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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Singer Cabinet Addiction (Is There a 12 Step Program?)


Well, I bought another cabinet.  Every time I buy another cabinet or another machine, I am convinced that THIS is "the one."  But really and truly, this is the one.  I promise.  

Three or four years ago I sold a Singer #42 cabinet that I had bought at an estate sale and I regretted it ever since.  It was so beautiful!  Now there are two different versions of this cabinet.  The one I sold is the earlier model which looks just like this except it has three separate drawers on the right rather than the curved panel that swings out.  And in the top left drawer it has a built-in ink well and pencil tray which is just the coolest thing ever. 

This one has a spool rack in the left hand drawer rather than the ink well.  


Swinging panel opens to reveal two drawers and a shelf for storing patterns.  


Like all mid-century Singer cabinets, this is actually a fine piece of furniture.  Look at the back!  This isn't cheap particle board facing the wall, it is all solid wood.


But the best part is that this version of the #42 cabinet can take my Singer 301 - my favorite machine.  They look great together because they both have similar Art Deco styling. 
(The earlier version of this cabinet cannot accept the 301)
(PS...after taking this photo, I installed the controller in the cabinet to use with the knee lever)

So I have a new card table for my Featherweight.  I have the "ultimate" cabinet for my 301.  I put my Rocketeer in the cabinet previously occupied by the 301.  All is well in my Vintage Singer Sewing World.  :)

7 comments:

  1. That is one gorgeous cabinet! I've been casually hunting for mine.

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  2. Good luck, Barbara! I found both of mine via Craigslist. When I'm on the prowl I haunt Craigslist until I find what I want and it usually pays off. :)

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  3. FWIW, it's not solid wood it's veneered (I know as mine is bubbled up), but it sure ain't particle board!!
    Mahogany or walnut? Were you fortunate enough to get the stool as well?
    Looking better than good. :)

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  4. Well, my friend, you should know, I know you have refinished lots of furniture and I don't really know that much about it. But yeah - it is "solid" in the sense that it isn't the cheap particle board that you find on the unseen back of almost all furniture now. No, I didn't get the stool, darn it, but that gives me something to look out for. I'll be disappointed when I have nothing left to pursue! ;)

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  5. I have one with the machine and stool may sell. How much is it worth? My mom's had it before I was born in 1955. Houston. 7139069680. Machine glides to this day.

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  6. I have one with the machine and stool may sell. How much is it worth? My mom's had it before I was born in 1955. Houston. 7139069680. Machine glides to this day.

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  7. There is no exact price tag on something like this, it is worth what someone is willing to pay for it. I bought the 301 in the picture for $10, but someone else might pay $100. It really just depends on who is looking to buy that particular thing at the time you are selling it.

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