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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Greist Late-model Buttonholers ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 12/31/09 5:09 PM

Thought this would be useful information. It's from the bottom of the box for a late-model Greist buttonholer (marketed as "The Buttonholer"), and it explains which models fit on which machines.

Model #1:
Side screw clamping
Singer, White, Brother, Morse, Atlas, Kenmore, Domestic, Free Westinghouse and most all imported straight stitch sewing machines.

Model #2:
Top clamping
White, Kenmore, Domestic, Majestic, Franklin, Worlds (?), Dressmaster and all Rotary machines made by White & Domestic Sewing Machine Corp.

Model #3:
Top clamping
Kenmore (49, 71, 36), Free Rotary, Free-Westinghouse, New Home (Rotary), Stratford, most all machines made by Free and New Home Sewing Machine Company.

Model #4:
Top clamping
Eldridge, National, Montgomery Ward, all machines made by National Sewing Machine Company.

Model #5:
Slant Needle
Singer only

Model #6:
Low Bar -- Left needle position zig zag and automatic machines.
(Illustration shows low shank, needle to the left, with 1/2" marked from the top of the needleplate to the bottom of the screw for the presser foot).

Model #7:
High Bar -- Left needle position zig zag and automatic machines.
(Illustration shows high shank, needle to the left, with 1" marked from the top of the needleplate to the bottom of the screw for the presser foot).

Model #8:
All Pfaff sewing machines except models 139, 238(B?), 1221 and 1222.
(Illustration shows low shank, needle centered, with 1/2" marked from the top of the needleplate to the bottom of the screw for the presser foot).

Model #9:
All Necchi straight stitch and all low center needl position zig zag and automatic machines.
(Illustration shows low shank, needle centered, with 1/2" marked from the top of the needleplate to the bottom of the screw for the presser foot).

Model #10:
All Necchi, Pfaff (models 189? and 239?) and high bar center needle position zig zag and automatic machines.
(Illustration shows high shank, needle centered, with 1" marked from the top of the needleplate to the bottom of the screw for the presser foot).

Hope this is helpful.

-- Edited on 12/31/09 5:10 PM --

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Date: 12/31/09 7:16 PM

Thanks for the list! In case anyone else is interested in a buttonholer for a Necchi BU:

The list would make you think you need a #10Z. I found out from a SM mechanic that the Necchi BU is actually a left needle position machine (though it has left, center and right position adjustments). I had a #7Z buttonholer that I bought for my vintage Japanese high shank machine that is more obviously a left needle machine. It works great on the Necchi BU. I have heard from members of the Necchi Yahoo group that Necchi owners (especially Supernova owners) have had some trouble finding the right fit.

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Date: 12/31/09 7:21 PM

Thanks, Ripple! I've been looking a getting at Necchi Supernova. This is handy info. Thanks for the clarification.


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Date: 12/31/09 7:33 PM

I don't know for sure what fits the Supernova. I can only speak to the BU.

You can take a look at Rocketboy's review of the Supernova here on PR. He speaks of the difficulty he had using a buttonholer with that machine. Of course the Supernova is a version of the BU. A much more modern version. But I just don't know if it is configured the same in the needlebar area, and most importantly, if it is a left needle or center needle machine. To look at it, you would think the BU is center needle. Then when you put on a straight stitch plate, you must choose the left needle position setting to make the needle align with the hole. I guess this is how you know that it is a left needle machine.

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Date: 1/1/10 11:10 AM

His review mentions the built-in buttonhole feature (though I didn't think the SN had one). He had e-mailed a long time ago about using an OLD greist or famous buttonholer, but couldn't get it to work on the Necchi -- probably wrong model (?). I sent him this chart yesterday (we must think along the same lines), but have not gotten any feedback.

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Date: 1/1/10 11:53 AM

Thanks, Soolip, for taking the time to post this. I just inherited a box of attachments and buttonholers with quite a few Greists in it, and I'll find this useful. -- Edited on 1/1/10 11:54 AM --
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Date: 2/25/10 8:23 AM

Thanks for this! I've been researching for an entire day. This is the exact info I needed. Found one on ebay that just might work!

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Date: 7/15/10 6:22 PM

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Date: 7/15/10 6:31 PM

It was Soolip who was helpful to me when I was searching Ebay. I'm sure glad the men are here on the board.

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Date: 7/15/10 8:27 PM

Soolip is, ALMOST, always helpful here!
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This list is great!

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