Fun Thrifting Discovery: White Rotary Sewing Machine

Monday I went to a local thrift haunt and saw this sewing machine cabinet. I thought the cabinet was beautiful, but I wasn’t really excited about resurrecting an old sewing machine. Well, it kind of sat in the back of my head and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. So yesterday my friend Amanda and I loaded up and ran over to get it. I figured if I pained the cabinet (it was horribly trashed) that someone might find it interesting. Then I started thinking how it might be fun to have a vintage machine to sew on at the house. Who knows…

I got it back to the shop and tried to open the lid so the machine would flip into position, but it wouldn’t budge. I gave it a half-hearted try, then decided to get to painting it just to have some fun. After layering some vintagey greens, then doing a clear & aged wax finish (using Annie Sloan products) I finally got to trying to get the machine to open up. A pull on the lid revealed a steel cable, then a nudge of the machine from underneath, and voilà A beautiful old White Rotary sewing machine popped into place!

White rotary sewing machine

I broke one of the top rules of picking – DON’T PLUG IT IN until it’s been inspected by a pro. But I did and everything purred to life. Well, not exactly a purr, more like a clickity clack. It needs some love from a professional, but all in all not a bad score! The light works, the pedal works, things turn and go up and down. That’s about all I know for now.

White Rotary Sewing Machine

This lovely thing will be coming home with me. I’d like to enjoy using it for awhile. It would be great to find more information about it. Do you know anything about White Rotary Sewing Machines?

White Rotary Sewing Machine

White Rotary Sewing Machine

White Rotary Sewing Machine

White Rotary Sewing Machine