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The Singer Art Deco Cabinet is Finished

I mentioned in my post last Wednesday that Dave completed refinishing the Art Deco Cabinet for my Singer 15-91 and as promised the following post is loaded with photos.

It’s been challenging to get good pictures of the cabinet and I’m not sure that these do it justice.  Dave did an amazing refinishing job and the cabinet is really stunning when seen in person.

There remain a few “imperfections” where the years had taken it’s toll on the cabinet; a chip in the veneer under the left hand drawer, a dent in the wood of the left hand extending leaf where someone had tried to close it while the machine was still in the upright position… little things like that Dave decided to leave untouched because to attempt to repair them might have caused irreparable damage to the cabinet itself.

The refinishing was done in the garage so before we brought the cabinet in the house we took some pictures of it out on the driveway to try to catch the early morning sun.

Singer Art Deco Cabinet #1

Singer Art Deco Cabinet #2

In this picture you can see how even the brass hinges have been cleaned and returned to their original beauty.

Singer Art Deco Cabinet #3

Dave also replaced all the felt pads with new ones as the originals had gotten hard and worn with time and weren’t providing any cushioning when the leafs were open.

Singer Art Deco Cabinet #4

I’ve been using the machine in it’s new cabinet for a week now but we couldn’t get good photos as it was positioned in the room, so Dave moved it temporarily so that we could have the light from the one window in that room.  One thing is for sure, we don’t want to have to move the cabinet too often now, because with the machine in it, it is really heavy.

Another shot of the front of the Art Deco cabinet.

Art Deco Cabinet #5

And here is my Singer 15-91 in her new home.

Singer 15-91 in her new home

Close up of Singer 15-91 in her new home

Excuse the blue low tack painters tape you see on the needle plate.  I’m using it as a temporary seam guide until the new Adhesive Needle Throat Plate markings arrive that I’ve ordered from Sew Classic.

And we can’t forget that Dave also refinished the bench seat that came with the cabinet.

Art Deco Stool

He even recovered the cushion with fabric from my stash.

Cushion on Art Deco Cabinet Stool

In this picture and the one above, we turned the flash off so that you could see a truer representation of the fabric on the cushion and in this second one…  a bit more clearly the detail of the black strip at the bottom.

Art Deco Stool from another angle

Another unique touch that Dave added, at my request, are the spool holders he inserted into the middle drawer on the right hand side of the cabinet.  Each spool rod holds a tall spool with room for its matching bobbin on top.

Spool Holder

And before someone notices and mentions it, yes, I know that two of the bobbins are plastic bobbins and can’t be used in the 15-91.   I popped them in there just for demonstration purposes.    The Simplicity Sidewinder Bobbin Winder that our son gave me for Christmas is going to come in handy for rewinding bobbins as I change thread back and forth between my two machines.

One final picture of the cabinet where it now sits ready for me to finish sewing the lawn chair cushions and countless other projects I have planned for the future.

Ready to Sew



Before pictures of the cabinet can be seen in my post Art Deco Cabinet for My Singer 15-91. 

For an in-progress picture check out Art Deco Cabinet – Some Dis-Assembly Required.



  • Katherine
    July 10, 2011 3:16 pm

    It looks breath-taking, Sue! Dave did a wonderful job refinishing and I love the drawer with all the spool holders. What a clever storage idea! Your 15-91 looks like a dream in her new cabinet, you’ve given her a beautiful setting. Thanks so much for sharing the journey. It’s just amazing to see what a lot of love and TLC will do for vintage treasures. I know you will be enjoying this machine and her gorgeous cabinet for years (and many, many projects) to come!

  • corina
    July 10, 2011 7:30 pm

    Wow! You are very lucky! Dave does beautiful work. He must have a lot of patience to refinish a piece like that – the sanding must have taken forever! Looking forward to see what you produce with your new setup!

  • Amy, a redeemed sheep
    July 11, 2011 10:02 am

    Its beautiful! What a treasure you have.

  • Sandra :)
    July 11, 2011 1:16 pm

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah a most gorgeous home for a most wonderful machine – plus it’s a work of art for your house … and I bet it kept hubby out of your hair for a while – that’s a bonus! 😉

    I used my 201 without a seam guide for almost a year before I smartened up and ordered a new plate – what a difference it makes having the guide, lol!

  • Home sewing machines
    July 15, 2011 3:16 am

    After 35 years of working in the sewing machine industry, i can honestly say that i’ve never seen a cabinet like that before. Its very interesting.

  • Martha
    July 15, 2011 4:41 pm

    I have the same sewing cabinet. Mine came with a Riccar (yellow & green) sewing machine. Bought it at a flea market but it didn’t come with the bench seat. I had wondered what I should be looking for to replace it. Now I know. Thanks.

  • Beverley Collins
    July 16, 2011 12:19 am

    Oh wow! A beautiful restoration job. it’s gorgeous!

  • Robin (rsIslandCrafts)
    July 23, 2011 8:09 pm

    Dave did an amazing job! I just went back and looked at the before picture – WOW! What a transformation. Now you have a wonderful cabinet to sew on. I think the thread spools in the drawer is a great idea. Your thread will be nice and close when you need to switch threads. My Daughter bought me a sidewinder a couple Christmases ago. I didn’t think I would use it but I use it all the time. It is very handy.

  • mary williams
    February 8, 2012 6:25 pm

    Brings back memories!!!! my mother had that same style cabinet and stool…Oh how I wish I had it now. It is just beautiful. I just picked up a wood sewing cabinet at the Goodwill today for $3.99. More of a 60’s style but still anxious to get this one refinished also. Thanks for sharing….many wonderful memories were stirred.

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  • Carla
    July 22, 2012 3:50 pm

    Oh my word – it’s a real beaut for sure now!

    You’ve probably already done your move (I see your comment is from 6/15) but I’ve found using that packing ‘cling film’ stuff plus old blankets, comforters, drapes etc. is the best ever for protecting furniture when moving. I get the textile stuff at rummage sales and thrift stores and often cut it to fit and/or wrap the piece. Then wrap it every which way with the cling film. If it is something that is awkward/heavy to carry, tie some rope handles on it before the cling film goes on.

  • karen
    June 1, 2015 3:53 pm

    I have my grandmother’s and would love to sell to a good home where it will receive lots of use! I have all the original instruction book and everything works. Even has all her supplies still inside the bench and drawyers. At a loss of what to do with it. Sentimental value mostly.

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