Arrow Norma Jean Model 351 Sewing Cabinet In White
- This item ships separately from other warehouses. Usually leaves the warehouse on the next business day.
One of Arrow’s most loved cabinets, the Norma Jean model 351 sewing cabinet in white offers the space and storage any sewist needs for making great things.
Expanding to great widths and modifiable with an additional quilters leaf sold separately, the Norma Jean is perfect for all types of sewing, embroidering, and quiltmaking.
The Norma Jean sewing cabinet by Arrow closes down to a small footprint of only 41-¾” wide and 20” deep so it fits comfortably out of the way against any wall then when open with its two drop leafs up, it expands to a surprising 81-½” wide.
The underside of the cabinet provides plenty of leg and knee space at 30-½” high, perfect for comfortable sewing; both side drop leafs are supported by swing-out supports; and a quilting leaf, sold separately, can be added to the back of the cabinet to increase the workspace even more.
The model 351 sewing cabinet includes a convenient, easy-to-use machine airlift mechanism for positioning the machine in flatbed, freearm, or stored position with just a little push.
The airlift can support most domestic sewing machine up to 50 lbs and with dimensions that do not exceed 23-½” wide, 12-¼” deep and 13-⅞” tall; optional custom machine inserts can be ordered separately.
In terms of storage in the Norma Jean, there is plenty! The model 351 cabinet has four accessory bins mounted inside the swing-out door for easy stashing of smaller or commonly-used items.
It also has four sizable drawers on the right side for storing some larger items and on the top, there is a double recessed compartment offering even more storage.
Made from durable MDF composite, the Norma Jean 351 has a white scuff-resistant vinyl laminate finish that looks good in any room.
Weighing in at 150 lbs, the cabinet includes strong locking casters so it can be moved around as needed, then locked for stability.
This cabinet ships from the warehouse in 3 boxes to be assembled at home; included is all assembly hardware and easy-to-follow instructions that can be done in about 2 hours.
There is also a toll-free helpline available for assembly assistance.
The Norma Jean sewing cabinet is protected by a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty against defects plus a 15-day warranty against shipping damage that begins once the cabinet ships.
The Arrow Model 351 Norma Jean Sewing Cabinet in White
The Perfect Sewing Accessory for Your Sewing Room!
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I ordered this cabinet after researching other brands. For the price I like the product. The item arrived in three boxes over two separate days (but this was a Fed Ex issue and not the seller). I was disappointed that a few of the pieces arrived damaged but figure this is a chance taken with a product built and shipped from Japan. It isn't solid wood so expect damaged corners. Arrow customer service (Jessica) was FABULOUS in getting me replacement pieces. Shipping comes surface so it takes about a week to get the pieces. It did take a couple of hours to assemble and I did it myself. Easy to put together but I suggest you watch the video on Arrow's web site before you start. Their video, while dated, is much better than the instruction manual. Also, the hardware sent with the cabinet differs in some cases from the manual and video. They under shipped the small flathead screws used to put the door on the cabinet by 2 each so I put what they did ship on the top and bottom hinges and will buy more at HD for the middle hinge.
The lift comes already assembled to the back panel (my back panel had a chipped corner but as it was on the back side I didn't request a replacement because I didn't want to disassemble the lift from the panel). Making the fine adjustment to level the piece the machine sits on was easy once I figured out what section to adjust. The video doesn't mention the box is behind the shelf and that you need to lower it. A few minor tweaks and it was perfect.
I have doubts that the plastic storage pieces that install on the door and the plastic insert on the top side will last. They are cheap and I'm sure will crack over time and use. Finding replacement pieces will be a trick and I don't look forward to buying them unless they improve the plastic material. I wish the drawers were wider but that's a personal preference.
I would suggest Arrow update their video for the Norma Jean and correct the instructions to match the product as it is now and improve the hardware (label the bags and correct the quantity on the screw to mount the hinge door to the cabinet) as well as improve the plastic used to make the storage pieces on the door and top.
For the $1000 price, it is OK. Higher priced units were out of my league, I just didn't want to spend that kind of money so overall I am pleased with the cabinet. It is already working better than my last unit and my new Husqvarna Sapphire 530 (larger machine) fits really well. Get the optional insert and you will have a large, smooth surface to sew on.
Get past that this isn't solid hardwoods and enjoy the product; it looks great!