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mandamouse123
« on: October 25, 2010 06:16:53 PM »

Here's the story:  I have this machine I sort of stole from my mom.  Now, I know it's at least 23 years old, because she bought it before I was born.  The sewing machine is a Singer Athena 1200, if that makes any difference.  I have no clue what most of these feet/contraptions are, and google-ing just turns up people selling them. 
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I think the second row 4th one might be a 1/4 inch foot.  Can anyone help me identify these things?  I'd love to know what they are!
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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2010 10:17:26 PM »

the top row of oval pieces are called needle plates - the left one has wider opening for needle to allow for zigzagging, the center one has a small centered hole to allow for sewing straight stitches into fine or thin fabric (to prevent the fabric being pushed down be low the plate) and the third one may be for chain stitching.

Here's a website that identifies several sewing machine feet:
http://www.sewfancy.com/feet.htm

I did find one photo that indicates the machine does chain-stitching:
http://vintagesewingmachine.net/Pictures/Singer%20Athena%201200/index.html
2nd row, last photo on right

Singer.com usually has the owners manuals for their machines, but indicates that the one for this machine is "on order"

Good luck with your machine. 
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« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2010 08:32:34 AM »

Hey, thanks!  I've been google-ing these things for so long I think my brain got stuck on the same words.  Huh.  I looked at those pictures, and it seems like my machine does a lot more than just simple stitching!  I never knew that!  I'm curious as to the 3rd row, 3rd thing in my picture is.  I think it might be for holding an extra spool of thread.  I know I can use twin needles in my machine, perhaps I can do some serger like stuff!
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« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2010 10:17:06 AM »

This looks interesting - not your machine, but a singer that does chain stitching (this is an unusual option that most machines don't have).  Maybe you can email this lady and get some info:
http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/review/readreview.pl?ID=1068

As for the part you refer to, 3rd item, 3rd row, I think you're right, it would hold your 2nd spool of thread for twin-needle stitching.

2nd row, 2nd item might be a beading foot (you run your beaded string or string of sequins through the square hole in the front of the foot, then zigzag them down.

2nd row, 3rd item looks like foot to hold your buttons down while sewing them on by machine.
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« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2010 07:38:04 PM »

Back row are the needle plates as explain earlier.

Middle row:1st one looks like a overcast foot, 2nd one an applique foot, 3rd one button foot, 4th one possibly cording foot unsure need to see underside also, 5th one is a zig-zag foot, 6th straight stitch foot, 7th one is the zipper foot

Front row, 1st one is an end cap for thread holder, middle unsure, last one is a thread holder,
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