Vintage sewing machine adventures: part 4 — putting the machine away

Someone asked for details of whether or not my vintage Singer machine folds into itself so I thought I’d take some quick photos to show how it works.

The “extra” bit of wood in the picture below usually attaches to the left-hand side of the table when not in use. Otherwise the picture shows the machine set up for use.

Vintage Singer sewing machine

The machine tips back slightly so that the piece of table-top in front can be lifted.

Vintage Singer sewing machine

With that out of the way that machine swings right down into the body of the table.

Vintage Singer sewing machine

With the machine inside, the first piece of the top can be replaced.

Vintage Singer sewing machine

Then the “extra” bit fits into the remaining space to complete the table-top.

Vintage Singer sewing machine

I’m slightly ashamed to admit that this is how the machine currently spends most of its time. I did get a quick lesson in how to use the treadle last time my mum visited so I just need to find the time to practise.

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