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How to Remove a Vintage Singer Sewing Machine from Its Cabinet

While browsing through the search words or phrases that have brought people to my blog I noticed a few were searching for how to remove a vintage Singer sewing machine from it’s cabinet so I thought a quick picture post was in order.

First you’ll want to lift the machine out of the cabinet and tilt it all the way back.

On the underside of the machine, you’ll see two copper hinges.

Two copper hinges

If you look directly above each hinge, you’ll see a screw that is holding the hinge in place.

Copper hinge with screw directly above

Loosen that screw on each hinge.  There’s no need to remove the screw, simply loosen it enough to be able to lift the sewing machine off the hinges.

Loosen that screw

To return the sewing machine to its cabinet, place the hinges in the upright position.

What hinges look like after machine is removed

Then lower the machine onto the hinges and retighten the screws firmly to hold the machine in place.

Replace machine on hinges

Return the machine to the upright position for use or lower it into the cabinet and close the lid to store.



  • Dree
    May 19, 2013 10:29 am

    I have my grandmother’s old Westinghouse machine–and I want to take it to be serviced, it probably hasn’t been sewn with in 20 years. But the cabinet is what is holding me back! I will have to have a good look-see today.

  • tatatreestar
    April 20, 2015 11:33 pm

    Any ideas on ways to build a pedestal/cabinet/housing so that the old machine can be made portable? I’m moving into a camper, but don’t want to buy a cheap plastic machine. I want to keep the steel machine I’ve been using, but I can’t bring it in the desk/cabinet. I’d like to turn it into a table-top machine. Any tips? Thanks!

  • Annie
    October 1, 2015 1:42 am

    Thanks so much for you informative and succinct instructions – I actually need to put a 15-91 INTO a cabinet (as soon as I find one)

  • Mary Jane
    November 27, 2015 5:18 pm

    I need to get my Singer 15-91 serviced. I know how to remove the head using the set screws and how to remove the electrical plug, but what I am not sure about is the knee pedal cord. Does that unplug from the machine? The link that was posted above about how to remove the wires is no longer working, so I couldn’t view it. Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated.

  • Betty
    July 9, 2017 12:48 pm

    trying to get the wire out too

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