Sewing Cabinet Extra Tall Sewing Machine Air Lift



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Extra Tall Sewing Machine Air Lift Mechanism for next-generation sewing machines weighing up to 60 Lbs. Provides 16-1/2″ travel to lower taller sewing machines like the Bernina 700 series fully down into a sewing cabinet

This is the same German-made Rudersberg lift that other suppliers are no longer able to supply. We have them in stock and ready to ship. Our Amish hardware distributor has negotiated a direct relationship with the German manufacturer to keep them supplied for the many Amish shops and others building custom sewing cabinets.

Easy to operate tap and lock lift allows the sewing machine to be lowered down into a sewing cabinet when it’s not in use and raised to either the sewing bed height or to tabletop height to use embroidery attachment heads. Adjustable set screws lockdown once the machine settings are determined. If you plan on using the lift for an additional machine simply add a block of wood the thickness needed to adjust between machines without having to readjust settings each time.

The quiet airlift mechanism uses no springs and is rated for machines up to 60 lbs.

The maximum height will be 22-1/2 ” at the tabletop position. This will be the determining factor in the mounting and blocking placement in the construction of your cabinet. Remember to add the sewing machine base shelf to the top of the lift when determining the mounting position. Most will use a ¾” thick shelf the size of the machine base.

The lift will need to be mounted on at least 3/4″ blocking or solid surface back. Mounting arms can mount to a 3/4″ top and bottom band board stringers. Most of the Amish add a shelf on the bottom of the lower band to set and screw the bottom angle in place.

Overall height is 22-1/2″ x 11″ Deep x 12-3/4″ wide, with a maxim lift travel of 16-1/2″. Hole spacing for mounting is 8-1/4″ center-to-center top horizontal angle bracket and 6-3/4″ center-to-center bottom horizontal angle bracket. The vertical distance to the centerline in the top and bottom horizontal mounting bracket holes is then 20-7/8″. The distance from the back of the lift where it will mount against the back of the cabinet to the front of the “Y” brackets is 11″ and from the front of the lift out to the end of the “Y” brackets for the sewing machine shelf is 8-1/2″.

The sewing machine shelf “Y” brackets are 12-1/2″ outside tip to outside tip. The sewing machine shelf that will attach to the sewing lift “Y” brackets should be the same thickness of the sewing cabinet top and can be cut to fit all sizes of sewing machines. The minimum size shelf to cover the “Y” brackets will be 12-1/2″ wide x 8″ deep if being used on a small machine such as a serger. Regardless of the size, the sewing machine should sit as much to the center of the sewing lift “Y” brackets so as not to cause undue leverage on the roller carriage assembly when pushing down to release the machine. In other words, if the lift is being used in a retrofitted deep desk more than 20″ deep a platform back extension should be built to mount the lift forward in the cabinet to make up the difference instead of attempting to build a deeper sewing machine shelf and having the sewing machine sitting out in front of the “Y” brackets.

The minimum size clearance hole at the top will be 12-3/4” W x 11-1/16” deep. Our Amish-built cabinets have a hole cut around 1-1/2”- 2” larger than the machine base. A top-notch is routed around the edge to flush a ¼” Plexiglas template that is cut inside to fit over the machine base at the flatbed position.

This template provides the opportunity to upgrade or use different machines and templates in the same cabinet without ever having to enlarge the hole.

We receive numerous calls regarding retrofitting one of these lifts into a vintage sewing cabinet specifically built for sewing machines using head hinge pins to fold the machine down into the cabinet. Those cabinets were not built with a substantial-sized back or depth to utilize the air machine lift mechanism.

Attaches with six #8 wood screws for installation. (Not Included)

We also carry the shorter sewing lift for machines needing less than 14-1/2″ space and weighing less than 50 lbs. This lift is also perfect to use as a serger lift by installing it on a pullout wall. CLICK HERE for more information on this lift.

Please note: It is very difficult to manufacture a universal sewing lift for all the different weights of sewing machines. The stated capacity is the maximum weight that should be used on the lift. If you use a lighter-weight machine it may require a little more effort to push the machine down into storage position, but it should come up quite easily. If it is a heavy machine it will be easier to lower but you may need to assist the lift to raise the machine over the last inch or two to raise on up to the sewing bed height or the tabletop height this is normal.

Cottage Craft Works has become a leader in custom-made sewing cabinets. Amish handcrafted cabinets are still made just like the old fashion quality-built furniture use to be made. No particle board or press fiberboard is used in these cabinets. To see all of our sewing cabinet selection visit our main site at

Please expect 2-4 weeks for shipping on this item.

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Weight 18 lbs


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