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Reusing Your Sewing Machine -  Absolutely an Awesome Way to Reuse it

Who would have thought that Singer Sewing 
Machines aren’t just for sewing!

I inherited a Singer sewing machine from my grandmother last year, and guess what? I haven’t done anything with it yet. The beautiful antique that used to be a fixture in my grandmother’s home now sits there collecting dust. Such a quality machine with so much use deserves more, much more.

A bit of History 
In the 1700s, Englishman Thomas Saint receives the first patent for a leather sewing machine, but with little success on how to create them. In 1850, Isaac Singer used the patents of Elias Howe, the inventor of the first lockstitch in the world in 1846, to mass-produce the first practical sewing machines for households. 

As they became widely available, sewing machines were in every home, almost. They would be passed down from generation to generation until one of them ended up in my garage collecting dust.

Then I heard about repurposing vintage sewing machines into trendy, everyday furniture, and a light bulb went off. People repurpose everything, from empty bottles and old tires to pegboards and pallets and show them off at their weddings or event. Now, even vintage sewing machines are finding a new way of life. Let us check out six ways to repurpose them! If you have any other ideas on ways to repurpose vintage sewing machines, please share them below. We would love to see them. 


6 Ways to Unlock Your Sewing Machines True Potential


Create a Vintage Table

Repurposing your sewing machine as a table is a great and easy way to bring it back to life! You can make a trendy nightstand, patio table, plant stand, and so much more that will catch the eyes of your guests. Easily replace the top of the sewing machine with a nice slab of wood that has been stained and finished. Voilá - you have a new, vintage table!

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A Trendy Mini Bar

What could be better than adding a vintage mini bar to your house! The Singer Sewing Machine is the perfect size to be repurposed and used as a place to store your nice wine and liquor. Decorate it in any way needed to match the atmosphere of the room! It’ll be a hit at your next dinner party!

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Turn It into A Dresser

A lot of repurposing ideas take away from the original design, but not with this method! Keep everything intact and turn the sewing machine into a dresser. By removing the machine, covering the opening with a tray or countertop, and adding a fresh coat of paint, you will have a quaint little dresser for your room!
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Make a Chair

You probably never imagined that your grandmother’s sewing machine could become a chair, but it can! The intricately designed sides are perfect for the frame of a seat, and it only takes a few simple steps to create something stunning. The repurposed machine would be a charming, decorative piece even if you don’t plan on sitting in it.


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Create a Bathroom Vanity

Does your bathroom need a new look? Well, a fun, unique idea for your sewing machine is to turn it into a bathroom vanity. You might be thinking that sounds difficult, but it’s not! Take the same steps to create a table but cut a hole in the new countertop, add a sink, and attach the plumbing. Now you are ready to wash your hands at your new vanity!


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Vintage Drawers

Don’t throw away those attached cabinets because they make lovely drawers and organizers! The options for this are endless. Use them as spice racks in the kitchen, a quaint jewelry organizer, or a decorative piece to style your home. You can’t go wrong with this repurposing idea.
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Bonus Option

If you really want to stand out, convert your sewing machine into a stovetop. Yes – a stovetop! Each time you boil a kettle of water, you’ll be delighted at how functional your repurposed sewing machine is.


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Final Thoughts
When it comes to repurposing your vintage Singer Sewing Machine, the possibilities are limitless! The machine does not have to sit in your house collecting dust when you can turn it into something functional and charming.




41 comments:

  1. Wow! What great ideas!!!

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    1. Yes, they are absolutely amazing.

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  2. Wow! Lots of ideas and inspiration for up-cycling old sewing machines. My sister inherited our grandmother's Singer treadle sewing machine many years ago. She turned it into a table. I really like the idea of using an old sewing machine as a mini bar or bathroom vanity. Such creative ideas!
    Carol
    www.scribblingboomer.com

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    1. Yes, they are very inspiring... Especially, the bathroom designs!

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  3. Awesome ideas; thanx for all of your research. I always wanted one with a marble top!

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    1. Thank you. The marble stove top really got us! Very inventive!

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  4. Anonymous09:30

    I love so many of these ideas. I have two of these sewing machines but I am missing a wheel on one of them. Can you tell me were to find the wheels? I would love to try these Ideas.

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    1. Yes these are great ideas! I would try different thrift or old furniture stores to see if you are lucky to find one. Let me know if you were successful. Good luck! Thanks for visiting and sharing.

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  5. These tables are brilliant...n beautiful!

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    1. They sure are. Who would have thought you could create all these lovely piece from a sewing machine. Thanks for visiting and sharing.

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  6. What a fabulous and inspiring collection. I absolutely love these. Featuring when my party opens tonight. Thank you!

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    1. Yes, they sure are. We were very surprised at the possibilities of repurposing a sewing machine. Thank you for featuring my article and for visiting.

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  7. So many wonderful ideas! Now I'm wishing I'd held onto one of the old Singer machines we had in the family.

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I'm featuring you this week!

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    1. Thanks for featuring my article this week! I am sorry that you didn't hold on to your sewing machine... I plan on doing something with the one my grandmother left me. Thanks for visiting and sharing, Richella.

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  8. I have my grandmother's sewing machine and enjoy the vintage look.

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    1. Great. Thanks for visiting and sharing.

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  9. Oh wow! Those tables are beautiful. What a great idea and I love the mini bar, what fun.

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    1. Yes, they are mind-blowing. I never knew something like this was possible until seeing them. Thanks for visiting and sharing

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  10. wow so many amazing transformations! I love the it as a vintage table. Never even crossed my mind to turn them into seats. so neat.

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    1. Yes, there are so many possibilities. Thanks for taking the time to visit and sharing

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  11. Anonymous17:08

    I prefer to sew with my vintage machines.

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    1. I am glad you are still using your machine. Thanks for taking the time to visit and sharing.

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  12. Interesting to see so many different options! Have you decided what you're going to do with your Grandmother's treadle machine? My Dad turned one into a table and I have my modern sewing machine sitting on it. My other treadle machine is fully operational, but I use it as a plant stand, no further work required!

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    1. Yes, quite a few options. So far, I don't know what to do with it yet. I am still thinking of what would be ideal for it. Do you still use yours? My grandmother was a great seamstress when she was alive. I remembered my aunt would buy the fabric and get her to sew the latest. I would just sit in amazement and watch as she replicated what my aunt wanted... Thanks for taking the time to visit and sharing.

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    2. I only use mine as a plant stand. I prefer to sew on my high-speed electric sewing machine!!!

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    3. Great you are still somewhat using it :)

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  13. Total sewing machine heaven!! Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo

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    1. Yes, totally. Thanks for taking the time to visit and sharing.

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  14. Great roundup. Thanks for sharing on Crafty Creators!
    XOXO,
    Niki

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    1. They are all beautiful. Thanks for taking the time to visit and sharing.

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  15. Oh wow! I thought I HAVE to share your post for this week's Share Your Style #354... You have gathered so many good and beautiful repurposing ideas for old sewing machines!! I just texted my daughter-in-law your post, too, so she can enjoy it. She was gifted one and my son doesn't like it because it isn't "modern." Maybe this post would change his mind! The bathroom sink ideas as fabulous! Perfect for really small bathrooms!!

    Thank you for sharing this and I was really happy to feature,
    Hugs,
    Barb :)

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    1. Oh, thank you for sharing this with your DIL and featuring my post! As you know my grandmother left me hers, and its been gathering dust because I didn't know what to to do with it... I am still figuring out what to do with it. There are so many great ideas that I found and had to write about it. Please let me know what she decided to do with hers. Thanks for taking the time to visit and sharing.

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  16. Oh my goodness, so many ideas. I've never thought of all the ways you could change up a treadle machine. Lots of great ideas you have share! My grandmother had one and was the first machine I learned to sew on. I have so many memories spending time going through all the drawers while she sewed. Thank you for sharing on Oh My Heartsie Girls' #omhgww we love seeing such great ideas and inspiration!!
    I hope you have a lovely week and will see you again soon.

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    1. I didn't know that such a thing was possible. Now I am holding on to mine. Thanks for visiting and sharing, Karren.

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  17. Wonderful ideas, thank you for sharing

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    1. Thanks. Thanks for visiting and sharing.

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  18. Great ideas for using vintage sewing machines. I still sew on my Mom's old sewing machine.

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    1. Yes, they are great ideas. Unfortunately I didn't learn from my grandmother to sew so mine is sitting in my garage collecting dust. Thanks for visiting and sharing, Judy

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  19. I have an old sewing machine that I need to redo. These are all great ideas!

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    1. Great. Let me know what you did with yours. Thanks for visiting and sharing, Donna.

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  20. Thank you so much for linking up to Whimsy Home Wednesday, I am in love with all of these ideas! I think I will be on the look out for a sewing machine so I can try my hand at recreating. Those sewing drawer ideas were the bees knees!

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