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No-Fail Buttonholes with Vintage Buttonhole Attachments

Made for straight-stitch or zigzag mechanical sewing machines, these devices produce consistent results.

Sep 27, 2019
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If you’ve ever struggled with stitching machine-made buttonholes, this post is for you.

In the era of less mechanically complex sewing machines, sewers used buttonhole attachments to create buttonholes on their garments, unless the sewer had the skill and the time to make buttonholes by hand.

As someone who learned to sew on vintage machines, I was exposed to buttonholers early in my sewing experience. For a long time, they were all I knew. My first sewing machine, a basic 1980s Kenmore zigzagger, didn’t have its own buttonhole function. The eBay seller from whom I purchased the machine included a buttonhole attachment, free of charge. Like so many buttonhole attachments, this one used templates in a variety of sizes. I no longer have the Kenmore sewing machine, but I still have the buttonholer.

Kenmore buttonholer

Kenmore buttonholer with templates

 

Since this buttonholer was designed specifically for zigzag machines, the width of the stitch…

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  1. Delica October 5th

    Great article with helpful details about using the buttonhole attachments. Still love my very old Singer attachment--makes the best buttonholes.

  2. Shelleyps October 19th

    When I first started making buttonholes on my more modern zig zag machine, I wasn't happy with them. It was difficult to get the balance right and they just didn't look as tidy. I said 'forget this' to myself and went back to using my vintage buttonholer.

  3. lsepeda October 29th

    My first machine a Singer Stylist and I got a button hole attachment for Christmas. Perfect buttonholes every time. I think I need to find one again. Thanks for letting us know that we can probably use a vintage one with our modern machines.

  4. User avater Loesje October 31st

    Excellent article, and I have all the Singer attachments shown. My comment is, especially if you are squeamish, before cutting the buttonhole with a seam ripper, place a pin across the end where you want the ripper to stop.

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