Old Sterling Treadle Sewing Machine Revamped to Hall Table

by Carole
I bought an old Sterling brand treadle sewing machine with the timber cabinet and machine inside it on ebay for about 50 bucks. The timber top was too badly damaged to restore or repair and the machine was sadly extremely rusty. So both were put out for kerb side clean up. The frame was a little dull and rusty but a good clean and sand and some rust converter (Feronite) painted on as a precaution and she was ready for a couple of coats of black spray paint. I have had this vintage suitcase for about 9 years now and it used to be displayed in our guest bedroom but was removed when I painted the bedroom suite and added a mirror to the dresser top. I think it looks kind of cool on top of this frame as a hall table. I have not affixed it to the sewing frame yet as I am still thinking about whether I should make a timber top for the frame and sell it. I like it in our hallway but hubby is not so sure. Not really his thing!
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  • Amber York Amber York on Mar 31, 2017
    Did you ever make that lamp with the sewing machine?
  • Tina T Tina T on Feb 24, 2019

    How was your suitcase attached to the base? I want to try this idea, it's one of the best I've seen.

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  • Elizabeth Thielen Elizabeth Thielen on Jun 08, 2018

    I found just the treadle at a garage sale. I had a table that was popular a few years ago that had wood but with tile in the center. When my grandchildren came along this table was too high and inconvenient for them. So I took the legs off that table and screwed the table top onto the treadle and it's been a centerpiece in our kitchen for a few decades.

  • Carole Carole on Jun 08, 2018

    I love that idea Elizabeth. I have done many of these makeovers and used a round table top in the same way that you did. I sold it to a lady who wanted to use it in her front window for having her morning coffee so she could look over her garden while having coffee with her friends.