I bought one today and want to make a kitchen island, but I am open to lots of ideas and pictures as there are more at the local antique store. It has a small top on it already which is nice, but I have no place in the house, it would be great with mosaic outside. But then I would have to find another one for my kitchen. Right now it has a piece of rose marble we bought at an antique store and never did anything with it (ideas for that too), we are thinking of adding oak on each end and around the marble for the top, just not sure yet.
I really like the legs on your sewing machine stand. I would use it outside in the garden or on the patio as a plant stand, or a potting/work area. The pink marble would work well outside.
Im going to have to keep an eye out for another sewing machine stand
I have one but it still has a working machine
Never thought about useing just the legs .. Untill I saw one at the Flea Markes with a big chunk od Cedar on it They wanted $150.00 for it
JVDL ~ Those are so nice!! You did a really great job with them.
Curvesarein~ Very nice find.. Have my fingers crossed that someone day I will run across one myself.. But of course I can see my husbands eyes roll already..and asking what in the world do you need that thing for?? He has no Trash to treasure vision.. lol..
I got my grandmothers old sewing machine stand out of my parents barn e few years back. I painted it and put a glass top on it. My daughter now has it in her house. I found another stand at a garage sale for 15 dollars. I made a mosaic top for it and put it on my porch for flowers.
Do you have pictures to share with us. I want to try a mosaic very soon. Saw a cement bench done in mosaic and it was beautiful. When I left the store I noticed it was up in front with a sold sign on it, but didn't notice the price.
There are many ideas using old treadle machine parts. If only the drawers are good, use them for storage of small items in a craft room. The drawer frames can be fitted with glass to display shot glasses or other miniatures. There are some of the older ornate treadle machines that have shorter metal frames to accomodate a wooden base for the sewing machine...I just took the folding top and made a coffee table ..just the right height. I use a standard height base with a wooden top from a very old desk as an extra work surface in my computer room.
I inherited a lot of stuff from my elderly baby sitter when I was about nine years old in 1968. Of course, I never bothered to take everything away from my parents when I was grown. My mother used several of the pieces and put others in storage. Now my mother has passed away and we are cleaning out the house. And, I still have things belonging to my babysitter and her husband. What a mess!
One of the things is an old treadle sewing machine. Mom said it wasn't worth anything because it had been converted to electric and it ruined the value. But it's in the storage building. Mom always wanted me to have a marble top put on the base and use it for a plant stand. That sounds really cool, and I have lots of plants. Does anyone know how to do this? I am not very good at things like this.
Years ago I saw a man at a craft show selling sewing boxes that he made out of sewing machine drawers like these. I took the drawers and tried to talk him into making four of them for me. But he wouldn't guarantee me that I would receive my same drawers in return. Any ideas on how to do this?
Well, I sent a link to this thread to Connie. She said she has one of these. Said she's seen them at the thrift stores too. Hopefully she will make me one for Christmas. It would be lovely with some of my leftover granite tiles on the top to go in my kitchen or dining area. (hint, hint)
I wonder if I cleaned out my garage I would find something neat. About the only way DH would get me to clean it too. His answer would be, "Don't move anything, I knew where everything is right now". Haven't seen any in the thrift store I go to or maybe I don't go on the right day. Really makes a great table.
I just finished with cleaning out the garage and organizing and labeling everything. It took two weeks and I have one side left to be done but it's the easy side.
My husband swore he knew exactly what was on every one of his shelves so he had no intention of cleaning his shelves but he started one and did the rest. He did find surprises like the briquettes for a gas grill we ditched 10 years ago, tools he could never find, products we've never used (diesel oil - 2 cans!) and more. He went off to the dump with a fully loaded truck yesterday looking much like Sanford and Son! All he needed was some old sofas on top!
I found one of my sewing machine bases by driving around on Labor Day and it was sitting in someones carport and pursued it. She had tried to sell it at a garage sale but failed. So I bought it. Sold the drawers to a local antique shop for $10 and so I had $20 in it after that. I love junking. We have lots of people here with lots of junk in some areas.
This is for curves are in or anyone else who can answer my question. I see that the top on your first project id a table top. How did you mount it? My creativeness is gone since we've had a ton of snow. My mind is fuzzy. Can you help me out??? Julie :)
I have 3 of them at my house One with a plain glass top on my front porch.. I got the base for 5.00 at a resale shop, the glass I got when my neighbor and I cleaned his workshop.. one I bought with the machine and everything for 30.00 so its all orginal , its an accent table it needs refinishing but I have a dresser scarf on it so it owrks for now.. and yet another with a oak top used as a night stand in my guest room.. That one I got the base as a gift and had a friend make the top for me.. I love these things!!! they can be used in so many ways..
Hi, everyone, I just stumbled onto this site and have spent the last 5 or so hours reading up on all the wonderful topics and creations you've made. Yesterday I bought an antique sewing machine base and plan to make it into a table of some sort. It's rusty in many places, and the paint is peeling, so I'm thinking I should have it sandblasted so I can repaint it something fun. I don't have many tools, and I don't have a work area I could do this work myself, so I googled "sandblasting" in my state and found one not too far away. My questions to you repurposing experts: a) Is sandblasting the way to go? b) what kind of post-cleaning prep work should I do prior to painting? c) what should it cost for the sandblasting? d) what kind of paint should I use on it? e) any other recommendations?
Thanks so much in advance! I'm in Virginia, and we still have snow on the ground from our record-making blizzard, so it'll be a while before I can be outside working on some fun projects.
Hi, newbie me again. I just called the sandblasting place and they want $75 to sandblast it, and another $75 to powder-coat it. This sounds high to me, but that's my gut reaction. I am eager to hear from those of you who have undertaken this kind of job before to know what you would recommend.
If I don't sandblast it, what's the best way to get rid of the rust and peeling paint? Do I use a paint stripper? I would think a chemical stripper, followed by some diligent sanding might work...
I have a torch that I use to keep weeds under control. It's attached to a propane tank from a grill. It is supposed to be great for stripping paint from metal. It was $50 from Home Dept. I haven't tried it for paint removal yet but it was mentioned on the package. I love the torch! I'm thinking I should use it to melt the snow and ice off of the sidewalk. :)
OK, folks, I have an update. I called a friend who has his own automotive shop and asked him about the sandblasting quote I got. He told me it sounded high to him, too, but they were the outfit he used when he had something big to blast. He then told me he has a smaller blasting box in his shop - perhaps my item would fit.
Guess who now knows how to sandblast??!! We took it apart (2 of the screws needed to be torched - by my automotive friend - to get them out), and over the course of the next 2 hours, I sandblasted those babies clean! Well, they're mostly clean. The pieces were almost too big for the sandblasting box, so there were a few angles I couldn't reach.
He recommended I clean them with "Brake part cleaner" (available at an automotive shop) to get the grease, dust, and any other contaminants off it, then to hang it up and paint it, since it has so many nooks and crannies. The challenge I have with this plan is that it's still in the 30's outside, and I don't have an indoor workroom that is ventilated. I may have to clean it, then wrap it up until I can do this outside. I don't want it to rust again, but I'm a little boxed in. Does anyone have another suggestion?
Pirl: The powder-coating is to protect the bare metal from rusting. I was told (by the company offering to do the job) that they actually bake this powder on, which she said has a better chance of adhering than paint would. Others probably have a better understanding of this than I do - this is just what they told me. Regardless, I'm not going that route, so I don't have a fuller sense of why I would do that.
Hurray! Isn't it wonderful when friends help? So glad you learned to do it yourself.
Thanks - now I understand about the powder coating. You could probably use a spray primer but you're right about having to wait until you can do it outside. My guess is that it will take many more cans of spray than you think. All the nooks and crannies are part of the problem as well as the beauty of the piece.
I'd keep it as dry as possible until it's time for you to work on it outside.
if you make sure its dry when you put it away you shouldnt have much rust on it if you keep it inside and keep it dry.. if and what rust you do have could be wiped off with some acetone/ paint thiner or something like that... powdercoating is great for motorcycle parts and car rims you dont need that for a project like this.. just make sure its clean, primer it then paint it the have fun decidint what kind of top youre going to put on it.. I have one with a plain glass top, one with a custom oak top and one with the orginal cabinet on it .. I love these things!!!
Mine was on a screened in porch for many years and the paint is still holding up well except for where I slammed it with a heavy Le Creuset pot once, by accident. It chipped the paint but didn't hurt the cast iron.
I had been eyeing a few bases here in Norman Oklahoma,I finally broke down and bought a New Home base complete with wheel and foot peddle which is in very good condition.Being a stone fabricator I have made severals tops to be used in this application,One that I chose is a piece of golden musk marble.I don't have a pic of the bottom yet but here is the top and it is for sale ,It is the stone which make it expensive
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO That's a Singer Red Eye, right? I found just the top, nothing else, at a flea market a few years ago for $12.00. I sold it on Ebay for more than 10X that. I started the bid at what I paid for it, I never thought it would go that high.
That is one beautifull machine, wouldn't want to touch that. I ACTUALLY BOUGHT A PIECE OF FLAGSTONE JUST ABOUT LIKE THE ONE ON HERE BUT PUT IT ON MY BASE FOR A TOP OUTSIDE. SORRY FOR THE CAPS, NEW LAPTOP AND KEEP HITTING THE CAP BUTTON AND KEEP ON TYPING.
blkraven2, it did come with the belt but it was torn. However, I was able to find a new one online for ~$12, delivered! Dealing with the horrendous rains in New England this past week so haven't yet had a chance to put it on but can't wait to see if it works!!!
helenchild, thanks! He has one blue eye and one green eye and is deaf! Quite the character, he is! He's not "supposed" to be on the furniture, but you can see how that's working out from the photo below! Tough to discipline a deaf cat!
Yes, Lulie, it is the red eye. If you sold just the top for ~$120, I DEFINITELY got a bargain because that's about what I paid for the entire machine! Woohoo!
I like that stone on the base. We ordered windows for our sunroom, porch enclosure, now I am thinking if making min, the one with the flagstone a desk for my laptop out there. Will need a new top or just put a small table cloth on it because it is rough.
If your wanting a stone top on your base, find a granite slab yard and ask to look at their scrap or pieces of broken slabs,often they will have some exotic stone that they will sell somewhat cheap,then ask for the cheapest fabricator's number and describe to him your measurements-mine were 17"x31".I fabricated my own -My guess is you can pay as low as acouple of hundred dollars to do this and the stone may cost you around $100.00.It is very easy to do and should only take five hours tops.The reason there is a cost involved with exotic stone is that it is as much a piece of art as it is a table top for many years to come.There is a lot of that kind of work being done around that area .I will be coming to Phoenix real soon and I would be glad to do stone work along the way.Keep in touch
Just picked up not one but two stands yesterday!!! Got them off of Craigslist of very little money. Will be painting them real blue and attaching a 2x16 x60 inch piece of marble.
This will be a folding table in my laundry room. Going for a old-fashioned look in there.
I live near a marble pit and the owner will sell me marble slabs for $1.60 a pound. It is beautiful stuff.
Folding clothes possibly?...Our English language can be taken so many ways on occasion. I see how those words can easily get confused Ifantail...Ha!
The only stone and only wood tops all look great on their own for me.
The one that Curvesarein showed combing wood with the stone in the center was really intrigueing too for me. I was thinking someone might be making biscuits on that center Island on occasion? (bread making) An easy to move and attractive, functional center kitchen Island it seems...
I bought an old base several years ago, while I was still working, and had it painted black by the auto body students at a technical school. It only cost about $25-30. Originally, I was going to use it outside, and it has sat outside in all kinds of weather for at least the last five years because I never found a top that I wanted to put on it or the time to figure it out. Since retirement I have become fascinated w/ old treadle sewing machines and am in the process of refinishing my grandmother's 1905 Singer. A friend also recently gave me her Mom's 1882 Model 27 Singer (another project to refurbish), and I also bought a new Janome treadle model 712T. I've decided to put the 712 into this base that has been sitting outside all these years because the auto body paint job has held up really well--it looks like the day I brought it home. So now I am in the process of acquiring the rest of the parts I need. I would highly recommend having an auto body school paint your base (if you are going to paint it anyway), as it looks great and holds up really well.
I'm back after having log in issues. Fixed now. Yes Dave the idea was for rolling out bread dough or pie crust. Now the one I put the stone on got moved into my eating area in the corner. I am looking for a new way to showcase it with possibly some storage. Grateful for more ideas.