I heart Craigslist
I’ve got an Craiglist alert set up for any posts that include “sewing” in the Quad-Cities where I live. I know, I may have a problem.
So a couple weeks ago an alert popped up on my phone for an antique treadle sewing machine. The top was in bad shape, I learned later a fish tank resided on it for a while, which made it perfect.
I had been on the lookout for a treadle with a top that was in bad shape so I wouldn’t feel bad about refinishing it and painting the base. Well, that was the original plan when I picked it up and snuck it into my house so my husband wouldn’t find out I had purchased yet another antique sewing cabinet. I did get busted and had to fess up.
But my plan was foiled when I did a little research online. Singer has a section on its website where you can look up your sewing machine by its serial number to find out when it was made. You can look up your own machine by clicking here.
Well it turns out the machine is a 1910 Singer in Cabinet Table No. 5 and the combination is going for $700 to $1200 on Ebay.
My painting plans stopped right then and there along with any other plans to do anything to the cabinet. The last thing I want to do is reduce the potential value by doing something irreversible.
My machine isn’t in mint condition and obviously the cabinet isn’t either. First on my to-do list is getting it evaluated by an antique appraiser to see if it is worth restoring and selling or if it the finish is too far gone. The good news is I do know how to refinish wood and my dad is a woodworking genius who can help me replace the damaged veneer.
So, keep an eye out as I tackle this fun project.