Singer Sphinx Sewing Machine Head Book Ends

Singer Sphinx Sewing Machine Head Book Ends

Singer Sphinx Sewing Machine Head Book Ends

I came across this set of bookends the other day when I was visiting my local antique/junk store.
The asking price was $50 for the pair. The owner informed me that the man who makes them buys up old treadle sewing machines just to make book ends out of the sewing heads and decorator tables out of the cabinets. I was stunned and amazed.  And I just can’t make up my mind……
Are they –

  • A waste of an antique Singer sewing machine head?
  • Just plain old-fashion gauche bookends?
  • Or really charming in the sewing room and I just can’t see it?

What do you think?


Katherine Grossman

Katherine Grossman was born and raised in the greater Washington, D.C area. But for the last 30 years Mrs. Grossman has lived a life of deliberate self-reliance in rural western Pennsylvania. She loves to garden, knit mittens; makes a killer meatloaf and has been known to deliver triplet lambs with her eyes closed. 


  12 comments for “Singer Sphinx Sewing Machine Head Book Ends

  1. Carolyn McCarry
    March 26, 2013 at 7:04 am

    I think a waster of a antique sewing machine, I wouldnt buy it or use one of my own for the purpose, just my opinion

  2. Linda
    March 26, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Such a beautiful machine. I can’t see the charm either.

  3. Sara
    March 26, 2013 at 8:33 am

    This is a Waste of a functional or could be …sewing machine he would make more money repairing and selling to 3rd world countries that would and have spent a life’s savings on owning one. I own 5 antique machines all work at one time we had 37 sold them to a man that reworks them and sells them ….on ebay

  4. Momma
    March 26, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I don’t understand why anyone would destroy such a wonderful machine to make something to mundane. My FIL takes old grinders and makes candle holders out of them. I don’t understand that either. What wastes of wonderful, usable utensils.

  5. Anna
    March 26, 2013 at 10:33 am

    I found an old circa 1909 Pheasant design Singer by the side of the road. The cabinet was very dilapidated, but complete. My father-in-law repaired it for my Christmas gift. I love the feel of my machine and prefer it to my models 80 years newer. Making bookends from broken machines that cannot be repaired is quite innovative. Destroying a working machine with purpose for bookends with little purpose, is a shame.

  6. kim
    March 26, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Since I own a Singer Memphis Sphinx treadle machine, I had to wince when I saw this. As you know, “it’s all about the money” for some people and the bookends would probably be very sellable. I, however, think it is a shame to ruin a good machine and I love, love, love my treadle.

  7. Elizabeth
    March 26, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    A stupid waste.

  8. Steve
    March 26, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    A shame to make it into bookends. But at least he didn’t sell
    it for scrap as I’ve known some to do. Working machines that will never be made again, scrapped for the metal value.

  9. Phil/Minnesota
    March 26, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    I don’t know if it’s so bad. I’m sure there are hundreds of thousands of machines going unused all over the country, and maybe the poor guy needed the money. We can all make a vow to take care of our own machines, but it is kind of charming.

  10. Mrs. H
    March 26, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    It’s a waste of a useful sewing machine.

  11. Edward
    March 31, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Sorry… what a waste….

  12. Ann from KY
    April 4, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    I love to sew, and I love vintage machines. However, I think these are ugly and too heavy to use. If it fell off a bookcase, it would break your foot! It’s a waste to me.

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