Adventures with quilting, stitching, wool applique...and chatter from my crazy mind lol!
Monday, March 18, 2013
Do you have one of these kicking around in not-so-good shape...as in it'd cost more to repair it than it's worth? A family treasure that holds memories but isn't functional, just sits around taking up space....here's some ideas on how to re-purpose pretty much the whole unit into lovely, useable items.
Unfortunately, these machines are pretty much a dime a dozen and unless they're rare and in mint working condition, they're not worth alot dollar wise. Still, so many of us have our grandmother's treadle and alot of sentimental value in them. They were built to last and very sturdy! My grandmother's treadle was not in good condition. There were major parts missing, the finish on the machine was almost completely worn off, the cabinetry was in poor shape. Still, I wanted to preserve something that meant alot to her and us. First, we removed the machine itself and put it on display with some old sewing items.
Ours wasn't a Singer but a Raymond, made in Canada. I love this machine sitting on my shelf :)
Then, we took the 4 drawers out. Only one still had it's original knob, the rest were missing. I use the drawers around my house and sewing room for storing and displaying things. The one that was in the worst condition, I turned sideways and mounted on the wall as a little shelf.
The wood from the cover and top were planed down and under the veneer was this beautiful oak. My husband made several picture frames from this wood. Aren't they lovely!
That leaves the metal frame which hubby repurposed into this wonder table for me a few weeks ago. All that's left is the cast iron pieces that the drawers set in and those are going to be used for picture frames too. I was so thankful to be able to take my grandmother's treadle and find ways to make it all useful again. I enjoy each and every item that came to be from something that held so much sentimental value.