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I'm still surprised that I managed to get so many machines fit into my new sewing studio.   My plan was to keep bringing machines until I ran out of room,  and I  kept finding ways to fit in a few more.  I think in total I've got 120 machines (started with about 175).  Did not bring any parts machine or duplicates. 

Everything that was left - was left on the property.  The new owners said I could leave what I didn't take on the property,  so I didn't have the heartbreak of hauling it to the dump.   I had almost everything I wanted already moved before we even started showing the place,  so they knew the scope of what would be left.   

Right now the only item still in the garage is the Patcher.  It was the last thing I took,  and the only thing that I really didn't have a spot for.  I had to leave a lot of cabinets and I hope the new owners have plans to find homes for what was left.  It's all their property now - bought and paid for!

I have most of the cabinets in the main sewing area - and every cabinet has a machine in it.  For some I've removed the cover flaps so the machines can be displayed.

I put up shelves were I had room - and have my handcranks on them.





I have my tall storage cabinet that is full of assorted vintage machine stuff - sorted into cabinet drawers.   NOTE - I did not remove any drawers from cabinets I left behind. 



And two shelves with later machines on them.  All of the standing shelves had been in use at the old place - I managed to fit all but one of them into the new place,  and the last one is being used in the garage below.



And my collection of specialty Singer attachments,  and some other misc stuff.



will continue in the next post





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Besides all the wows, and wows, and 'oh I likes' that you're missing out not being here in person... I have to ask where you found those super duty shelf brackets. I've been driving myself batty trying to come up with a way to put machine heads on the wall. Granted they must have gone straight into the wall studs, but still, where did you find those? I'm sore jealous.  =)
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I fit cabinets in all over the place.   I do plan on rehoming most of the collection over the next 10 years,  and as times it will get less crowded in here [smile]

I have two cabinets tucked under the ironing board, four under the cutting table,  two acting as an island in the kitchen,  and another tucked between the day bed and freezer.   We are going to be remodeling the kitchen as it does not have an oven. 



I did not take a picture - but there is a stacked washer/dryer in the bathroom,  so I can wash fabric and quilts without having to haul them to the landury room in the other end of the house.  though right now that laundry room hasn't been built yet,  so the washer and dryer up here is the only set we have hooked up at this time.

Then on to the big bedroom - which was the perfect size for my LA.   With the tall ceiling,  there was plenty of room for my tall shelves from the old Machine Shed.   We did cut 2" off of each so they'd fit in the 8' bed of the truck. 





Not as nice a display for my puzzle boxes,  but at least they are unpacked!



And the two industrials  - couldn't leave my hemstitcher behind!



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I still have a lot of work to get things organized. 

These totes are full of attachments, foot pedals and stuff like that.  I've got to go through and match things up with machines. 



There is nice walk in closet for my fabric stash

And at the end is a storage closet (also has the water heater for the Studio) and I put that to good use.  All the covers for the hand cranks are here,  along with other cases that I wanted to keep.



The middle shelf has totes that are full of more vintage machine stuff. 



And though I promised my husband I wouldn't put machines anywhere else in the house,  I do have two small Singer 99 cabinets (with machines)  in the bedroom (they work as night stands) and put my three Singer parlor cabinets in the dining room.   I would have been heartbroken to have to leave my parlor cabinets behind.  The dining room is so big,  it's actually nice having them there.   Still got a lot of organizing to find home for all the kitchen stuff (even with two kitchens).








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Jim,

The brackets came from Menards - there is a metal bracket that is screwed to studs,  and then a plastic cover snaps on top to make them look nicer.  I love that there is no diagonal brace in the way. 

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Spectacular collection, and you've done a fantastic job displaying them all!

Question about the bases for many of the machines on the shelves in the "big bedroom".  They don't have proper bases -- looks like a piece of board with dowels of the correct length to support the corners?  Can you share how those are made, and, do they need to be customized for every machine?

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Fantastic!!!  I am mucho impressed!
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Very Impressive collection!!!  I enjoy how we each have our own way to display our VSM.  Exchange of ideas for displaying the VSM are much appreciated.
How many of these VSM do you use regularly?
I hope you are enjoying living in town now vs driving 90 miles one way to any from work.

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Paul,  that is exactly what they are.  I took measurements from each machine for how wide and how long the support pegs needed to be ( had to turn them upside down to get this)  then grouped them into sizes and husband made the frames based on that.  Then we drilled dowel holes and put them in, then trimmed  them (they are removable) so the machine would sit level.   

Husband also cut me a bunch of 1/2" x 4" x 3/4" boards and I stapled them on the shelves and the bases fit over them and that keeps everything from moving around.

A lot of the bases got separated from the machines in the move, and I've not figured them out yet.  This time I'm going to write on the base what machine it goes to. 

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That was a massive undertaking!  I knew you two would do a good job, and those photos show how much work you've put into the organization and display.  What a great amount of eye candy!  I wish you many productive and enjoyable hours in those rooms!  

You could write a book on your journey of starting with an interest in old sewing machine attachments to what you now have!

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I can't imagine a new homeplace that is better suited to your collection. Well done!
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I'm in awe of your collection, displays, and your organization talents.  Wow!!  It was really fun for me to see what you've done - and to learn of your future plans.  

I think having good displays and seeing our wonderful machines and tools helps us to know what we have and to be able to use and appreciate them better.  When things are out of sight they are really out of mind as well - at least for me and my machines and tools.  And you can enjoy your beautiful collections every minute of your daily living in your home.

Just great work - thanks for sharing.
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