I was looking over the broken Professional Buttonholer I picked up at the Legacy Thrift store when M and I went there last week, and though I only bought it for the slant-machine cover plate, I still regretted that it wouldn’t work any more. It had all of the templates and one extra, and somehow, twenty templates just makes you want to try them all out. Most of the older buttonholers had 5 templates, so 20 is very luxurious. It made regular buttonholes, eyelet-ended buttonholes, and the retangular stitching part of bound buttonholes. Anyway, on Saturday I went to Martinez to walk around in the morning because the spouse was helping out at the opening of the new Nut Creek library, and I stopped in at my favorite antique store. I was looking through the sewing items, and there on the floor I spotted the boxed Professional Buttonholer set! I have never seen a buttonholer in that store before, so I guess it was just my lucky day.It works fine, and now I have another 20 templates:
Most importantly, it had the manual so that I could see how you are supposed to install the cover plate on the machine.
After this happy find, I went to the shop next door and found this:
I can figure out what most of them are, but the big one on the left is a little puzzling. Is it a zipper foot and if so, why the arm like the ones seen on quilting feet? It adjusts so that you can sew on either side of the foot.
A buttonhole cutter! I have seen pictures of those in books but have never seen one before in real life. These feet are not Singer parts because the part number is not on them, and some say ‘Swiss Made’.
When I was not out spending the last of my birthday money, I was cutting out another skirt for A, this time in a light blue denim that was in the stash cupboard. I also found two shirts I was making for myself years ago, and set aside for reasons that had to do more with procrastination than anything else. One camp shirt just needs buttons and hems, so I will finish that off. The other is a nice white blouse that has been waiting for its buttonholes for years. Now that I have all these new-to-me vintage buttonholers from the thrift shop, I have no excuses not to finish it up.