Refurbishment of 1920's Girl's Singer Sewing Machine

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Project by DaleMaley posted 01-21-2015 01:17 AM 1193 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A co-worker asked me to repair his circa 1920 girl’s Singer sewing machine.

I believe it was his grandmother’s sewing machine. My co-worker’s 4 daughters actually sewed things with it when they were children, about 25 years ago.

The handle got lost, so my co-worker sawed off a piece of pink broomstick, to make a new handle.

He requested a new handle, and I volunteered to upgrade the old pine base to a nice oak one.

I turned a new handle of red oak on the lathe. I used a piece of 1/4” copper tube as the sleeve, for the steel screw to apply load to….......allowing the wood handle to spin freely.

The base is red oak with cherry stain. I used grain filler on the top to get a super-smooth finish.

This sewing machine is ready for another generation of girl’s to play with it…....which will be my co-worker’s grand-daughters.

To see my trials & tribulations on this project, see

-- Dale, Illinois,

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#1 posted 01-21-2015 02:59 PM

nice job

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#2 posted 01-22-2015 12:53 AM


I gave the refurbished sewing machine back to its owner today, he was thrilled with my crank handle repair and the nice base :)

-- Dale, Illinois,

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