Sew Clever!

Along with helping my great-grandfather with farming, my great-grandmother, May (Gates) Curry sewed straw hats as a way to earn money for the family. Early on, she used a hand-crank sewing machine and later, a Singer treadle machine, which we discovered in the attic at Fish Hooks.

Repurposing Antique Sewing Machine

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Though the sewing machine itself can be saved, decades spent in the hot, humid attic at Fish Hooks left the wooden table badly warped and termite-ridden. We were thinking we’d have to retire the entire stand to the dump.

But then, I came across this great article about repurposing vintage sewing machine stands. I love this idea, especially since one of our goals with Fish Hooks is to repurpose and reuse as many as possible of the treasures we’ve found in the attic.

We haven’t yet decided for sure what we’ll do with my great-grandmother’s sewing machine stand, but I think it would make an excellent base for a writing desk, don’t you?

Repurposing Antique Sewing Machines and Stands

Image courtesy of Refurbished Ideas.









  3 comments for “Sew Clever!

  1. Kay Roberts
    November 5, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    What a FANTASTIC find !!! I learned on one of these babies…at scool and at home !!


    • November 6, 2016 at 11:53 am

      I know! My Mom had one when I was small. I was so heartbroken at having to toss it out, but the top wooden part is just beyond saving. I was so happy to find this article and realize we could create something new and cool out of something so meaningful to our family.


  2. joylowejossi
    November 6, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    The picture floods memories of my Nassau Mama seated, feet powered the treadle, hands guided her fabric creations. I’d watch the operation until I learned to make my dresses as a teen… A good desk idea.


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