My hemstitcher collection

Old 10-04-2014, 01:19 PM
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Default My hemstitcher collection

I got another in the mail, and figured it would be fun to show them off.

These are "parson's". The patent date is 1884 and 1885. From what I've read, it appears Greist took over Parson's at some point - but I think Greist took over all the other attachment mfgs at some point . . .

And being modeled - New Home

Singer (this would also fit Free)


Wheeler Wilson D9

Here are some others

Left - a universal one that is adjustable to fit several machines. There is a bracket with screw hole in it that fits into the smaller square opening to attach it to the bed

Upper left fits White, I have one like this that is bar clamp, also fitting White, Then we have the"Perfect" attachment, and below that is another "universal" type, no markings. And the third down is Boye hemstitching attachment, also universal in fit. The far right is for a Standard Rotary machine. The roller mounts on the presser bar, and the spacer to the bed of the machine. The lower spacer is a newer design.

And after I took that picture, I realized I was missing one - for the Singer. Finally remembered where it way - so here is a picture of some with the Singer in the upper left.

And some being modeled.

The Boye, on a Singer 201. The bar can be moved to give you four choices of width of space between fabric.

Perfect - on a White, this one says it fits all machines, but this was the only one that it would fit on easily. You need to have a foot with one longer "toe" on it.

And the other, on a National - this one requires a long flat foot. It won't fit on a foot like the 201 has on it.

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Here are the ones that are considered "real" hemstitchers

the Singer group - the unit is the same, but the needle plate is specific to the model.
101, 201 or 15, 66 or 99, 127 or 128 (I assume it will fit 27/28 also) and 221.

This is for White - I have two different plates, the shorter one fits the older models, the longer fits newer ones (pre Japan made machines, that is).

And this one fits National made Rotary machines (including the 2 spool).

Here are the three units side by side - they all have the same patent dates, though the Singer also has a model number on it.

The main difference is how they attach to the machine.

And of course, the Queen of my Hemstitchers. She's still waiting for her throne (table) to arrive from CA.

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Without you to show me I wouldn't know what those are at all. Very cool collection!
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Macybaby, you’re really pretty savvy on things when it comes to sewing machine oddities, especially attachments. I hope that you keep sharing with us. You have the information on the details. Good job!

I had a Singer 72W19 head, stand, and motor that I sold. Now, all I have are the attachment hemstitchers, and I don’t have a good record of which ones that I have. Your post makes me want to dig them out and see what I have. Until I began my experiments with a darning attachment, I didn’t give attachments much notice.

You inspire me to get with the program.

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I recognize some of them but I wouldn't begin to know how to use them even if I got them on the machine.
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I'm fascinated by the change in popularity of different attachments over time. Like the tucker, which was one of the earliest attachments, and it went out of favor in the mid 40's and after that, was no longer included in the "basic" set of attachments.

The Hemstitcher is another that was rather popular early on - and then slowly went out of favor.

I do plan on learning how to use all of the attachments, once I have a bit more elbow room.

My biggest problem is falling in love with very early attachments, when I really wanted to stick with about 1890 and later. But then I know a guy who will take any "early" attachments I can unattach myself from LOL!!
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Thanks for your wealth of information regarding the attachments Cathy. Perhaps in the future you can post some Youtube videos on their use.
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Great info!! I wouldn't even know what they do or how they do it! Love these little engineering works!!
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I am overwhelmed with the amazing amount of information you know! I would never see all these things together and have a clue what they were and I can only guess what they do. How is it that some are only simple attachments with curves and some look like walking feet? Can you tell any more about them. I am figuring they were to sew hemlines yes? So were some folded to fit within the older attachments? And then the more complicated ones..did they do all the work for you?
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The complicated ones that look like walking feet or buttonholers are blind hemstitchers. They move the fabric to produce a sort of modified zigzag stitch. I would like to see the older simpler ones in action and what kind of hem they produce.
I'm used to the hemmers that you see in more modern attachment boxes that make the rolled hems.
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