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    Trish,
    I thought the 1st picture looked like Wheeler and Wilson.
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    I use the Singer buttonholer on my featherweight and on my Janome 6500 all the time as I don't like the automatic built in buttonholer on my Janome. The buttonholer for a featherweight will fit any short shank machine including newer machines. I am puzzled however Tommilou as to how the buttonholer you purchased will fit either short shank or slant machines as the slant shank machines wouldn't have the screw hole needed to attach the buttonholer in the same place and the buttonholer would sit too high. Slant shank buttonholers have their attachment post in a different spot. Everything else about them is the same.

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    woohoo, lots of good reading on those pages. wanted to say that whren younger had a plain machine that had an automatic buttonholer built in. i got a singer buttonholer with the cams and liked it a lot better. i picked one up at a garage sale for a dollar some time ago, and have two or three that have come with my vintage machines. if anyone on this board would like one just pm me and we will work something out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
    Here is a pic of the stocking darner and the buttonholer.
    My mother used to darn socks by hand (she just turned 89), using a darning egg :-D ....she still has that egg...LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelbie
    I use the Singer buttonholer on my featherweight and on my Janome 6500 all the time as I don't like the automatic built in buttonholer on my Janome. The buttonholer for a featherweight will fit any short shank machine including newer machines. I am puzzled however Tommilou as to how the buttonholer you purchased will fit either short shank or slant machines as the slant shank machines wouldn't have the screw hole needed to attach the buttonholer in the same place and the buttonholer would sit too high. Slant shank buttonholers have their attachment post in a different spot. Everything else about them is the same.
    I am looking at the instruction manual and it definitely has directions for a Touch and Sew or Slant-o-matic on pages 8 and 9 and then for a Vertical needle zig zag machine on pages 10 and 11. Perhaps someone else on here has experience with this type of buttonholer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman
    Quote Originally Posted by Shemjo
    WooHoo, 700 pages! What a bunch of gabby people we are! So much information!!!!!
    I was thinking the same thing. What fun this is......
    And it's all good information!! :lol:

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    My husband's feet or boots are rough on his socks, and I darn them all the time, but don't have a darning egg so I use a metal ice cream scoop. I am 48, and am tired of buying socks for one time wearing.
    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
    Here is a pic of the stocking darner and the buttonholer.
    My mother used to darn socks by hand (she just turned 89), using a darning egg :-D ....she still has that egg...LOL!
    :thumbdown:

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    Tomilu, Congrats on your Rocketeer and all the goodies that came with it.
    So, that is what a darner looks like; a bit wicked looking to me.

    I remember my mom using a mushroom shaped wooden darner. One day she announced to my dad "that's it. I'm not doing that anymore, socks don't cost that much these days and I have more interesting sewing projects to do."

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    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962
    My husband's feet or boots are rough on his socks, and I darn them all the time, but don't have a darning egg so I use a metal ice cream scoop. I am 48, and am tired of buying socks for one time wearing.
    OMG! Eeks! I just tell my husband to just throw them away. I don't have the patience to do darning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
    Quote Originally Posted by Shelbie
    I use the Singer buttonholer on my featherweight and on my Janome 6500 all the time as I don't like the automatic built in buttonholer on my Janome. The buttonholer for a featherweight will fit any short shank machine including newer machines. I am puzzled however Tommilou as to how the buttonholer you purchased will fit either short shank or slant machines as the slant shank machines wouldn't have the screw hole needed to attach the buttonholer in the same place and the buttonholer would sit too high. Slant shank buttonholers have their attachment post in a different spot. Everything else about them is the same.
    I am looking at the instruction manual and it definitely has directions for a Touch and Sew or Slant-o-matic on pages 8 and 9 and then for a Vertical needle zig zag machine on pages 10 and 11. Perhaps someone else on here has experience with this type of buttonholer.
    Mine are the black ones. Seems yours is a different style and color; so, most likely it is the correct one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedwoman
    While digging around in the shop DH came upon an old Redeye head and we had a hard time remembering when and why we acquired it. Then we remember we'd bought it for the cabinet because the head was so grody. He got it out and cleaned it up and it moves freely and everything works but all the decals were worn off off it and are only silver now.
    How do we go about removing all of the decal and getting down to the paint. I'd rather have it all black than the way it is now as I have 2 other Redeyes in good shape. Any suggestions?
    If you want try a rubbing/polishing compound that will take the decals right off of it!!

    Billy

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    [quote=vintagemotif][quote=tomilu]
    Quote Originally Posted by Shelbie
    I use the Singer buttonholer on my featherweight and on my Janome 6500 all the time as I don't like the automatic built in buttonholer on my Janome. The buttonholer for a featherweight will fit any short shank machine including newer machines. I am puzzled however Tommilou as to how the buttonholer you purchased will fit either short shank or slant machines as the slant shank machines wouldn't have the screw hole needed to attach the buttonholer in the same place and the buttonholer would sit too high. Slant shank buttonholers have their attachment post in a different spot. Everything else about them is the same.
    I am told that the manual covers both types of buttonholers, so mine just works for the slants, not both. And that, like you say, makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deara
    Quote Originally Posted by Shemjo
    WooHoo, 700 pages! What a bunch of gabby people we are! So much information!!!!!



    With so many sharing, there is so much to learn.

    Congrats Billy on 700 pages.

    Blessings,
    Sandi
    Thak you and if it were not for you guys it would have been lost in the mix!! Remember this is our shop and its open 24/7 with plenty of gab and information!!

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif
    Quote Originally Posted by melinda1962
    My husband's feet or boots are rough on his socks, and I darn them all the time, but don't have a darning egg so I use a metal ice cream scoop. I am 48, and am tired of buying socks for one time wearing.
    OMG! Eeks! I just tell my husband to just throw them away. I don't have the patience to do darning.
    I have been known to use a lightbulb !Don't know how I got the bright idea LOL

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    Well here is my 1885 Eldredge I bought before I started working on it and one of the treadle after sand blasting and painting it. I will be working on the cabinet this weekend. This will be one of my nicest machines I own!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
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    tomilu,

    Congratulations on your Rocketeer. You got lots of goodies with her! Mine also has the same pin broken. If you find a fix for it, please share with me. !
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    Mine isn't the pin broken, it is the hinge itself. I'll see if I have a spare pin.
    Sorry, I rechecked mine and the hinge itself is broken and the pin is gone. Seems that was common with them, huh?
    Thanx, Brenda

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Well here is my 1885 Eldredge I bought before I started working on it and one of the treadle after sand blasting and painting it. I will be working on the cabinet this weekend. This will be one of my nicest machines I own!!

    Billy
    Billy, Those irons are gorgeous! You did an excellent job!

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    Billy, the irons look great and I love the name in gold!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by luv2learn
    Billy, the irons look great and I love the name in gold!!
    I researched the irons and methodically cleaned a few places before I knew what the paint scheme was supposed to look like. But they are done to the 1885 factory specs!

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miz Johnny
    I have a full-sized Pfaff treadle #30, but I certainly didn't give that much for it!!
    Miz Johnny please post a picture!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lostn51
    Well here is my 1885 Eldredge I bought before I started working on it and one of the treadle after sand blasting and painting it. I will be working on the cabinet this weekend. This will be one of my nicest machines I own!!

    Billy
    Billy I can't wait to see the whole thing when you have finished all of the cabinet and machine! Beautiful as always!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomilu
    Picked Rocketeer up today. Has some dings on the handwheel and the upper hinge on the faceplate is broken. I have a hinge pin I can put there and hope DH can do something about the hinge. The buttonholer can be used on either slant or straight machines. First time I've ever seen the stocking darner.
    Here is a pic of the stocking darner and the buttonholer.[/quote]

    Congratulations on your Rocketeer! Is that the 500? I have the 501a. Boy, you sure got a lot of nice loot with the machine too!

    Nancy

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    Billy the irons look great. Can't wait to see the rest.

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    Billy, the Eldridge irons look fabulous. The gilded lettering is especially fetching.

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    Congratulations on your Rocketeer! Is that the 500? I have the 501a. Boy, you sure got a lot of nice loot with the machine too!
    Nancy[/quote]

    It is a 500a, Nancy. Thanks.

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