How to put a singer sewing machine into an older cabinet

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With the creation of the Singer 301, Singer's sewing machines were portable and came enclosed in cases at the time of purchase. Depending on the size and model of the Singer machine, however, some will fit into wood cabinets and some will not. This is because most cabinets are made by the manufacturers of their machines, and an older cabinet that was not made for your model of Singer would not have custom holes drilled in the cabinet for mounting. Nevertheless, you can install a Singer sewing machine into an older cabinet with a few supplies.

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Things you need

  • Sewing machine case
  • Sewing machine cradle
  • Wood sewing machine cabinet
  • Measuring tape
  • Wood mounting brackets
  • Marker
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver

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    Open the sewing machine case that your machine came with. Look at the base of the machine. You are looking for a detachable cradle that would fit snugly on the bottom of the machine and that the case cover would go over when it is attached. Unlatch the cradle, if found, and remove the machine from it. Check to see if there are mounting brackets in the bottom of the cradle after the machine is removed.

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    Purchase a Singer sewing machine cradle that was made for your model of Singer sewing machine if the cradle is not attached to the bottom of your machine. You can find these cradles at fabric centres, but be sure that you purchase the exact cradle that corresponds to your machine model number; otherwise, the machine will not fit into it. If purchasing, request that the cradle come with mounting brackets for wood.

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    Open your wood sewing machine cabinet and lay down the wood shelves in the centre of the cabinet. Then slide your cradle into the opening for the sewing machine until the arms of the cradle meet the wood lip around the inside edge of the cabinet. Do this to ensure that your sewing machine will fit with a cradle into the space.

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    Measure the height of the wood frame or lip around the inside of the cabinet.

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    Take your cradle and your measurements to your local home improvement centre and purchase brackets for wood that match the arm sockets of your sewing machine cradle and that correspond to your measurements for your cabinet.

    Attach the Cradle

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    Slide the cradle back into the opening for the sewing machine in the cabinet and mark the edges of the lip where the arms of the cradle meet the wood frame with a marker.

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    Connect the wood brackets to the lip of the wood frame with screws and a screwdriver.

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    Slide the cradle back into the frame opening and attach the arms of the cradle to the brackets on the lip.

Tips and warnings

  • Singer sewing machine cradles have a retaining lever that allows the sewing machine to snap into place when it sits in the cradle and that can be pushed to release the machine when it needs to be removed from the cradle.
  • The arms on the cradle allow you to raise and lower the machine on the brackets as needed for sewing.

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