If I took the time to do the math and figure out just how many hours, days, months and even years I have been seated, sewing at my sewing machine, that number would probably blow me away. The more shocking thing is that I've allowed all that time to pass with the machine staring back at me in its original off-white metal box condition. Not any more! OMG ... look what I did yesterday!
I got up early in the morning, anxious to get the daily stuff out of the way, and then treated myself to a day of crafting for crafting's sake. I have had this idea to embellish my sewing machine for quite some time and at one time even took the machine to a sewing machine shop to see if they could take the "shell" off so I could paint it. The man at the shop was crabby and not helpful at all and looked at me like I was crazy.
If you're interested in embellishing your machine, here's how:
Grab your sewing machine and put some paper down to protect your work surface. This is the machine I have been using for almost 30 years. I love my Pfaff ... primarily because of the built-in walking foot and its simple and easy to use.
Grab your Mod Podge and a variety of ephemera that speaks to you. I grabbed some old dictionary and encyclopedia pages, sheet music with Korean writing on it, some old photos of myself and my sisters and ledger paper from the mid 1800s. Funny thing ... I later realized that the encyclopedia pages were all about Japan ... one of my favorite countries to visit.
Slather a generous coat of Mod Podge onto the sewing machine, a small area at a time, and apply torn pieces of paper, over-lapping to cover all of the machine. Fussy cut/tear certain images or words you want to be seem and try to avoid covering them up too much. Note: The top portion of this machine comes off for oiling purposes and even though I decoupaged over that line, when everything is dry, I'll use a craft knife to cut along that line. Also, leave all the screws visible.
Next add gesso with a dry brush, just to tone it all down a bit.
Next, spray walnut ink on a rag and lightly rub it all over the machine. Using the eraser of a pencil and acrylic paints, add brown circles here and there.
Next, sand down the corner and the edges to give it a well-used look.
I did leave the name of the machine and all the important numbers visible, just in case.
And finally to seal all my handy work, a generous coat of Mod Podge over everything.
How much more fun will the next 30 years be to sit in front of this sewing machine while crafting, quilting, sewing and free motion stitching?