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60 Ideas To Recycle Vintage Sewing Machines

Many of us have a vintage or even antique sewing machine in their home that is dusty and neglected. Maybe it’s just taking up space, and no one in your family wants to learn to sew. Here are 60 ideas To Recycle Vintage Sewing Machines into various types of home decor accessories. We hope that some of these ideas will inspire you to give it a try! This post was inspired by the post “60 idées pour recycler vos vieilles machines à coudre” from Home & Garden blog!

However, before you start dismantling and throwing away parts, be aware of the heritage and the artistry of these machines. There are several groups on the ‘net dedicated to the preservation and restoration of vintage and antique machines. You could donate the “head unit” (the sewing machine itself) to these groups for salvage parts to keep other machines going. Many of these groups have machines that exceed 100 years old and are still in use! They can be restored and are a beautiful thing to teach your children to use!

Vintage Sewing Machines recycled into dining tables:

174 Reviews
How to Select, Service, Repair & Maintain your Vintage Sewing Machine
  • McCaffery, Connie (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 120 Pages - 01/11/2015 (Publication Date) - CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (Publisher)

Or maybe a kitchen table?

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Old Sewing Machines (Shire Library)
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Head, Carol (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

What about an elegant coffee table? Vintage Sewing Machines have gorgeous leg irons and are sturdy, as well as quite elegant.

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The Encyclopedia of Early American & Antique Sewing Machines: Identification and Values
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Hardcover Book
  • Bays, Carter (Author)

You could also transform your old sewing machine into an original bedside table.

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Another superb idea is to reuse a sewing machine into a kitchen island!

You could also transform your vintage sewing machine into a one-of-a-kind Desk!

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Oldtimer Sewing Machines
  • Hardcover Book
  • Landgraf, Otto (Author)
  • 192 Pages - 03/03/1989 (Publication Date) - Weppert GmbH & Co, KG (Publisher)

Or, reused into shabby chic consoles, an old sewing machine is perfect for that purpose!

Other great ideas are to use your unused vintage sewing machine

as vanity units!

You can also build a beautiful dressing table out of a reclaimed sewing machine.

And for your receptions, sewing machines can be upcycled as buffets!

Garden tables are also an excellent way to recycle your sewing machine!

What about making an original garden table out of your sewing machine?

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

Now it’s your turn to transform the old sewing machine sitting in your attic into beautiful 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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  • Reciclar, reciclar, reciclar esa palabra en verdad es muy apropiada. Esta pagina tiene ideas supe buenas.

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

  • 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!

    • Mine looks like that Maria! It was my Mother's & she made our clothes on it as we grew up!! Will never forget!!

    • 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.

      • 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