Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Quickie #4

For today's quickie, I'm going to show you how to take apart an antique sewing machine with cast iron base.  A lot of folks use them to make tables.  I happen to really like the drawers.  I sell the bases to a people I know who are way more talented in the furniture making department than me.

I apologize in advance that all these pictures are taken in the side of the Beast.  It's not the cast iron base, but the actual sewing machine itself that is really heavy.  The husband wasn't home, so I couldn't lift it out myself.

 Step 1: Buy an antique sewing machine.  I picked mine up on the US 40 yard sale a couple weeks ago.  Make sure to have a couple of different screw drivers, or preferably a cordless drill.

Step 2: Take out the drawers.

Step 3: If the bracket that holds the drawers is in good shape, you'll want to be extra careful removing that.  The drawers look cool stacked in sets of 2 or 3.  I saved the brackets, just in case, but this type of bracket won't allow the drawers to stand on their own.  HERE is a picture of drawers with brackets that I took off an old Singer machine.

 Step 4: Locate the screws that are holding on the top.

Step 5: Due to their angle, I couldn't get them with my cordless drill, so I used a screw driver.  Unscrew the usually* 4 screws holding the wood top to the top of base.

Old spider egg sacks are always free with purchases like this.

*Mine only had 3 holding it on the top.

Step 6: Locate the screws holding on the sides or brackets that hold your drawers.

Step 7:  Perfect angle for the cordless drill.  NOTE: Be sure to push in the little button so that your cordless drill rotates counterclockwise to take the screw out.

Step 7: All the sides will now come off.  They'll be connected to the back wood piece, as you can here, one came right off, as the nails that were used to connect it to the 2 sides were not very big or strong.  Instead of using a hammer to ply it apart, I used my hands.

Step 8: Lift the wood top and part holding the sewing machine off the base.  And, ta-da!

I haven't lifted mine off yet, because it was too heavy to life alone.  So, no picture of that.  But you can use your imagination!


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  1. Very timely post for me. I recently bought an old singer treadle sewing machine but part of the fold over wood top is missing. The sewing machine is beautiful but I mainly wanted the base. Now I need to figure out a way to make it into a table or find someone to do it for me.

  2. I have both my grandmother's and Chucks' grandmother's old machines. I always take out the machine before moving them. Most of the weight is the sewing machine. The old ones like this are worth far more in parts than whole. The machines make good garden art.

  3. Your killing me that I missed the US 40 sale....I'll be going next year!


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