Sunday, July 10, 2011

Upcycled Old Sewing Machine

A few weeks ago I spied this rusty, dusty, spider web infested vintage White Rotary sewing machine at a garage sale.  Nothing turned, nothing moved, pieces were missing, but maybe I could get it for a few dollars.  At first glance, I was thinking about that wheel and what I could do with it. Then I started thinking about some of the other parts.  I made the mistake of letting out a little laugh when the guy told me what he wanted for it.  You know, one of those "you gotta be kidding" laughs.  I made an offer and he refused.  Oh well.


It bothered me all morning, but after that sarcastic little laugh, I was just too embarrassed to go back.  Knowing that it would most likely still be there,  I nominated Mr. MST (who has never been to a garage sale in his life) to do some end of the day bargaining.  Thank you, thank you.  He came home with an ear to ear grin, but still confused about why I wanted such a hunk of junk when I already have a sewing machine.  Something was lost in translation.   Making jewelry WITH a sewing machine is not the same as making jewelry OUT OF a sewing machine.

I saw repurposing potential here.

Much better.  With the help of some WD40, the tension meter screwed right off.  The little hand came off separately, so I just glued it into place along with the vintage rhinestone button.  I punched a small hole and added a clear crystal bead.

This piece was a little harder to get off. 

I thought about flattening this piece out and using it in another necklace, but the shape was perfect for a bracelet.  To keep it adjustable and leave room for the clasp, I didn't add any vintage buttons to the last five links.  I still have some bobbin bits and pieces to think about, and that wheel still needs to come off.

I'm linking up my upcycled sewing machine with:
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday,
Boogie Board Cottage for Motivate Me Monday,
Dittle Dattle for Amaze Me Monday,
Charm Bracelet Diva for Club G.W.,
Tootsiewootsieboutique for Woot Woot Wednesday,
Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special



48 comments:

  1. Wow, you never cease to amaze me! What ingenious repurposing..... Beautiful, both! I'm looking forward to seeing it at this Tuesdays' Club G.W. (should be up tomorrow, Monday)or the current party ~ it has 6 hours left! :)

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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  2. WOWZA!!!!! Absolutely wonderful, Betsy!!!

    What a super hubby you have! So . . did he pay the full price?!?!

    xxoo
    Marsha

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  3. You are so creative when it comest to seeing the beauty in all those found objects. Love the necklace and the rounded piece made a perfect focal point for a bracelet. I'm anxious to see what you do with the rest of the machine.

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  4. Oh my gosh, you are just too amazing. What absolutely STUNNING pieces!

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  5. Your creativity is incredible - love that 'tension' necklace -- I'd like to wear that much like a mood ring... tension is 'HIGH' today. Stand back!

    I had a little chuckle over your spontaneous laugh of disbelief at the price -- those come out of my mouth all the time at yard sales. I'm sure I roll my eyes without meaning too as well. :-)

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  6. I just love the way your mind works! Fantastic!!! Love the way each piece worked out and that last piece was perfect for a bracelet...can't wait to see what else you make out of it.

    Love the negotiations! Clever girl.

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  7. Amazing, as always!!! I love how Mr. MST was called into action. I'll bet he's impressed with the way you repurposed those parts!!! Pretty soon he'll start bringing junk to you on his own!!!

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  8. If there is ever a contest as to who if the most creative in repurposing things into jewelry - You should win! :D
    Hope this goes thru - 4th or 5th try to leave a comment.:(

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  9. Oh how cool! I'd never have thought of that!! Great eye you have! (and hubby too!). Lovely necklace...I think you did a great job!
    Blessings, Doni

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  10. Those are the MOST creative things I have ever seen for jewlery! WOW I love it.. I think I will host you on my blog, if you don't mind.. Your stuff is beautiful!

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  11. What a cool bracelet! I have a gal pal that is an awesome seamstress and wears all kinds of cool jewelry. She would flip over that necklace!
    Thanx for sharing! Tiffany
    Visit me over at the palace sometimes

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  12. You are serioulsy amazing with what you come up with.Who wolda thunk a sewing machine for jewelleryxxx

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  13. You have so many great ideas! I'm glad you got it and let your creativity take over! Beautiful! ♥

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  14. oh my goodness, these pieces are just lovely and so nostalgic! I so wish I could have heard that conversation at the garage sale. Kudos to your awesome husband for retrieving the treasure :) Do you ever come to any art shows or festivals in Texas?

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  15. Absolutely amazing. Love what you did with those pieces. What are you going to do with the wheel?

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  16. Hello Betsy! You just keep on amazing me. I've never thought that those pieces could turn as beautiful accessories. I love them.

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  17. These pieces are beautiful, you are so clever! And your husband is so sweet, mine would never in a million years go back and buy that machine. Especially since I have my grandmother's machine in our attic, which he has moved 3-4 times.

    The gold stenciling is beautiful but that would make one heavy necklace. Wonder what other parts and pieces you'll find inside.
    Susanne.

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  18. Love this! Who would ever think to turn a sewing machine into jewelry? Whoever ends up with this bracelet is sure to love it.

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  19. You are amazing! I have two old sewing machines that I am not sure what to do with, but I think I will come up with something soon. Have you entered my giveaway?

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  20. You're so creative! I would have had a hard time taking the machine apart!
    Dropping by from Met Monday. I'll hope you'll come see the nursery I helped create for my first grandchild.

    Allison
    Atticmag

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  21. I always love the pieces you make, Betsy! The graphic parts of the machine are wonderful!

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  22. You are one clever artist! Beautiful pieces.

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  23. You have an exception eye for repurposing. I love your sewing machine projects - bravo!!!!

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  24. Love them!!!! I'm charmed by the bracelet, so glad you decided not to flatten it. Great machine story! Can't wait to see more from this beautiful hunk o junk!

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  25. Thank you for posting my Mountain of Giveaway button on your blog!! I am totally in love with your blog and have added it to my page as well. I love all things vintage no matter the shape and found your pictures to be so inspiring!!! Thanks so much and I look forward to reading your blog!

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  26. really awesome repurposing! :)
    I have a couple of these around the house. I never thought of doing anything with them.
    gail

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  27. Betzzz, you are AMAZING!!
    Funny too!
    LOVE YOU!
    ILTZZZZ

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  28. This goes up and beyond clever! You amaze me with your vision :D

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  29. Great ideas! I love that your husband does not quite get it, neither does anyone in my family. So the big question is did hubby get a better deal??

    Carol

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  30. Thanks for linking up to Club G.W. These are real gems!!

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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  31. Amayzing what you can do with old little things! Beautiful!

    I am so going to make this!!! my kid loves to draw and i think it would be nice to have it's little fame corner!

    Come link it up at WOOT WOOT WEDNESDAYS!

    http://tootsiewootsieboutique.blogspot.com/2011/07/its-official-every-wednesday-i-am-doing.html

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  32. Congrats to Mr. MST for a job well done! You never cease to amaze me with your creative mind. I can honestly say that I never would have thought to turn an old sewing machine into jewelry; even to say it sounds crazy, but you make it work in a most wonderful way.

    Thank you for sharing and helping those like me to expand our creative thought process.

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  33. I'm squealing with excitement. I love this idea.

    Jeanna @ dramaqueenseams.blgospot.com

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  34. Oho my gosh... that is AMAZING!!! Pure genius, both of them are gorgeous! I am so glad I found you through Club GW, I need to stick around and see more of your creativeness! t. xoxo

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  35. I love everything you create, you are so talented! I featured your post this week on my top ten at Boogieboard Cottage.

    Have a great weekend, Mary :O)

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  36. wow i love these necklaces, expecially the first one, very creative!

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  37. Love it! Thank you for linking up to Amaze Me Monday. I will be featuring you on this weeks party!

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  38. My friends thought I was nuts to buy sewing machines to take them apart too.
    Besides great parts, they make awesome display pieces in the store.
    And don't you just love all the beautiful decals? If only there were some way to use those. =)

    blessings
    barbara jean

    PS love the necklace you did.

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  39. Love what you did with the pieces would be proud to wear those!

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  40. I love these pieces! You are amazing! Quite lovely and unique!

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  41. Soooooo cool and unique!! I LOVE them!! Vanna

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  42. You amaze me, the way you see jewelry hidden in the most unconventional pieces. I hope Mr. MST was able to bargain this treasure way down from the original price. By the way, I love the repurposed pieces you've created so far.

    Blessings,
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  43. Amazing stuff! FYI, I bought an old treadle WHITE that was 'frozen" with rust and used liquid wrench on it. ALL the rust came off and it is now a functioning machine.

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  44. Creative and fun uses for the sewing machine elements. Nothing is left untouched with jewelry designers minds. lol Great job.
    Gretchen

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  45. You have made such fun items! I am really enjoying your blog. I love it when someone inspires me to look at things in a new and different way.

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  46. Wow, clever, I do not make jewelry, really someything different for me to admire! Your use of vintage items is very nice.
    Good inspiration! I will check your blog out more! Thanks, new follower

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