Restoration Project – Singer Treadle Machine

I’m a jack of all trades with a soft spot for old radios, furniture, and great pieces of Americana like this Singer treadle sewing machine circa 1925. I picked it up for forty bucks at half-price sticker sale at local Goodwill, and hope to get it in working condition. It’s almost too well preserved to be considered a restoration project. The treadle is in perfect condition, with no rust or chipped paint, and fully operational. There is some fading and alligatoring to the paint on machine, but all of the stenciling is intact, as are the nameplates. The cabinet has a small water damaged spot that lifted some of the laminate, but overall the cabinet is original and in good shape.

So, restoration should consist of some light cleaning of the sewing machine unit, careful refinishing of the cabinet, and the biggest challenge will be getting the machine to work, especially since I know nothing about sewing machines.

Stay tuned…


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  1. Wanted to check back and see how the restoration was coming along. My husband and I are getting ready to close on an old house (built in 1919), and he is desperate for a working antique sewing machine to use there. (I should also mention that he built another lamp last night, out of driftwood we found on the beach and an antique brass duck figurine.)

    1. Lamp projects sound cool. I pushed another simpler project, vintage mahogany desk I also found in Goodwill, in front of the sewing machine. I’ll share the details, but it turned out really nice and is in my daughter’s room.

  2. This is SO. AWESOME. My husband and I love to go antiquing. He builds lamps out of our finds. We have lamps in our home built from antique land surveying tripods, old metal factory equipment, trumpets, etc. We’ve got antiques all over our house waiting to be converted into lamps!

    1. They did a feature in local paper on guy that makes lamps out of interesting items. This project should be fun since I have no idea how a sewing machine works. :0

      1. Really? Do you know if that article is online somewhere? I’d love to read it and show it to my husband. I am always trying to get him to make it into something bigger for himself, but he doesn’t think he could do it–even though every time people come to our house, they tell him they would buy his lamps, he sold one once, and a local antique dealer even offered him a free space in her booth!

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