Sewing Machine Attachments - Buttonholers, Zigzaggers etc

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Buttonholers and zigzaggers work on straight-stitch machines to do a little magic - they push the fabric from side-to-side to make the pattern of stitching required. Most buttonholers come with a feed-cover plate (unless noted below), but I have always found it better to drop or remove the feed dogs if I want to make more than one or two buttonholes.. I have never found a modern machine which does a buttonhole as neatly as these attachments do. All have instructions, original if possible, or neatly reproduced. I can also supply copies of the instruction booklets for all of these models and some others on request; from 50p for single sheet instructions to £5 for booklets...Click Here for details

Page updated and tickled firmly.. 5th March 2017


ZZ042 High Shank Recordia Zick Zack with instructions in German, extra plates and charming box; £35

ZZ029 Low Shank Zick Zack Kuli; £30

ZZ023 Low Shank "Boy" - Cream. Very easy to use.
With instructions; £20
Regular Singer Zigzag attachment
ZZ005 Regular Low Shank Singer Zigzag attachment foot (top) with Edge Joining plate (below); £15:
ZZ006 £13.50 without
Instructions but no box.
Converts your Straight stitch machine to zigzag.
I usually have a few of these in stock
ZZ005b, Joining plate only; £2.50

ZZ020a Singer Low Shank Automatic with big red cams; £45 (SOLD OUT, please ask to be informed when I get more)
Not shown but looks very much like: ZZ020b, for Slant Shank machines (labelled for the 301); £40
Wurker Zick-zack attachment, for High Shank Domestic machines
ZZ014 Wurker Zick-zack attachment, for High Shank Domestic machines, with 3 plates, box and instructions.
I love this one... Works really well...SOLD
Also Low Shank ZZ021a with only one plate and a scruffy box; £35
I also have reproduced instruction books for these; MAR036; £4

ZZ038 Low Shank YS Star Adjustable.. Small, neat, very good condition; £15

ZZ027 Singer Hemstitcher and Picot Attachment 121387, with Feed Cover plate 121389 for 66 and 99 class machines.
With box, fixing screw and repro instructions; £75
MAR052 Reproduced instructions for the above; £5

Zigzagger Spares

ZZ043 Box only for Singer "Swiss" zigzagger; £35

From the side

Blind Hem Attachments

Greist Blind Hem Attachment
ZZ022 Greist Blind Hem Attachment in nice box. Instructions and a pretty card skirt-shape to explain how to fold the hem; £30
MAR038 Repro Instruction booklet and copy of the other paperwork; £5
 Singer Blind Hem Attachment
ZZ004 Singer Blind Hem Attachment. Fits all low shank machines - useful for applique.. and hemming, of course £25 (with repro instructions; no box) With original instructions; £27
MAE023 Original Instruction books; £6
MAR037 Repro Instruction booklet; £5

ZZ004a One with a box!!; £30 with original manual

ZZ040 Ruby Blind Hemmer attachment in good box, with instructions. Immaculate; £40


All buttonholers have been tested on a Singer treadle machine (if appropriate)
Black buttonhole attachment
BH007 "Black" Buttonhole attachment.
My favourite! Complete and working, serviced, oiled, with instructions; £27.50
MAR007 Repro buttonholer instruction manual; £5
MAE027 Original Instruction booklets from £5 - 8 according to condition, and we can supply new card inners for the boxes at £5
Red Case buttonhole attachment
BH006 "Red Case" Buttonhole Attachment; £25
Very like the black ones, except cream, and a good quality plastic box

MAR007 Repro buttonholer instruction manual; £5
MAE027 Original Instruction booklets from £5 - 8 according to condition
I also have a spare box and some spare parts for these buttonholers
Singer Jetson buttonholer attachment for Slant Shank machines
BH032 Singer "Jetson" for Slant Shank machines. Quite the most extravagant box I have ever seen.
Complete, immaculate, instructions, cams..; £40
MAR045 Reproduced manual for this attachment; £5

BH035 Jetson for Low Shank machines. Immaculate; £47.50

BH055 One of these would be a curiosity, two in the same week seems like an embarrassment of riches
Kenmore HS buttonholer and accessories as showm with a pretty box; £40

And here's the box

And here's the second one - BH056, with a slightly different set of bits, and a slightly different box..
Also £40

And the box.. Such interesting thingummies...

Scroll right down the page for matching Monogrammers..

BH049 Rainbow with nice box and instructions. Nicely bare..; £28

BH051 All I know about this one is that it is German.. The box has been nibbled by snails on its journey to England, it travels with its own personal spanner, and it has a built-in feed cover.. Ingenious and rather curious...; £25

BH047 Ruby, astonishingly like the Rainbow above, no box; £25

BH046 Professional for Slant-shank Zig-zag Singers, immaculate; £35 (Sorry, out of stock)
Not shown, but identical to see, BH046a, for Low Shank machines; £40
Ruby  buttonholer attachment
BH034 Ruby for Low Shank, with reproduced instructions and nice box; £35
Singer Cam Buttonholer for Slant Shank machines. Red 'pebble' case
BH030 Singer Cam Buttonholer for Slant Shank machines. Red "pebble" case
Complete and in good condition; £35 (Sold out, but please ask, as I get these in frequently)
Not shown: BH031, with black case for Low Shank machines; £35
MAR039 Repro manual for this and the slant shank version; £5

BH052 YS Star Industrial High Shank, with the extra needle-clamp screw and attaching screw, tested, instructions, and the obligatory scuffed-to-pieces box; £45
Singer Golden Panorama Automatic Buttonholer attachment
BH010 Singer Golden Panorama Automatic Buttonholer, for Slant Shank machines, as new condition; £27-50
See below for spare cams, booklet etc. for this type..

BH044 Greist with cams, Low shank, in restored box; £25

BH044 Box restored..
Kenmore Cam Buttonholer for Top Clamping machines
BH028 Kenmore Cam Buttonholer for Top Clamping machines; £35
Kenmore Cam Buttonholer for Top Clamping machines - detail
BH028 detail of fixing

BH045 YS Star with no feed cover plate (for 201 or other drop-feed machines); £12.50
Brown Tin Box with Cam Buttonholer attachment
BH003 Brown Tin Box with Cam Buttonholer. Really nice item..£35
Brown Tin Box with Cam Buttonholer
Tin for the item on the left...
Jones Auto buttonholer attachment
BH026 Jones Auto, complete, with cams; £30

BH024 Cream Bakelite box with cam buttonholer, very good; £25

Buttonholer Spares

Odd buttonholer cams
BH012 - Odd metal buttonholer cams -
Straight 5/16, 1-1/16;
Keyhole 1-1/16 (all inches). Some repeats
Fit Singer, Jones, Greist and some other buttonholer attachments - £1.50 each
BH012a Plastic versions (these can be swapped with the above)
Straight 5/16, 5/8, 13/16, 1-1/16; Keyhole 1-1/16

BH037 Set of 21 cams for Golden Panoramic buttonholer. (Note that these are not interchangeable with the metal ones on the left); £1.50 each or £25 set

BH036 Feed Cover Plate for Singer types BH006 and BH007; £10

BH029 Singer "Top Hat" Cams for making buttonholes; £6 each

BH038 Empty box for Singer Golden Panoramic buttonholer, with internal packaging, very good; £5
MAE065 Original booklet for this machine, immaculate; £SOLD
MAR053 repro booklet; £5

BH040 Attaching screw; £2.50

BH042 Greens Buttonholer box and instruction leaflet only; £5

BH041 Jones attaching screw; £1.50
Not shown but see above, BH033 Red Case buttonholer box in good condition (I also have many spare parts for Red and Black types) £4.50

Stitch Cams

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And Finally

OF390 Barnum's Self-Sewer - ingenious bed-attaching device for making tucks and hems, originally supplied with Willcox and Gibbs and some Wheeler and Wilson machines. With Advertisement leaflet (reproduced) which pretty much explains its use; £30

OF390 Another view

OF391 Appears to be a "fake" version of the above. Very convincing £22

OF378 Cut-and-Sew (imitation overlocker) attachment. New in box, with instructions; £40

ZZ046 Not one, but two Kenmore Monogrammers (High Shank, I think) arrived at once.. Wonderful bits of kit. Vary slightly, as you can see; £45, complete with 26 cams and instructions...

ZZ046 Box (very similar box for the one below...

See above.. ZZ047 in all it's eccentric glory, also £45

ZZ035 Janome Alphabet Stitcher. Immaculate, complete, in box with instructions.. This appears to work on any Low Shank Zigzag machine; £85

ZZ035 Box
My address is:-
Helen Howes
Helen Howes Sewing Machines
4, The Raveningham Centre, Beccles Road, Raveningham, Norfolk, NR14 6NU. United Kingdom
01508 548137
From outside the UK dial:- 0044 1508 548137
I'm open 11 till 5 every day except Tuesdays and Wednesdays