I had the same "musty" problem with the antique sewing machine that I bought a couple years ago. It has wooden drawers, and they were horribly musty. ...I'm trying to remember what I did to get the odor out....
Oh yes. I somehow got the notion to use boric acid on it. It was a horrible mess! LOL. I'm not sure how much it helped to tell the truth. If I were to do it again, I'd probably wash the thing down with a baking soda in water solution, or a light bleach solution.
What definitely did help, was that I followed up by oiling it with high quality furniture oil. I used tung oil, and I wonder if it may have had an anti-fungal quality, because there's not a trace of mildewy smell now. Tung oil has a strong smell, but not a bad one, and it fades. In any case, the wood looks great, and loved the oil...and no more smell!
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