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Thread: Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I have a big one like that - looks like a bulldozer and an old Singer which is smaller. I'm thinking the bigger one went on an industrial machine and maybe stayed connected - then just use that machine for button holes only. I think it would be putting it on and off the machine rather than using it would tear up the machine. I'm betting you need the plate to cover the feed dogs too. Is it a regular shank?
    There are a TON of attachments with this one, the drawers were full! It is low-shank - and I think you're right, it's the taking it off and putting it on that would damage the machine. Leaving it set up for buttonholes isn't a bad idea...or, ha, excuse to buy another machine!!! One for buttonholing and one for playing! I will take a picture later on of all the attachments that came with it, the feed covers were there too...I don't have any feed covers for any of my treadles either so now I'm thrilled...now I have to try to FREE MOTION!!! Well...that is after I put a new belt on it... Lol*

    The more I thought about the buttonholer...it was purchased in 1945 and by that time this 1911 machine was old news compared to the newer electric models - so I wonder if this was a purchase made special to fit the owner's "old machine". The smaller modern buttonholers of that time would have been available by that time wouldn't they? I have one dated 1947 by Singer for my featherweight. I bet they bought this big honker to fit this "old" machine in particular.

    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    The monster button holler is just a camera angle thing. I have two of the Singer versions and they are about the same size. Both bolt up and work just fine on any low shank machine.

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    Yep just smoke and mirrors. ROTFL* It's pretty big and industrial looking - but to your credit I pulled out my singer buttonholer dated 1947 and there is a cover to hide the mechanics and that alone may play a bit of an opitical illusion and make it appear smaller. Also my hands are small. The Husband always teases me that my hands and tootsies are miniature. Lengthwise though, when compared, they aren't to different.

    I will take a picture and post later on - the Husband is off today so we are in and out of the house running errands.

    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    That is a "beasty buttonholer". $10 in 1945 was a lot of money. Is there a part number on it?
    Not sure about the part number...going to check here in a bit. There is a ton of paper work, the cover to the manual is deteriorating but the inside is intact. Receipts and instructions are included in many of the attachment boxes. The person my Husband bought the machine from was in her 90's, I guess this was her Mother's machine and it's been in her family since the day it was purchased. He said that he'd thought she'd told him she had the receipt from it's original purchase but she didn't include it.

    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    growl grumble grumble now I'm gonna havta dig 'em both out of some stash box or another and snap a few pics....
    Hahaha - I'd like to see pictures of yours Miriam for comparison. The thought of making buttonholes on a treadle is exciting!!!! Possibly tedious and a little daunting, but exciting none the less! Lol*
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    Sharon, hope your pet does well at the doctors.

    Lots of pretty machines have found new homes. Enjoy.

    Charlee, glad you are feeling better and hope you are back to doing all the things you like to do real soon. Miss seeing you on here.
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    I thought that a few pictures of these non-cam buttonholers might be fun and useful. I dug out a few representatives from my collection (hoard).
    The BHer in the last pix is for an industrial class 31(high shank). It should fit the 31-15 and 31-20 machines.
    They are beasts, but work very well and don't need to be removed from the machine to change a cam size. The size adjustments are the wing nuts on the side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    I thought that a few pictures of these non-cam buttonholers might be fun and useful. I dug out a few representatives from my collection (hoard).
    The BHer in the last pix is for an industrial class 31(high shank). It should fit the 31-15 and 31-20 machines.
    They are beasts, but work very well and don't need to be removed from the machine to change a cam size. The size adjustments are the wing nuts on the side.
    Cathy
    Cathy; So they breed in captivity???? That would surely explain my stash (hoard) of both buttonholers and boxes of attachments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    I thought that a few pictures of these non-cam buttonholers might be fun and useful. I dug out a few representatives from my collection (hoard).
    The BHer in the last pix is for an industrial class 31(high shank). It should fit the 31-15 and 31-20 machines.
    They are beasts, but work very well and don't need to be removed from the machine to change a cam size. The size adjustments are the wing nuts on the side.

    Cathy
    Oh so glad you shared! Look at the collection you have!!! Nice!! The box it came in looks just like those "Famous" brand boxes...except it says "MODEL C" and has Singer on the side. I see your other box says "Free" - would that mean the machines they fit?

    It could very well be that the buttonholer I have doesn't go with this machine at all. I found about half dozen rubber belts in one of the drawers too and this machine is set up as a treadle.
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    Here's another angle of the buttonholer, next to the Singer cam version for my featherweight...also the print end of the box it came in and the instruction manual to compare for fun.
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    Chris,

    YES!! They do breed in captivity. Watch out! Those pix were only a small sampling of my hoard, most of which I don't remember buying. So they must be breeding. I also have proof that the attachments breed in captivity.

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    Cathy; So they breed in captivity???? That would surely explain my stash (hoard) of both buttonholers and boxes of attachments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizkaki View Post
    Chris,

    YES!! They do breed in captivity. Watch out! Those pix were only a small sampling of my hoard, most of which I don't remember buying. So they must be breeding. I also have proof that the attachments breed in captivity.

    Cathy
    Cathy, I also believe that sewing machines breed in captivity as that surely would explain my herd!! I know that attachments breed because I have quite a few of them most of which I don't remember acquiring.
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    sigh...
    if they ain't breeding how do they get in?
    We could start a buttonholer picture gallery... Maybe some time I'll pull some out and shoot pics... that is if I can find them all. They hide and lurk in the nooks and crannies of my shop. I keep putting them in one place but they must sneak out and breed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Hi Everyone! I've been reminded that I'm a slacker and should get here and post!

    I'm better...the meds are helping and I have more energy, still drag a bit, but really am much better!

    Gotta go back and read what everyone has been up to!! ~hugs all around~
    Yes, you needed to get back on and let us all know you're still kicking. I was going to give you till today (monday) and then give you a shout. But you beat me to it.

    Good to hear you're doing better. If you're wanting to go junkin you must be getting better... that's good.

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