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.
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?