For the past week and a half, I’ve had to move my sewing machine back to the dining room table while my husband worked on refinishing and modifying a vintage sewing machine cabinet that I picked up at a local thrift store a few years ago. It is solid wood with a cherry veneer and was a bargain at $30.
He’d gotten it all sanded down soon after I bought it but then with working away from home so much never had the chance to do the necessary modifications and finishing to turn it into a cabinet that would fit my sewing machine. During that time, I sewed with my machine sitting on top of the closed unfinished cabinet. But that is now a thing of the past.
Last week when the weather warmed up enough for him to work in the garage, he installed the Regal/Horn airlift mechanism, modified the cabinet so that my sewing machine would move smoothly from storage to flatbed to free arm positions and then began applying several coats of clear satin polyurethane. That took longer than expected because the weather turned colder causing it to take much longer for each coat of polyurethane to dry and cure.
But he did the final sanding and polishing this morning and moved it back into the house.
Isn’t she a beauty…
Please note: The Regal/Horn Sewing Machine Lift no longer seems to be available. However I did find a similar sewing machine lift mechanism available from Lee Valley.