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Thread: Pretty sewing table made with vintage machine bottoms

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    Pretty sewing table made with vintage machine bottoms

    I so want one of these. I don't know where I'd put it but it sure is beautiful.

    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com...d49b2fe3bc.jpg

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    Sure is pretty, but it'd be just a matter of time before I stubbed my toe on the iron base!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zozee View Post
    Sure is pretty, but it'd be just a matter of time before I stubbed my toe on the iron base!
    True. And with my limited space I'd rather have storage under the table. But I'll put this on the list for my enormous dream studio where design can take priority over efficient use of space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zozee View Post
    Sure is pretty, but it'd be just a matter of time before I stubbed my toe on the iron base!
    You and me too.

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    How darling!!! I'd feel like "American Pickers" going in to a place that had junked a bunch of them and rescuing a couple for a nice table. Looks like they had formica on the top. They saved two sets of treadle drawers.

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    ​If only we all had the space for it. We could wear rubber shoes so we wouldn't stub our toes. LOL
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    That is just tooooo cool. I don't have space for it either.

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Size:  1.08 MBHow many tables could be made??? I'd prefer to have belt holes in the tops so they could actually power a machine if needed.

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    It's a gorgeous room. It reminds me of Joanna Gaines decor. (Really cute, but not too practical.) Do you notice the featherweight is not plugged in? It might make a great cutting table in a shop, where hypothetically, you have more room. Notice how the thread is stored on the peg board? It's a very inventive design.

    If I had a huge house, (which I don't), I'd love to have a cutting table like that.

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    I love this. Wish I had the space for it.

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    It is beautiful but I couldn't use it as a cutting table - it is way too low. But it would be fun, as leone said, putting in belt holes and a place for a machine. I love using my treadle machine.

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    Lovely. I have a small table that has a treadle base with a wooden top that my Featherweight sits on here in Maine. I have another larger table that is looking for a home. (Would love to keep it but have to pare down). I have never stubbed my toe...yet.

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    Oh and Leon's picture just boggles my mind. wink, wink...

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    Well I just love this. And the base grave yard is just sad. Some body rescue them.
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    I'm sorry, but just........no. Seeing things like this gives me all sorts of sad and bad feelings. There are a finite number of these old treadles and machines, and when enough "upcycling"(I detest that term) and "repurposing" have depleted all of them, then what? And please don't tell me about how millions of them were made, blah, blah, blah.........How many of us serious collectors, lovers and users of these old beauties already have machines we can't find the proper treadle base for or an empty treadle base we can't find the right machine for ? So no, I'm not a fan of the tables, chairs, benches, lamps, tractors, book ends, etc.... made from sewing machines and treadle bases.

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    I saw a photo somewhere in my wanderings on the web where someone had taken a number of treadles bases and built them into a table. The big difference was that there was a usable treadle machine attached to every treadle base. It was designed to be used, now that was truely cool looking. I wish I could find it again. Otherwise I agree with Cari, I dislike the whole "up-cycle" thing.
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    I have to agree. I always wonder where the rest of the 'family' disappeared to. Parts are hard to find and then you see so much of this.
    Quote Originally Posted by Cari-in-Oly View Post
    I'm sorry, but just........no. Seeing things like this gives me all sorts of sad and bad feelings. There are a finite number of these old treadles and machines, and when enough "upcycling"(I detest that term) and "repurposing" have depleted all of them, then what? And please don't tell me about how millions of them were made, blah, blah, blah.........How many of us serious collectors, lovers and users of these old beauties already have machines we can't find the proper treadle base for or an empty treadle base we can't find the right machine for ? So no, I'm not a fan of the tables, chairs, benches, lamps, tractors, book ends, etc.... made from sewing machines and treadle bases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tscweaves View Post
    I saw a photo somewhere in my wanderings on the web where someone had taken a number of treadles bases and built them into a table. The big difference was that there was a usable treadle machine attached to every treadle base. It was designed to be used, now that was truely cool looking. I wish I could find it again. Otherwise I agree with Cari, I dislike the whole "up-cycle" thing.
    Despite the striking statement of former glory these bases make in this use, I can't help but weep for the loss of the complete machine setup. IMHO, nothing beats these old beauties intact and hopefully back in use.
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    Where was this picture taken? it looks like the Amish auction here in Delaware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tscweaves View Post
    I saw a photo somewhere in my wanderings on the web where someone had taken a number of treadles bases and built them into a table. The big difference was that there was a usable treadle machine attached to every treadle base. It was designed to be used, now that was truely cool looking. I wish I could find it again. Otherwise I agree with Cari, I dislike the whole "up-cycle" thing.
    Is this the one? http://www.antiquequiltdating.com/Th...g_Machine.html
    about the third picture down?

    I, too, agree with Cari.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OurWorkbench View Post
    Is this the one? http://www.antiquequiltdating.com/Th...g_Machine.html
    about the third picture down?

    I, too, agree with Cari.

    Janey - Neat people never make the exciting discoveries I do.
    Janey, That was the one. Out of all the horrible things people have done to treadle machines, this was the least offensive. You can still treadle and who knows what shape the cabinets were in. I have seen some pretty beat up cabinets so to be able to selvage the treadles is okay for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amyamy1978 View Post
    Where was this picture taken? it looks like the Amish auction here in Delaware.
    Not sure, Amy. I found the picture on the internet somewhere and put it in my bookmarks.

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    I suspect Amy was referring to my shot of all the treadle bases outside. I thought it was an auction when I rolled up. No, just a retailer in Marion, Kansas.

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    I know this is not the popular thing to say on this site, but these sewing machines are nearly useless. Why not do something decorative with them? They fall in to the same category with other vintage tools, like hand drills, hand planes, hand mixers, hand tools for gardening, etc. Now, I love vintage tools, but if I want to cut down a tree, I'm going to get a chain saw, not a two-man cross cut saw. When I mow, I want a self propelled mower. When I want to make bread, I get out the Kitchenaid. Yes, there are some people who will hand knead bread and tell you that's the only way to do it. There aren't many of them, though. There are people who collect antique dough bowls, but most of us choose to use our space and money collecting something besides dough bowls.

    Treadle machines take a lot of room. Heck, all sewing machines take a lot of room. Most people don't sew at all, much less on a treadle. Lamenting that others do not choose to share our interests seems myopic to me. It still bothers me to see a 201 as a lamp, but at least it didn't go to the dump. Once it's in the dump, it's gone forever.

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    That entire studio is unbelievable to me! So well equipped, bright and spacious. The table makes a perfect centerpice.

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