Tuesday, August 18, 2015

I just took my buttonholes to the next level...

Hello lovely people.

Klingon dog.

I hope you had a good weekend. I did! I went dancing at three different venues in one day on Friday (more on that later this week) and it was a blast.

But before that, another toy came in the mail which allowed me to use another toy that I've had for years.

I got a feed dog cover for my machine. Turns out that's all I needed to use this lovely gadget. The cover is a generic universal, but for the longest time I thought that I couldn't use my gadget because I didn't have the right machine. Nope.

ANOTHER monogram gadget? Why yes, it is.

This one makes much smaller letters but it comes with templates for the entire alphabet. The size of the letters is about 3/4" tall. Perfect for shirts or hankies.

I got these letters after I played with the stitch width for a while. But to get them really defined, like on the box cover, I'd have to go over the letters a couple of times. I tried using top stitch thread but it kept jamming the needle. This toy makes me want to monogram an entire paragraph…kinda….

I'm not sure I'll uses this monogrammer as much as the larger on, only because the large one is so much more of a statement piece.

As I was flipping through the instructions, I had a revelation as to why the feed dog cover that came with my monogrammer didn't fit. It's because there were tons of options! The bottom illustration is EXACTLY the lay out of my sewing plate (the large knob and the small knob), but I have the top feed dog plate that came with the gadget which does not fit. I needed the place #86748. So off to Ebay I went. 

That was when I found a buttonholer (hehe hehe) with that plate included! Wooo Hooo!

I ordered another buttonholer two weeks ago but it never arrived (I'm filing a claim soon), so I picked up this one for $8, shipped. It arrived yesterday and oh man, it's the shit.

Even though the diagram said it fit (and it did), the feed dog cover didn't rest flat, so tape helped to hold it in place. It's funny, a lot of these non computer gadgets have their little quirks to get them to work properly.

This is what I did in 5 minutes of playing with tension and getting exactly what I wanted. What I wanted most was KEYHOLE BUTTON HOLES.

They are mine now! MINE!!!!

I also love the look of purl buttonholes which is a simple stitch width change. 

You can make some pretty wicked looks if you also change the top thread color as well.

This is SO gonna happen often.

I consider myself a purist when I sew, so I've never been too big on novelty tools and gadgets, but the functionality of these little toys is amazing. This buttonholer is totally going to change my sewing life! I CAN DO EYELETS!!!

I'm just fortunate that I have a machine that uses these. All these tools are late 60s. Ebay has them at fluctuating prices because apparently if it's "vintage" people can charge whatever. But I'd say that if you want to pick up these tools, you can get them for about $12-$25 each. I got the two monogramers in a huge lot of sewing notions years about for like $15.

If you have a Singer and you are interested in these toys, make sure you know which kind of Singer you have. Some of the gadgets have the same part numbers so you are going to have to read the box description to determine if it's for a slant shank or straight shank machine.

Slanty slanty 2x4…

Oh, and this happened.

45 minutes of ironing rick-rack…Yeah, I did that!
More on that later (no buttonholes involved).

How about you, lovely people. Do you have some sewing gadgets that you love and use often?
Have a great day!


Unknown said...

I have a White Rotary and LOVE my buttonholer! I got carried away and have a shirt with twelve buttons floating around somewhere.

One thing for the feed dog cover, mine didn't sit flat either, I made a "washer" out of folded up duct tape, and it works wonders!

You do need to keep an eye on it as it goes, I have had issues with it pulling the needle over far enough it hits the metal and breaks. (I fixed that by taking a dremmel and making the hole larger.)

Mind you, mine's a straight-stitch machine, so I don't know if yours is a zig-zag, which has a bigger hole.

The Queen of Fifty Cents said...

Wow, those 2 color buttonholes are fabbo! I have a Singer 201 which is a straight stitch workhorse. Most of my accessories have come from estate sales for less than $5, which requires a certain amount of luck. But then so does eBay!

SJ Kurtz said...

Those are the most beautiful buttonholes in the world. (yes, that sounds just as nerdy as it reads) I have a dream where I find a TouchnSwear600e that runs that I can use for my chain stitch and other accessories. Which is funny, cause I hated the 600e I grew up on.
And you went dancing! Ooh la la! So happy for you!

Shelley J said...

Thanks everyone! Those are actually three color buttonholes. :)
The photo is a bit washed out, but the top is a light yellow, a golden yellow, and an orange. The bottom one is red, purple, and light blue.

I am going to have SO MUCH FUN with this toy!

Shelley J said...

And thanks, SJ Kurtz, you're always so supportive!

Lady Runa said...

I have Singers from the 1940s and they use a slightly different button hole attachment, but I read in the instructions that they will also produce the multicolor button holes - all you have to do is adjust the "bight". I definitely have to try them out soon

Sandra Cox said...

Those rick racky sleeves are AMAZING!

dotted lines said...

I have that button holer! Or one very similar. Mine came in a pink plastic spaceship. :) I love it, and now I want the monogrammer! SO COOL.

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