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How to Free-Motion Quilt on a Singer Featherweight

You can follow along the video tutorial below for how to free-motion quilt on your Singer Featherweight or read through the text further down. Click Here To Order Embroidery Foot The foot I am demonstrating today is a new, all-metal, low shank embroidery and darning attachment.  If you have a 221 Featherweight, you will need to cover your feed dogs so that they are disengaged, enabling you to move around and stitch in any direction.  We now have a feed cover plate replicated from an original.  It works perfectly by snapping in place over the feed dogs on your Singer...

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How to Use the Singer Buttonholer Attachment

Beautiful, perfect and easy! ‘Sew’ easy in fact, it’s practically hands-free! Believe me, this buttonholer is still preferred by long-time sewists, even over the fancy, expensive machines with built-in buttonhole features. It’s amazing how the technology of yesterday still holds true all these decades later. Part 2 of the video shows you how to make an eyelet hole - perfect for when you want to add a little hole to the Dresden Spool Pin Plate (free pattern). Designed fit for the low, vertical shank Singer Sewing Machine (i.e. 15, 66, 99, 127, 128, 185, 192, 201, 221 & 222 Featherweight,...

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How to Use the Singer Style-O-Matic Attachment

The SINGER Style-O-Matic Attachment with 17 Different Finishes all in one Attachment.  Singer introduced this amazing little gadget in 1934 and after that it has been referenced in very, very few publications and advertisements.  A very short-lived attachment - making it a very scarce collectible today. This extensive photo tutorial took me two weeks to complete to illustrate all that this amazing little gadget can do, so be sure to scroll down to view just a sampling of the photos. Yes, my Stitchery Friends, this Attachment is very scarce to find! The SINGER Style-O-Matic Attachment with 17 Different Finishes all...

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How to Use the Singer Tucker Attachment

How to sew pintucks using an old-fashioned Singer Tucker Attachment. Demonstration was with a Singer Featherweight 222 Sewing Machine. This video was created back before we had cell phone video coverage, and we could only do it in one take with our limited technology. But, this should help give you an idea for how this attachment works and how I used it for this dress.

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Using the 1/4" Narrow Hemmer for a Vintage Styled Apron

    Amazing. Simple. And, amazing - or did I already say that? Let me say it again - A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Constructing a little apron for my daughter's Kindergarten teacher I decided to see if I could try out the 6mm or 1/4" Narrow Hemmer foot to quickly hem the ruffle pieces prior to gathering the opposite edge.     I did a quick finger press twice over for the first inch or sew at the beginning of the seam - stitched normally for about 4 or 5 stitches then I lifted the presser foot, backed up the fabric and inserted...

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Zipper Feet - Regular or Invisible

  Hidden or Invisible zippers sound so intimidating, don't they? Well, the truth of the matter is they're actually easier to put in than an ordinary zipper, especially with the right tool. April 1930's is now carrying the Low Shank Hidden Invisible Zipper Foot Attachment. I much prefer this attachment over the misshapen plastic doo-hickeys found in a little package at the sewing stores, which look more like multi-colored mind puzzlers than they do a Sewing Machine Attachment. This low shank invisible zipper foot has a clear or somewhat opaque foot mounted to a metal attachment bracket which has a...

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How to Use the Shirring Foot Attachment

  Ever wonder what you can do with this little attachment? Using this foot has made a drastic difference in the ease of shirring, so I thought I would tell you about this obscure Singer Attachment. It's called a Shirring Foot, or sometimes referred to as the gathering attachment. By loosely hand-winding your bobbin with elastic thread you can instantly create shirred fabric with which to use for dress bodices, elasticized cuffs and more. Buy Shirring Gathering Foot, Vintage Singer   I suggest that when you pull your bobbin elastic thread up through the stitch plate that you also allow...

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Pink, Pinker & Pinking

Finish Seams, Trim Dressing Tables & Lamps, Edge Chintz & Waterproof Fabrics ~ the old-fashioned Singer Pinker accessories are desirable tool for any sewing room.        Above Left:  Singer Hand Crank Pinker #121379 Above Right:  Singer Pinking Attachment #121021 (Both styles are sometimes available in our shop.) Have you ever heard of a SINGER Hand Operated Pinker or Pinking Machine before? Have you seen what this amazing tool can do? Well… I am about to show you one of my most used Sewing and Crafting accessories. It is the SINGER Hand Crank Pinker or Pinking Machine. Originally from the...

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How to Use the Two Thread Embroidery Attachment

This is rather strange looking attachment, wouldn’t you say?  I likened it to a preying mantis because of how the thread arms reach out and the bottom arms crisscross… Nevertheless, this is a very, very scarce attachment to find indeed! We know this attachment is expensive. It is quite a collector’s item not just because of how scarce it is to find one (in complete condition with attachment, both spool arms, original box, manual, and tiny thumb screw), but also one that is working and functional! In fact, several years ago we quit buying this particular attachment unless we could...

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How to Use the Single Thread Embroidery Attachment

I have had many, many rare attachments over the years but this one is by far my very favorite to use. Curly-Q’s and Loopy-D-Loops make this attachment fascinating to watch!     The Single Thread Embroidery Attachment was made by the Singer Manufacturing Company beginning in 1930 and continuing up through the 1950’s It is yet another very scarce attachment to find today. During the last years of production it was referred to as a Style-O-Matic. (However, do not confuse the name “Style-O-Matic” with the actual Style-O-Matic Attachment which was from the 1930’s as well.)   You will not find...

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