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Kay’s embroiderer (solved) What is this attachment?

Roger

Kay’s embroiderer (solved) What is this attachment?
« on: December 09, 2017, 10:11:21 AM »
Rummaging through a local sale I spotted these, and have no idea what they are or even what to google for... any ideas?

They’re kinda like an adjustable sewing shuriken for lack of a description...
« Last Edit: December 09, 2017, 21:59:02 PM by Roger »
A bit of a vintage sewing machine nut! Singers: 500a, 401g, 48k Elnas: lotus SP & grasshopper, Bernina 530-2 F+R 504, Pfaff 30, Cresta T-132

toileandtrouble

Re: What is this attachment?
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2017, 10:57:07 AM »
I tried 'antique/vintage sewing machine attachments' in images but hadn't time to view them all. 
Could the central hole have fitted on a bobbin spindle? Perhaps they might then hold a too large spool of thread?  i see one of them has a double blade which might grip a thread.  Pity there isn't a stand alone picture of that by itself.
Helen Howes is The  sewing attachment lady, I understand. 
Do tell if you find out!

arrow

Re: What is this attachment?
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2017, 12:45:46 PM »
It looks very interesting, but I can't remember seeing anything like it. It needs a bit of research. I have found all kinds of odd things in accessory boxes and drawers, not everything has been sewing machine related. That said, it looks like these stars belong to either a ninja or a mom with a sewing machine.

BrendaP

Re: What is this attachment?
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2017, 16:22:25 PM »
Could they be the blades from a mini fan?

As Arrow says you can sometimes find all sorts of non-sewing, even non-textile related bits and bobs in with a a box of machine attachments.
Brenda.  My machines are: Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born 1940, Thirza a Featherweight 221K born 1949, Azilia a Singer 201K born 1957 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.uk/

toileandtrouble

Re: What is this attachment?
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2017, 16:32:17 PM »
Another idea - could the blades stack up?  i was wondering if they were some sort of gauge for measuring tolerances, if they were slightly different thicknesses.  I notice one seems to have five blades and the other smaller, four.

BrendaP

Re: What is this attachment?
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2017, 16:40:19 PM »
i was wondering if they were some sort of gauge for measuring tolerances, if they were slightly different thicknesses.
In car mechanics that would be a set of feeler gauges - used to be used for setting the gap in spark plugs.
Brenda.  My machines are: Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born 1940, Thirza a Featherweight 221K born 1949, Azilia a Singer 201K born 1957 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.uk/

Efemera

Re: What is this attachment?
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2017, 17:09:21 PM »
Could it be one of these... hand embroidery, nothing to do with the machine.
Just happened to have one in the cupboard!

toileandtrouble

Re: What is this attachment?
« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2017, 18:45:24 PM »
Wow, between us all, we have one of everything!

Morgan

Re: What is this attachment?
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2017, 19:46:28 PM »
Some more information on how it's used

Roger

Re: What is this attachment?
« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2017, 21:56:37 PM »
Wow, I suspect they’re part of the Kay’s embroidery widget.

That is a very random thingy...

No wonder I’ve never seen one of those, makes quite a odd effect, pile embroidered flowers.

Thank you all!
A bit of a vintage sewing machine nut! Singers: 500a, 401g, 48k Elnas: lotus SP & grasshopper, Bernina 530-2 F+R 504, Pfaff 30, Cresta T-132

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Re: Kay’s embroiderer (solved) What is this attachment?
« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2017, 19:28:27 PM »
More than half a century ago someone in my family made a sofa cushion out of a grey and fine wool fabric. It's embroidere with flower and leaves, and the flowers must have been made with a similar technique to the star kit you have. The flowers vary in purple, yellow, blue and pink, and it looks like she used some type of wool yarn for the embroidery. The effect works well.