Making an Easy, pretty, and Budget Sewing Machine Table

done

A few years ago I bought a Pfaff industrial treadle sewing machine base/treadle off Craigslist.  I had acquired a vintage Necchi sewing machine, but when I used it in my Singer treadle base it ran obnoxiously slowly.  Industrial treadles have a larger flywheel which gives them more speed.  I searched and eventually found one, but the tabletop had been refitted to an odd model of machine with a longer oblong cutout.  😦  After bringing the treadle home I went to Home Depot to consider my options.  I ended up with a very cheap piece of ply-wood stuff and some embossed mini-trim.  The plywood was very soft and prone to damage, but it was cheap and the ideal size.

Checking out the positioning:

before doing anything

I measured and cut the trim with mitred edges and attached it with glue and nails.  Then I measured and drew cutting lines for the machine to sit in and sawed away:

glued on trim measuring and placing guidelines cutouts and drilled holes

Next I sanded and stained the tabletop.  Here are some detail shots of the trim:

trim detail corner detail

I set the hinges in place, screwed them in, and positioned the machine.  Done!

Again:

done

It sews nicely now.  This project happened three or four years ago, but the table held up better than I expected given the softness of the wood.  I dust it occasionally or wax it, and it still looks swell.