Embroidery Attachments

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Empress Embroiderer

Courtesy of Claire Sherwell

An embroidering and braid making attachment made of a steel bar that's fastened to the foot bar in place of the presser foot. A revolving post of spiral steel meets the slotted plate which is fastened to the lower end of the needle bar. When moving up and down the needle bar causes the spiral post to revolve backwards and forwards. This motion is passed onto the ring on the presser foot surrounding the needle. The thread is inserted through an eyelet in the ring.

Only one thread is necessary, but any number of threads may be used to add a variety of colors.

The Empress Embroiderer received a gold medal at the 1880 Cincinnati Exhibition.

"The production of a compact and perfect piece of mechanism, as easily adjusted to a sewing machine as an ordinary foot hemmer, which will weave and sew on its own braid, and will also produce several very beautiful embroidery stitches, all peculiarly its own, has at least been accomplished. The Empress Embroiderer attachment stands unrivaled. It is automatic. It is noiseless. It is durable. It is simple. It is perfection. Every family should have one. We made it for all the leading machines. It will help sell machines. The Empress Embroiderer Co., 95 and 97 Fulton Street, New York."

The Empress embroiderer as attached to a New Home machine.


New Empress Embroiderer

Courtesy of Claire Sherwell

Adapted to all leading sewing machines. Empress Embroiderer Co., 4 West 14th Street, N.Y.


Parson's Embroiderers

Courtesy of Claire Sherwell

"Perfect in operation and unsurpassed for durability. Its wonderful simplicity and correct mechanical movements commend it to the operator at the first trial. It is adjustable so the wear of many years may be taken up in a moment, and the universal verdict is that it will outwear any sewing machine. It has no tension to puzzle the learner, and its range of Worsteds, Crewel, Silk, Linen and Cotton.

In ordering, state whether wanted for Arrasene or Silk. The "Silk" embroiderer works silk only."

Manufactured for all leading machines. Available at the turn of the 20th century.

The silk version was more expensive than the Arrasene. Arrasene is a kind of fine chenille, popular for artistic embroidery in the Victorian era.

1885: Mr W R Parsons recently sent us from his Chicago office a couple of samples of the work done with his embroiderer which command admiration for their beauty and excellence of execution, Mr. Parsons deserves commendation for the efforts he has made in the development of the attachment line of the sewing machine trade. Within a year he has produced a ruffler, shirrer, plaiter, binder, hammers, hemstitcher, underbraider, embroiderer, lace guide and scallop guide. He announces that he will in a few days perfect an embroiderer that will do something never before attempted, making an elastic stitch which will permit of embroidering the most delicate of fabrics. Mr Parsons evidently proposes to keep in the advance line of the attachment produces, if conscientious endeavour and careful experiment can keep him there. His attachments are having quite a sale already.


Peerless Embroiderer

Courtesy of Claire Sherwell

The Sackett Company was in operation from 1860 to the 1920s.

The following ad is aimed at wholesalers and sewing machine agents rather than manufacturers.


"The sewing machine agent's right-hand friend

The pet of the family.

The large and increasing demand, together with our improved facilities in the manufacture of the Peerless Embroiderer, induces us to make a large reduction in price, thus doing our part to further stimulate the trade, and encourage the agents, many of whom have largely increased their machine sales by showing up the beautiful work done by the Peerless, while many agents now put one in with each machine. We have no doubt that the reduction will be fully appreciated, and that we shall receive still larger and more frequent orders, which shall have the prompt and careful attention of the Sackett Manufacturing Company, Wallingford, CT."

Reduction in price. In lots of one gross or over, 75c each; less than one gross, $12 per dozen; less than one dozen $1.50 each.

Instruction Manual

Compare with the Singer Two Thread Embroiderer

This is a two thread embroiderer.

The Sackett Award 1885

The Sackett Manufacturing Co. of Wallingford, Conn., advertised recently in the journals that they would give a premium of twenty dollars in gold to the operator sending the finest sample of work made on an embroiderer of their manufacture. The points of merit to be chiefly considered in making the award were to be artistic design and arrangement of colors and perfection of work, rater than elaborate and expensive material. Three judges were selected, and the samples were to be all in by December 20th, On December 23rd, Mr. J. S Sackett telegraphed the judges to meet him at the Union Square Hotel, New York, at 12 o'clock, to determine the award, as the competing samples were all in.

He bought with him a large number of samples of numerous designs and bewildering beauty, and laid them before the admiring and critical gaze of the judges, who found they had no easy task in rendering the award to the best executed design, where all the designs were good and well executed. But after all the samples had been carefully examined and compared, the judges unanimously pitched upon sample No. 4 as exhibiting the handsomest design - a grouping of a variety of natural flowers - the most artistic blending of colors, and the best executed embroidery work. An examination of the list brought with him by Mr. Sackett showed that sample No. 4 was the work of Mrs. S. O. Van Patten, a lady of New York City, who had entered the competition more for amusement than with any idea of carrying off the prize, but whose natural taste for the beautiful, and a thorough knowledge of how to use the Sackett embroiderer, had enabled her to produce a very notable piece of sewing machine art-work. The performance is all the more creditable to Mrs. Van Patten as she has only been engaged for six months as a sewing machine operator. The competition and its result is a very good illustration of the value of attachments to the sewing machine, greatly increasing the scope of its productive power in both useful and ornamental work, and it proves that intelligence and a little practice are all that is necessary to perform with them the finest description of work. Mrs. Van Patten's command over the Sackett embroiderer, after short practice, is a very strong recommendation for that attachment and demonstrates fully its practicability as an embroiderer.


Peerless B Embroiderer

Courtesy of Claire Sherwell

"An Embroiderer for the Times. Its low price and perfect workmanship unequaled anywhere.

Ever on the alert for the best interests of our patrons, and knowing the wants of the public, that everyone buying a sewing machine now wants an embroiderer, we take pleasure in announcing to the sewing machine trade that we are now receiving orders for our new embroiderer, PEERLESS B, which will be ready for the market in a few days, at a much less price than our world renowned Peerless; the real difference between the two is the fact that PEERLESS B has but one finger and one spool holder; in all other respects they are beautiful in finish and perfect in workmanship. Every embroiderer warranted. Full printed instructions given with each embroiderer, so that any one able to run a machine can learn the beautiful art without any other teacher. For full particulars, price etc., send for circular.

In ordering name the machine they are wanted for, also say whether it is the Peerless or Peerless B that is wanted. Manufactured by The Sackett Manufacturing Co., Wallingford, Conn."

The Sackett embroiderer was patented by Joseph S Sackett and Joseph P Lavigne of New Haven, Conn. General Manager of Sackett at this time was Samuel Halliwell.

It could be fitted to the Singer VS1, VS2 and I.F., Household, New Home, Domestic, White, Union and Wheeler & Wilson No. 9.


Courtesy of Bob C.

This Peerless embroiderer is a one thread embroidery attachment (missing the curved arm for the spool that attaches from the hole top left), which was made by Sackett Manufacturing and reads VS No. 2 and the patent date of June 17, 1884. (Coincidentally, this is the same date as one of George Baker of the White Sewing Machine Company's patents for an embroidery attachment).

Courtesy of Bob C.

This Peerless embroiderer is a complete one thread embroidery attachment made and assigned by Sackett Manufacturing with the patent date of Aug 12, 1884, issued to Albert W. Johnson.


Rose Embroidering Attachment

Courtesy of Claire Sherwell

See Goodrich for more information on Israel M. Rose.

1874 patent. For Singer and Domestic machines. Also made for Howe, Wilson and Wheeler & Wilson 8. The embroiderer that works with the Wilson is supposed to work on White.