Remember the old machine I bought for 20.00 a couple of weeks ago? Well I am almost finished stripping the old paint off of it. I think I have figured out why they painted it a dark color. Under that dark paint there are three large water rings on the wood. Obviously someone had plants on the sewing table, which I think is actually quite a common occurrence for these old cabinets.
I know several people who display plants on them - hope they are protecting the cabinet when they do this.
Anyway these rings are proving to be quite stubborn to remove. My brother who is a great furniture re-finisher says "Keep sanding". So I'll keep sanding, I just hope I don't run out of wood!
Anyway I am pleased with my efforts so far - now I need to head to the hardware store and select an appropriate stain and top coat. If I can't get all the ring off the table I might have to choose a bit darker stain than I thought I would use - but hopefully it will all come off.
I am really anxious to get this project wrapped up and the finished project moved in to the house. I have cleaned the machine, oiled all it's moving parts and it is ready to be popped back into the cabinet. I really want to sew something on this old girl. I have only used a treadle machine once, and it was a thrill to experience something that was created for women in much simpler times. I don't intend my machine to be merely a plant stand - although it might be that at times. I want to try and use it a bit -maybe for a simple nine patch quilt or something that does not require any fancy stitching.
Hopefully the next picture will be of the finished product -