Since acquiring my two wonderful vintage Singer sewing machines, I've been on a quest for accessories. While trolling eBay, I came across a listing for two Singer puzzle boxes.
A Singer puzzle box is a neatly crafted box of feet and other accessories produced by the Singer Manufacturing Company during the 19th and 20th centuries. The box was invented in 1888 by John M. Griest, a Singer employee who was awarded US patent 397980 on February 19, 1889 for the design.
The accessories stash into a fold out rectangular wooden box which is lined in velvet or felt (if the lining is still intact). An alternate name for these is a "style box". The boxes include attachments for hemming, braiding, underbraiding, tucking, shirring, binding, quilting and ruffling, along with screwdrivers and spare needles. Mine are not in the most pristine condition, but I will continue to look for more of these fascinating treasures!
Now I just have to clean them up and learn how to use them! Any tips?