September 13, 2011Vintage Attachments – For Vintage & Non-Vintage Sewing Alike! Part 2
Two weeks ago, I brought you Part 1 of this sewing tute, in which we covered the Hemmer Foot, the Binder, the Ruffler, and the Seam Guide, as well as how to identify what type of attachments your machine needs. Here’s a few more attachments to help you identify what you may have with your vintage machine!
The Edge Stitcher
Unfortunately, the edge stitcher with this machine is missing the part that would attach it to the machine in place of the presser foot, so I haven’t tried this particular one. However, the way that it works is that you can feed your fabric and/or trims through the various slots, and it keeps them in place, while stitching neatly on the edge.
The Adjustable Hemmer
The adjustable hemmer will make hems from 3/16 to 15/16 wide. To use it, you loosen the screw, adjust it to the desired width, and tighten the screw. You then place your fabric in the hemmer, draw it back and forth a few times, and once the hem is formed, start sewing, and feeding your fabric into the hemmer as you go. This is another one that can be a real timesaver once you get the hang of it!
The Tucker can be a realt timesaver if you’re making something that requires a lot of tucks. To use it, you need to set the two scales on it. The smaller scale near the needle expresses the width on the tuck in eighths of an inch, and the larger scale expresses in quarter inches the spacing between the tucks.
I hadn’t tried a buttonholer until recently, when I stumbled across one at the local thrift store for $1.50. Lo and behold, it did actually fit this machine, so I finally got to play with one. Let me tell you, these make the nicest buttonholes ever! I even prefer the buttonholes it makes to the ones that my computerized, auto-buttonholing machine makes. Not to mention, it’s really quite cool to watch it work. Since these vintage machines were straight stitch only, the buttonholer basically moves the fabric in the manner needed to make the buttonhole.
Singer also made a zigzagger and a blind hemmer that work basically the same way as the buttonholer, however I haven’t been able to get my hands on either. I don’t think they were as common, and as such the ones online seem to go for big bucks. I am hoping I will happen across them at a garage sale or in the thrift store one day!
I hope you found these posts helpful! If you’ve got any questions, please leave them in the comments, and I will do my best to answer. Also, if you’ve used any other cool attachments for your machine, I’d love to hear about them!