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

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?

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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!

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