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How to Remove a Vintage Singer Sewing Machine from Its Cabinet

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.

We’ll be demonstrating with my vintage Singer 15-91 that lives in the Art Deco sewing machine cabinet that my husband, Dave refinished for me.

Vintage Singer Sewing Machine 15-91 in cabinet

First, if you haven’t already done so, 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.

Arrow indicating the position of the two copper hinges that are holding the sewing machine in place

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

Arrow indicating the screw directly above the copper hinge in sewing cabinet

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.

Loosening the screw that holds the sewing machine to the hinge

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 re-tighten the screws firmly to hold the machine in place. Do Not over tighten the screws or you risk stripping them, not to mention making it more difficult to remove the machine should you need to do so again in the future.

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.




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How to Remove a Vintage Singer Sewing Machine from Its Cabinet - photos showing loosening the screws holding the machine in place and of a vintage machine




  • 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.

  • 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)

  • Molly
    January 23, 2019 2:52 pm

    I can’t figure out how to completely remove it from the table to have it serviced… Between trying to get the motor out and the cord through the hole, it’s a challenge!

    • Super Mom No Cape
      January 23, 2019 4:19 pm

      I sent you an email Molly. We’ll do what we can to help you figure out where the problem is.

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