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Buttonholer Excitement and a Sneak Peek

2012 November 30
by elizabeth_admin

People, I have an announcement to make:

I am the proud new owner of a vintage Singer Buttonholer.  Thanks to Peter’s advice, I bought this buttonholer off of Ebay and it arrived today.  I can’t contain my excitement.  If it weren’t for a play date this afternoon I would be test running it right away.





I can’t wait to play with it.  It came with the instruction booklet and 8 templates, but unfortunately without the coveted eyelet template for which people are always on the hunt.

In other sewing news, I have good news and bad news.  Bad news first: the dry cleaners in my little town said they could not make my buttonholes for me.  I don’t know if they really couldn’t (i.e., didn’t have a buttonholer) or just didn’t want to take a chance with someone else’s handmade shirt.  But whatever the reason, I have to confess that I’m a little relieved.  The control freak in me was worrying about how they would do with the task.  So I picked up my shirt today and now I can make my own button holes.  🙂

The good news is that I am almost done with my second linen shirt!  This one is even better than the first one.  I guess it’s true, practice does make perfect.  I made some minor fit alterations to this iteration, but I will save all the details for the review of the pattern (coming up over the weekend hopefully).  In the meantime, here are a couple of sneak peeks of the purple linen version.

One of the sleeve plackets. I’m pretty proud of it.


My collar.


Happy buttonholing everyone!

5 Responses leave one →
  1. November 30, 2012

    Ahhh… I can’t bear the wait and the anticipation Elizabeth 🙂 Love, love, love a new toy to play with (I’m a bit of a gadget fiend LOL ;)!)

  2. Jayne permalink
    November 30, 2012

    Just found your blog recently…you did a fantastic job on that sleeve placket!! As far as the Singer button holer…I had one like that 20+ years ago, and made many perfect (!!) button holes with it. Then, I traded in the Singer machine and bought a Pfaff. The Pfaff machine is a great straight stitcher, even though it is computerized and is supposed to do *much* more. Worst of all, the Pfaff does NOT made good button holes. I could just cry every time I think of who I donated the button hole attachment (exactly like the one you have now) to Good Will.

    Why do you want the eyelet template? I have to admit, I never used that once (but I remember it well!). My favorite thing about the Singer buttonholer is that it made great keyhole buttons. Oh, how I miss that thing.

  3. December 1, 2012

    Cool buttonholer! Never seen one before.

  4. December 1, 2012

    makes great buttonholes, I confess I have 3 of those, various vintages so if you have any questions happy to help.

  5. December 2, 2012

    please share as many details as you can. I have always wanted one but haven’t gotten disciplined enough to search and learn.
    What machine will you use it on? Sorry if you already mentioned that and my speed-reading missed it.

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