Monday, 29 February 2016

Singer Automatic Zigzagger fits Featherweight


I showed my Griest Buttonhole Attachment to my sister, she fell in love with it and went on the hunt for one of her own using my favourite way of shopping, Ebay.

Then she spotted this for under £20 which has to be the bargain of the year.

Having never had a go with this attachment, only seen them on the web, Sandi kindly said that I could borrow it to play with.  What a treat.

The part number for it is 161157 its original manual says it fits Singer, 201, 221 and 222.

It comes with 4 diff red patterns which are easily changed  Each one  of these pattern has its own part number.  Just flip the lid back to change the patterns.  The white ones are from the extra pack of four patterns which originally could be bought separately.

161000 - Zigzag stitch

161001- Blind stitch pattern produces a curve line and one long sideways stitch at start and completion of curve, ideal for hems and overedging.

161002 - Domino stitch pattern ideal for border designs  or motifs

161003 - Arrowhead stitch pattern, again for borders and motifs.

All these patterns can be adjusted in width using a bight (this means stitch width) setting on attachment and length using stitch setting (lever changing number of stitches per inch) on machine.  The manual is very easy to follow.

These Singer designers were clever chaps, there is a lever on the attachment which allows you to swop from zigzag to straight stitch without having to remove the attachment from the machine.  It works by moving the fabric from side to side, the needle stays in the same place.

Sandi had given the attachment a clean and oil (the manual tells you how) before putting it on her Featherweight.

It works a treat.

Update - mine arrived safely from the USA, its has a different attachment number 160985 which the manual states that it fits Singer Machines of Classes 15, 201, 221 and 1200.  I think its a later model than Sandi's.  It's got a couple of patterns missing from the box so it will be fun tracking down replacements.  Don't you just love Ebay!



  1. She is, I have just managed to get one on ebay will have to wait for it to arrive from USA. It wasn't such a bargain as my sister's as it doesn't have the extra patterns. I've been after one for ages. Thank you for your visit to the button box. X

  2. What a great buy! Hope yours arrives soon xx

  3. Just love Singer gadgets, part of the fun is finding them. x