“ Brand: Singer „
In the 1960's, when Singer introduced the slant needle zigzag series of machines known as the Golden Touch and Sew, they also introduced a new set of accessories to go with them. While a small number of Touch and Sews were made in Germany for the European market, the British economic situation was such that the accessories themselves were NOT marketed here, save for the buttonholer, as they were seen as expensive and out of the reach of the average household here. I have to scratch my head at this one, as the machines themselves were top of the line and very expensive, so surely the target consumers who cold afford these could afford the attachments? Apparently a very few did hit these shores, thanks to air travel and the wealthier being able to go abroad for holidays and business trips, but these were few and far between, so today's seamstress must usually look abroad via second hand markets to find them.
The monogrammer was one such attachment that never went on sale here and which I have had to locate via eBay. I did locate one however, and spent roughly £20 buying and getting it here. This may seem a bit of an extravagance, but in addition to sewing with my machines, I have become somewhat of a collector. I want to own the complete set of goods that was made for my machine, and use them! To be sure, I have made use of this little number, and actually gotten my money's worth back. Anyone who has looked at buying monogrammed robes or towels will tell you the high premium companies who provide these charge, and my personal savings in this regard has more than recouped the cost of purchasing my little gadget. From towels, to handkerchiefs, to pockets, there are many things you can choose to monogram, making for a very personal touch to a gift or outfit.
It's simple to use as well. Like the buttonholer, you remove the usual feed cover plate and place in the one that raises the fabric above the feed dogs so that the feed dogs do not move the fabric about. Removing the foot completely, you then screw this into its place, putting the fork over the needle screw. Pop open the lid, and place in your desired cam. Use the see through plastic letter guide to select your starting point, marking it with a tailor's chalk pencil, and place under the monogrammer's "foot" so that the needle goes into your mark. Lower the presser foot, and begin to sew. Like the buttonholer and the zigzagger, the attachment follows the shape upon the cam, and produces a neat script style capital letter. You can use a zigzag stitch for a satin stitched embroidered look, or a straight stitch for a delicate piece of "shadow" embroidery. Make sure you decide in advance which it shall be though, as you must select your stitch type before beginning to sew.
Confusingly, Singer during this time actually made TWO types of monogrammers. One came in a version for the straight stitch as well as the slant needle machine, and the box told you which version it was on the outside. These came with a single flower pattern stitch cam in the shape of a short flat stick, and you had to order the individual letter cams. This was called the Deluxe Monogrammer and is not to be confused with this variety. This variety looks a lot like the buttonholer and zigzag attachment for the older lockstitch machines, and comes with all the letters A to Z, and uses little round cams that at first glance look all the world like cream coloured poker chips. The box for this is in the Touch and Sew colours of white and goldenrod and was marketed for these higher end machines.
Maintenance of this is very easy. Yes, like all mechanical gadgets, you have to do a bit of work to take care of it! Always store it in its provided box, keep in a cool, dry place, and every few months when oiling the innards of your sewing machine, put a few drops of sewing machine oil inside this baby to keep the parts moving freely. That's it!
It should also be noted that this monogrammer only makes the letters in one size, so they cannot be made larger or smaller by adjusting the stitch length or width, and that it does capital letters only. Still, it is a nice little addition to the sewing machine gadgetry, and one that children especially get a kick out of when it is used on their belongings. So not a necessity, but very useful ad a must have if also collecting!
Attachment for slant needle, set includes: letter placement guide, 26 letters, manual, throatplate (or feed cover plate), and thumb screw for the attachment.