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Thread: Recovering sewing machine box

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    Super Member kitsykeel's Avatar
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    Recovering sewing machine box

    I am in process of covering my 159.262 Kenmore box. Here are some pics before and after removing the old paper. Also pic of metal snaps. My question is should I remove the snaps which are held on by brads (I think they are called that) or should I try to glue the leather covering around them? What type of glue should I use to attach the leather to the box? I am thinking of spray painting the inside of the box.Name:  Kenmore Model 159.262, Ser. # 2099 026.JPG
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Size:  60.9 KBI purchased this little cutie last year for $15.00 at a thrift store. It has the long shuttle type bobbin and sews a beautiful straight stitch. Thanks for any help you can give me.Name:  Kenmore Model 159.262, Ser. # 2099 029.JPG
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    Bonnie Hunter has a video on Decoupaging a sewing machine case on her site. www.quiltville.blogspot.com you might be able to find it using the search bar on her site. It was really neat with old patterns and sewing pictures.

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    The latches are held on by split rivits. They are a pain in the butt to remove. I usually grind the head off then drive them through the wood. After that I use plastic wood to repair the damaged area, sand it and redrill the holes for real screws. That's the way I did my HOTHER's case.

    For gluing the fabric on I used the strongest spray adhesive I could get from ACE Hardware. So far so good. But beware it will soak through most fabric. Next time I'm going to use a different fabric. Not sure what it is called, but it's like oil cloth.

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    im wondering the same thing. The boxes to a couple i purchased at an estate sale are in need of some love!

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    Kitsy,

    Here is a couple threads I did last year on a couple cases I've done:
    { Sewing machine case repair }

    { Hother case repair finished. }

    { SEWMOR 404 Case redeaux }

    I used the same spray contact glue on all of them. There were some places it seeped through. So you've got to be careful not to spray it on too heavy.

    Joe

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    Joe thanks for the links and info about the glue seeping through the fabric. I am using leather which I will test first. A friend in the furniture industry gives me samples when he no longer needs them so I have a nice stash of different colors of leather. Tartan suggested decoupaging it. I might try that for the top. I have a great piece of fabric with sewing designs on it which I will probably use. Or, I could cut out pictures of quilts from my magazines and use those. Oh, oh, I am getting excited. It would be really cute I think. Will post pictures when I get it done. I am in the mood for projects right now and this is my first. I knew you would come through for me.
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    Kitsy,

    I'm eager to see what a leather covered sewing machine box / case looks like.

    Joe

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    I love the idea of a leather machine box. It just sounds like a timeless, classy lady.

    Be careful when decopauging with magazine pictures, sometimes the picture on the reverse side shows through to the other side. I would test first.

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    Google a fabric called Tolex. It is used on auto restoration. Spendy but comes in 60" width and lots of colors and textures.
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