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Macybaby 01-18-2016 03:45 PM

Puzzle box display
When it's warm enough to use spray adhesive outdoors, I plan on covering the plywood with cloth. Not sure if I'll change the method of holding the boxes to the board - open to ideas!

Each box is a different style - IF and VS versions. The two closed boxes on the larger display are full of pieces for the one that goes in that spot, but I don't have the correct box. The closed box on the smaller shelf is almost complete, but duplicate of the style 11 model 15 version. I have 7 more boxes that I used to get the mostly complete sets. Any ideas what to do with empty boxes?




SteveH 01-18-2016 04:36 PM

That is an awesome display!!! Well done!

sewbeadit 01-18-2016 04:44 PM

Very nice, I would never have thought to display them open, so interesting to be able to see all the attachments, going to have to charge to tour your shed, like a museum. Great job.

Tartan 01-18-2016 05:15 PM

​Great display!

liking quilting 01-19-2016 03:35 AM

No suggestions, just praise for the great job you keep doing with your place.

HelenAnn 01-19-2016 04:26 AM

Great display! The rest of the boxes can be kept near machines they commonly came with. Maybe numbered so that visitors will know what attachments came with what machine. I think someone on the board is trying to figure that out. :p

OurWorkbench 01-19-2016 05:05 AM

Originally Posted by Macybaby (Post 7437814)
When it's warm enough to use spray adhesive outdoors, I plan on covering the plywood with cloth. Not sure if I'll change the method of holding the boxes to the board - open to ideas!

Any ideas what to do with empty boxes?

in addition to awesome Very nice, Great, praise ---> fantastic, beautiful, super, very clever, marvelous and many other kudos as well.

Would mirror clips at the top work to hold them open?

Neat that you have empty boxes. I answered a CL ad about 5 years ago that showed the puzzle box and attachments. After driving across town the seller decided to keep the box, I got the attachments and my first 27 (head only). I ended up using that machine to practice with before doing my sisters 66.

Janey - Neat people never make the exciting discoveries I do.

Macybaby 01-19-2016 05:29 AM

HelenAnn- I have way more boxes than machines they would have come with. Singer didn't offer the puzzle boxes for all that long, maybe 10-15 years (1890-1905). And during that time they sold with the VS/27, IF/15 and there is one box for the 24. Singer appeared to stop using the puzzle box about the time they came out with the 66.

The good part is that a style 11 set will fit newer machines, and I think a lot of people kept the boxes when they upgraded machines. There are way more puzzle boxes out there than machines they would have been sold with. But then there are way more WW boxes (mostly empty) out there than WW #8 and #9 machines too.

Style #9 has a slide for a fiddle base machine, and the #10 comes with a slide for a rectangular bed machine, so that gives a nice dividing line.

Style #11 for the 27 is the most common (by a long shot) of the puzzle boxes. From watching on ebay, it appears that style #3 for the VS is the next most common box, though #11 for the 15 is not hard to find either. Boxes 7-10 show up much less often, and 1, 2 and that for the model 24 are very rare. I've found some indications that styles 4,5,6 were not puzzle box sets. It's possible those were internal numbers for Singer, as there does not seem to be any separate instruction booklets on them like there is for #7 - #11.

On a side note, I am working on matching up a set of attachments for each machine I have in the collection. Those will be on display by each machine. I've got 2 versions of the fiddle base IF and a VS1 and VS2, along with a 27, and an early 24 hand crank. So that gives me 6 machines that were from the time period of the puzzle boxes. However I have 14 different puzzle box sets that came out during the same time frame as those machines.

Rodney 01-19-2016 10:58 AM

I had the same thought as Janey-mirror clips.
Very nice display.

Margie07 01-19-2016 11:10 AM

Cute display!

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