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October 24th, 2009 in member junk     
suewannabeinkc suewannabeinkc, member
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This beautiful Singer treadle sewing machine/cabinet is not in great shape. Its missing a front door, a few drawer/door knobs, hinges, and a LOT of veneer. Im a little torn between trying to restore it and taking it apart to repurpose the pieces. Im leaning toward disassembly... Sometimes.
This is one of the side panels, with the other being a mirror image of this one. One of my first ideas was to remove both and hang them on the wall with the narrow door between them.
Isnt the detail gorgeous on this?
Originally this narrow piece was a door covering the wheel space on the front right of the machine. It has been pulled loose and has some lost veneer, as well as small pieces of wood near where there had been hinges. Its still beautiful!
I think these drawers may be the most beautiful part of the whole thing! Therefore Im also Im considering separating the drawer section from the rest of the cabinet and replacing the plain interior side panel (immediately right of the drawers) with the ornate outside side panel from the other end. The end result would be a 5-drawer storage tower. Since the drawers are smaller than most, with the front being the only interesting part, theyre overall not really attractive for use on their own.
On the other hand, the whole thing would make a cool table... (I told you I was torn!) Help?
I love the color of the old exercise bike. The green/blue metallic paint reminds me of a car my folks had when I was a little girl in the 60s and 70s.
If I could somehow create an even top, this could become a great table with the addition of a glass top. Problem is, I dont know how to accomplish this, so Im looking for ideas!
This beautiful Singer treadle sewing machine/cabinet is not in great shape. Its missing a front door, a few drawer/door knobs, hinges, and a LOT of veneer. Im a little torn between trying to restore it and taking it apart to repurpose the pieces. Im leaning toward disassembly... Sometimes.

This beautiful Singer treadle sewing machine/cabinet is not in great shape. It's missing a front door, a few drawer/door knobs, hinges, and a LOT of veneer. I'm a little torn between trying to restore it and taking it apart to repurpose the pieces. I'm leaning toward disassembly... Sometimes.


The antique sewing machine in its cabinet was a recent freecycle find. The vintage exercise bike was curbside by the trash along with several other things that went home with me. Turns out it was a friend's house and she was more than happy for me to take it and even helped me load it. Apparently she had someone coming out that charges by the craneload. I'm always amazed that people sometimes PAY to get rid of such cool stuff, but I don't mind being there to take it first! Especially when the price is right!


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Comments (11)

57modelt writes: I know this is probably a long shot... but do you still have parts from the parlor cabinet? I'm looking for one drawer (or even just the drawer cover) that is missing from the parlor cabinet that I'm restoring. These drawers are slightly larger than regular treadle machines. Thanks!
Posted: 4:45 pm on August 2nd
lady1880s writes: I have a sewing cabinet that's a puzzle too,mine is all there but,someone got the bright idea to paint the lovely oak a dk.turquoise,I'm in the process of stripping it and will make it into a filing cabinet or a coffee table,someday!.Hope yours becomes something fantastic! Posted: 11:45 pm on August 5th
Shelley_ writes: Freebies are the best! The wood pieces will look great hanging on your wall. Posted: 11:01 am on October 30th
suewannabeinkc writes: I went with disassembly - it took most of the day today but it's done! Ended up with a LOT of unexpected fun pieces (wood * meteal). Stay tuned for pics soon! Posted: 9:25 pm on October 28th
shabbychick writes: Wonderful finds! I LOVE the sewing machine - and you've got so many great drawers to work with - woo hoo!!

Kathy Posted: 2:56 pm on October 27th
chippingcharm writes: More fun...for free :) Laurel
Posted: 10:51 pm on October 25th
alicemom writes: Boy howdy! Good on you and your freebies!
smiles, alice Posted: 7:19 pm on October 25th
bluebucket writes: I like your idea of hanging the decorative panels on the wall and also the drawer tower so I wouldn't have a problem dismantling this piece. I've used sewing machine drawers as shelves by hanging them on the wall. I keep all my bills in a sewing machine drawer that just sits on my desk. I use the actual sewing machine (minus the cabinet) and decorate it with silk flowers and sewing related items like thimbles, lace, buttons etc. etc. (I'll try to do a post in the future). I would use the metal treadle piece as decorative art on the wall (rusty or painted to suit your decor) or use it as a porch light as in Oldnews' post. Have fun!
doreen Posted: 6:07 pm on October 25th
monakent writes: WONDERFUL freebies!!! gailmarie Posted: 5:49 pm on October 25th
suewhitney writes: Wowsers...fun stuff!!! Freebies are, for sure, the best. Great saves.

Cheers!
Sue Posted: 10:30 am on October 25th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Freebies are a good thing. What a great piece.
Candy Posted: 10:14 am on October 25th
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