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Thread: Do you know what this is and how to use it?

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    One of my dear friends is moving. She gave me some of her quilting supplies. this little gadget was in it. Does anybody know how to use it? It fits a Kenmore machine and is called a circular decorator.

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    I have never seen it. It looks like it would do something with a circle. Have you read the package? I think that is what I would do.

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    It looks like a gizmo my Grandma had to sew circles on her machine. I was too young to know how it worked exactly, but she set it up and would use decorative stitches to sew circle designs on pillowcases and table cloths. This was back in the day before embroidery machines.

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    I saw something like that on Fons and Porter, to sew perfect circles

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    Here is a link to a Kenmore Circular Decorator on Craigslist:
    http://scranton.craigslist.org/art/2173258267.html

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    I just saw this on Fons and Porter. It allows you to sew circles on fabric. They did a variation of Drunkard's Path by taking plain fabric and using this tool to sew circles on it and made it really beautiful!

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    I've got the directions and everything that goes with it. It's still in the package. I am not good with written directions. But, I believe I'm going to try this puppy out and see if I can make it go round and round. I just wondered how it worked. and what all it was used for.

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    And, I thought I had an antique!!!!

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    I think I had one that came with my mom's early 1960's Kenmore.

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    I saw that F&P show too, made me want to buy one of those circle makers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clem55
    I saw that F&P show too, made me want to buy one of those circle makers.
    I'll trade you this one.

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    Maybe I just need to keep it and learn how to use it. Sounds like Fons and Porter can teach me how. Thanks gals!

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    Janome has one of those. I bought one. It's really cool. I saw it demonstrated. It, as stated above, allows you to do a decorative stitch in the round.

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    Oh wow, the stuff you learn on this board! Fabulous! I have a Kenmore & never knew anything about this. Neat!
    Maureen

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    Haha...I looked at it and thought of my big wrench! (in the toolbox)

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    I think it is vintage....look here and read the description:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Kenmore-Circular...-/120688763038

    A bit more info:

    http://www.thetreadlersvillage.com/K...Decorator.html

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    Very interesting. Don't you just love the old stuff?

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    I'm just wondering where I have been that I haven't ever seen this thing before. Goes to show how some things have been around for awhile. this lady is 91 years old that gave it to me.

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    I just got one of these yesterday, new in package, although looks like it has been lying around a good long time. Has anyone figured out how to use it?
    Alyce

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    If you want to sew circles - tape a very fine thumbtack to the machine, stabilize fabric and rotate fabric around tack.
    Fits any machine. Pfaff has one that has an eraser on the end to hold the fabric.

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    You pin the fabric to the attachment, then to the sewing machine. Then choose your zig zag pattern and sew the circle. The screws hold the attachment to the bed of the machine.

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