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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Want machine to use ruffler attachment with! ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 4/14/12 12:16 PM

I have a Viking 995 sewing machine and it has snap on feet. I am greatly missing my Elna Super and Featherweight 221 machines that I sold when I was moving 5 years. I'm trying to do a large amount of ruffles and have the ruffler still.

I've been looking on ebay, craigslist and even our textile center garage sale going on today, for an inexpensive mechanical machine. I'm rather skittish as I want one that purrs, not full of rust!

Is there a list somewhere of low shank vs high shank machines? I don't want to get a machine that is difficult to find attachments for.

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Date: 4/14/12 12:34 PM

You should be able to use a "screw-on" foot. That is how most sewing machine accept accessories such as a ruffler, walking foot, etc. The adapter for the snap-on feet is attached to the presser foot shaft with said screw.

Check with your local Husqvarna dealer.

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Date: 4/14/12 12:48 PM

I'm pretty sure all the pre-1960's era straight stitch Singers are low shank like your old Featherweight. (Of course that would NOT include the Slant-o-Matic models which are slant shank) Something like a Singer 99 would probably be perfect because they are 3/4 sizes machines which won't take up much space if you get one in a carrying case. They're not lightweight like a FW, but they take up no more room than a FW when packed away and they will work great with your ruffler (and they are half the price.)

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Date: 4/15/12 2:13 AM

Thank you both for the information. I think I do have an adapter but remember it as difficult to use. I just want to be able to screw on attachments. I will check out that Singer machine.

Do either of you know if there is a list here somewhere of high shank vs low shank machines? I am rather fascinated by the old attachments and want to experiment and learn how to use them.

I guess what machine I buy will depend on what I can find inexpensively on craigslist or a garage sale. I mention the Featherweight as it had a large box of attachments and of course the ruffler.

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Date: 4/15/12 11:43 AM

The old vintage Singers are plentiful and inexpensive on CL (but shipping on eBay, because they're so heavy, can cost more than the machine itself!)

Someone may correct me if I'm wrong but as far as I know all of the vintage black Singers are low shank which includes most of the models you are likely to find available for sale. (Other vintage models like Kenmore, Elna, etc. I don't know anything about.) The later Singer models include the slant shank Slant-O-Matics, but otherwise I don't know if any of them are high shank. Best bet would be to carry a couple of feet with you when looking at machines, just to be on the safe side and see if they fit.

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Date: 4/15/12 2:05 PM

I use my singer ruffler on my Janome machines,
Memory Craft 6000, and my older, 1970,s mechanical, as well as my 1949 Singer, and I think it will fit my Singer Touch and Sew, although I have not tried it.
The only machine that it will not fit on , of mine, is my Memory Craft 6600, I didn't check, and it is long shank....and has a walking foot.
Good luck!
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Date: 4/15/12 2:41 PM

remember, if you use a ruffler on anything that is NOT a straight stitch machine, to set the stitch width to 0...
You've seen the stuff I make, I break at least one needle per project because I forget this simple trick.

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Date: 4/15/12 2:46 PM

as for a list...
most of the Singers are gonna be low shank machines. The 99 is a great suggestion because it is small.
Though if you got a 301, they made a ruffler for that too.

LS(low shank)
27 28 15 66 99 201 185 285 most generic machines
SS(slant shank)
301, 400 500 600 700 series

a lot of older Kenmores are Super High Shank..which can be a real PITA if you don't already have the attachments.

Viking wobbled between shank settings....

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Date: 4/16/12 2:21 PM

For an inexpensive alternative, keep an eye out on Craig's List for one of the many clones of the Singer 15 that were made in Japan post-WWII. They are extremely well-built, and can be found for $10-$20. They are short shank machines. They came in lots of pretty colors, too.
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