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Looking for this 1930s-1940s Singer Button Hole assembly. 160506. Let me know if you have one for sale.
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I have an extra of the older multi-adjustable low shank, if that will suffice.
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I have an extra of the older multi-adjustable low shank, if that will suffice.


Yes, the Singer 160506 is low shank.  I sent you email this evening with more info.

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I'm thinking that you might be referring to the green plastic box with templates from the 1930s-1940s as indicated at http://ismacs.net/singer_sewing_machine_company/more-on-singer-buttonholers.html  I'm guessing that either she is mistaken or it is a typo.  The buttonhole attachment that came with the template wasn't patented until the late 1940s.  The manuals I have seen have been copyrighted 1948 or later.  I bought a 1947 66-16 that had the 121795 one which is adjustable, but no templates. It came with a manual with copyright 1947.  I have a list from 1938 which lists the buttonholer as 36935 which is like the "Famous" buttonholer.   I also have one dated 1939 that lists the buttonholer as 121704.  I also found https://www.oldsewingear.com/buttonholer.html  which is more consistent with my findings.

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Hi Janey, Hi Lori.

Thank you for your information.  I was able to locate a Singer 160506 Button Hole Attachment on Ebay this evening and purchased it for $10.  It has all 9 templates, and all the appropriate pieces including the big screws, the mounting plate, manual, screwdriver, and green case with snap closure.  I hope it works as well as it looks.  

I became interested in this Button Hole Attachment while looking at a facebook video today.  The lady in the video was Maxine G.  Maxine demonstrated the Singer Button Hole attachment on her old Singer hand crank machine.  Wow--was my first thought because I would really like to add this attachment to my hand crank sewing demonstrations during my first quilt show this spring.  

I wrote to Maxine G. and she told me the Singer Button Hole attachment in her video was Singer 160506, and dated from the 1930s-1940s.  She was correct on the part number, but incorrect on the year.  I watched another video this evening from The Featherweight Shop on the 160506 Singer Button Hole attachment (year 1948).  The FWS video is long, but it covers every aspect of installing/using the attachment.  This button hole attachment works on many Singer machines, as mentioned in the Featherweight Shop video. 









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Janey, what year/Singer model does the black case buttonholer go to? I didn't see that color case mentioned.
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Sorry, Lori, I have no idea about what year/model the black plastic box, nor the black cardboard box are for.  I'm wondering if maybe for European market??  

https://tumorfarmer.blogspot.com/2019/02/buttonholer-for-vintage-home-singer.html claims that the black box is not found frequently in the US - which I would agree with.

Mrs D, I think you will like your buttonholer.  I have used one, even on machines that have a built-in buttonholer.  I think Miriam has a dedicated 99 hand crank for making buttonholes.  I found that I prefer to have the wrong side up when making buttonholes.  I think it looks better and I don't have to mess with any of the tensions.

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Thank you Janey for providing the link.  Fabulous.  I enjoyed looking over the information and photos of the earlier Singer button hole attachments. 

I made lots of jackets with button holes back in the day using the button-cinch type attachment that came with my 1992 Sears Kenmore.  It is still my go-to machine for sewing projects.  Nonetheless, I am eager to try the Singer 160506 on some of my antique and vintage Singer machines.  Thanks for your suggestion to make the button holes "wrong side up".  I will definitely use your technique.  

I hope to speak, and wow people at the first show of the year with the button hole demonstration.  Thank you for teaching me.  You will make me look good with all the knowledge you've provided about the button hole attachments. 

Miriam is clever to have a Singer 99 hand crank sewing machine dedicated to making button holes.  

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Thanks, Janey. I guess I'm the surprised owner of a black cased buttonholer. DS picked it up for me early last week.
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Congratulations, Lori, on the black case.  By any chance did it have a manual?

Janey

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I'm not sure. It's out in the trunk. I received it on Tuesday, then left for Grandma duty on Wednesday. I'll check tomorrow and report back. (I gave $5 for it and a box of unrelated accessories.)
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Here's a discussion I started some time ago with some interesting Singer buttonhole info to include keyholes and eyelets:

https://www.victoriansweatshop.com/post/vintage-singer-buttonhole-attachment-discovery-10167439

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Here's a discussion I started some time ago with some interesting Singer buttonhole info to include keyholes and eyelets:

https://www.victoriansweatshop.com/post/vintage-singer-buttonhole-attachment-discovery-10167439


Hi Chaly,  thanks for showing me that earlier thread.   I really enjoyed reading it and I learned a lot too!  Thank you so much.

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Alas, no manual.
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Ah, shucks. It would be interesting if it had an earlier or later copyright date.

Janey

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It does snap closed very nicely, however. [wink]
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Very busy time this week but ... I have a number of buttonholers.
Took few min and checked some numbers but what machine so you have.
I have 2 in green plastic box but no time to get to them as packed bc
Ladies come here to Sew & Chat Wed. morning but we are going away for
few days. Will do my best . and will send pics.

Have lots of stuff to sell..ask a dollar plus shipping. Maybe I can add a pic

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Lori....hope you get this soon. I am packing up to rush back to Canada before we lose
travel insurance ...not to be covered for the c..virus..
But, I found a green container with your # 160506.

I can send it to you Fri March 20 while in Fl.....but need your address.


I was making up a box to take home then send away with lots of machine parts.
I am tired of sorting thru them but never have what I need.
If you have buttonholers already just let me know by email soon please.

Trying to leave here Tues March 24...will drive from Fl exit 123 all the way on
I-75 to Port Huron , Mich. so may see others from the forum

Phone is 239-949-9142. If it helps


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Linda was looking for the 160506. But if you still have the Singer 503 and 600/603 items, I am interested. PM sent, will call.
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