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Handmade Christmas – Gifts for Middle Daughter

Way back in the spring when I was looking for a cabinet to house the Singer 15-91 that I purchased on e-bay, we came across this cabinet.

before picture #1

Singer 201-2 for middle daughter before picture #2

At first, we thought it was another 15-91 but upon checking the serial number, we discovered it was instead, a 201-2.   The cabinet wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, but we decided to buy it and refurbish the sewing machine and refinish the cabinet to give to our middle daughter.

Dave cleaned, oiled, lubricated and completely rewired the sewing machine.

And then he refinished the cabinet, replacing the veneer on the top and underside of both fold out panels.

In progress photo of refinished of 201-2 cabinet

He knew it would be almost impossible to exactly match the stain on the original, so he chose to use a walnut veneer and stain that to match the darker swirls on the front fold out drawer of the cabinet.

Refinished Cabinet for Singer 201-2

As this was such a large gift and her birthday is in the beginning of December, it became a combination birthday/Christmas gift.

I can’t find the photos we took of the refurbished sewing machine in it’s refinished cabinet with matching reupholstered stool… but please take my word for it that it turned out beautifully.

Our middle daughter travels quite often as part of her job, so for her second gift, I made her a travel set too.

Middle daughter's travel set

Her third gift was a set of two Christmas elves.

Her stocking was filled with oil paint brushes, an inflatable bath pillow and other goodies.

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  • mosaicthinking
    January 13, 2012 4:41 pm

    Dave sounds like a very handy man to have around. Restoring old furniture AND rewiring a sewing machine, now that’s an impressive skill set.

  • Pat Sieler
    January 6, 2012 7:59 pm

    That sewing machine outfit and the apron are Especially Cool!!!!!!

  • Sandra :)
    January 4, 2012 7:00 pm

    That’s about the best combo birthday/Christmas gift one could get — WOW! I never find old cabinets for a good price – we couldn’t finish them as beautifully as Dave does anyways!

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