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    Famous accessory came in a drawer

    I found this accessory in a drawer in one of the cabinets I brought home. I had to bring it to some more experienced sewists than I. I now know what it is, but I didn't them. Brand is Famous.
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    It was locked up, but I think I have it functional but not pretty now.

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    What is it?!?

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    It's not a penguin walking foot, so what is it?

    You never know what you'll find in a sewing machine. I found a Sheaffer cartridge fountain pen in a machine a couple of months ago. Amazon still has the cartridges for it and it works!

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    attach it and see what it does.

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    Did you find out which machine it is for? Mine is a "C" (I think) for Singer.

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    I believe it's a button holer, I have one similar.

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    Yes, it is a buttonholer. For a low shank machine. I haven't tired it on anything yet.

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    pen was for scale, now for support.
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    Have you oiled it? The rust will hopefully come off. You have to test it for us. I have the camless Singer version, and one taking cams, but I have yet to lay my hands on the Famous brand. I think Famous was one of the early ones, the earliest is pre 1900 I think,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mickey2 View Post
    Have you oiled it? The rust will hopefully come off. You have to test it for us. I have the camless Singer version, and one taking cams, but I have yet to lay my hands on the Famous brand. I think Famous was one of the early ones, the earliest is pre 1900 I think,
    It looks like they were making two models in 1903 - one for Family and Light Manufacturing and one for Power and Heavy Manufacturing. I'm not sure if this link will work or not https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...5qGyHXDdDRo7rQ
    If it does the ad is on the page 15 of the pdf


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    I've got quite a few Famous Buttonholers. they are different ages and/or fit different machines. Did you get a feed dog cover plate for it? they are often machine specific also.
    My name is Cathy - and I'm addicted to old sewing machines and their attachments.

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    this is my earliest "famous" buttonholer

    My name is Cathy - and I'm addicted to old sewing machines and their attachments.

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    Just look at the beautiful mechanics of this piece. A work of art.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OurWorkbench View Post
    ...It looks like they were making two models in 1903 - one for Family and Light Manufacturing and one for Power and Heavy Manufacturing. I'm not sure if this link will work or not...
    Thanks for the link, it worked. I have so far only seen them on the web. From the add it looks like they made zigag attachments as well, as early as 1903. I need to investigate this further :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macybaby View Post
    ...this is my earliest "famous" buttonholer...
    Do you ever use them? I make clothes sometimes, and for jeans, trousers, and shirts mine actually works very well and can compare to the best of modern machines (...well, not fancy industrial buttonholer machines). My conclution on this is, there is no one step buttonholers in existence, they all require a bit of test sewing, fine tuning for thread size, fabric thickness, etc.

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    Thanks for all the info. more to learn again. I have it oiled up . I don't have a feed dog cover, but maybe with the right machine I can lower the feed dogs. Such knowledge here. Wow.

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