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This is currently up for auction at shopgoodwill. https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/103388105

I think I can identify some of the items as being alignment gages of some sort although I am pretty sure that the foot at the bottom right is not something used for repair. The black thing on the upper right, I know I have seen mentioned somewhere but I have no idea what it is. It seems to be getting some interest in the bidding so if you know and can describe what each clearly seen item does Iā€™d love to know!

I saved two closeup photos as auction photos do not show up if the auction has been closed for a long while.



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Colorado Jim, that is, I believe, an accessories case for a Singer 99.
The two long guides are the Singercraft guides, for embellishing, and the black item looks like a Singer pinking attachment. The item in the green box bottom, is that an embroidery attachment?
The box itself is quite collectible.
I've never seen one in person. Thanks for sharing!

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The item in the green box is a hemstitcher attachment.  Lori has ID'd the other items with exception to the attachment directly under the pinker - it's a zigzag attachment.
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Actually, the box is called a "Fashion Aids Case The long items - the one on the left is a Singercraft Fagoter and the other one is a Singercraft Guide.  The Zig-Zagger attachment number is probably 121706 and the hemstitcher is 121387. 

https://singer-featherweight.com/products/singercraft-fagoter-vintage-original
https://singer-featherweight.com/products/singercraft-guide-singer-vintage-original


The colored links for the Fashion Aids case, zig-zagger, hemstitcher  are on singer-featherweight.com.  The colored links for the fagoter and guide have some manuals and some additional information. 

From my understanding the case came with some optional accessories that would fit.  Like  one could get the hand crank pinker or the pinker attachment.  One could choose the buttonholer or the material gripper.  It also would have a skirt hem marker.

Does anybody know what size the bag that held multiple ordinary attachments that originally came with the case is?

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Does anybody know what size the bag that held multiple ordinary attachments that originally came with the case is?

Janey

Here's a picture of the bag that I believe usually held the special-order type attachments, like gauge feet, braiding feet, etc.  Looks like it's about 4" x 4".  It's a little small to be holding all the regular attachments and my guess is that those would have been included in their usual green Singer cardboard box.  These cases were able to be outfitted for whatever machine you wanted - you would order the appropriate attachments for your machine.  I've seen them in black with red interior, grey (like this one) with red interior, blue with blue interior and brown with beige-ish interior.  I've also seen an older version that had only one snap-shut lock on the front.

Some of them had the pretty color lid insert, while others had a black and white typed paper insert that named the attachments and where they go.

Oh, and be careful with that fagoter.  Unless the foot is hiding in the case somewhere, it's MIA and they can run around $100 just for the foot. And the adjustable zigzagger has something odd sticking out of the front end of it and it's not the normal extra piece that can be attached unless it's been really bent up in a bad way.  The ZZer would probably still work, but you never know.  At least those are relatively cheap.

And I'll see if I can attach a pic of the fronts and backs of a couple of different Fashion Aids leaflets that were usually included with the purchase.



Don't know if this is going to work or not.  It's not looking right while I'm editing the post.  We'll see.

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Well, I'm unable to insert any pics right now.  Not sure what's going on.  I'll try just attaching them instead.  Hope that works.

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Nope, I'm just getting errors trying to insert photos or attach the pics.  Maybe I can upload tomorrow...

Edited:  Nope, still can't get the pics to either insert or attach.  I don't understand why not.  I've done this plenty of times before and I can open the pics just fine.  I took them with my camera, so there shouldn't be a problem.  Maybe I'll try "editing" them with some software and see if that does anything.  Really weird.
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Shucky darn.  I want to see pictures.  Let's see if I can add my case -

mine_fromad_600x450.jpg  The Gauge Presser Foot came in a manila envelope, but missing the narrowest guide.  The Singercraft tool was missing, but had the extension guides. 


Needless to say, the leather handle was broken, so broke off when picked up.
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Still can't add any pics.  I've cleared my cookies, tried different browsers, still isn't letting me upload the pics.  Maybe I'll PM them to you, Janey, and you can upload them for this post šŸ˜‰

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Edited:  Tried to PM the pics to you, Janey, but they wouldn't attach there, either.  This is really odd.
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try inserting?

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I've tried inserting, attaching, nada.  I've now also cleared my cache, in addition to my cookies, tried other browsers, still no joy.  Don't get it.
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I tried to insert the photo's Erika sent me but they wouldn't load.  I resized to 50% in paint and they will load.  Thank you, Erika.  I hadn't seen one of the brochures, but had seen the other one - on the net.

The bag for some of the attachments.

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and the front & back of the brochures.

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That's strange because they're pics that I took with my camera, just like many others that have loaded fine before.  I did open them up in Paint and saved them again as JPEGs, but didn't do anything with re-sizing them, so will try that next time. 

Thanks for the help!
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Shucky darn.  I want to see pictures.  Let's see if I can add my case -

The Gauge Presser Foot came in a manila envelope, but missing the narrowest guide.  The Singercraft tool was missing, but had the extension guides. 


Needless to say, the leather handle was broken, so broke off when picked up.
Janey


Wow, Janey!  That is quite the collection and mostly complete.  How did these Fashion Aid Cases work- did folks buy the case filled?  Or maybe they got the case to store their growing collection of attachments?  Or maybe the Singer sales staff used them to demo at homes?
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I don't know how complete it was.  There was quite a bit there.  The Skirt Marker box had a bunch of general attachments, but no Skirt Marker.  It also did not  have the Singercraft guide  I had one from years ago, but didn't have the extensions. 

I think, years ago, I saw a box at a thrift store that had the pictures of the things you could do with the "Fashion Aids" like what is shown at the open box on the right. 
http://ismacs.net/singer_sewing_machine_company/featherweight_attachment_case.html


The pinking attachment did not have the instructions.

It had a fabric bag, but I know it isn't the one that originally came with it.   I have been trying to find the size of the original for years.

All-in-all. I was happy to get it.

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How did these Fashion Aid Cases work- did folks buy the case filled?  Or maybe they got the case to store their growing collection of attachments?  Or maybe the Singer sales staff used them to demo at homes?

From what I understand, you could pick out the attachments you wanted to some degree.  The typed lid insert shows what was supposed to go into each slot in the case insert.  Here's a scan of an insert that I cleaned up just a bit that shows some of the options you could choose:
Fashion Aids Case Lid Insert.jpg 
Yippee, I was able to insert the pic.  So, depending on what machine you had, you would choose a hemstitcher for that machine, etc, so sometimes the cases are more specific for the featherweight while others are for the 201 or 15.  I'm SURE that the Singer representative would also be more than happy to demonstrate to a customer the single-thread and 2-thread embroidery attachments, fagoter set, etc and swap out the skirt marker, say, for the more upscale attachment at an increased price. 

I've bought and sold (and also kept) quite a few of these over the years and they all come with different things and almost nothing is kept in its original box unless it's an embroidery attachment, an adjustable zigzagger or a green cardboard Singer box.  Those boxes fit in the slots well and have various components that need to be kept together or protected, so it makes sense.  Those huge spider buttonholders tend to warp a bend into the bottom insert area when they're in there and all the loose things tend to scrape the paper on that insert pretty badly.

Janey, the ISMACS article is interesting in that it said that the paper lid insert covered the color lid insert.  I haven't found that to be the case.  The ones that I've found have either had the color lid insert, which is very securely glued to the top of the lid, or they've had the paper insert, which might have some residual glue barely holding them to the top of the lid (most of those just fall out when you open them).  Or, the lids come with nothing at all in them, which are ones that I believe have lost their paper insert.  It's possible that the paper insert might covered a color lid, but I've never seen that.  It's always been either the color insert, the paper insert or no insert at all.

Oh, and also some of the bottom inserts come out so you could use the case for carrying other things and other bottominserts are glued into the case REALLY well.  I found that out when I was trying to take one out and couldn't understand why it wasn't coming out and thinking there was something wrong.  I only managed to get it out after using the hair dryer for a while.  The insert was only papered over halfway down to just below the point it met the case, lol!  I've seen more than one like this, so I believe some were intentionally designed to NOT be taken out.  It's a puzzlement....

So, each case is always different as to contents.  I've only found a few with skirt markers in them.  LOTS of the spider buttonholers, though.  Other contents are usually incomplete as the parts just seem to disappear over the years, like gauges for the gauge foot. 

Very few have handles that are still usable.  Generally, they're either broken or missing entirely.  I know that The Featherweight Shop carries replacement handles that work well, so don't let a missing handle keep you from buying one.  You'll be waiting a very long time if you do, lol.

Right now, I'm trying to clean one up that came from Florida and ALL the hardware is rusty.  We'll see how that turns out.  And the inside of the case insert needs to be re-lined.  I need to figure out what kind of paper they used and see if I can figure out how to manage it.  I've not attempted this much repair before on one, so we'll see. 

I've also got one that is apparently an earlier version.  Instead of having a clasp that opens by sliding a button, this one has just a flip-down clasp.  It's in very bad shape, though, and the bottom insert is missing all of its compartment components.  I've never seen any documentation on one like this, but April from The Featherweight Shop has told me that she's seen ones like it before and I saw one like it recently sell on eBay.  As I recall, it had the compartment components intact and was in much better condition, of course.

I'm using them to store a lot of my Singer collection, so every box I have is different now šŸ˜‰
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THANK YOU!!!  [thumb]  I have been looking for a good legible image of that for a long time.

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Glad I could help šŸ˜Œ It prints out well on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper, if I recall correctly, and fits in the top of the lid really well if you're missing one. My cases with the color lid have pieces of packaging foam over them to be sure things like pinkers and such don't scratch up the beautiful image.
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Yes, it does.  I just finished printing it and putting in the case.

Thank you.

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What a wealth of info here - thank you Janey and Ericka.  For some reason Janey - your link didn't work for me.

I love all these accessories and have most of them so now I can see what was available to fill the case.  I don't think I'll get the case as I can store them elsewhere but what a fun historical piece to collect.

I just finished using the gauge presser foot on a blouse neckline.  Here's a photo for those who may never have seen one in action - they are kind of rare.

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Glad I could help šŸ˜Œ It prints out well on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper, if I recall correctly, and fits in the top of the lid really well if you're missing one. My cases with the color lid have pieces of packaging foam over them to be sure things like pinkers and such don't scratch up the beautiful image.


Thanks so much, Ericka! I couldn't wait to print it out. My case came with no legend and some jumbled contents -- not all of them Singer. Now I can stock it with all the correct items (I think I have nearly all of them except the skirt marker) neatly in place šŸ˜€ I'll have to try to make a drawstring bag, though...

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Lol, I'm glad that all those naked lids are getting covered!  I hate to see a naked lid.  That's why I scanned one of the original printed sheets and spent a little time cleaning it up to make it look a little better.  I'd LOVE to scan one of the color inserts, but they're stuck on those lids waaaay too well to get off and scan.  I suppose I could try to take a picture, but that just never seems to turn out right, so I haven't bothered to waste any time on it. 

Chaly, the link didn't work for me, either, but I searched and found what I think Janey was pointing us to.  Here's what I found: http://ismacs.net/singer_sewing_machine_company/featherweight_attachment_case.html

And I found that The Featherweight Shop had a scan of one of the Fashion Aids pamphlets that I showed above on their website.  If anyone wants that, it's here:
https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0992/8814/files/Attachments-Case-Booklet.pdf?12408179749315364980

That little blue drawstring bag really isn't anything that would be difficult to make.  The only trick would be finding fabric that is similar to the original.  I don't know that it would be that hard to find, but you'd just have to go look unless you have stashes at home.  It's pretty thin and the string is also pretty wimpy, so any old household string should work just fine.

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Actually, I just wanted to know the size.  I'm thinking of flannel or some "silver cloth" that I picked up at the thrift store and washed. Probably washed all the good stuff out of it.

I'll try to correct the link.  I somehow get extra characters at the end.  I thought I checked.  Thank you Erika for the correct one.

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Yes, in general, when Janey posts a broken link, it's because there are a couple/few extra characters at the end.  I just go to the browser bar and backspace over the end until it looks more correct.  I suspect this frustrates Janey quite a bit!
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What an interesting topic it has turned out to be. Obviously the goodwill seller had no idea what they had! I do remember the fagoter being for sale on its own a while back. It was around the time I picked up the rug hooker device. I am guessing when people pick up those fashion aid cases at auction sites with not all items being shown they are hoping it might contain the rare embroidery attachment or some other rare thing.
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Well that goodwill action ended and it fetched 452 dollars!
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Wow, I would've guessed anywhere between $300-400.  Maybe somebody was hoping the fagoter foot was hidden somewhere in the box or they really, really wanted it šŸ˜‰
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