Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Shirring plus a few Singer Employee Secrets

**Addendum** I have no idea why the font changes from little to big to little to big. I've tried fixing it, but you'll just have to chalk it up as Blogger Interference/Annoyance.

Ever wonder what you can do with this little attachment? Using this foot has made a drastic difference in the ease of shirring, so I thought I would tell you about this obscure Singer Attachment. It's called a Shirring Foot, or sometimes referred to as the gathering attachment. By loosely hand-winding your bobbin with elastic thread you can instantly create shirred fabric with which to use for dress bodices, elasticized cuffs and more.

I suggest that when you pull your bobbin elastic thread up through the stitch plate that you also allow the upper needle thread to be pulled down through the attachment. Then, as you start out your rows be sure to hold both threads taut to secure the stitching row.

This particular attachment will fit all low, vertical shank machines including the Singer 15, 66, 99, 127, 128, 185, 192, 201, 206, 221 & 222 Featherweight, 306, 319, 328, etc.. as well as all non-Singer machines with a low, vertical shank - new and old alike.

After you shirr the fabric, steam the stitched rows with the iron on heavy-steam. I just barely hold the iron over the fabric and the shirring shrinks up quickly creating elasticity. I love it!

Or forgo the elastic thread, use regular sewing thread in the bobbin and make a tactile quilt square for baby.


Here's a RARE book that I am currently offering for sale on eBay... it is only the 2nd one I've had in the last 4 years. A few old SINGER Selling Secrets you will be sure to find . . .

publication era from the 1930's (of course!)

"This book is loaned to the employee of the Singer Sewing Machine Company who has given a receipt therefor, and must be returned to the company immediately upon discontinuance. SINGER SEWING MACHINE COMPANY, INC."

Sales tips, know-hows, as well as machine and attachment reference. And, just last night I discovered that this book has an entire section devoted the scarce Singer 24 chainstitch machine as well as it's attachments - quite a rarity indeed!

1 comment:

Michelle said...

Wow! Sure wish I would have known about our blog when you wrote this post. I would have bought that book for sure! Wish I could find another one!

Loving your blog!!!