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Offline J Miller

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I've got a new buttonholer for my collection.
« on: November 15, 2012, 01:21:27 AM »
I think I've mentioned I collect buttonholers.   Well, I added a new buttonholler to my collection. It's a Precision Built B - 3 low shank unit.

It came with the cams, a feed dog cover plate, screws, a template puller to pull the cams out of the end of it. And instructions. Shows little if any use.


Instead of opening the bottom like the Greist made buttonhollers or the top like the Kenmore and Singer Professional ones, you push the 1/2 cam into the rear of the buttonholler until is snaps in.


Then to remove the cam you push the template puller in with the little tab facing up under the cam and then pull it out.
So far I've oiled it and examined it, but haven't used it yet. I'll have to do that soon.

Until this one all the other buttonhollers I've collected have been made in the U.S.A., this one is marked Made in Japan. It actually came with a seam ripper, the instructions call it a "fork cutter" to cut the buttonholes after you've made them. That's missing, but I can replace it easily.

I've got to find a way to display all my button hollers and take a group picture of them.

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Re: I've got a new buttonholer for my collection.
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2012, 01:54:48 AM »
I've had this one to, though it was branded as a Brother (I sold it with one of my renovated vintage machines).

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Re: I've got a new buttonholer for my collection.
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2012, 02:54:53 AM »
I'm imagining the half-cam getting out of alignment and all my buttonholes being half.  But I can see that it is more efficient from a materials point of view.  Thanks for the picture.
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Re: I've got a new buttonholer for my collection.
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2012, 03:19:16 PM »
The 1/2 pattern cam actually snaps into place.   I can't tell exactly what holds it but it's held in place.   I'm going to test run this one later today.  If it works I'll post a pic of the button holes it makes.

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Re: I've got a new buttonholer for my collection.
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2012, 10:31:42 PM »
Yep, it's actually a very lovely attachment. I wish I could find a maker of new ones.

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Re: I've got a new buttonholer for my collection.
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2012, 11:46:21 PM »
Yep, it's actually a very lovely attachment. I wish I could find a maker of new ones.

Cyndy,

Just a question but do you think anyone could or would make a good quality buttonholer at an affordable price considering that almost all machines sold today have built in buttonhole stitches?

I'd love it if they did, I might even buy one.    But with so many older used ones out there, is there a market for a new one?

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Re: I've got a new buttonholer for my collection.
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2012, 01:24:57 AM »
there might be a small repop market one the used ones dry up.

even the high shank industrial buttonholers still in production days are numbered as dedicated buttonhole machines drop in price and many new single needle machines don't even have a clamp bar to run them.

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Re: I've got a new buttonholer for my collection.
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2012, 10:45:12 PM »
I've never seen one like that before.

I just scored a Greist and 14 metal templates on ebay.

Come on UPS, Drive faster! :)
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Re: I've got a new buttonholer for my collection.
« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2012, 03:01:07 PM »
I've never seen one like that before.

I just scored a Greist and 14 metal templates on ebay.

Come on UPS, Drive faster! :)

 :) :)  I can sure relate to that!   ;D ;D

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Re: I've got a new buttonholer for my collection.
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2012, 10:42:59 PM »
Thought I'd give you a link to this post...MoreJoy found a buttonholer included in a soon-to-close National Goodwill auction.  I have no idea if this is one anyone would be interested in, but there it is!

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