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I do have my mother's 1955 Elna Supermatic that does manual buttonholes - where you select different stitch widths and stitch lengths and patiently work your way around the buttonhole step-by-step, but it isn't working.
So when I saw a Greist Rotary Buttonholer on TradeMe I was interested. I first came across these gadgets when Judy posted about one on her blog. I researched a little online, watched Brian's video, and discovered you could use them on straight stitch machines as long as the shank is the right height or something...
So I put in a bid for $10 and as it turns out, no-one wanted it more than me! The box is original vintage, and so is the dust:
|Yikes! I was half expecting a spider to crawl out of there!|
All five cams were present though:
And the instruction book too, thank goodness:
The fabric clamp was a bit bent, but I managed to bend it back into shape mysteriously easily...
Then I found out it doesn't fit my machine! It is designed for a low shank and my machine is high shank. After investigating high to low shank converters without success, I came to the conclusion that there was only one other option - to buy another machine.....
But that's another blog post!
I love my buttonholer now I've given it a good clean-up. And yes - some of you guessed correctly that was how I did the buttonholes on my Tangerine Tango Top!
Do you have a Greist buttonholer or similar gadget? What do you think - do you love it or loathe it?