How to Paint a Singer Sewing Machine

Instead of throwing out that antique Singer sewing machine that's been collecting dust in your attic, you can repaint it and display it around your house as a decorative piece.
Singer has been manufacturing sewing machines since the middle of the 19th century.Singer has been manufacturing sewing machines since the middle of the 19th century.
After all, it would be a pity to throw away what might be a family heirloom. You can find all of the materials you'll need to finish the job at a neighborhood crafts store. So let's get started.

Step 1

Lay down several layers of newspapers around your work area. Try to pick a well-ventilated workspace or work outdoors. Be sure to put on a pair of medical gloves before you start to paint.

Step 2

Place the sewing machine atop the newspapers, and place painter's tape on any areas that you don't want to paint. Clean the machine with mineral spirits.

Step 3

Lay down a layer of paint stripper to remove any old decorative paint. Go over the surface of the sewing machine lightly with steel wool to make help the paint adhere better. You can also use a low-grit sandpaper for this part. Apply a coat of primer onto the machine and allow it to dry for an hour.

Step 4

Apply a first layer of paint once the primer has dried. Once again, allow the machine to dry for another hour before applying a second coat. Wait for the second coat to dry before stripping away the tape and clean up your work area.

Things You Will Need

  • Newspapers
  • Painter's tape
  • Paint stripper
  • Rag
  • Mineral spirits
  • Medical gloves
  • Steel wool
  • Primer
  • Paint

About the Author

Marlon Trotsky was born in St. Paul, Minn. and graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, while minoring in sociology. His work has appeared in various print and online publications, including: "The Trentonian," "San Jose Mercury News" and "Oakland Tribune."