What Makes Our Furniture Different – The 3-Stage Rudersburg lift


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Rudersburg Lift

In the early 1980’s I was approached by local sewing machine retailer about building a good quality sewing cabinet. At the time none were available in Canada. When the first cabinets were in development, great care was taken to find the best possible hardware for managing the changing of machine positions. Through research and conversations with people in the sewing industry, various European devices were brought to our attention. After examining the different choices, we determined that the German-built Rudersburg lift was the best of all the products available - and still available.

We’ve always kept in close contact with the factory in Germany and the lift has undergone many improvements over the years to keep up to changes in sewers needs.  However, it is still a family-run factory in Rudersburg, Germany with the same quality-conscious principles as Sylvia Design.  They continue to build their lifts using German precision and quality materials.  It’s an ingenious labor saver and an easy lift to use.  Its smooth movement makes for a gentle lift for even the most expensive sewing machine.  It allows you to go from stored-away to ready-to-use in seconds.  No need to be strong to press the platform to unlatch the lock.   The lift is designed to use the weight of the machine to assist even the most Top position“strength-challenged” person!

Since 1984, Sylvia Design has been putting the Rudersburg lift in sewing cabinets and we continue to do so today.

If you own a serger, and purchase our 620 (opens to the right) or the 620L (opens to the left) cabinet, you benefit too.  We use the Rudersburg lift in all of our cabinets and the serger cabinet is no exception.  Our only cabinet not equipped with the lift is the 100W – School Desk.  This cabinet is a back-to-basics style that is perfect for the budget-minded.

Middle PositionThe lift itself has 3 positions: The upper position for free-arm sewing, the middle position for flatbed-sewing, and the lower position for stowing the machine inside the cabinet. The lift’s middle position can be adjusted to accommodate the varying heights of different machine.  Once the height is Down Positiondetermined for the machine in the cabinet and the lift stop adjusted, it is suggested that an insert be used to fill in the space around the machine to make the entire surface flush and usable.

Inserts for the machine can be purchased in either clear, maple, or white.  The maple color matches the maple wood-tone of the interior of the cabinet.  If you have purchased a 1600 or white cabinet, order a white insert.  We even offer blanks.  When the machine is lowered, the blank is used to cover the hole.  This now gives you more surface area on your Sylvia cabinet.  When purchasing a cabinet, please make sure you know the make and model of your sewing machine so the insert fits your machine perfectly.  There are no inserts for the serger cabinet 620.

Until next time!


Comments (4) -

gadgetladyjat 12/13/2008 8:29:31 PM


It is good to know that you are a craftsman.  Putting thought into a project, just like embroidery, is an important part of the process.

Thank you for the information.  I wonder how many embroiderers have told their families what a great gift this would make!

Pat, The Avid Embroiderer

Do you make sewing machine tables anymore? I'm trying to find one that is short (24" high to be exact). Thanks!

No sorry we do not offer sewing tables anymore.

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Keeping It Simple – Embellished Bulletin Board 3

Keeping It Simple – Embellished Bulletin Board 3

A while back I shared some projects we were working on for my granddaughters’ bedroom.  Well, as often happens, life kind of got in the way and we never quite finished with our plans.  The girls have been begging and pleading for us to continue, so here are the instructions for a long awaited and much anticipated refurbished bulletin board (one of an eventual pair).  The originals were purchased on clearance for 85 percent off as they had been scratched all up. Oh, what a difference a coat of paint, some pretty fabric and a bit of TLC can do!

Here is what you need:

-fabric cut slightly smaller than bulletin surface

-8x10 hoop

-stabilizer (we used a light tear away)


-ribbon, ric rac or fabric border

-Mod Podge and foam brush


Here is what you do:

1.       Paint bulletin board, if necessary, and let dry completely.  Measure and cut fabric to fit the board.

2.       Decide where you want your embroidery and embroider design as desired on fabric. Carefully remove most if not all of the stabilizer.

3.       Mod Podge the fabric onto the bulletin board.  We found it easiest to start in the center and work our way out.  Let dry.


4.       Mod Podge ribbon or fabric border onto bulletin board.  We folded the ribbon at the corners, so as to use one long continuous piece of ribbon.  We found this a little more difficult to glue down, so you might want to cut your ribbon or fabric to fit each side of your board.  Let dry.


5.       You can either apply another top coat of Mod Podge between steps 3 & 4, or you can apply it after step 4 so that it also covers your border.  Let dry.

My granddaughters are so excited to finally have a place to display their own personal treasures!  Sorry it took so long girls!

Take care,


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