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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Singer Featherweight buttonholes ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 7/12/10 8:16 PM

Has anyone tried the buttonhole attachment of the Vintage Singer machines? 221's?

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Date: 7/12/10 9:08 PM

Yes. When I need buttonholes, I put my BH attachment on my white FW and use it.

Just stitch around the BH twice and you'll be good to go!

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Date: 7/12/10 9:59 PM

I love my buttonholer! I have a very old one that I've never used, and one in a green box that uses metal templates -- it's the latter that I use all the time. Making buttonholes is something that I actively look forward to ever since I got this attachment :-)

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Date: 7/12/10 10:12 PM

Is it hard to find a buttonholer for the fw? I would love to have one for my fw, but have only seen the ones for zig zag machines.

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Date: 7/12/10 10:17 PM

Here's one
and another
yet another

I could go on... There were bazillions made, & it looks like there are still a few million waiting to be adopted
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Date: 7/12/10 11:04 PM

Jillybe already answered your question about how easy they are to find but basically the Featherweight is a low shank machine and it has a vertical shank. Generally speaking, the biggest difference when looking for any Singer attachment is to determine if the attachment is made for low shank and if it is designed for vertical shank vs the slant shank machines. I have both versions of buttonholers that work on the vertical low shank.

I have both the 160506 and the 489500 or No 489510; they all work on my 66-16, 15-91, 201-2 and 221-1 machines.

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Date: 7/12/10 11:12 PM

Do you like the quality of the buttonhole? I'm trying to make a decision between buying a featherweight or a rocketeer, I'm really looking at setting it up just to do buttonholes. I have a buttonhole attachment for one of my machines but it's my industrial and I would really like to buy one just dedicated to buttonholes.

I've seen that the rocketeer's attachments offer more variety in the shapes that are available (without having to do a manual one).

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Date: 7/12/10 11:26 PM

I think the Singer buttonholers produce fantastic button holes... But as for choosing the machine would be entirely up to you. I prefer the straight stitchers and use my computerized Janome for elaborate stitches and zig-zag. In fact my Janome 6600 produces very nice button holes... I just like using my 66-16 with the buttonholer.

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Date: 7/12/10 11:34 PM

I sew on a Singer 401, and really like how nicely the button holes turn out with the buttonholer. I usually stitch them twice, and I think they look much better than my buttonholes ever looked when I was sewing with a modern machine. This is why I would like to get a buttonholer for my fw.


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Date: 7/12/10 11:46 PM

I prefer the looks of my vintage Singer buttonholes to those of my Janome.

I've even made long buttonholes (like 1.5" or so) with my vintage buttonholer. It took some careful placement & maneuvering, but long buttonholes are very do-able!

I like going around once or twice with a wider stitch width, & finishing up with a narrow stitch width - gives a lovely raised effect :)

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