The story of a rework: how an old sewing machine became. an unusual computer desk
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On free ad sites, you can often see how to sell (and even give away for free) bulky antique sewing machines for next to nothing. And if such a thing falls into the hands of a craftsman, one can only marvel at the imagination with remodeling. Today we will tell the story of the sewing machine stand: a vintage item has been changed beyond recognition.
It all started when the owner decided to make himself a computer desk. But not in a modern style. And very handy was a forged stand. a beautiful, with curved legs, which previously stood a sewing machine. The table itself has fallen into disrepair, the machine has also sunk into oblivion. So the master “golden hands” thought and decided to make the surface of the new table mosaic. Since it was the first time, two attempts turned out to be unsuccessful.
I ended up throwing it away,” confessed the author of the redesign.
Network users admired his patience After all, after something does not work, many people give up and take a simpler route. But not in this case! The master took note of all the mistakes and proceeded to try
First he made a rectangular box, fastened the rails inside. The next step: the two drawers of the future computer desk. He made them too!
In the process the author made friends with a stray cat, who came “to see me”. Murka liked the process of redoing the stand so much that she came every day, watched the work, and then slept on the tree, curled up in a ball.
And yet the most difficult moment again was the mosaic. The master carved her elements, paying attention to size: all parts of the same color must be millimeter to millimeter, otherwise the pattern will not work. He assembled the pattern by carefully placing “puzzles” together. And when everything was done, he gradually began to glue the elements onto the surface of the table top.
The finishing touches: varnishing the table and attaching the handles, bought at a construction store.
The result pleased both the author of the project and many users of the web. They were amazed by the transformation of a vintage base into an unusual computer desk.
However, there are other remodels made from stands from vintage sewing machines. And they’re all wonderful!
How to make a nifty vintage table from grandma’s sewing machine
The first inventor of the prototype modern sewing machine was the great Leonardo Da Vinci. And the first patent for the invention of a sewing machine was granted in 1755 to a Briton, Charles Weisenthal. his version was rather clumsy, so it did not enjoy much success. It wasn’t until nearly a century later, in 1845, that the American inventor Elias Howe made a real revolution by inventing the shuttle mechanism, a principle that is also used in modern machines.
Since then the triumphant march of the sewing machine began. they have taken a place of honor in all sewing workshops and in the homes of needlewomen around the world, constantly improving. Not only the mechanism, but also the appearance of the typewriters changed. they became not just a working tool, but also a piece of furniture, which had to be organically integrated into the most elegant interior.
The body of a typewriter could be as ascetic-straight as it was gracefully curved, hand-painted, inlaid with precious stones, etc. However, from the aesthetic point of view, the bottom part was the most interesting: many households still have legs of a sewing-machine made of cast-iron of the most bizarre figure casting. Among the most popular manufacturers are Singer (the brand is still a household name), and several other major companies: Wilcox and Gibbs, Wheeler and Wilson, Seidel and Naumann.
It’s been a long time since that day, but those old Singer masterpieces are still with us. The castings are no longer needed to support grandma’s outdated machines, but many have been given a chance to get a new life and turn into something else. like a vintage table, a bench for the hallway, or a barbecue for the country house.
We want to acquaint you with the most, in our opinion, successful examples of how you can transform an old sewing machine. you can do it yourself, or you can turn to experts who are engaged in the transformation of vintage things for many years.
You can use the cast-iron base of a sewing machine as the base for a grill. On top you need to make a roaster out of sheet metal, which will be placed on the structure from the sewing machine. Thus, we get a good grill, which will decorate any garden or summer cottage and serve for many years.
Important! To keep the metal from corroding, it is recommended to coat it with heat resistant paint from fire.
ancient and complicated. I don’t envy the seamstresses of those days.
And the legs (the machine, according to the instructions). Beautiful! Not some plastic Chinese junk. impressive thing: the metal! Casting! With a long history and a proud emblem “PMZ”). I don’t know where and at what point everything else went, but I don’t have to wonder. Has traveled around a lot of cities and towns, and in recent years was gathering dust in the cottage in the garage. I tried to adapt it a couple of years ago, but the attempt was unsuccessful.
In general, I pulled myself together and went back to mine).First I made the table top.Needed furniture board 40h20h1000, colorful tiles, construction glue PVA (dispersion, it is stronger) and Fuga.
Tiles broke into small pieces with a hammer. (Cellophane on top. So that the good doesn’t fly anywhere, especially in the eye.)
The pieces are stacked around the perimeter, starting from the edges toward the center (I read this somewhere on a clever website). On the edge of the wood I picked up pieces that were the edges of the tile. they’re a little rounded, so the edge is neat. I dabbed the glue with a small brush on each piece.(An intermediate picture is lost somewhere.).
How To Make a Sewing Table and Craft Table
After the last splinter went in with a grinding sound, I left it to dry for a day.Diluted the mortar with water in a can of Korean carrots (this is the key. otherwise nothing would come out) to the consistency of a clay face mask.or toothpaste.or ketchup. which is more of a challenge. I didn’t think about using a trowel, but I really wanted to work. So I had to hastily whittle a homemade spatula. from the lid to the same can).
Furrowed seams in different directions, not forgetting about the small slots at the end of the countertop.
While the top layer of fugue is fresh. Cleaned up any leftovers with a damp rag.
Removed the rest with a stiff brush when finally dry. It’s easier, even though it’s dusty. There are special brushes, but again, I have an improvised version.Maybe in terms of professional tilers, all this deserves a curse, but in my opinion, all ended well.
The top is covered with alkyd varnish. for stability and gloss.
Now the loom.The rest of the red paint also had a couple of years to wait for its moment of glory. It seemed to me very appropriate for the spring mood.
It remains to put everything on the screws. first the drawer rails, then the countertop.
This is where I originally intended to end, but in fact the loom seemed too red and too shiny.
I wanted to make neat cracks with acrylic paint and paintless varnish, but I did not have something to do with it. I couldn’t get it to shine, no matter how many times I tried.
I had to scrape with improvised means.
I painted it in small pieces.Sprayed the paint. I got the quick-drying acrylic one.
after a couple of seconds I blotted it with a dry cloth. And I realized that it’s better to use a rag. less fibers remain).
after another minute you can lightly rub with a metal dish brush. to remove any paper dust that sticks and create scuffs. The metal brush marks are more delicate than the sandpaper. The scratches are multi-directional and less distinct.
I got this effect. I like it better, not only in terms of calmer color, but also because it hides paint imperfections, which were. The legs were not painted for the first time, in some places there were visible bumps and chips.
In general, the final version looks like this
Eh, okay! Who am I kidding.The final version looks [ SO! ]
For the amateur, of course: my brother calls such work as breccia). I am less familiar with the basics of Soviet socialist construction, so my associations are rooted in Gaudi, and their branches are rooted in the Gingerbread House of Park Guell).
If you are a fan of retro and maybe even a collector, or you just pity to throw away an old suitcase or even a trunk and a samovar from the last century, then you here. This topic is especially for you. And I’ll start by telling you how to walk. at night through the driveway or the dumpster. No, do not think I’m not a bum, but a very pretty young lady.
But sometimes, on my way home, I unexpectedly stumble upon things I really need. So, it all started with the fact that I was coming home late ( around 11 pm). I walk in the driveway and I see In the corner of the doorway lurks lonely bed of a sewing machine Singer! My eyes, immediately took a maddeningly round size, and I swallow took off on the 8th floor, I shouted to my son and we dragged the cast-iron frame in the anteroom of the apartment. I must say that my husband was away at this point! After bringing this heavy monster, I went to bed almost immediately, not even knowing about the battle of creative projects and fantasies that will break out in our family the next day. I practically woke up to a loud shout from my HAPPY husband, HORAAAAA. Nice legs for. MANGALA! Well, no, interrupted him a happy daughter, a small table in the hallway! My son was indifferent to the general glee, and then I sleepily and grudgingly murmured: “A dresser for my bedroom!”and went back to sleep. Said it and cut it off! And then, because I dragged the bed as much as 8 floors and all on foot! The fact that in the attic of my parent’s dacha has long dusted table with a sewing machine Singer. How it was there and where the bed from it, history is silent. However, as always, the stars aligned and everything fell into place.
Back to the history of Singer and its production in Russia. My sewing machine is stamped with serial number T280032. Searching on the Singer web site I found that this series of machines has been produced in Podolsk since 1906. Given that about 600,000 cars were made per year, I think the car was made between 1906 and 1910. That is, it’s about 100 years old! On this occasion, I decided to restore and decorate it.
The search for creative solutions. It should be noted that this beautiful machine has been preserved not only in my family. Many families treasure it. Although this machine has only one stitch, what kind of stitch? It can be used to sew the finest cambric and sacking for potatoes at the same time. A white embroidery machine. That’s what many sophisticated housewives call it. There are still craftsmen who repair these machines, and from the native site Singer you can download a description of the sewing machine. For those who no longer have this machine, you can still find a great solution.
Cast-iron frame. Let’s start at the bottom, that is, with the cast-iron frame!
For starters, I dragged that awful frame that smelled awful of bedbugs or cheap cognac, whichever you prefer. IN THE WASHINGTON!
Yes, and it was there that the carwasher’s crazy look came to life for the first time ever. The frame had to be thoroughly cleaned because it had accumulated over the years machine oil and tiny particles of dust from the cloth. After washing the frame in the car wash, I saw that it has two wheels on one side of the machine, previously just not visible behind all the dirt. I also realized that the bed has cracks in the cast iron. Apparently it wasn’t very gentle down the stairs. But, wit. That’s all we had! So I took the machine to the tire shop. For a small fee, the guys did two important jobs for me, and took not expensive at all, practically “for the idea”. Namely, they welded the cast iron and sandblasted the rest of the old paint. Yes, you’ll say now why sandblast and already have the paint to rust, but believe me after welding it was necessary!
Next, the frame was loaded into my car and taken to the cottage. I had the bed painted glossy black at my country house. For this I used this kind of paint ALPINA for rust.
I like this paint, it is much cheaper than the much hyped Hammeraita, it is extremely covering, dries quickly and has a nice shade. I needed less than a quarter of a can of paint to paint the frame in 2 coats. I painted with a synthetic, narrow brush. Wiped off the smudges in acetone. Dries to a tack in 2 hours, completely dry in 24 hours. This is what came out:
Having finished painting the frame in one day, I was pleased to proceed with the disassembly of the sewing machine. I started by simply unscrewing the machine itself from the wooden part of the dresser. Next proceeded to disassemble the dresser. I want to say a few words about the order of disassembly. You think it’s easy? NO! You are deeply wrong, unscrewing every screw, pulling off every nail, it is necessary to remember that this is the “native” fittings. It is these screws or screws like them that you will screw back afterwards. So you’re going to need a piece of paper and a sortovitch. On a piece of paper you should draw the sequence of assembly/disassembly. And also, if necessary, the location of EVERY screw and nail. For each piece of hardware set aside a drawer.
So proceed to disassembly. For this you need an electric screwdriver, a small screwdriver and a hammer.
The next step in changing the car was to apply paint. For best effect I used spray paint.
To paint them I used a shade of blue. I wanted something bright, saturated, interesting, and if later I did not like it, you can always repaint.
Now it’s just a matter of making the worktop. Originally I was going to use the one that came with the machine. But I did not like it by color or shape. And with the base it did not fit very well. So I decided to do it the way I see it.
Sawing the pieces
Since I decided to make a table out of an old sewing machine, I needed wood material. At first I wanted to go to the store to get it, but I remembered that last year I ordered a few boxes of plants for planting in the country, and they came in large wooden pallets. Throw them away, just in case, I think they will be useful.
And yes, they are useful. Exactly one year later. We took them out, let them dry in the sun for a few days and then decorated them. First treatment step. sanding, you can use either sandpaper or a special sander. Second step. Coating the wood with special protective products that will protect the wood from corrosion, because the table will stand exclusively outdoors, under sunlight, wind and rain.
Do not forget that the paint also takes time to dry completely. Study the instructions on the package. Then we trimmed the wooden boards a bit, adjusted them to the size of the future table. After sanding, be sure to go over all the wood surfaces with a damp cloth to collect the wood dust. Do not forget to use protective equipment when working with wood and metal.
A table from a sewing machine with a foot drive
Making something with your own hands, “reviving” old (and sometimes. rare) things, gives indescribable pleasure.
In today’s article, we will make an original table that can be used both in the workshop and at home.
The support for the table will be the metal frame from an old sewing machine with a foot drive.
Of the basic materials for making a table will also be required:
Boards; construction angle; screws.
Using the frame from a sewing machine is very convenient, because you do not need to make the legs. We already have a ready-made support. It will only need to be “refreshed”. First disassemble the metal frame for parts.
Then each piece will need to be sanded down. The best way to do this is with a sandblaster. If there is no sandblaster, then you have to “arm” patience and an angle grinder with cord brush. You can soak the parts in gasoline beforehand. The better you try, the better the end result will be.
After that assemble the frame, degrease the metal surface with solvent and coat with wood primer. It is more convenient and faster to do it with a spray gun. The final step is to paint the frame.
In the next step, cut four pieces from the angle piece and weld the rectangular frame. Prim it and paint it.
Then we saw off to size the required number of boards (depending on their width), cover with mineral oil on wood and screw to a metal frame, pre-drilling holes in it.
Sewing table with their own hands: home projects with step-by-step instructions
The lucky owners of sewing machines can not always enjoy their happiness to the full. It’s annoying to have to take the epilator out of the closet and set it on a table, like a dining room table or a desk. But do not rush to buy a special table, this article clearly shows that the sewing table with their own hands to make quite simple. It will not be a hindrance to limited space or budget, lack of experience. Here are the most affordable, low-cost options for sewing machine tables, as well as some examples of how to make a cutting table. Own sewing corner in the apartment. the dream of every housewife, but in today’s small apartment such a dream is hardly feasible. This article suggests solutions for small spaces and modest budgets. And tables are not made by professionals, most of the authors are very far from carpentry. So you, too, are sure to find here just your version of a table for sewing equipment.