Saturday, July 19, 2008

Featherweight Attachments

Subject: Attachments and Part Numbers
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 95 13:56:45 -0500
From: Terry

Ruth A.: You've been asking for a list of attachments and part #s for the
FWs so I went through three of mine, two which seemed to be complete and
unused. I'm going to print this list onto card stock, laminate it, and
carry it with me for future treasure hunts.

ATTACHMENT BOX                         121901  or 160481  or 160809
Foot Hemmer 120855 or 35857
Adjustable Hemmer 35931
Multi Slotted Binder 160359 or 91245
Early Model Multi Slotted 121464 or 36594
Binder w/o guide pins
Edge-Stitcher 36865
Gatherer 121441
Presser Foot 32773 or 45321
Ruffler 120598 or 86742
Adjustable Zipper Foot 160854 or 161127
Zipper Foot 161127 (not shown in the manual)
Foot on early machines 125035
similar to zipper foot
Seam Gauge 25527 or 161172
(not shown in the manual)
Screw No number
Lg. Screwdriver 25537 (black)
Lg. plastic handled screwdriver 161294
(beige or brown)
Sm. Screwdriver 120378 (silver and black)
Sm. plastic handled screwdriver 161295
(beige or brown)
Singer Motor Lubricant 1/2 oz. No number
2 extra felt circles for 8879
spool pin (red or black)
Two green pkgs. needles:
three 15x1 size 11 needles; three 15x1 size 14 needles

FOOT PEDAL - American (95-145 v., .7a) 194584 or 195322
FOOT PEDAL - British/Brazilian
(150-250 v., .3 amp) 198997 or 199154
OIL CAN 120862
KEY TO CASE No number but replace with
Ilco T60 at the locksmith
or green/white/red)
6 BOBBINS - The older ones have 45785
an extra hole near the center;
some 1950 ones do not.
(specific to a FW)
DARNING FOOT for Free-arm FW 171071
DARNING HOOP for Free-arm FW 171074
(had to be purchased separately)

Other attachments to look for are:

BLIND STITCH ATTACHMENT                  160616
ZIGZAG ATTACHMENT 160985 or 161102
BUTTONHOLER 121795 or 160506 or 489510
BULB Replace with Singer #2118
or GE #15T7DC
TUCKER (has scaled crossbars marked 36583
from 0 to 8)
CORDER (looks like a general purpose No part number
foot bent to the right at a 90
degree angle)


Date: Sun, 12 May 1996 14:24:48 -0400
Subject: Singer attachments

I've complied the following list from FWF Digests, Terry's attachments lists,
manuals and anything else I could find. The numbers starting with 2 and 3
seem to be for the earlier machines. The numbers starting with 12 can be
associated with FWs. The 16 series associated with 301s and the 48 series are
the Jetson (egg case) buttonholers. BUT - some of the early attachments work
on later machines, i.e. the seam guide 25527 is also a FW attachment, so who
knows - here it is:


Bias Gauge 25525
Binder 25526 35930, 36594
Multi slotted binder 121464 160359, 160624
Seam Guide 25527
Hemmer 3/16 25528
Hemmer 1/4 25529
Hemmer 3/8 25530
Hemmer 5/2 25531
Hemmer 7/2 25532
Hemmer Foot 25533
Adjustable hemmer 35931 160626
Quilter 25534 35932, 35207 121718
Large screw driver 25537
Small screw driver 25538 120378
Stiletto 25539
Under Braider Foot 25542 121547
Under Braider 25547 35940
Ruffler shirring plate 25603 35938
Corder foot 25794
Darner (large work) 26088 36088?
Darner (stocking) 35776
Hemstitcher 120687, 121387
Foot hemmer 26152 35857 120842, 120855, 120856 160627
Ruffler 26156 35933 120598 160629
Complete ruffler 35939
Complete corder 26399
Corder attachment rt 125035, left 125429
Tucker 26515 36583, 35936
Embroiderer (1 thread) 26538
Embroiderer (2 thread) 35506
Tubular Trimmer 35985
Braiding Presser Foot 36067
Flange Hemmer 36333
Singer Craft Guide 121079
Singer Craft Fagoter 121255
Feed Dog Cover Plate 121309
Gathering Foot 121441 160628
Blind Stitcher 160616
Blind Stitch Braider 121614
Zig Zag attachment 121638, 121706 160620, 160745
Shirring Plate 121170
Buttonholer 121795 160506, 160743
Buttonholer (egg case) 489500, 489510
Adjustable zipper foot 121877 161127, 161166
Edge Stitcher 36865 160625


Date: Thu, 02 Nov 1995 19:42:15 EST
Subject: Singer Trade Cards & Etc.

The attachments that originally came with the Featherweight seem to
have varied by year. I have several original/copies of instruction books
which show attachments as follows:

1937 - Foot Hemmer, Adjustable Hemmer, Binder, Tucker, Ruffler, and Cloth Guide

1941 and 1946 - Foot Hemmer, Adjustable Hemmer, Binder, Edge Stitcher, Gatherer, and Ruffler.

1952 and 1955 - Foot Hemmer, Adjustable Hemmer, Multi-Slotted Binder, Edge
Stitcher, Gatherer, and Ruffler.

1964 - Zipper Foot, Binder, and Seam Guide. Optional extras are listed as
Buttonholer, Edge Stitcher, Gatherer, Foot Hemmer, Quilter, Ruffler, and
Tucker. This book is for the Standard white model 221K7 although it's
dated 1964 and other references to the 221K7 that I've seen say it wasn't
introduced until 1968.

1977 - Foot Hemmer, Seam Guide, Binder, Zipper Foot, and Ruffler.
Optional extras are Automatic Zig-Zagger, Buttonholer, Edge Stitcher,
Optional extras are Automatic Zig-Zagger, Buttonholer, Edge Stitcher,
Gatherer, and Tucker. This book says Rev 1177 and may be a reprint. The
machine appears to be white but is gear driven, has the longer bed
extension, a toggle light switch and a different bobbin winder than the
others. The face plate is painted like the standard 221K. The case is
like the standard 221K except that it has 2 closure latches. I think it
is for a model 221K5.

All of the above attachments are the same as the ones that came with
other straight-stitch low shank Singer models of the same year except for
the foot hemmer which was different for Class 15 and Class 66 machines.
The FW uses the Class 15 foot.

The only attachment made specifically for the Featherweight that I've
seen is the darning and embroidery attachment. It consists of a very large
feed dog cover and a darning foot. The box says it fits 15 Class and 221
machines. The date is 1952. The feed dog covers were either black or
Since we're using our FWs for patchwork. The Pfaff dealer over here
sold me a seam guide ($7.95). There are 2 kinds..the old one is all
metal. This one will mark your FW. The newer one has a nylon base so
when you screw it securely onto the FW platform, it won't 'bite' into the
enamel cosmetic. What I did is sew a sample of that all important scant
1/4-inch on the Bernina. Whenever I need to line up my seam guide for
ptchwrk, I just whip out the sample..presto!! Don't know about you all
but my FW was born on Oct 10, 1938 and I dread the use of tape or Dr.
Scholl's for seam guidance.
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 1995 16:01:28 -0400 (EDT)
From: Kristina Santilla
Subject: Re: FWFanatics Digest 9/10/95
From: Barbara Tricarico

I'd love to find myself a zig zag attachment (where the fabric moves, not
the machine! Have you ever seen one?

The best place to find the accessories is from Singer
dealers/repair people who have been in business a long time. Most of my
best accessory purchases actully come from retired Singer repairmen. In
addition to the zig-zag attachment there is also the button-holer and a
blind hemmer that work similarly.

Krisi Santilla,
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 1995 21:26:48 -0400 (EDT)
From: Kristina Santilla
Subject: Re: FWFanatics Digest 9/11/95

My featherweight came with all sorts of lovely feet. I have tried to
use some of them but because of my deprived sewing background (mostly
hand work, no training with a machine), I am clueless about how to use
them. I did find someone who copied the pages from the original manual
for me, but the instructions assume a certain sophistication. Would
this forum be willing to discuss actual use of the feet? Maybe
eventually we could even get a FAQ on FW feet!

Nancy Johnson- Srebro's next book on the featherweights should be
out about April. Apparently she is going to describe in detail the
different feet and what they do. Mrs. Deloris Pickens, the avid
buyer/seller of featherweights is presently stocking up on these, assuming that
Nancy's book will create a demand. She purchased quite a few never used,
but original green boxes filled with the accessories recently.

Also, did you know that the british machines came with different
feet? And the free-arm came with a darner and darning hoop.

For anyone interested, Mrs. Pickens also has brand new, never
distributed manuals, I think they are dated early fifties. She got them
from a retired repairman who had a couple hundred just lying around.
Sorry, don't know her price. Her phone # is (580) 765-6125

Date: Wed, 13 Sep 1995 11:09:03 -0400
Subject: FW Birthdates

Look through your FW attachments for the fabric guide. It has a long
slot, with a thumbscrew. You screw it into one of the two small holes to the
right of the throat plate. Slide the attachment to adjust the distance from
the needle to the edge of the fabric guide. Then, tighten the screw to hold
that distance. One of my students in a Senior Citizens quilting class,
showed me this attachment and how to use it. It sure beats magnetic guides
and masking tape! And is easy to remove when you are doing a wider seam.

I bought a 6" C-Thru ruler at an art supply store, and have it stuck to
the front of my FWs with a bit of FunTac. Then I always have a ruler handy
to check seam allowances or adjust my fabric guide.
Date: Thu, 14 Sep 1995 10:19:00 -0500
From: (Amy Lobsiger)
Subject: FW Chatter

For all of you notions hunters, the Singer oil cans are going for a premium
at flea markets these days...who would have thunk it, as they say?? My
dear-old dad bought a GORGEOUS (I'm-trying-not-to-covet-it) 1938 FW in
August but it didn't come with an oil can. He bought an oil can later for
$20 at another flea. We've since seen the cans for much more. Who could
imagine the fortunes of the lowly oil can would turn??
Date: Thu, 14 Sep 1995 12:31:17 -0400
From: Thomas Roth

For Marti...the model number on my buttonhole attachment box is No. 121795.
I haven't tried it yet but I'm assuming since it came with the machine it
will work on it. The box says "For Singer lock stitch family sewing
machines"...which leads me to believe it was interchangeable amongst several
Date: Thu, 14 Sep 1995 17:04:15 -0400 (EDT)
From: Kristina Santilla
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics Digest 9/13/95

Does anyone know the part number of the buttonholer that fits the
featherweights? I saw an old buttonholer, but there was no indication on
the enclosed information or the box if it would fit the featherweight. I
do have access to the part number from the box, however.
When Singer made attachments like these they would fit all of their low
shank machines, so over the years they changed part numbers due to style
changes. This is by no means complete, just what I have access to:

#121795 Dated 1941(on manual) in green box, works by adjusting
wing nuts to appropriate length and width.

#160506 Dated 1948 or 1951 in black, red, or green plastic
box.Works by putting cams the right size in the bottom of the foot. This
is the prettiest, meaning it looks like it matches the Featherweights.

#489510 Dated 1960 in pink or green egg shaped case. Works same as
above with cams, but is now ugly beige. Also, be sure that it doesn't fit
a slant-needle, as the box or manual don't differentiate. The word
"slant" is in very small letters on the metal of the foot. In fact if
anyone wants the slant-needle one of these I will sell it for
$5.00+shipping. As I don't have a machine it will fit on. The nice thing
about the buttonholers is that they come with a metal plate to cover the
feed dogs with, so you can do free-motion quilting.
Date: Fri, 15 Sep 95 23:59 EDT
From: (Martha A.M. Keefe)
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics Digest 9/14/95

A few days ago someone asked if the ruffler and the zigzag attachment
were the same thing. I don't think so. I have a ruffler included in my
green box. Today at a garage sale a found a zigzag attachment for the
221 and other machines. It comes with four cams (I only got three) that
allow you to zigzag and do some other decorative stitching.
Date: Sat, 16 Sep 1995 14:09:53 -0400 (EDT)
From: Kristina Santilla
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics Digest 9/15/95

Also I was interested to learn that you can use the cover for the feed
dogs that comes with the buttonholer for free motion quilting. What
about using the walking foot on the featherweight? Does that work also?

I bought the deluxe low shank walking foot from Clothilde, and
haven't had much success. The feed dogs don't line up with the pieces of
the foot, and the fabrics don't seem to be feeding at the same speed on
the top and bottom of the quilt. If anyone has any hints/tricks to make
them work better, or if anyone knows of a better matching foot, please
respond to the list. Thanks.
Date: Sun, 17 Sep 1995 18:26:05 -0400
Subject: quarter inch seam and other misc stuff

2. I had a Little Foot on my machine at the same workshop, Sharyn asked me
to try puting my original presser foot back on and giving it a try. I found
that the original foot in conjunction with the Dr scholls gave me a much more
even seam. She pointed out that on the featherweight, the little foot does
not make good contact with the fabric on one side of the foot and that the
original pressure foot does.
From: (Lois Frankel)
Subject: Little foot
Date: Mon, 18 Sep 1995 21:49:08 -0400
Anne wrote:

Also, I tried using a "little foot" (one of those clear quarter-inch foots),
and my machine did not like it at all. Has anyone else had this problem?

My Featherweight works fine with my little foot. In fact, the LF
wouldn't work at all well on my other machine, because of the location
of the feed dogs.
Date: Thu, 21 Sep 1995 20:00:35 -0400
Subject: My Mother's Featherweight

Re: Little Foot - I use mine all the time on the FW and my big old Kenmore.
This way I can switch machines if I want to and still have the same quarter
inch seam.

Re: Walking Foot - I use the long one. The local sewing machine repair store
ordered it for me - I don't know the brand, but it works fine.
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 1995 18:27:10 -0400 (EDT)
From: Kristina Santilla

Shelley: The oil can that fits in the clip in your Featherweight case is
about 3" high (half of this is the nozzle), painted green and says
"Singer Sewing Machine Oil" with the Singer logo. It is oval shaped, like
the bracket. I also have green tubes of "Singer Motor Lubricant" in green
boxes. I don't know if there may have been others. Apparently, the oil
cans are rather expensive if you can find one.
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 1995 18:37:34 -0700
Subject: Attachments, etc.

I spoke two days ago to the man who serviced my Featherweight last year
after I bought it. He runs a shop that repairs and sells old sewing
machines, and specializes in Singers. His shop has lots of old sewing
machines (no FWs) and he has lots of spare parts for them. He was also
the first one to tell me about the Centennial version. I asked him about
a zig zag attachment, but he didn't have any on hand. He took my name
and will call if he ever gets any. He did give me a few insights about
attachments. He said the Buttonholer and ruffler (originals) are going
for fairly hefty prices, between $75 - $100 each. I have no idea what
the zig zag will cost, he didn't quote a price for me. I asked him about
using the buttonholer for a zig zag, and he said it would be possible.
He also said that each one would not give you a "true" zig zag as it is
a straight stitch machine. It will look like a zig zag stitch on the top,
but the bottom will look somewhat odd, not like a machine that is capable
of a true zig zag where the top and bottom are imaged the same. Perhaps
anyone who has this attachemnt and used it can comment on this. He also
said that any low shank zig zag attachment should work on the FW.
Date: Sat, 30 Sep 95 22:46:49 -0500

From: sue
Subject: My, how things have changed ! : )
Hi Everyone,

I've been working on restoring several old sewing machines that I inherited and
I found a price list for accessories from the back of the manual for a 1920
National cabinet machine. I'm sending it to the Bernina list as well as the
Featherweight Fanatics, just to put some perspective on the prices we 'nina fans
pay for our accessories. Also makes FW fans realize just how much the value of
our old machines have increased. I've estimating 13,000% increase for the oil
cans =:0

Ruffler - 1.50

Tucker - 1.50

Foot Hemmer Sets, including Binder - .75

Braider Foot - .25

Thread Cutter - .05

Hemmer and Feller - .30

Presser Foot - .25

Bobbin Case - 1.25

Needles, all sizes, per dozen - .30

Guide Thumb Screw - .10

Oil Can - .15

Bobbins, ea - .05

Screw Driver - .15

Shuttle Screw Driver - .10

Quilter - .05

Edge Stitcher - .50

Date: Tue, 10 Oct 1995 20:43:13 -0400
Subject: FW Even Feed Foot

Several people have mentioned problems with walking feet. Singer sells
a walking foot for a low shank machine (which the FW is). It is called a
Smooth & Even Feed Sewing Machine Foot and used to retail for under $20. I
use mine for machine quilting straight lines and also sew all the binding on
my wall quilts with it. Works terrific. Singer's top-of-the-line machines
all had a walking foot as a standard accessory BUT those machines are slant
needle hence that foot will not work on the FW. Hope this helps.
Date: Wed, 11 Oct 1995 13:46:30 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Wonderful old book by Singer . . . . sent out a request last week for information about some
attachments she'd bought. I think I have found them in this book.

1. A 4" long tweezer/clip combination. I think this is something called
the "bias cutting gauge" It fits on a pair of scissors. You then slide the
bias piece (folded) into the clip to the measurement you want, and start
cutting bias strips!

2. A large U-shape with two screw knobs on the right side. this one may be
something called an "underbraider" which "is used in sewing braid to the
material by stitching through the center of the braid. Braiding is an
attractive trimming for woolen or sild dresses and is applied easily and
perfectly with the Underbraider. As no basting is required, a dress may
often be braided within an hour or two."

3. A presser foot with a halfcircle cut out on the right. No pictures
of this one.

4. Curved section like a hemmer foot to the right. to the left and in front
is a screw holding down a metal clip over a half curve. I think this might
be the "adjustable hemmer" but I am not entirely sure.
Subject: Hemstitchers, New Bobbin Cases, Etc.
Date: Mon, 16 Oct 95 14:36:53 -0500
From: Terry Sampson

A few years ago I traded a buttonholer for a hemstitcher that a Singer
dealer had gathering dust. I haven't heard mention of a hemstitcher on this
list and am wondering if anyone has one and has used it. For those
unfamiliar with them, they come in a green box marked: Singer Sewing Machine
Company, HEMSTITCHER, No. 121387, Made in U.S.A. The box is the same size
as the FW attachment box. The manual also says PICOT EDGER for Lockstitch
Family Sewing Machine and the latest copyright date is 1942. It has
pictures and instructions for attaching the Special Throat Plate (S.T.P.)
to machines 15, 66, 99, 101, 201, 127, 128, and 221-1. The HEMS. is
attached by a special long screw to the pressure bar. This gadget is used
to pierce a row of tiny holes and surround them with stitches, sort of like
a closely spaced row of mini-round eyelets. Lace may be crocheted along
the edge of a pillowcase (for example) single-crocheting into the holes. It
is a beautiful decorative stitch with many other uses.

If anyone has one of these and has successfully used it on their 221's,
please tell us about it. I cannot seem to get the long screw to attach the
HEMS. to the bar. On the last page of the manual it lists the numbers of
the parts which correspond with each machine (listed above). All parts are
compatible with my 221's but why am I having problems attaching it? What I
need is a description of someone else's "special longer thumb screw" to see
if I have the right one.

If this sends any of the rest of you looking for a hemstitcher, I would
be glad to tell you the number of the throat plate that fits machines listed
above. You want to check this number before investing; it is stamped on the
plate. The HEMS. itself fits all models and so should the screw.
Date: Sat, 21 Oct 1995 10:25:18 -0400
Subject: Attachments

Sweigak asked about attachments. #120598 is a ruffler. It doesn't look much
different from the ruffler Singer sells today.
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 1995 07:20:49 -0800
From: (Gordon D. Jones)
Subject: Singer 301

Oil cans --- FW oil cans are oval in cross section, hence the oval shaped
spring clip in the bottom of many FW cases. I have one about 2" tall, with
a 1" spout and says SINGER SEWING MACHINE OIL in white letters. The can is
dark green with orange trim. I have seen oval cans about 4" tall also.
Subject: Responses
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 95 08:51:23 -0500
From: Terry

Mary Jane: In re FW oil cans. My FW (#AM) has original green oil can.
It is oval which fits the shape of the O.C. holder in the FW cases. It's
part # is 120862; holds 1 1/3 fl. oz.; "Singer Household Oil, Price 10
Cents" is printed on the can and it is for vacuums, too. The tip has
threads where a cap once was. Hope this gets you through the oil can
Date: Tue, 31 Oct 95 21:37:05 -0500
From: Terry

From a Spanish FW Manual: (or do they call it "Manuel" ? :) Sorry, I'm
getting punchy:

"Accesorio para hacer dobladillo de ojo y picot" makes decorative holes in
"Trencillador do abajo" for sewing on cording. This is two parts: One a
very short foot, and the other a guide that screws into the machine:
"Para zurcir medias a maquina" sock darner:
"Zurcir materiales lisos", Oval Darning Hoop:
"Coloca ell Pie Zurcidor" (Darning Foot?):
Attachment for scissors for cutting bias binding, marked with letters F, B,
No part number
Date: Wed, 1 Nov 1995 12:48:19 -0500From:
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics Digest 10/31/95
Terry in Montana,
You asked about the FW zig-zag attachment and what part number is assigned to it

According to the SINGER AUTOMATIC ZIGZAGGER manual it states: No. 160985 on
Singer Sewing Machines of Classes 15,201,221 and 1200 and No. 160986 on
Machines of class 301. This is right out the instruction manual copyright
1954 & 1955.
The form # is 20766 on the manual. I hope this info helps you. Let me know
if you have any other similiar questions
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 1995 13:10:58 -0500
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics Digest 11/1/95

Terry in Montana, ( Addendum to previous 11-1-95 Reply)
I found another Singer Automatic Zigzagger instruction book stating" No.
161102 on Singer Sewing Machines of Classes 15, 201, 221 and 1200
and No. 161103 on Machines of Class 301. Apparently there are two different
Zigzaggers used on Featherweights.

Date: Sun, 5 Nov 1995 16:21:57 -0500 (EST)
From: Kristina Santilla
There is also a really cute Singer bank from the 30's. It's shaped like a book and is covered in red leather.

The story I heard behind these banks was that Singer would give them to
women who put machines on lay-away so they could save their pennies in
the bank until they could make a payment.

There are also two banks that are tin. One looks like a wooden dome top
case sitting on a table and the other is a black machine on a table.
They have the red Singer "S" logo. They are both only a few inches tall
and apparently are quite scarce and command high prices> I'm on the trail
of one for only $400, but I know a dealer of tin banks who sells by
auctioning off his merchandise through catalogs and he showed me that he had
sold one of each for over $1000 a piece.
Date: Mon, 6 Nov 1995 08:56:41 -0500
Subject: Treadle belts

Did you know you can purchase New Singer treadles and leather belts for them
from Lehman Hardware in Kidron, Ohio? They cater to the Amish and put out a
very interesting catalog called the NON-Electric Catalog. The number is
216-857-5757. Katy
Date: Sat, 4 Nov 1995 03:38:22 -0500
Subject: Re: a different attachment
Hi All,
I've got a Singer attachment that no one seems to have mentioned yet. It came
with my first Featherweight, a 1935 AE which I use almost exclusively for my
quilts and clothes.

It's called the Singer ball bearing Pinking Attachment for use on all Singer
Lock Stitch Family Sewing Machines, No. 121021. "Adds a dainty finish to
seams and edges." It is in it's original green and white box and came with 2
feed dog covers. I also have the original manual, copyright 1933, 34 & 35.
It's really the neatest thing! There were also available strip cutter blades
(which I've not been able to find yet). It's really heavy duty and works

Now...if anyone finds a zig-zag attachment that they would part with, I would
gladly consider a trade.
Subject: 319
Date: Sat, 11 Nov 95 01:01:00 PDT
New Attachment!
I did get a real cool attachment which I have never seen before: a
Singer Stocking Darner part #35776. It came in it's box with it's
instruction booklet. The booklet is copyrighted in 1953.

The booklet gives the part #'s for the feed dog cover for the model 15
and 221 as #160719; and on machines # 66,99 and 201 as 160720; and
machine #301 as 160823.

On singer machines 66 and 99 it shows the thread being passed through a
hole in the slack thread regulator (instead of under it like usual
threading). I always wondered what that hole was for.

This darner is really funny looking...I don't even think I could
describe it. It's got a spring around it, and some curved finger

The book also lists a Flat Work Darner N. 36088, which is oval shaped
and larger than the stocking darner.

I also found a greist buttonholer and a package of 8 buttonholer
templates at my favorite thrift store.
Date: Sun, 12 Nov 1995 20:22:08 EST
Subject: Singer Stocking Darner
You mentioned a Singer Stocking Darner part no 35776. I
have one with it's box and instruction book and the book is
dated Sept 30, 1909. It makes no mention of any feed dog
covers and shows using it with no foot on the machine at
all. In 1909 it cost $ .75.
Date: Sat, 18 Nov 1995 19:50:30 -0500
Subject: Featherweight accessories

I went antiquing today and although I didn't find a single
Featherweight, I did find 4 oil cans and a zigzag attachment. I now have 5
different pre-60's Singer oilcans. There is the short oval can (120862), the
tall oval can (120861) the small silver round can, the large bronze round
can, and a big green chooch that says it holds 1/4 gallon of oil. It's my
guess this is what repairmen used to fill the smaller cans.

The zig-zag attachment is dated 1950 (160620-new number Terry) and was
priced at only $15. I was almost jumping up and down. Then when I went to pay
for all my finds, discovered this place discounts 10% for cash so got
everything at even better. While standing at the cash register, my DH decides
to look over the zig-zag. He pulls out the manual, then foot, then pulls out
the cardboard which holds the foot in place and when he saw a dollar in the
bottom he hurriedly put everything back before the salesgirl could see it and
claim it. When I got outside I looked and there was $43. Every bill was
dated 1963. Some woman must have stashed this away from her hubby over 30
years ago, knowing that he'd never find it there. That would have been a lot
of money then. I wonder if she forgot about it? Anyway, I never find
bargains on anything, so it was a nice find.
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 1995 09:22:50 -0500
Subject: Re: FW Fanatics 11/19/95

Griest attachments:they slip onto the front of an attachment foot. The
attachment foot will fit on an FW, but they are very hard to find. I was
lucky enough to get one in the first set of Griest attachments I bought.
You need the attachment foot to use the hemmers, edgestitcher, binder or
quilter foot. If anyone wants a pix of this attachment, send me your snail
mail address and I'll send a copy to you. It is almost impossible to
describe, but the pix is pretty clear. Ruth:I am including a copy with the
other info to you. (I'll just retape the letter).
Date: Thu, 23 Nov 1995 19:29:02 -0500
Subject: Griest-yet again (sigh)

I seem to have created more questions-rather than answers. Let me try one
more time. Griest made attachments for all sorts of machines-per Gordy. I
have some which are high-shank, some which fit my FW and then I have the
other sort.

The other sort should have in the set an attachment foot which fastens onto
your FW in the usual way. The foot part looks very much like a short quilt
foot-about 3/4" square with a small hole (for the thread) centered in it. If
the foot is on your machine and you look at it, on the right hand side, there
is a round blued steel circle-it sits in the back of the foot. It is
attached, by a rivet. IF, and only if, you have Griest attachments that have
a keyhole opening (hemmers, binders and edgers are all I have seen), that
attachment slides onto the attachment foot. You do this by pushing the blue
steel part forward and then the keyhole opening slips onto the rivet. You
need to form a stitch and draw the threads thru and underneath the foot.
they do work. I have tried them all out.

It just happened that the very first set of attachments I found in a junk
shop were of this type. The lady said she only wanted 4 dollars since she
wasn't sure it was a complete set. The set included an instruction booklet.
Without that, I wouldn't have had any idea what this strange foot was for.
Take a look at whatever Griest attachments you have. If they fit this
general description, look for the little attachment foot. If you need a copy
of the directions-with pix-and I haven't already sent you one, e-mail me an
address and I'll get a copy to you.

If you don't have them, keep looking. I'm sure there are more out there.
The only reason I have for thinking they are hard to find is that I've
picked up 7 or 8 sets of attachments this fall. I have yet to see a second
set like this. Should I find another one, I'll post it and whoever gets to
me first can have it for my cost.
Date: Sat, 25 Nov 1995 11:48:39 -0500 (EST)
From: Lydia Pratt
Subject: Attachment
For Joe Hurray:

Without a picture it's hard to tell for sure, but your "movable
bar" description suggests to me a foot with an attached quilting guide.
If this is the case, the bar should be L-shaped and can be moved in and out
perpendicular to the direction of stitching, to the right side of the
presser foot. The short end of the L just touches the surface of the quilt
and is used to keep a uniform distance between lines of straight quilting.

Just a guess on my part -- hope this makes sense.

Lydia, in Columbus, Ohio, where we have brisk cool weather and beautifully
clear skies this evening.
Date: Tue, 2 Jan 1996 06:33:06 -0500
Subject: Packaging

One of my favorite attachments for my Featherweight back in the 1960's was
the monogram attachment. Like the zigzag attachment, it moved the fabric as
the initial was being formed. I haven't seen much talk about either of those
attachments. I have seen several of each at an antique store in
Pennsylvania. I will call information later today to get their phone number
and see if they still have them. I have mine and love to use them, the
pleasant little click-click sound is very reassuring as the initials or
zigzag motifs are formed.
Date: 29 Dec 95 15:05:52 EST
From: "Shirley E. Senitza"

Hello FWF's! It sounds like many of you are looking for low-shank attachments
to fit your FW's or 99K's, and I know most people prefer to buy only Singer
feet. However, if you cannot find Singer feet and just need "some" attachments,
I have a suggestion. Last March I bought a low-shank attachment set from Sears,
and the entire box of 16 pieces, manual and storage box only cost $27.99. Seven
of the feet share one "adjustable holder" ankle, just like the Greist sets do,
and those are the narrow hemmer, 1/4" hemmer, 3/8" hemmer, 5/8" hemmer, 7/8"
hemmer, binder and edgestitcher. Four other feet have their own built-in
ankles, and they are the applique foot, overcasting foot, zipper foot and
gathering foot. There is also a quilting guide, a seam guide, a scissors
cutting gauge and a stiletto for hole punching. All these feet fit my FW and
99K, since they are both low shank machines. I thought this was a very good
deal when I found them. Yesterday I was at a New Home/Elna dealer, and I
noticed in their display case several new attachments for sale, including a
couple varieties of rufflers and walking feet. So, lots of the attachments you
may be looking for are still being manufactured, and they will fit our older
machines just fine.
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 1996 20:08:38 -0500 (EST)
From: Lydia Pratt
Hi All!
For Mary (in Idaho): On the 7th you wrote "But somewhere I read that
Singer didn't make a high shank..." I'm not sure that's correct. I went
up and checked my "retired" Golden Touch and Sew, and it's definitely a
high shank machine. I got this machine from my MIL lots of years ago; I'm
not sure of the date it was made, but the copyright date on the book is
1970. I know there are a couple of other Touch and Sews out there, so
maybe a couple more of us can check for you.

Terry: The "flat, two-pronged piece that fits toward the presser bar" is
called a "Type II" in the book that came with the Greist buttonholer that
I bought last weekend. The box on the other buttonholer (the one I didn't
buy) had better illustrations and a list of machine types to go with each
type of attachment foot. Maybe I can stop by again this Saturday and copy
down the list. I don't quite see myself explaining to the folks who run
this thrift shop that I don't want to buy the buttonholer, I just want to
borrow it long enough to photocopy the box (surrrrrrre, lady!).
Date: Thu, 11 Jan 96 00:09:00 PDT
Subject: greist attachments
with a nice green Rotary Attachments box with silver lettering (good condition) filled with 17 Greist attachments for $1.50. I also found it at the S. Army. I have the Greist adapter for the FW but that adapter doesn't work on these Greist feet. Can anyone tell me what these attachments fit and if there is another adapter? Each has a flat two-pronged piece that fits straight toward the presser bar as you sit in front of the machine. HELP!

That type of greist attachments fits machines with a knurled disc that
screws down onto the attachment after it is slid down from the front to
the back of the shank. There are two sizes, at least that I know of,
High shank and low shank. The low shank feet are 1/2" from the fork
thingy to the bottom, and they fit many old White rotary's, Sears
Kenmores, some New Homes...that I know of. The High shank attachments
are 3/4" from the the fork to the bottom, and the only machine I know
for sure they fit is the New Home NLB or NLC machines, which were made
in the 40's. I suspect the Free Westinghouse, which looks just like a
NLC or NLB, is also a high shank machine, but I am not sure.

The only reason I know the New Home machines are High shank is because I
have 3 of them, actually I gave one to my sister, and I have had a
difficult time finding the high shank attachments. I finally did find a
box last week though! HOOORAY!!!!! I paid 6.00 for mine, but she threw
in a couple of Simanco attachments I happened to be looking for, so I
felt quite pleased!

Anyway....I actually bought an old White Rotary, at least in part,
because I could use the low shank greist attachments with it....I have 3
boxes of them......
Date: Fri, 12 Jan 1996 15:47:50 -0500
Subject: Buttonholers

Since there is too much snow to do anything interesting, like go to thrift
stores, I cleaned out my sewing room. In the process, I got out both my
Kenmore buttonholer which fits the old White and the Singer buttonholer which
fits the FW. I have a little mystery here. The templates for Singer and
Kenmore are identical-down to the little letter squiggle inside each
template. They are interchangeable between the two buttonholers. The
feeddog covers are also twins. The Kenmore was made by Greist-it says so on
the bottom. Singer has only the Singer name on it. The templates go in the
same way; directions are almost word for word; oil and lube directions and
locations are identical. The ONLY difference is that the foot for the
Kenmore is a highshank attachment. I have a funny feeling that Singer farmed
out the mfg on that particular attachment. So-if you need a feeddog cover,
or extra templates for a Singer buttonholer that you already have, keep an
eye open. If the price is right, the Kenmore might be worth considering.
BTW, I only paid $5 for my buttonholer. Can't remember what the Kenmore
cost since I bought it brand new years ago.
Date: Sat, 13 Jan 1996 18:58:39 -0500 (EST)
From: Lydia Pratt
Subject: Attachment Feet

OK, so I went back to the Thrift Shop to check out the
buttonholer box with the pictures and descriptions of the different
attachment types. The good news is that I had misread the price and it
was much more affordable than I had originally thought. Oh well, what's
one more buttonholer among friends...

Anyway, this Greist buttonholer has a plastic casing (that could pass as
blue) and the date on the instruction book is Copyright 1966. The
illustrations on the bottom of the box define five different types of
attachment feet, as follows:

Model #1, Side Screw Clamping. This is the type with the bent horizontal
prongs that will fit the FW. The box says this type will fit: "Singer,
White, Brother, Morse, Atlas, Kenmore, Domestic, Free Westinghouse and
most all imported straight stitch sewing machines"

Model #2, Top Clamping. This is the type with horizontal prongs that
slides on from the front. The box says this type will fit: "White,
Kenmore, Domestic, Majestic, Franklin, Worlds, Dressmaster and all Rotary
machines made by White & Domestic Sewing Machine Corp."

Model #3, Top Clamping. Also the type with horizontal prongs that slides
on from the front. These prongs, however, appear to be shorter than those
shown for Model #1. The box says this type will fit: "Kenmore (49, 71,
76), Free Rotary, Free-Westinghouse, New Home (Rotary), Stratford, Most
all machines made by Free & New Home Sewing Maching Company."

Model #4, Top Clamping. Also the type with horizontal prongs that slides
on from the front. In the illustration, the slot appears to be wider (and
the prongs therefore narrower) than those shown for Model #1. The box
says this type will fit: "Eldredge, National, Montgomery Ward, all
machines made by national Sewing Machine Company."

Model #5, Slant Needle. The box says "Singer only" [surprise! surprise!]

If you own an actual machine, you may be able to distinguish among models
2, 3, and 4 by the shape of the the knurled knob and needle attachment
mechanism shown. I will be happy to photocopy the bottom of the box if
anyone wants the illustrations -- sorry, I don't know how I could scan
these in. I may even be able to enlarge them a little via photocopier.
E-mail me your snail mail address.
Date: 14 Jan 96 18:34:24 EST
From: "Shirley E. Senitza"
Subject: Monogrammer - Part Number

Per Terry in Montana's request: "MONOGRAMERS: Would someone please give the
part number on these and the copyright date in the manual?"

I just posted a note asking some questions about monogrammers, but I can tell
you that the one I have is No. 171256 for "slant-needle zig-zag sewing machines
for use with 750 series machines" It came with feed cover #161825 for "Touch &
Sew and Slant-O-Matic Zig-Zag sewing machines with elevator throat plates".

The manual goes into detail that other feed covers--#507661 or #86748--will be
needed for "Touch & Sew...machines with magnetic throat plates" and "zig-zag
throat plate of vertical-needle zig-zag...machines, respectively. The manual is
dated 1969 and was printed in Great Britian. Inside the hinged top door of the
monogrammer, one of the parts is also stamped Great Britian and has it's own
part unique number. Included in the box are 26 round disks for all the letters
A-Z. The manual also includes a clear plastic "initial placement guide". It's
very modern-looking, over-all, and I do not think it has ever been used! I am
curious if there were other models of monogrammers made by Singer, aren't you?
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 1996 09:21:32 EST
Subject: Marked Needle Plates

Some of you have had an interest in needle plates with seam markings on
them. You can get new marked plates for the 201, 15-91, 15-88, 15-90, and
15-125. It might also fit other 15-Calss machines but I'm not sure. It is
part no. 173585 and is available from Brewer if your dealer orders from
them. It will probably cost $10-12.
Al in IL
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 1996 11:23:27 EST
Subject: Pinkers

One thing I don't think I've seen mentioned are the Singer pinkers.
One type was called the ball bearing hand operated pinking machine. The
base and clamp are just like the Singer toy machines. It has a black
crackle finish and an adjustable guide.
The other type attaches to the machine in place of the presser foot. It
came in at least 2 versions. One has a black crinkle finish and is a real
contraption. The other version has a smooth finish, is smaller and doesn't
look to be quite as well made.
Al in IL
Date: Mon, 22 Jan 1996 09:05:15 EST
Subject: Greist Attachments

Hi All,
I found the sweetest Greist attachment the other day. It's called the
Automatic Decorative Zigzagger and came in a green and blue box. It's the
same size and shape as the Singer blind stitch attachment except it's red
rather than black and has 6 tiny discs which snap to the side to change the
stitch pattern. It functions surprisingly well and produces the most
beautiful and delicate patterns you ever saw. The instruction book is
dated 1957.
Al in IL
Subject: FW Attachment & Parts List
Date: Mon, 22 Jan 96 12:31:54 -0500
From: Terry (

I've procrastinated in typing this list because I didn't know how to
combine it with the one I published in October. And, while this list comes
directly from MACHINE SEWING by Singer, I am working from two copyright
dates of the same book and sometimes the same foot on one list has a
different name and number in the other book. My book's copyright is 1950;
my other source is a photocopy of a list from a book published before 1950
which Krisi sent to me. Obviously if they changed, improved and added feet
during this time period, what must they have done between 1950 and 1970?

Therefore, I am limiting this list to what I actually find in these books.
Please refer to my October 31, 1995 list in the FWF Archives for numbers
that Krisi, I and many FWFanatics found on the attachments that accompanied
our beloved FWs. Between the two lists you should be able to identify most
of your feet. A word of caution: Don't assume like many of us have, that if
you have a low shank foot that it will fit a FW. MACHINE SEWING covers
Model 15s, 24s, 66s, 99, 101, 115, 127-128, 201 and 1200, and 221. Early
model 15s do not take the same Foot Hemmer as later model 15s but that early
model 15 foot will fit the FW! But then, often the same attachment will be
listed for ALL the machines and models. I'd be interested in hearing an
explanation for this!

The first number listed below will be from MACHINE SEWING copyright 1950;
any second number is from the previous edition. By 1950 six attachments came
with FW, but the earlier book only lists five attachments. I'm typing it
straight from the book including column headings. For your future treasure
hunts, I've included things that don't actually attach to your FW such as
Bias Cutting Gauge, Hand Pinker, etc. so you will know that they are out
there. Also, freearm FWs are not mentioned and probably weren't made prior
to 1954. Look on the Oct 31st list for those part numbers.

published by Singer Sewing Machine Co., 1950 & earlier - (Terry Sampson and
the FWFanatics of the World Wide Quilting Page)

Binder, Multiple Slotted 160359, 121464

Edge Stitcher 36865
Gatherer 121441
Adjustable Hemmer 35931
Foot Hemmer 120855
Ruffler 120598
[Note: Some earlier machines did not include edge stitchers or gatherers but
did have tuckers 36583 according to these sources.]


Braiding Presser Foot 36067
Blind Stitcher 160616
Blind Stitch Braider 121614
Buttonholer 160506
Corder - Left Toe 15429
Corder - Right Toe 125035
Cording & Slide Fastener Foot - Adjustable 121877
Darning Foot Spring 121094
Embroiderer - one thread 26538
Embroiderer - two threads 35505
Feed Cover Plate 121309
Flange Hemmer [Note: There is no flange hemmer for a 221, 101, 24, or some
15s but #36333 fits other low shanks.]
Gauge - presser foot with adjustable guides 121718, 35207
Hemstitcher & Picoter 121387
Quilter 35932
Shirring Plate 121170
Singercraft Guide 121079
Singercraft Fagoter 121255
Tubular Trimmer 35985
Tucker 36583
Underbraider 121547
Zigzagger 160620, 121638


Belt Hook 25027
Belt Punch 120616
Bias Gauge 25525
Cloth Guide 25527B
Cording Attachment 26399
Darner, Large-flat work 26088 (however the earlier book says 36088)
Darner-for stockings 35776
Finger Guard 121151 (attaches to presser foot screw for machines having
needle threaded right to left)
Material Gripper 121318
Needle Threader - Universal 121632
Needle Threader and Ripper 121634
Oil Can 120862 (supplied with machine)
Pinker, Machine Operated 121021 (cutter w/28 teeth 120993
Pinker, Hand Operated 121379 (same cutter number as above)
Pinker Cutter - 28 teeth 120993
Pinker Cutter - 42 teeth 121143
Pinker Cutter - No teeth 121242
Screwdriver, Machine large 25537 (supplied with machine)
Screwdriver, Tension small 120378 (supplied with machine)
Skirtmarker 160439
Skirtmarker Yardstick 121713
Skirtmarker Yardstick Base 121714
Stiletto 25539


Bias Cutting Gauge 25525 (fits on tip of scissors; early answer to a rotary
cutting wheel!)
Clamp Stop Motion Screw 51350ZB
Cloth Guide Thumb Screw 50053B
Hemstitching Attachment 120687 (evidently different from Hemstitcher listed
Key 124428
Motor Lubricant 190613
Rubber Ring (for Bobbin Winder) 15287
Spool Pin 2007
Tension Disc 2102
Throat Plate Screw 691A
Zipper Foot 121877
[Also listed are irons, folding or travel iron and sewing stools.]
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 1996 09:34:59 -0500
Subject: for Lydia

I have both a 121795 buttonholer and a 489510. Both come with a feed dog
cover and screws. The 121795 feed dog cover is significantly smaller in
length, but the width is the same for both buttonholers. The 121795 does
NOT come with cams. There are adjustable ruler sections for setting the
desired width and bight of the buttonhole. Then you turn a knob to advance
the foot section ruler to its farthest point, hit the pedal and watch your
buttonholer appear. The 489510 comes with drop in cams, but again you turn a
knob to set the beginning of the buttonhole. They really don't look much
alike. I used to have a 121795 back in the dark ages when I owned a Spartan
(longer ago than I like to remember). I have one again. I can work out the
settings for the buttonhole size as I dimly remember the routine. What I am
in need of is the instructions for lubing the buttonholer. If anyone can
help, I'd appreciate it.
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 1996 08:01:09 -0600 (CST)
From: "Daryl C. Youngman" (
Subject: Buttonholers

Someone asked anbout the differences in Singer buttonholers, and why all
the different part numbers. I hope this clarifies some of the questions:

Part Number 160506
This fits our favorite FW's and several other straight shank machines.
Many were produced through the 1940's. Thet are typically black with
white trim, a white knob, and usually come in the soft plastic boxes that
are green, black, or sometimes maroon (black and maroon are less common).

Part Number 160743
This is visually similar to the unit described above, but it fits slant
machines and was built for the 301 in the late '40's. I have used them
successfully on a Model 600 and a Model 744 (both slant machines). These
are less common than the unit above.

Part Number 489500 (or 489510)
These were produced in the very late '50's and into the '60's. The first
number fits straight machines and the second fits slant machines. They
can be identified by their plastic (not metal) covers, and come in
several colors, usually beige. Many of you will identify this version by
the oval or bullet shaped hard plastic box.

Part Number 381116
This is billed as the Professional buttonholer. It fits slant machines
of the 401 series and up. It is a more "modern" design than those above,
and it comes with plastic, not metal cams. One feature is the ability to
make round eyelets that are made similar to traditional shaped eyelets.
These units were made in Great Britain. There are two variations to
accommodate the magnetic needele plates that were used on some 600 series
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 1996 20:28:01 EST
Subject: 121795 Buttonholer

Haven't posted for a while, but I read faithfully and thank you all for
the great information.

I have a manual for 121795 Buttonholer and if anyone wants a copy, send
your address via e-mail and I'll send it to you. Lubricating:"a drop
of Singer oil or Singer motor lubricant to" the following points:
Looking from the front right towards the buttonholer, 3 places -- large
wheel behind the screw at center, on top of wheel; toothed wheel; and
towards the front below and to the front of the toothed wheel. Looking
from the left, 4 places -- front and back of word Singer, top of wheel
with wing nut on side and below that wheel near the plate. "Wipe dry so
as not to stain the work." The book also contains part numbers for
all the pieces of the buttonholer.
Subject: Tucker and Throat Plate
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 96 19:13:39 -0500
From: Terry (
I cannot identify your part #160845 or #121893. My MACHINE SEWING book only
covers parts up to 1950 so perhaps these parts were manufactured after that.
They could have the same name as parts on my list but were changed a bit,
thus a new number. I have several feet that are essentially the same but
each has its own number.

The large contraption with the two measured scales is called a tucker. It
is for making tucks lengthwise in the fabric and then also crosswise over
the lengthwise tucks if desired. All of my lists have the #36583 listed for
that foot. Sometimes numbers are inside the area that screws onto the
machine but I do have feet with no numbers so that's possible, too.

Your throat plate #121392 goes with your Hemstitcher and Picot Edger. That
is the throat plate for a 221. In order to use that Hemstitcher with other
models, you would need a throat plate specific to that machine. There is a
guide on the last page of the instruction manual with a list of plate
numbers corresponding to machines.
Date: Sat, 03 Feb 1996 12:43:02 EST
Subject: It was me!

I learned a bit of trivia that I'd like to pass on. The little felt
circle that your spool of thread sits on on top of the FW, well,
there's usually another felt circle on the bottom of the machine (in
the middle where the bolt screws in). They say it's either a spare
circle or a pad to sop up extra oil.
Date: Sun, 4 Feb 1996 13:51:18 -0500
From: (Bob Campbell)
Just wanted to let you know that the small felt pad on the bottom of your FW
is not a spare pad for the spool, nor is it to sop up grease or oil ... it
is instead meant to act as a lock washer for the nut that holds the plate
onto the bottom of your machine. This was necessary due to the vibration of
the FW during sewing. Without this felt lock washer, the nut can eventually
unscrew itself and fall off. This was Singer's low tech way of solving a
problem that today would be solved with a metal or plastic locknut.


haywood6 said...

I have a singer attachment # 28915. Do you have any idea as to what it does?

dutchgirl said...

I have several attachments that I need to know which machine they will work on.Can anyone help?
Buttonholer 489500,489210.102880
Monagram 171256,171276
feet 160625,160626,161174,161185,161186
feedplate 446143,21913