Why the name missbossypants, you ask? Well, it goes back to my roots.... my maiden name is Bos - a good old dutch name. I've been accused of being a little bit bossy in nature, and I'm not about to dispute the fact! I sometimes tell people my crafty "alter ego" is a tribute to my daughter, who is a lot like her mother in the bossy characteristic! Thanks for visiting missbossypants! SHOP HERE: missbossypants online market

Friday, June 18, 2010

I'm gonna pee my pants!!!!!

A couple weeks back, I was in the thrift store, and happened across these: (circa 1955 - that's 22 years older than me!!!)

I had NO idea what it really was for, or whether I'd even be able to use it, but.... did you see the price tags? I had to have them, even if my $3 was wasted in the end, and they turned into paperweights.
I got home and did some research. Turns out the automatic zigzagger was quite an exciting thing in its day. This was before sewing machines were made with 5 million different stitch patterns. They didn't even have zig zag as a basic stitch!
.....and it turns out, that this little $3 investment could make me a little $$$...
This website sells sewing machine attachments and spare pieces. They'd like you to purchase your very own Automatic Zigzagger for $69.95!!! The red set of 4 additional stitch designs can be purchased for $34.95. Check out the Automatic Zigzagger listing here http://www.april1930s.com/html/singer_automatic_zigzagger.html, as well as a cute little video clip of how it works.
I'm kind of kicking myself right now, because alongside these great gadgets was another one, an automatic buttonholer, also made by Singer. I think it had an equally shocking price of like $2 or $3 or something, but I thought I might be pushing it by purchasing things I didn't even know would work with my machine. Now I wish I brought that baby home too!

So, here's where it gets exciting...... I tried attaching the zigzagger to my machine, threaded the machine with some turquoise thread (my favourite colour!), and.... wait for it...... IT WORKS!!!!!!! I never thought I'd be so excited about something so silly, but just think of all the fun designs I can make now! Be aware that many of my creations will now be adorned with ornamental stitches of every kind!!! The perma-smile on my face was pretty rediculous as I kept changing out the red dials to try out each and every stitch (8 in all!!!)
So, it's quite obvious that I won't be selling these babies at a profit, these are staying with me in my sewing room! My sewing machine is pretty basic - just straight and zigzag stitches, but now I'll be rocking some pretty awesome stitches - in contrasting thread, of course, just so you'll notice it!
And that, my friends, is my exciting news for the day.
Have a great weekend, and to all Fathers out there: Happy Father's Day!!! I'll be missing my father, thinking fond thoughts and memories of him.


  1. Wow! How amazing that they work on your own machine, they were destined for you! What fun! :)

  2. what a great find!!! We wanna see the stitches they make!!!

  3. That is SOOO COOL!! Yes, show the stitches already! :D

  4. ok, ok, when I get a moment, I'll run off all 8 stitches on a piece of scrap for all of you to see! It's pretty exciting, I know!!! :)

  5. You should see if they still have the button holer. I've had a TON of friends recommend it to me. It's supposed to be much better than the ones we have now.

  6. Oh, I'm so jealous! Out of the 3 sewing machines in our house, only the very old Singer works, and it only does straight stitches. I miss my fancy stitches! By the way, I'm a new follower from Trendy Treehouse. Feel free to follow me back if you're interested. Love the blog! http://abacktobasicslifestyle.blogspot.com/

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