Sunday, September 8, 2013

Part of Vintage History...."Singers Amazing ZigZagger Attachment"

Anyone who reads my Blog, knows there is a special place in my heart for vintage sewing machines and their attachments.  I'm not sure if it's because by using this vintage equipment it ties me into a past that may seem a little simpler and not so rushed or if its the mere challenge of mastering the sewing and all its, tucks, darts and seams with the same equipment our grandparents used.  The only spot on explanation I can give is that there is truly something very special about sitting and sewing with these vintage beauties that's very difficult to put into words. 

Each machine is unique in its own way and each attachment is a real achievement for its time.  So when I ran into this Singer Zigzagger Attachment for my Singer 66-8 I just had to purchase it.

Singer produced a variety of Singer Automatic Zigzagger attachments over the years to compliment there straight stitch sewing machines.  Mine is part # 160985.  It comes equipped with four pop-in cams which make some very unique stitch patterns.
(Oops...just changed the batteries in my camera...and I forgot to set the date so it put the original start up date...gotta correct that one!)

The original set of cams which came with your zigzagger attachment is called the Red Set.  The stitch patterns are ZigZag, Blind Stitch, Domino Stitch and Arrowhead.

Singer also put out three other cam sets that were sold separately.  They were called the White Set, Blue Set and Yellow Set.  Each with four different and Unique Stitch Patterns.

Can you imagine the amazement the home sewist had back in the 1950's to be able to have such a variety of stitches at there fingertips.  It must have seemed astonishing.

It is very easy to clamp onto your pressure bar for the initial set up.  On the left side is your gauge you can move back to front which reads narrow, medium or wide for the bight (width) of your stitch.

On the right side is a lever you can set all the way back in the event you need to sew some straight stitches.  It bypasses the cam so you don't have to take off the attachment.

Demonstration Time!

ZigZag Stitch

Domino Stitch

Blind Stitch

Arrowhead Stitch

This is a very cool attachment with loads of stitch cams to choose from.  "Hats off to you Singer".  It does take a little practice to get used to and have your stitch settings just right.  Don't get discouraged its a very quick learning curve.  So if you ever have the chance to purchase a Singer Zigzagger I highly recommend it!  You'll be sewing with yet another part of "Vintage Sewing History".

That is it, the end of my post for today.  We just have a couple of things left....first, the big "Shout out".

Today that is going to Lauren of LLADYBIRD She blogs out of the beautiful city of Nashville, Tennessee.  You will constantly be amazed by her incredible wardrobe that she sews with surprisingly lightning fast speed.  With her wonderful sense of humor and her straight talking approach, she is a definite must have on any blog list.

and also....

This week the "Two Thumbs Up" goes to the good folks at Kwik Sew who always brings us easy to follow sewing patterns with very clear instructions.  Thanks Kwik Sew!

Until next time....Happy Sewing!    Seam Ripper Joe