Doing some light sewing...

March 6th, 2009 in member junk     
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This is a lamp in my sewing room. The motor was completely gone, but the machine is really beautiful, so I drilled through the head, and wired it with a lamp kit. I made the shade using sheer fabric which I painted with water colors. It adds a nice touch to my room.
Another view - it gives off really nice, soft light.
This is a lamp in my sewing room. The motor was completely gone, but the machine is really beautiful, so I drilled through the head, and wired it with a lamp kit. I made the shade using sheer fabric which I painted with water colors. It adds a nice touch to my room.

This is a lamp in my sewing room. The motor was completely gone, but the machine is really beautiful, so I drilled through the head, and wired it with a lamp kit. I made the shade using sheer fabric which I painted with water colors. It adds a nice touch to my room.


Lamp made from my old "Minnesota" Sewing Machine


Pattern or design used: My own design - Marie Wirth (Oldnews)
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Comments (10)

oldnews writes: In response to RickE1, I can appreciate your point of view as a collector, but as an avid quilter, it made much more sense to me to take the machine off a dusty, dirty shelf in my workshop and turn it into something useful. With the exception of drilling a small hole inside the machine where it is completely unseen, the beauty of this georgeous machine has been unharmed. AND, it's inside, in my studio workspace where I can look at it and enjoy it's beauty every single day! As for the actual value of the machine, I only paid $15 dollars for it originally on Ebay, and I see them on there all the time, so I'm hoping that I didn't actually negatively impact that part of it. It was listed as a machine head-no motor. I definitely do appreciate your concern as a collector though, and I hope this helps explain why I chose to do what I did! Posted: 10:01 am on September 19th
RickE1 writes: Ok, someone has to post a negative. This machine actually never did come with a motor and its worth much more historically in its original condition. As a sewing machine collector I don't see a lot of Minnesota A machines with beautifull decals. I hope this doesn't catch on and a really rare machine gets turned into a lamp.
Rick Posted: 9:11 am on April 11th
irishrovr writes:
Love the hand painted fabric shade! Aren't those old sewing machines great?!

Eileen http://ruralwisconsin.blogspot.com/ Posted: 11:06 pm on March 31st
junkinpunkin writes: Saw an old sewing machine just yesterday and thought of this lamp. Wanted it soo bad but was just flat broke. :(. But I have the idea now, and I am just now learning to sew, so it would be a perfect project in honor of that new frustrating pastime, hehehe. (I am determined though. If millions of chinese people can do it, surely I can...) Although they say that China has more honors students than we have students...(I am a teacher so those anonymous "they" tell us these things....) Posted: 11:46 pm on March 13th
shabbychick writes: What a great sewing light!! Those old machines have such beautiful style.

Thanks for sharing!

Kathy Posted: 12:45 pm on March 10th
SweetMelissa writes: Great way to repurpose a wonderful old machine! Posted: 11:11 pm on March 6th
csudderth writes: Nice job--love lamps made out of unusual objects. The shade is awesome.Christy
Posted: 9:18 pm on March 6th
georgiamoon writes: HI, I had planned to make something like this...a while back and never got to it. I now think that I should have. I still have the old machine and I would NEVER paint a shade but this looks so cool that I will put that project back on the list of things to do. I had planned to put my shade in the middle of the machine but I love it offset like this. Really good job and an inspiration for me to get to WORK!!! Thanks, Geo Posted: 4:55 pm on March 6th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Very beautiful oldnews. I have never seen a sewing machine made into a lamp so it is extremely unique to me. And I agree, the setting looks so warm and inviting.

Great job!
Candy Posted: 8:26 am on March 6th
snowyowl writes: I love this display. The rustic background and the elegant delicate old sewing machine under the warm glow of the light. Very nice arrangement. Evokes a lot of passion, energy and feeling. Posted: 8:11 am on March 6th
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