If you read Alley’s most recent post, you know that “She” has been sewing. As is often the case, she couldn’t find what she wanted ready-made and had to resort to making it herself. In this case, it was a John Deere shower curtain. In the process of making the shower curtain, she had to decide between grommets or buttonholes for the shower curtain rings to go through. She toyed with the idea of grommets, and, even though they aren’t that expensive, compared to the price of thread, they would have added to the overall cost of the project. One perk to making an item versus buying it is being able to do it on the cheap.
Because her sewing machine isn’t quite so advanced that it could make buttonholes automatically, the grommets may have looked more attractive. But, thanks to an ancient Kenmore Buttonhole Attachment, she was able to zip right through them.
The attachment once belonged to MawMaw, and you can see it still does a fine job of making a professional looking buttonhole.
It’s pretty amazing that it is still working so well. MawMaw always wrote the date on things when she got them, and you can see from the inside of the box lid, this thing has been around since 1963!
Forty five years! You can see the box hasn’t held up that well, but at least the attachment still works! Just imagine all the items through the years that were buttoned up, thanks to this tool! I bet there were a few groovy dresses in the sixties, some bell-bottoms in the seventies, some jackets with padded shoulders in the eighties, and a khaki skirt with buttons down the front in the nineties. And, I know of at least two shower curtains from the current decade! Who knows what else this antique gadget will help to create in the future?