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Page updated 12th, 13th, and 14th October 2015


EF269 Scissors "UK" 6-1/2"; £5

EF266 Richards' "Snip-Snap" Sheffield, 8-1/2 inches; £5

EF270 Shears "Richards Sheffield England", 7-1/2"; £9.50

EF274 Richards 6-3/4 inches; £8.50

EF261 Folding scissors "Halm" 4"/2-1/4"; £2.50

EF261 Folded

EF275 Bennett and Herron, 4-3/4 inches; £5

EF264 Scissors "Butler Sheffield", 5-3/4"; £5

EF256 Singer shears, 8-1/4"; £12.50

EF276 Singer Embroidery; £6

EF298 Embroidery 3-1/2 inches; £3.50
8-1/2 inch tailors shears William Rogers Sheffield
EF225 8-1/2 inch tailors shears William Rogers Sheffield; £7.50

TOSC002 Kai Japan N5210, 8-1/2 inches, very good; £20

TOSC003 Singer Buttonhole scissors (these cut only to the length set), 4-3/4 inches, good; £15

TOSC007 James Delamar, 3-1/8 inches; £1.50

TOSC006 "Made in Sheffield", 3-5/8 inches; £2

TOSC009 Stainless Steel, 4-7/8 inches; £3

TOSC012 "Cross-stitch", very pointy, new; £2
Not shown: TOSC012a, new, as above but marked "M"; £2

TOSC008 Manicare Stainless, 3-5/8 inches, with petal ends, very good; £2

TOSC011 3-3/4 inches, very good; £2
8-1/4 inch Wingfield and Co Scissors
EF222 8-1/4 inch Wingfield and Co; £3.50

TOSC005 Cranked, 5-1/2 inches, fair; £3.50

Pinking Shears

Make a zig-zagged edge for quick finishing or decoration..
All pinking shears work best on a single layer of fabric and should not be expected to cut right to the inner edges of the blades

EF303 Pinking shears, Sheffield, 8-1/2 inches, with box; £15
10 inch Pinkfine pinking shears
EF223 10 inch Pinkfine pinking shears, made in Italy; £20

Scissory Things That Might Not Be Quite Scissors

TOSC004 Cigar-cutters, 2-1/4 inches; £5
Candle Wick Trimming shears
EF203 Candle Wick Trimming shears; £5

Stilettoes, and Poking Tools

EF285 Bone handle, 4-1/8 inches; £3

EF286 Lace pricker, wood, 3-1/2 inches; £2.50

Seam Rippers

Singer unpicker, green; £4

EF312 Big Yellow; £3

EF313 German; £3.50

EF277 Necchi; £3

EF281 Quickunpic, Assorted colours; £1

EF314 Singer fold-down metal threader-and-unpicker. Very good, but this has a Very Sharp Blade and you have to convince me you are Old Enough; £20

Buttonhole Cutters

TO1043 Neat enclosed box with interchangeable blades; £15

TO1043 Closed

TO1050 Blades only, 3/8 and 5/8 inches; £1.50 pair

Gauges and Measures

Singer Bias Guages
M009 Singer Bias Guages - attach to your scissors to let you cut an even width of binding; £4 each

EF114 "Hemline" with card; £2.50

EF272 Singer; £1.50

EF295 Dritz; £1.50

TOME001 Delyta, on card; £5

TOME002 Clinton adjustable pleat marker, metal; £5

TOME003 From Singer slant-shank set - useful marker; £3

TOME004 Steel buttonhole placement marker; £3

TOME005 Not really, but this is for polishing your uniform buttons, so I felt it fitted here
6-3/4 inches of nice brass; £3

Embroidery Frames

I have stopped offering these, as they sell soooo slowly.. sorry

Embroidery Hoops

Embroidery Hoops
EF235 New Embroidery Hoops with screw adjusters
Good quality beech wood
B; 5 inch; £2.50 £1.25
C; 5-1/2 inch; £2.75 £1.35
D; 6 inch; £3.50 £1.75
E; 7 inch; £4 £2
G; 9-1/2 inch; £5 £2.50
H; 12 inch; £6.25 £3.10

All hoops half-price to clear, if not gone soon I will remove these to the discard box

EF131 Plain 4 inch hoop, slightly deeper; £1 50p

Singercraft Tools

- are used to make fringes and rugs with the sewing machine. Easy to use and quite fun... Contain a small blade, so mind your fingers..Come with reproduced full instructions
Singercraft Tool
EF156, plain version; £15
Not shown; EF156a Spare blade and holder for the above, as new; £4
Singercraft Tool
EF154 Silver 120987, with good blade; £25
EF154a, Not shown, as EF154 but with a black handle; £25
EF167a Spare blade holder 120983 for the above; £2
EF167b Spare blade, new in packet; £5
EF167c another type of blade holder 86586; £2

Hemstitcher Bars

EF248 Stoppax Hemstitching fork with instructions and original packet; £20

Punch Needle and Rugmaking Tools

Have been moved to a new page Click Here

Darning Tools

Daga Darning Tool
EF208 Daga Darning Tool, with box, sample, and instructions (The instructions are fragile; you will get a copy as well as the original); £20
Darning mushrooms with internal lights
EF221 Darning mushrooms with internal lights. One complete and may work (not tested); £3, another not quite all there; £2

EF316 Darning Mushroom; wood, good, 4 inches high £2.50

EF291 Cornells "Marvel" Patent Darner (the top is full of steel fuzz); £6.50

EF291 Side

EF291 Underneath

EF320 Incomplete Ebor darner with box and repro instructions; £6.50

EF320 Underneath

Tracing Wheels and Marking Tools

T0928 Tracing Wheel
T0928 Brass, steel and wood; 6-1/2 ins; £4

TO971 Singer Green plastic; £3.50
Tracing wheels
EF230 Wood handle; £4 each
Tracing wheel
EF246 Fancy wooden handle, very sharp, 7-1/2 inches; £5

TOMARK001 Wooden handle; £4

TOMARK002 Dyno, Red plastic handle; £2

Big and Special Needles, and Needle Storage

Big Bodaceous Bent Needle
EF173 Big Bodaceous Bent Needle; £1
flat bodkins and elastic threaders
EF146 flat bodkins and elastic threaders; 50p each
Small steel needlecase
EF231 Small steel needlecase; £2
Penelope Ribbon Threader
EF241 Penelope Ribbon Threader; £3

EF302 Double-ended bodkin; £1

EF258 Wallet with contents as shown, 4 by 2 inches; £5

EF259 Wallet with contents as shown, 4 by 2 inches; £5

TONE001 Needle Case, small repair, with contents; £10


Skirt Hem Markers

Singer Skirt Marker
EF205 Singer Skirt Marker, base, puffer, box and instructions (no ruler); £8
Singer Skirt Marker
EF185 Singer Skirt Marker, base, puffer, and instructions only, in box, no ruler; £8
Singer Skirt Marker
EF184 Complete Singer Skirt Marker with ruler; £25

Looms and Weaving

Netting Needle
EF122 Netting Needle, nicely patinated. I have a few of these. Approx 10-1/2 inches; £2 each

EF319 Lucet; £3.50

Setters and Punches

Eyelet setting tools
TO961 Eyelet setting tools; £1

TOODD001 Assorted punch tools, setters, etc.; £3
Both these lots together for £3.50

And Finally...

Odd retracting hook, pretty,  possibly for mending knits
EF171 Odd retracting hook, pretty, possibly for mending knits; £3.50
Hook with cork handle
EF172 Hook with cork handle; £1

EF280 Steel button hook; £1.50

EF317 Shrimpton's Simplex patent folding hook; £5

EF317 Open

EF318 Stocking mender - tiny latch hook in a 3-1/2 inch cover with a thumb-holder.. Aluminium, very nice; £5

TOODD002 Loom Setter; £25
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