Saturday, October 11, 2008
Singer Professional buttonholer
Confused as to which buttonholer to buy? Many listings on the internet may only tell you "slant needle" or "vertical needle". That is just not enough information, especially if you have a slant needle. So, let's take this step by step.
Vertical Needle - That is enough information, so long as you have a zigzag sewing machine. A straight stitch will not produce buttonholes using the Professional Butthonholer. It is the machine that creates the zigzag, not the attachment. If you are looking for a buttonholer for your straight stitch machine, they are the older models.
For the Vertical Needle, Professional buttonholer, there is only one plate to worry about. It is #86748 and will screw onto your sewing machine bed using a small screw (which should be included).
Slant Needle - To just tell you it fits "slant needle zigzag machines" is not enough information at all. There are two different feed cover plates, depending on your machine. Each is machine specific - can't fudge on this one.
The plate to the far left is #161825 and is for the Touch & Sew and Slant-o-Matic machines with an elevator throat plate. It is for models 401, 600, 620, 630, 640 series. There is a lever on your sewing machine which raises and lowers your throat plate. You raise it, take out the regular one, and slide this one in.
The middle plate is again for some Touch & Sew machines but they have magnetic throat plates. It is # 507661 or the replacement #381115. It an also be used on the Futura models. This plate is for models 700 and 900 series.
The far right plate is for Vertical needle zigzag machines and is #86748.
Notice the difference in the two left plates. One has an endented area and the other has open holes for screws. This is a crucial difference.
Now that you really know what to look for, your purchase will be much easier AND you will have a buttonholer you can use, not just be put in the closet because it won't fit.
They are all very simple to use and the templates can be changed quickly while it is on the machine. That is different from the earlier buttonholers where you have to actually take it off each time.
To use, open up the cover and place in your template cam. Close the cover. Set your machine stitch and you are ready to sew.
Just have fun and practice. I also tried a corded buttonhole. It turned out nicely with this buttonholer.
I do like the Professional Buttonholer when using my Singer 401A, as it really gives me a nice looking buttonhole and there is a huge variety of templates.
Practice - buy the right one - and have fun!