3 Ways to Repurpose An Antique Sewing Machine Base

DiggersList pick of the day: Singer treadle sewing machine base

If you happen to be a “Big Easy” local, or are just visiting, you may want to check out our DiggersList pick of the day: an antique Singer treadle sewing machine base, listed for just $50 by the Preservation Salvage Store. At first glance, it doesn’t look like much. After all, it’s only a base to a sewing machine table. Well, as the following designers and DIYers demonstrate, with a bit of repurposing panache, dusty, a rusted old piece of metal (and some moving parts) can be transformed into something fabulous and new. Also, developing a keen and creative design sensibility can surely prove that beauty is in the eye of the beholder…or is it, in this case…needle?

#1. Modernized Sewing Machine Base Glass Table:

Modernized sewing machine base glass table. Source: lassolistings.com (link no longer available)

After a good wire brush scrubbing and painting the base a modern black (sans the gold detailing ode to Singer), a beautiful frosted glass table is mounted on top for a very unique, updated finish.

#2. Sewing Machine Base Planter:

Sewing machine base planter. Source:prophetbrosantiques.com

With vintage wood crates all the rage these days, it only makes sense these two items would make such a lovely pairing. The dark green paint of the sewing machine base complements the foliage of the colorful flowers and makes a fantastic and whimsical feature to any outdoor space.

#3. Sewing Machine Base Bathroom Sink:

Sewing machine base bathroom sink. Source: lumberjocks.com

Instead of the usual, try something fun like this Singer sink. Hand-crafted with wooden vanity, copper front and drop-in sink, the surprise element is quite apparent and will definitely delight guests. Note: I’d even stack a bunch of towels on the foot petal to show off its storage potential.

Have any other repurposing ideas for a sewing machine base?

Leave a comment below or share photos with us @: skaie@homejelly.com

Skaie Knox

Written by Skaie Knox

Decor/Design/Repurposing nerd and DIYer, freelance writer, and the Editor-in-Chief/Curator for the HomeJelly blog and soon-to-open, HomeJelly shop. Skaie is also a published singer/songwriter and kid's book author. She was voted "Class Clown", and is a rescue dogs crusader.


  1. Aleza on August 14, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    How do you attach the glass to the base? My base has the four supports where the wood top should go, but I want to use it as a dining table with clear glass for a more open feel. Thanks.

    • Skaie Knox on August 14, 2012 at 9:47 pm

      @Aleza…Because you will have dishes and glasses on your table, you will want to be sure to have a sturdy surface for your glass tabletop to be placed upon. Here are a couple things you can do to keep an open feel:

      1. Mount with screws two 1″ x 2″-2 1/2″ x 2′ pieces of wood to each side of the base (you can stain/paint the wood, or, if you can find two square-sided metal bars with similar dimensions (i.e. sturdy towel racks) and drill holes for screws, this could work as well)…it will look like you have a wooden/metal “11” mounted on your sewing machine. (or)
      2. Mount with screws four 1″ x 2″-2 1/2″ square pieces of wood to each corner of your base. Note: again, the wood pieces can be stained or painted the same color as your base to visually disappear.

      …then, add stick-on polyurethane bumpers to all four corners for your TEMPERED glass to sit upon. Read here for more information: http://www.ehow.com/how_7709779_secure-glass-table-top.html

      I hope this helps!

  2. Jessica on May 2, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    We are trying to attach a porcelain sink vanity to the singer base, but we’re at a loss as to how to do it. Drill into the porcelain? Build a wooden base for it? Any suggestions?

    • Skaie Knox on May 4, 2015 at 8:32 pm

      Hi Jessica! That sounds fabulous! Attached is a photo of an example we LOVE. It looks like they simply drilled through the sewing table, attached a vessel-style sink, and ran the plumbing through the wood. You can print out the photo, then take it to your local Home Depot or hardware store, and the pros there will help you from there. PLEEEEEASE send us a photo of your finished product! We’d LOVE to feature it on HomeJelly!


      Good luck!

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