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Amatino

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Figured this was likely to turn into a major thread with our posts alone! 

Back story: a customer supplied a beat up, dirty, 1950s Singer 15 with potted motor in a bust up plastic "base" and said it needed rewiring, and would we please put it in a vintage cabinet "with the cute little side drawers and a knee lever." [confused]

We sourced a 1930s cabinet and put the cleaned up Singer 15 into it. It looked terrific while open. 

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But the potted motor sticks out the back, so it won't close properly.

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Now we were scratching our heads how to fix this when the customer popped up and asked if we can please source a treadle base (with the cute little drawers) and fit her machine in that instead. [frown]

The thought of dismantling a treadle to put in an electric machine "for show" just.... urk! Sacrilege! However, customer gets... etc. 

So the customer sent a photo of what she wants and we found the exact copy - 5 hours drive away. Fingers crossed the motor fits in this one! 

In the interim, however, we have another customer with a new Singer (as in electronic) who wants to know if we can put her machine in the above table "because it's pretty." [rolleyes]

The new machines have absolutely no hardware, nor, in my opinion, strength, to be flipped down and tucked into a cabinet. An internet search turned up this article, that made me laugh. https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/66379   

It also unearthed another of Zorba's hacks! http://www.doubleveil.net/zssmp/singer.htm

Honestly, is there anything Zorba hasn't done or tried? LOL.

So, has anyone successfully put a new machine into an old cabinet? And how many cabinets have you hacked? Show us your pretties!

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This was a matter of timing and convenience. It just so happened that I finished the redo on a 1930 Singer Combination table the very same weekend this pretty little Supernova decide to come home with me.  There wasn't any hacking to do, well... okay I had to take out the spring plate. No big whoop.

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Maybe this isn't exactly a 'new' modern machine in an old cabinet, it's more mid-century modern machine in an an old cabinet.

Probably a thirty year span between the two. =)

Just wait until I un-earth the Singer 427 treadle combo, lol.

**kinda goes without saying that we're putting newer machines in older cabinets (and not verse visa) since old cabinets were made of stuff like wood and iron and new ones are made of sawdust and Mr. Ed.**




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Armatino-  Several years ago, a woman advertized a Singer 201 with the potted motor in the same cabinet. The lid on this cabinet closes completely flat. I am curious why your cabinet does not. 

The seller needed the money to make rent as her roommate unexpectedly  moved out leaving her with the entire rent payment. She asked only $50, but I gave her $75 and still feel guilty that I did not have her more. 

-Phyllis in Iowa

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Amatino, I too, have that cabinet, with a 15-91, lid sits just fine.
I put my Tiffany decal 115 hand crank in the same combo cabinet as Jim has, but with the hand crank on, the head won't drop.

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One of these days, when I have time, I'll get back to this:

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