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reVitalising a Singer Sewing Machine Treadle

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Spindle

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Hi

I have a cast iron Singer treadle base which is in pretty good condition - I've never had the wooden structure to accompany it. Lately I've been considering recycling it to make a sewing machine table for a modern machine. I'd like to retain the 'old style' , drawers down the sides and drop leaf. Does anyone know of any plans / drawings relative to such a project?

Thanks in advance

Mick
 

AndyT

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Here's a depressing suggestion:

There is an American clothes retailer called All Saints who make a decorative feature in their shops of a display of hundreds of old sewing machines. I don't think they will want to sell you any, and I wouldn't be at all surprised if they had security guards who would object if you took photos, but it might be an easy way to get close to a big assortment of old machines to see exactly how they were made.

This is one of their London shops:



and this is another:

 

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They also use traditional workbenches to display clothing! Gives me something to play with when the mrs is lost in there.
 

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Son-in-law (also in the US of A) converted an old sewing machine cabinet to take my daughter's Unimat lathe, so it can be stored out of sight :D . Don't suppose pics of that would help much!
 

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