Sunday, April 14, 2013


I am a member of the Facebook Group Vintage Sewing Machines.  Another member had posted a photo of his workspace which included an area set up for taking photos, complete with fancy lights.  That picture inspired me.

The table next to the work bench was covered with machines.  When Steven set up the shelves for me, I moved those machines and thus, freed up the table.  I set it up as THE STUDIO.

I don't have room for the tall  photography lights  with the reflective umbrellas so I bought some smaller ones.  I do need to figure out how to diffuse the light to avoid shadows.  I have not given up the idea of creating smaller umbrellas.  Thirty three inch umbrellas just seem so BIG to me.

Nor did I have the floor space for that huge stand.

I covered the table with an vinyl(?) table cloth.  I cut it down to size and  mitered corners on two ends. It tucks easily over the back of the table and drapes in front.  With the left over fabric I made an elastic cover for the round and round (isn't that so much nicer than LAZY SUSAN ?)

Test shots follow:
Singer 99K  1923

Singer 99K  1923
 I like it.  I can collapse the lights, fold up the table cloth, remove the cover from the round and round, fold up the back drop  and tuck all of those items away until I need them for "PHOTO SHOOTS" 

Of course you all know that the challenge will be for me to keep that table clear.   I think I am up for it.  I really like how this space works.


  1. If it were me, I would have to keep a machine on display there, to keep me from using-er-piling-it with stuff. Looks very nice!

    1. Oh I need that space sometimes ! It will force me to tidy up every once in a while.

  2. Oh, I love the setup. I love your photos anyways- you do such great closeups so I can understand how things work. I have a newer 99 and need to put a finish on the case like yours that I just bought. The Murphy's oil soap did a nice job. Just a little gluing and finish. A friend of mine who refinishes antique furniture recommended Minwax antique oil finish- a couple of coats with steel wool in between. Ever tried it? The setup is so simple that it seems to do the job without getting in the way of the photos.

  3. I have not tried the antique oil finish.