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Try out those fearsome objects and have fun!
on 14 October 2009
While it is perhaps true that owners and collectors of vintage sewing machines will get the most out of this book, many of these attachments are still available to buy new and I gather they can be used on many modern machines, so the previous one star review seems to be rather unfair. I would say he has simply bought the wrong book and is blaming the author for his own mistake. However, I don't own a modern machine myself, so perhaps I'm not qualified to judge.
What I can say is that if, like me, you love vintage sewing machines and have always been mystified by those boxes of mysterious and ferocious-looking implements that tend to come with them, then this is the book for you! I have been having great fun hunting out the attachments that accompanied my three vintage Singer machines and can now identify a ruffler or a multi-slotted binder on sight! I'm looking forward to the next stage: actually learning to use them by following the guidance in the book.
Twenty-seven attachments are covered, including: seam guide, bias-cutting gauge, binder, tucker, ruffler, foot hemmer, felling foot, embroidery foot, edge stitcher, zigzagger, walking foot, buttonholer and others. One or two, such as the fusible-tape maker, are presumably relatively modern inventions. So you should be able to identify and learn to use the main ones you are likely to find in those green Singer boxes that came with the old machines.
I am emphasizing Singer machines because that is what I happen to own but the book is not necessarily specific to Singer - Greist hemmers are included, there are pictures of a Wilcox and Gibbs chain-stitcher and an introductory section advises on buying a sewing machine, determining shank type and how to clamp attachments on different types of machine.
I possess some of the older Singer books which include the use of attachments, but I confess I have never previously delved into them, being somewhat daunted by the old, slightly murky black and white photographs and old-fashioned style. This book, with its colour photos, attractive layout and clear instructions has given me the confidence to investigate both the attachments themselves and the older instruction books further.
I love this book and can highly recommend it for fans of vintage sewing machines.