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Nicchi and White/Singer buttonholer compatibility

Old 06-18-2020, 09:22 AM
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Question Nicchi and White/Singer buttonholer compatibility

Hello everyone!

I recently decided to teach myself to sew, and got a beautiful Necchi Supernova Automatica at Goodwill, as well as vintage sets of White and Singer button-holers. Knowing nothing about machines myself, I'm wondering if anyone can tell me whether these button-holers would be compatible with my Necchi?

Thank you so much for your time and reply.

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Old 06-18-2020, 05:53 PM
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Welcome, Ola.

The Necchi Supernova is a high shank machine, it had a special attachment for making buttonholes. Most of the White buttonholers I have seen have been for bottom clamp machines. The Singer buttonholer would be for a low shank or slant shank machine. From my understanding, buttonhole attachments have been around for around 160 years, consequently there have been many variations and improvements. Bottom line is more than likely the attachments you have will not work on the Necchi Supernova.

The Necchi Supernova is a very good machine with tight tolerances. If you can find a reputable sewing machine service person with vintage machines, I would recommend getting it serviced. It can be done by yourself, if you are so inclined, but would recommend a lot of research and a desire before doing so. I have heard of repair person actually ruining a machine or trying to trade it in for a new plastic machine, that is made for planned obsolescence and lots of $$$$$.

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Old 06-27-2020, 02:58 PM
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Dear Janey,

Thank you so much for your explanation, as well as the tips you have provided.
I followed your advice and took my Necchi to a tech in a Bernina store near my house in Phoenix this afternoon, met with one of the owners while I waited who seemed very nice and trustworthy, so I'm assuming nothing bad will happen to my machine. In a couple weeks I should have her back and begin learning about the wonderful world of sewing. I do in the near future want to be able to take pride in servicing my machine myself, but I feel that we need to get on a first-name basis before that happens.
My apologies for the lack of photos; I'll be sure to include some in future posts!

Thank you again for your time and all your help.

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On the web you can find a Japanese industrial high shank buttonholer, "YS Star", I think they are compatible with the old domestic high shank models. They manage to fit them to model 66s, but with a bit of adjustment the the presser bar. You can find vintage Necchi buttonholers on ebay and other placed, but I think only some of them are high shank.
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