My daughter, M, and I decided to drive up to the Petaluma area, mostly because there is a Super Walmart near Mare Island that M loves, since it is right next to a Sonic, which she has missed since she moved back from Texas. We decided to save our Sonic visit until we were on the way home, and went to visit our favorite thrift shop and the yarn shop nearby. I took along a bag of craft stuff to donate to the thrift shop, and since we were without the spouse, who, of course, is bored in crafty stores, I had time to look through all the old sewing machine attachments. Here’s what I found that fits my machines:
What I really wanted to find was the cover plate for the slant shank machines to cover the feed dogs so you can use the buttonholers. Before we went up there, I looked at different sites on the internet and printed off a list of part numbers for my machines so I would know what I was looking at. This helped a lot.
I ended up also buying a boxed Professional Buttonholer even though it was obviously not working, because the box contained the cover plate I was looking for. Of course, this was a thrift store, so the whole box was only a few dollars, so it was a win all around. I also found the AK3 plate for straight stitching. I love the control you get with the tiny opening for the needle, and this prevents delicate fabrics from being pulled down into the machine. Also in the box with the AK3 were several feet, including the specialty foot for satin stitch and the seam guide.
Here’s a buttonhole worked with one of my old buttonholers so that you can see how much better looking they are than a bartack buttonhole. They have an elongated oval shape instead of thick wide zigzag bartacks at the ends.
My favorite find, though, was in a box marked ‘Kenmore’. It had the same zigzag and straight stitch feet that I have on my old machine, except that mine are all pocked and scratched from several decades of use, and these were in brand new condition. There were several other low shank feet in the box that fit several of my machines.
I was really pleased at how I managed to find just what I was looking for, and so cheap, too. I also got an old Simplicity sewing booklet from 1950 or thereabouts and a lovely old French embroidery pamphlet. My total bill was around $20. My husband was pleased that I donated more stuff than I came home with, so it was a net loss for the stash. Always a plus.