60 Ideas to recycle your old sewing machines

Many of us have in their home an old sewing machine that takes the dust and up space. You will find here 60 ideas for recycling your old sewing machine, hope one of them will inspire you and encourage you to tinker! This post was inspired by the the post “60 idées pour recycler vos vieilles machines à coudre” from Home & Garden blog!

  • Sewing machines recycled into dining tables

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  • Or maybe a kitchen table ?

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  • What about a Coffee table ?

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  • You could also transform it into a bedside table.

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  • Another great idea is to reuse it into a kitchen island!

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  • Could also be used as a Desk!

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  • Or, reused into shabby chic consoles !

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  • Other great ideas is to use them as vanity units !

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  • Or a dressing table ?

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  • And for your receptions, they can be upcycled as buffets!

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  • Garden consoles are also a great way to recycle your sewing machine!

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  • Garden table ?

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  • And to finish, here are some ideas of planters made from repurposed sewing machines.

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Now it’s your turn to transform the old sewing machine sitting in your attic into a nice furniture for your home or your garden! Send us some pictures of your finished project and we will publish them here ! 😉

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22 Comments

  1. Juanita Castro - March 23, 2014

    Reciclar, reciclar, reciclar esa palabra en verdad es muy apropiada. Esta pagina tiene ideas supe buenas.

  2. Susana Soto - March 23, 2014

    Wuauuuu!!!! Almita Alma Garcia Sotelo, cosas hermosas, me fascinan, las máquinas!!!!! Gracias, quiero ver todo!!!!

  3. Alicia Irigoyen de Luna - March 23, 2014

    mira ma pon la foto de tu mesa Alicia Pons

  4. Lisa Jones - March 23, 2014

    LUV them…and i keep buying them!

  5. Sharon Stein Wilder - March 24, 2014

    Gina Garner Williams find me some old sewing machines!

  6. Maria Rester Shiyou - March 24, 2014

    I use my great-grandmother’s treadle machine as a bedside table. The machine is still in it and still workable. I have the table folded out for additional space. A piece of foam core covers the opening over the machine and I used a scrapped piece of an old quilt my mother in law made over it. As you can see, it holds many books! Along with a basket holding more books, framed photo, lamp, cell phone. On the treadle there is a ceramic bowl holding magazines. And there are 5 drawers to store other things. I love this old thing!

  7. Bonnie Banks - March 24, 2014

    I see some wonderful ideas! Now to find an old base!

  8. Joanne Qiao An - March 24, 2014

    la fusion de la créativité , j aime!

    • Norma Bryson - January 31, 2015

      I like to recycle old sewing machines and sell them on line. They are getting harder to find. I find them mostly at auctions and yard sales. I leave the bass all intact so when you sit at it you can rest your feet and treadle while you work. I do take the small center piece off and replace it with a new top that I faux marble. Some times I paint them white and other times I just put a little patina on the black iron.

      • betty j burkhart - March 4, 2015

        where do you sell them online? is there a website? i would love to see some. i need a small table for breakfast coffee for two…..thank you

  9. Marize Maia Escher - March 24, 2014

    Minha mãe tinha uma, da primeira SINGER vendida no Brasil e a usou décadas…

  10. Cindy - August 17, 2014

    I was looking to for ideas to recycle my sewing MACHINE not the cabinet and legs, which 90 % of the photos were. I saw 2 maybe 3 that had a sewing machine as part of the recycle.
    Perhaps change the title as it is misleading.

  11. Ellen - January 19, 2015

    I want Singer base to restore machine back to pedal use. Mine was “upgraded” before 20s. Where can I find base?

    • wisepati - May 14, 2015

      I found many on Craigslist. Or at garage or yard sales. These is also a group of people (see treadleon.net) that actually use these machines and someones one of them will have a working base to sell. There are many who treasure these machines and use them to sew on.

  12. Bill Smith - March 13, 2015

    These ideas are incredible. You just inspired me.

  13. Topalian - March 19, 2015

    Hello, those pictures are wonderful
    I have been inspired by one of Them for one of my watercolo rs about sewing, it is here:
    http://laureentopalian.blogspot.fr/2015/03/aquarelles-singer-sewing-machine-et.html

    Best regards

  14. wisepati - May 14, 2015

    Some of these ideas are nifty, but so sad to see the bases of wonderful old sewing machines like Pfaff that people would love to have. And a sewing machine in a bathroom? That will rust soon and that machine (a Pfaff) is highly sought after by people who use these to sew.
    Wonder if these pieces will be just a fad and end up in the recycle bin anyway. And what happened to all the wonderful sewing machines?
    I did have a base that was left because the cabinet was destroyed and the machine was converted to a hand crank. But truthfully I would never separate a fine sewing machine like a Pfaff or Husquavarna (which people look all over for) from a base. People will pay dearly for them in working order.

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