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Love that cake and thanks to you all.

It's been an eventful sort of birthday, beginning at 1.30am with my wife vomiting in pain from a kidney stone. Most of the rest of the night and day has been spent with her in hospital. Not that I could be much help beyond hand-holding, sympathy and poor jokes.

She's much better now, if still somewhat spacey from the heady mix of Fentanyl with an Oxycodone chaser.

It all seems like a bit of a sacrifice just to make my birthday memorable, but I love her for it*.


* Example of poor joke for illustrative purposes only. Not used at actual bedside.

Machine Accessories / Re: Greist Buttonholer
« on: October 03, 2020, 22:16:05 PM »
The Singer Featherweight Shop have a good video of one being used

I'll take a look, thanks.


Machine Accessories / Re: Greist Buttonholer
« on: October 03, 2020, 22:12:45 PM »
Theyre very straightforward, you slide the bottom towards you slip in the template and turn the big dial on the top until everything is at it lowest point and then test it to check placement and youre good to go... more or less:

here is also a copy of my manual for an older model:
Manual link

Brilliant, thanks heaps.


Machine Accessories / Re: Greist Buttonholer
« on: October 03, 2020, 01:16:12 AM »
I'll get a scan (or photos) of my manual tomorrow when I go to the shop.

I am now the proud owner of a vintage Greist buttonholer (thanks Efemera), but have no clue how to set it up.

If the offer of a scan of your manual is still open, I'd love to take it up.



Technical Help / Re: Shirts
« on: September 14, 2020, 22:54:18 PM »
Thanks everyone, some really helpful advice there.

I don't have an overlocker, so that's out for now. I am tempted though, if only for the shallow rush I'd get from having a new toy  :|

French seams are an interesting suggestion, though I've never tried one.

The Dave Coffin book looks great, so that's ordered.

@Mocarroll your YouTube link is excellent, easily the clearest demonstration of what's going on. Probably requires more precise machine work than I'm really capable of at this point, but I won't let that stop me  :D I have metres of cheap muslin to practice with.

As a completely incidental question, how is armscye pronounced?


Technical Help / Shirts
« on: September 14, 2020, 10:27:21 AM »

Men's shirts, to be specific.

I can do a functional (but not at all pretty) flat-felled seam down the side. But I'd like to get a quicker and more professional finish.

I've been looking at YouTube videos for shirt making and most seem to gloss over the sleeve/side seams. Somehow they seem to just run over the seams maybe once or twice with a single straight stitch, with no trimming or fancy attachments.

What am I missing? Is there some other way to do do "proper" side and arm seams?


Machine Accessories / Re: Greist Buttonholer
« on: September 11, 2020, 09:02:57 AM »
@badgermat, you may want to check if you need an adapter though. I know you’d need an adapter when you want to use the buttonholer on a Bernina (Bernina to low shank adapter) not sure about Bernette.

Oh wisdom, you always arrive just a moment too late :)

As it goes, I've already thrown caution to the wind and purchased the Greist. If my optimism turns out to be misplaced, well that's another life lesson that I really should have learned over the last five decades.


Machine Accessories / Re: Greist Buttonholer
« on: September 10, 2020, 23:54:34 PM »
I have a manual if you need a scan of it.

That would be brilliant, thanks.


Machine Accessories / Re: Greist Buttonholer
« on: September 09, 2020, 13:30:01 PM »
The template ones do Keyhole which sound like possibly teardrop, straight with a pronounced circle at one end?

But you may want to look for one with a full set of templates so you have the most options on keyholes.

Keyhole sounds exactly what I’m looking for - the same shape that I have on my suits.

Many thanks


Machine Accessories / Re: Greist Buttonholer
« on: September 09, 2020, 13:13:31 PM »
@badgermat i have one for sale if you’re interested.

Brilliant, yes I'm interested :)

PM sent.


Machine Accessories / Re: Greist Buttonholer
« on: September 09, 2020, 13:09:55 PM »
Hi Bm,

Both types are good, but gauge ones usually look like this:
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And have more variety in size and width but will only do straight buttonholes.
Please notice the 2 gauges on the upward side

While template ones look like this:
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And will only produce the buttonhole for the template provided... but you can cheat a little by moving the template either forward or back in process. But I haven’t tried that myself.

They are both very tidy, in the template one please notice the templates upright in the box, the little screw and the feedplate cover, and manual.

Not all of this is necessary. The templates are very necessary, as is the device, but if you’re not picky most Sewing machines don’t need a feedplate cover as they can drop the dogs. Or the small screw to retain it. And you can probably find a digital copy of the manual... I may even have one. So there could be scope for an incomplete bargain... and sometimes there are some really good bargains to be found, because they are under appreciated, and not well known.

I guess the key question is: how can I achieve teardrop buttonholes?

My machine certainly allows dropping the feed-dogs (as it does square buttonholes). But I'm hoping for teardrop buttonholes.

Apologies if this seems like a dim question. It's probably just a matter of finding mutually understandable terminology.


Machine Accessories / Re: Greist Buttonholer
« on: September 09, 2020, 12:01:19 PM »

Yowzer ... loads of information here, and super quick too.

Many thanks @Roger and everyone else.

My only supplementary question is how to tell the difference between the template and gauge types?

The current eBay listings aren't entirely clear on that point.

Thanks though, it sounds like I could go either way without regret :)


Machine Accessories / Greist Buttonholer
« on: September 09, 2020, 10:35:24 AM »

Has anyone here ever used one of these buttonholing attachments?

Probably getting ahead of myself, but I'm a bit underwhelmed by the 4-step buttonhole on my Bernette B33 and I saw a Greist thing on YouTube producing lovely teardrop buttonholes.

Do they actually do this and can they be used with domestic machines?

Enquiring minds, and all that :)



Thanks all.

Sounds like a light cotton interlining is the way to go, with the interfacing just where the buttons and buttonholes are. That certainly seems more convincing that the pattern's approach.


Technical Help / To interface or not to interface - Butterick 6339
« on: May 01, 2020, 02:50:55 AM »

I'm doing a waistcoat in linen and raw silk from the Butterick 6339 pattern.

The pattern says to interface the whole of the two front pieces, and to do that before sewing in the two darts. This is fusible interfacing, by the way, not traditional canvas.

This seems really weird. First off it makes the whole thing feel more like flimsy cardboard than linen, second I don't see how I'm going to be able to get the darts flat (or even accurate) with the interfacing there.

Does this sound right, and will it matter if I just pull off the interfacing and cut a couple of strips to give structure to the front edges of each side for the buttons and button holes?


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