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.. 21st March 2018


ZZ050 Wurker Low Shank with immaculate box and German instructions (repro English instructions will be added); £35

ZZ050 Detail

ZZ051 Swiss, with box, instructions (in Swiss-German! - repro in English provided also), no cams; £75

ZZ051- Nice condition

ZZ052 Singer Zick-zack for Slant Shank machines; £35

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

ZZ029 Low Shank Zick Zack Kuli; £30
Regular Singer Zigzag attachment
ZZ005 Regular Low Shank Singer Zigzag attachment foot (top) with Edge Joining plate (below); £15
ZZ006 £13.50 without the joining plate
Instructions but no box.
Converts your Straight stitch machine to zigzag.
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

ZZ038 Low Shank YS Star Adjustable.. Small, neat, very good condition; £15
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, sorry
Also Low Shank ZZ021a with only one plate and a scruffy box; £35
I also have reproduced instruction books for these; MAR036; £4

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

Blind Hem Attachments

 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
One with an original box and instructions; £30
MAE023 Original Instruction books; £6
MAR037 Repro Instruction booklet; £5
Greist Blind Hem Attachment
ZZ022 Greist Blind Hem Attachment (Low Shank) 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

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

ZZ039 Greist Blind Hemmer for Slant Shank, with rather scruffy tin box and instructions, tested; £25


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; £30
Long attaching screws (as shown) are not as common as buttonholers and I have no source for spare ones.. You can't use the regular thumbscrew with these, but if you can cope with a regular screwdriver-screw (which is my normal practice), deduct £2
Buttonholers all come serviced, with a manual, and the correct packaging. If you need these extras I also sell them separately
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; £27.50
See note left about fixing screws..
Very like the black ones, except cream, and a good quality plastic box. Comes with the manual, serviced, and my own notes..

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 (Sold Out, sorry)
MAR045 Reproduced manual for this attachment; £5

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

BH035 Jetson for Low Shank machines. Immaculate; £47.50

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

BH046a Low Shank "Professional" Singer buttonholer with lots of cams, for ZigZag machines - complete with a bilingual box and instructions etc..; £40

BH046a The Box in question...

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..
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 green case for Low Shank machines; £35
(Also sold out, but please ask, as I get these in frequently)
MAR039 Repro manual for this and the slant shank version; £5
Jones Auto buttonholer attachment
BH026 Jones Auto, complete, with cams; £30

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...

Buttonholer Spares

Odd buttonholer cams
BH012 - Odd metal buttonholer cams -
Straight 5/16, 5/8, 13/16, 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, 3/8, 5/8, 13/16, 1-1/16; Keyhole 5/8, 1-1/16
Sorry, no eyelet cams, and I have a loooong waiting list for these

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

BH040 Attaching screw; £2.50

BH042 Greens Buttonholer box and instruction leaflet only; £5
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

Have moved to HERE

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
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

Mobile 07914 676 182 , but try the land line first, please
I'm open 11 till 5 every day except Tuesdays and Wednesdays