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Forum topic by papadan posted 02-15-2017 10:59 PM 809 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-15-2017 10:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: singer sewing machine custom wood metal style cool funny

No No No, not THAT kind of Singer Seams to be quite of few people that have repurposed the old antique Singer sewing machines. Let’s see how many we can get together and compare. I have 2 projects over the past 12 years involving singer sewing machines. I am now looking for a couple more of the treadle bases for project ideas I have. My first Singer project was built for my wife. She has always loved and collected bowl and pitcher sets and she would love to have a wash stand to display her favorite of the month on. Another thing she enjoys is sewing but had to put her machine on the kitchen table to use it. We had a small old shotgun house and didn’t have room for anymore furniture. I went to work and designed a Walnut and Birdseye Maple dry sink (wash stand) When I got it finished I waited for her to go to the grocery store one evening and I took an old floor model stereo that wasn’t used anymore out of the living room and moved the dry sink in. I was just watching TV when she got home and helped her with the food. She walked into the living room and then screamed when she saw her newest bowl and pitcher in the sink. I thought she was going to faint when she looked in the cabinet.

Singer #one….... My Grandmothers 1932 electric Singer sewing machine that she received from her mother as a wedding present. My wife has 2 other machines that she never uses because they have too many buttons and features. Since she got this one in 86 after Granny passed, she has not used any other. Singer #2…..... I had this base for probably 10 years without a use, just taking space in the shed. Not long after getting my Jet minilathe I saw the base in the shed and got this idea. Built the top and just one accessory drawer and there she’s been ever since. This base has no family connections, just a yard sale find.

OK people, show us the Singer of your dreams!


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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 02-16-2017 12:15 AM

No Singers to show, Dan, but your creations are just great. That combo sewing table dry sink is a wondrous thing. I have lived in cramped quarters when young, and that sort of thing is a piece of magic.

My wife does have a couple of the old electric portable Singers mostly for display, but they do work.

I am sitting here in front of the computer recovering. Recovering from plumbing. Gull darn do I hate plumbing. Had a kitchen faucet start leaking underneath. It is one of those things where the head pulls out of the spout and it becomes a sprayer. But located in a narrow space back of a deep sink in our island in the kitchen. The realistic way to work on these things is before the sink goes in, or pull the sink if something goes wrong. Right.

I was able to pull the faucet, partly from the top, and some from the bottom, although the bottom part is mostly inaccessible. Got it out, and the cause was probably a loose hose connection to the faucet. Teflon tape, replaced the faucet, and everything is fine. I spread the work over 3 days. We have another sink in the kitchen, so no rush. On my back, working at impossible angles, etc. I have the tools, just not the flexibility anymore.

I built a simple jig out of a dowel to get the U shaped nut that holds the faucet down from underneath back in place. Took my wife and I to do that. I conned her petite little self into doing the under cabinet part… (-:

I had to tie a string on the quick disconnect for the spray hose that was located way at the top behind the sink. That way I could push up with a very constricted hand on the fitting, and pull down on the string with the other hand to allow it to snap in place. I left the string, a simple lasso with a loop to pull with, in place.

While you are having fond memories, I been sweating… just kidding. Thanks for the post. Like those cabinets.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 02-16-2017 01:11 AM

My mother of 96+ years has her mothers pedal one, with the 3 drawers on each side and the big top and extension table that when you lower the sewing that hinges over the top and you have this 30+” x 20” flat top.
At first use when I was about 4, she had to pedal it with the original machine, then about 7 my uncle did a motor conversion on it. Then a few years later she bought a modern portable Singer and hated it. I looked at it and it had the same hinge system built into it for a table model and it was the same as the original, a half hour later it was in Grandmas original cabinet.

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lew

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#3 posted 02-16-2017 01:43 AM

Spectacular dry sink/sewing machine combo, Dan!

Wish I still had the old Singer treadle machine I git rid of years ago.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 02-16-2017 01:55 AM

I lost the machines, but saved the bases.

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papadan

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#5 posted 02-16-2017 02:09 AM

Nice Jbay, that dining table is one I have never seen before. I will make the yardsell circuit this spring to find another base. People on C-list want too much for them.

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papadan

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#6 posted 02-17-2017 04:53 AM

BUMP, Come on people, I’ve seen other Singers on here. These Of Your Dreams thread are supposed to go on forever, just ask Grumpy about Trees and Barns

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#7 posted 02-17-2017 05:32 AM

Only photo I have. CFrye might have the ones you are looking for….

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papadan

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#8 posted 02-17-2017 06:04 AM

Bandit, you got it!!!! a Singer tractor, that’s fantastic. The one on the left is a little weird, it ain’t a Singer so it need JD green on it. :-)

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#9 posted 02-17-2017 07:00 AM

The Singer in the top photo is the very sought after Featherweight.

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papadan

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#10 posted 02-17-2017 09:42 AM

Yes Bob, I didn’t know it was sought after but it is the featherweight. My grandmother never had a sewing cabinet, she didn’t really like to sew. The women of their times did it all anyway. She was born in 1909. I do have the rest of it, including the top and bottom of the case, the accessories tray, button hole attachment, and the little can of Singer sewing machine oil. The accessories are in the right drawer along with scissors, pins, and needles. Her last project with it was making draw string bags out of Domino fabric. I made a bunch of sets of Dominos for our clubs Christmas for little shavers 2015.

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#11 posted 02-17-2017 01:43 PM

I just finished this entrance console table

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#12 posted 02-17-2017 01:43 PM

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#13 posted 02-17-2017 05:08 PM

My wife’s singer is a Featherweight. She may have two, but I think only one is in perfect working order, and complete with the manual. We have a couple of other old machines that I would think should be repurposed into something else.

If I ever run out of repair projects around our houses, then I may get at the sewing machines. I am becoming a full time plumber, I swear.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#14 posted 02-17-2017 05:17 PM

Oh, and would you believe my next project is to build two ironing boards for quilting, the tops are 24” x 60” a piece. One top goes to a friend who will use it without legs since she has a repurposed chest of drawers for that. My wife wants hers to have legs and all. I will be able to post them as a project, I guess, since they will be wood.

There, double bump… (-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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papadan

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#15 posted 02-17-2017 10:46 PM

Jim, just mount her ironing board on an old treadle base and I will appoint you to CGB of this thread.:-)

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