Vintage Automatic Zigzagger, Sewing Machine Attachment

Vintage Automatic Zigzagger, Sewing Machine Attachment


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Rare – Copycat Vintage Automatic Zigzagger Attachment for Sewing Machine in box with instructions
We have what appears to be a vintage counterfeit Ruby Brand automatic zigzagger attachment for sewing machines. The attachment, box and instructions are identical to the Ruby Brand except all the Ruby Brand names are missing. The only mark on the back of the box says JAPAN. The only mark on the attachment says PATENT. and a very faint (PAN) which is most likely Japan. And the instructions note that they were PRINTED IN JAPAN.
As with the branded Ruby’s this low shank attachment has 8 built-in patterns, is in a lovely hard-shell ruby red box with a slanted-to-fit turquoise/gold interior. Original instructions.
The attachment operation does not require cams and from on-line reviews by experienced sewers it performs as well as or better than the cam versions. Attachment is well made.
Ruby’s fit almost all Low Shank sewing machines but not the SINGER Featherweight 221 or 222.

We did not suspect we would find secrecy and intrigue when looking at sewing machine attachments! However, following World War ll, many Japanese clone sewing machines appeared on the market. It is probably a safe assumption that the attachments were cloned as well.
In 1893 The New Home Company commenced manufacture of the Climax which replaced the "Favorite". Then they manufactured the "Ruby" which was a smaller machine but with the same operating principles as the climax. Then came the "Rotary" and the "Little Worker". At its peak in 1906 and 1907, the New Home factory was producing 150,000 sewing machines each year. They ceased production in 1955

Era: unknown but likely late 1940s
Marked: As noted above and in the photos
Measures: Box: 5”x2 ½” x 1 ½”
Condition: Very good vintage condition with slight wear consistent with light use and age. Please see all photos as they are part of the description

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