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mams99
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Date: 4/23/04 11:07 PM

I just picked up a really nice 1950s/1960s solid wood cabinet with an older White sewing machine still in working order with the manual, etc. I don't plan to use the machine (but will keep it), but I do want to use this really marvelous cabinet.

I have a new Viking Emma (basic, I know but a dream compared to my old Kenmore!) and they aren't designed to be flipped upside down like the old machines, so how do you deal with the hole cut out for the old machines? DO I just cut out a piece of wood and some putty to "fill" the hole? Is it possible to make a lift mechanism for the new machine?

There are so many old cabinets out there that are a FAR cry better than the particle board crap you can get now. There has to be a way to convert them?

THis cabinet is either teak or rosewood with four side drawers. Closed it measures 34 inches wide and open it's double that - 68 inches... not too shabby! AND... it has a neat little pocket drawer that lifts up to hold spools of thread. I got this AND the White perfect condition machine for $30... I hope to use it for sewing and when not in use for that, for an extra desk in the rec room...

Have any of you converted these old tables/cabinets?

I need ideas!!!

Melissa
kathi s

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Date: 4/24/04 1:40 PM

See this link for inserts- they adapt the cabinet to fit your machine.  I think that there are more sizes at another site, but I can't remember what it is.  Your Viking dealer should be able to advise you as to what sort of insert you need for your particular machine. http://www.notions.fabricstodyefor.com/tables....ble.htm   Sorry, not to be able to link this for you- :blush:
kathi s

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Date: 4/24/04 1:41 PM

PS- it appears to work!  Link away!
mams99
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Date: 4/24/04 10:49 PM

I don't quite get how that works. All the pictures but one shows a "table" to sew on... then there is one picture of plexiglass that says "cabinet insert"... but it has a hole cut out of it as well and no way to faster it to anything. How do you use that or am I missing it completely?

I did find on one site a lift mechanism you can buy to replace a faulty one... but no information on how to install, etc.

Grrr... I want this to work!

Melissa
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Date: 4/28/04 7:46 AM

Try this: http://home.att.net/~kckintz/table.html
Sorry, couldn't make the link work.
htth
I bought an old treadle sewing machine cabinet that I planned to convert.   It was so heavy I couldn't move it and after it languished in my garage for a couple of years I finally sold it for a few $ more than I paid for it.  Hope you have more luck with your project!
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Date: 4/28/04 8:01 AM

Grr.  :rolleyes: Ok.  That link no longer works:  try this:
http://quilting.about.com/library/weekly/aa030929.htm
follow the thread about half way down and look for the address from above.  That will get you in.  It's very detailed and I'm sure you can use the information for your project.
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