Somehow in looking at vintage Singer Sewing Machine parts, I stumbled across the fact that Singer made automatic buttonholers for their machines… and that there was one made compatible with my sewing machine! Since I absolutely hate trying to freehand buttonholes with a zig-zag stitch (they always come out looking awful), I kind of went bonkers. I was able to narrow down roughly which models were made for my particular sewing machine, and found two listings for one item on Amazon, so I emailed each seller for more information. One seller evidently had a much different model than what was pictured, based in the information they gave me, but the other seller, Gimmie, was extremely helpful and went above and beyond. The throat plate (that attaches to the machine under the needle) with her buttonholer was for a slightly different model of machine than mine, and not compatible, so she was able to procure one from her father in another state, who also had some Singer parts, and had him ship that to me free of charge. Very awesome, and the automatic buttonholer works great and is fun to use 🙂
The potato starts I’d cut up some time ago (and then forgot to plant for 3-4 weeks) are coming up like mad! Last weekend a couple leafy bits were barely starting to poke up, and yesterday there were lots of leafy bits growing. Based on one idea I’d seen online, rather than heaping dirt on top of the plants as they grow, I fenced in the pots and will be heaping straw on the plants.
Supposedly it will work just as well, and will make getting the potatoes out easier… and they’ll be cleaner. Hopefully this works! Monkey was sure loving investigating the bale of straw we picked up today, and was trying to figure out how to get into the planters after I fenced them off.