The functionality of a controlled lifting mechanism is a tremendous time and storage saving device that is a key feature of any good sewing cabinet. Here, you will find out the difference between lift types, as well as how they can make your sewing life easier.
Difference Between Lift Types
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This is how a controlled lifting mechanism works:
- When the machine is not used, it is stored away inside the sewing cabinet.
- The machine is raised with little effort to either the flatbed or free arm working position. This is not only handy for storage purposes, however, as it allows the user to utilize their sewing cabinet's table top for activities other than sewing.
The Wide World of Sewing Machine Lifts
Like everything, there are a multitude of designs and types of lifts to choose from, most of which are differentiated by the method used to raise the machine. Here are the most common lift types:
- Folding Lift Mechanism. This lift method is activated by the mechanical movement of the cabinet itself. Depending on the model, the lift may raise the machine as the drop leaf is unfolded or the cabinet is expanded.
- Air Lift Mechanisms. The machine is raised and lowered by the force of your hand. There are usually three different locking positions that the sewing machine can be set at.
- Electric Lift Mechanisms. The platform is moved into position through the use of an on-board electric motor.
- Manual Lift Mechanisms. A lever, usually on the side of the cabinet is pulled to move the machine into position.