Upcycle: Old sewing machines ...

This post is mostly quirk. But old sewing machines - well, what can you do with them? Their little engines do burn out. And what about those that are old but work great ... but are really, truly ugly?! Who wants to create beautiful things on an ugly old machine? So, ideas ....

1. Cover a stained, plastic cover with mod podge and old book or magazine pages. Full tutorial at Cynthia Shaffer

2. The machine is vintage and you actually love the body. But how to make it useful? Turn it into a lamp! Via Fab.com

3. The whole thing is trashed. Perhaps you can salvage the parts but otherwise, it's a gonner. Grow something in it! Machine planter tutorial at Trash N2 Tees