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November 8, 2008

Industrial Buttonholer

Filed under: Gigi,Tools — Gigi @ 11:40 am

Well, here it is. It’s a beastly-looking thing, isn’t it? I’m not sure how much I’ll use it but I’m anxious to try it out and see how it works. Thank goodness the instruction booklet is a bit better than the typical translated-from-Japanese manuals that often leave me scratching my head.

Since some of you asked, this is intended for use on an industrial straight-stitch machine but will also work on a commercial zigzag (like my Singer 20U-33) set for straight stitch. This is basically just the industrial version of the old Singer/Greist buttonholers made for straight-stitch machines – the ones that came in the old dark green (for vertical needle) or maroon (for slant needle) plastic boxes. The attachment moves the fabric back and forth but width and length has to be set manually since there are no templates.




  1. Wow, that looks almost sci-fi! What machine does it hook up to?

    Comment by Gorgeous Things — November 8, 2008 @ 11:55 am

  2. I have one that looks a lot like that, though I think it’s not exactly the same. Mine is sans instructions, so I am most interested to see what this machine can do. Please post more information!

    Comment by Kay Y — November 8, 2008 @ 12:12 pm

  3. My goodness! Looking forward to your post(s) about this contraption. I think I’ll stick with having my buttonholes made in the garment district for now.

    Comment by LindsayT — November 8, 2008 @ 1:31 pm

  4. The picture brought flashbacks of my mom trying to a)attach the buttonholer to the machine, b) finding the correct gear-like cog to obtain the correct size, c) trying to make a buttonhole–you could tell she dreaded it each time she had to make buttonholes.

    Comment by Cel — November 8, 2008 @ 5:50 pm

  5. I would never, ever have guessed that was a buttonholer! I’m eager to hear your report on using this.

    Comment by Elaray — November 8, 2008 @ 6:57 pm

  6. Wow….looks fierce!

    Do keep us updated, please….


    Comment by Pam~Off The Cuff~ — November 9, 2008 @ 6:28 am

  7. Oh, but think of the ugly duckling story, and “Beauty and the Beast” etc! Can’t wait to see what wonders it produces – look forward to the pics & your posts!

    I have late ’50s Singer Buttonholer in it’s little atomic/space age ovoid pink plastic case. It’s a think of beauty – I keep it on my sewing table.

    Comment by joyce — November 10, 2008 @ 1:05 pm

  8. I would like to know what sewing machine you use with this buttonholer.


    Comment by LindaNan — November 11, 2008 @ 3:55 pm

  9. So Gigi, have you tried the buttonhole maker as yet?

    Comment by Gemma — November 17, 2008 @ 11:42 am

  10. Hi,
    I came accross your site through Google Images. I have a “Famous” Buttonhole Worker that looks just like this one. I am trying to sell it but I am not sure how much to ask for it. It’s an older one made in the early 1950’s. If you could e-mail me any information I would really appriciate it.

    Comment by Kelly — September 9, 2009 @ 4:44 pm

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