at the same 35 ¼” height) to form a giant surface when needed for laying up a large quilt. This is possible because the Koala is on casters! What an improvement over crawling around on the floor to layout and baste a quilt sandwich!

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. avatar Cindy
    Mar 29, 2012 @ 12:02:28

    How do you like the counter height? Was it hard to get used to?

  2. avatar Denise
    Sep 03, 2013 @ 07:33:24

    You mention moving the Koala to abut the IKEA table. How easily moved is the Koala unit. I would think it is very heavy once all materials and machine are loaded into it.

  3. avatar Christina Doane
    Sep 28, 2013 @ 23:03:45

    I must say that although I’m thrilled to have the Quilt Pro IV with all the bells and whistles, I must say that there is one thing that really should be examined and rectified by quality control.
    The “wheels” are light duty plastic and are essentially the same ones that I got with a cheap plastic set of drawers at Target. The table (empty!) weighs about 600 pounds (according to staff at the sewing store). I found that the wheels lock and unlock arbitrarily when trying to “roll” that behemoth and was warned by several staff that the wheels “snap off” easily.
    I recently purchased a Martha Stewart small roll around 4 drawer file that had giant rubber and steel wheels…. I paid less that $100.00! No comparison.
    Just why is this monster of a table sold with less than adequate wheels??
    What are they thinking?