The Singercraft Guide and Singercraft Fagoter
This page contains copies of vintage instructions for using the Singercraft Guide and Singercraft Fagoter and articles I have written.
Articles in pink are available now. Articles marked "Coming Soon" will be available in the future.
Original Tutorials and Projects
Vintage Instructions, Booklets and Leaflets
Instructions from A Teacher's Textbook of Machine Sewing
Instructions from Sewing for the Home
Instructions from the Singer Sewing Book
Vintage Singercraft Transfers
Designs from Other Sources
Coming Soon Step by Step Tutorial: Making Basic Pile Fabrics (Simple Rugs etc)
Coming Soon Stitching Fabric on the Singercraft Guide - Two Methods
Coming Soon A Step by Step Guide to Stitching Curves with the Singercraft Guide
Coming Soon Step by Step Tutorial: Sculpted Motifs Coming Soon Transferring Designs to Your Backing Fabric
Coming Soon Finishing the Edges of Rugs
Coming Soon Piecing Large Rugs and Hall Runners
Coming Soon Controlling the Density of Your Singercraft Fabric for Different Purposes,
Afghans and Fabric
Coming Soon Step by Step Tutorial: Looped Singercraft Afghans
Coming Soon Step by Step Tutorial: Scalloped Singercraft Afghans
Coming Soon Step by Step Tutorial: Woven Singercraft Afghans
Coming Soon Step by Step Tutorial: Singercraft Fabric
Fringe, Trims and Decorative Elements
Coming Soon Step by Step Tutorial: Making Cut and Looped Fringing on the Singercraft Guide
Coming Soon Step by Step Tutorial: Decorative Fringe Application with Double Feather Stitch (aka Double Brier Stitch or Double Coral Stitch)
Coming Soon Step by Step Tutorial: Making Pom-pom and Tasselled Fringing on the Singercraft Guide
Coming Soon Step by Step Tutorial: Faux Fur Trims
Coming Soon Step by Step Tutorial: Organdie and Velvet Puffing on the Singercraft Guide No. 1
Coming Soon Step by Step Tutorial: Making Decorative Edgings on the Singercraft Guide Coming Soon Samples of Different Fringe and Edgings made on the Singercraft Guide
Coming Soon Singercraft Flowers Coming Soon Step by Step Tutorial: Faux Ruching on the Singercraft Guide
Many vintage projects were quite sparse in their directions. Sometimes transfers or project sheets had to be sent away for, making them very difficult to find today. Wherever possible, I have recreated the patterns with extra directions or a printable design. Some patterns, such as the woolly ball, were created from just the picture.
Coming Soon Chenille Belt #2, Good Housekeeping, February 1933
Coming Soon Envelop Handbag, Woman's World, November 1932
Coming Soon Scarf Keeper, Good Housekeeping, February 1933
Sew a Rug - unknown magazine C1955 (?)
Coming Soon Woolly Ball
Coming Soon Zippered Pouch in Bouclé, Good Housekeeping, February 1933
In order to make the rich design history of the Singercraft Guide available to today's collectors and stitchers, I have recreated these designs from pictures of the vintage projects. Some of these designs were rug-hooking and toy designs, others were made specifically for the Singercraft Guide.
Rugs and Bathroom Sets
Coming Soon American Beauty Rug, Woman's World, November 1932
Flower Pot Motif - McCall No. 41. To be replaced with a full recreation of the transfer
Coming Soon Flower Trellis Rug, Successful Farming, January 1933
Coming Soon Minerva Rug No. 116
Coming Soon Minerva Rug No. 122
Coming Soon Ocean Liner Picture/Rug
Coming Soon Swan Rug, Woman's World, November 1932
Coming Soon Tree of Life Rug, Woman's World, November 1932
"Wee House" Rug. Needlecraft Magazine Design, 1933Cushions and Pillow/Toys
Coming Soon Pillow/Toy Bunny and Kitty. A recreation of Pictorial pattern 12968
Coming Soon Sitting Scottie Dog Cushion or Toy, Needlecraft Magazine design, 1932
Coming Soon Pillows: Scotty and Kitten. A recreation of McCall No. 50
Coming Soon Kitten Afghan, Woman's World, November 1932
Coming Soon Large Footstool, Woman's World, November 1932
Coming Soon Playful Sheep Blanket, from Homecraft and Embroidery Transfer 270
Coming Soon Small Footstool, Woman's World, November 1932
I do not have any of the transfers marked"wanted". If you have them please let me know! If you are willing to trace or sell me your copy so I can make it available to others I would be happy to link to your website/etsy/ebay etc shop
I am also looking for any Singer Brand designs after "H" and any other Singercraft transfers not mentioned here.
Some letters of the alphabet were re-used. If you have a transfer design that doesn't match the ones shown here even if the transfer "number" is the same, I do not have it.
Floral Design Transfer E - all purpose motifs
Designs for articles for home decorations Transfer F - all purpose motifs
Wanted Transfer G (unknown design)
I couldn't resist using my rug grid to make a few original designs. As I create new ones I'll make them available here for download.
When it comes to finding designs for Singercraft work it can be good to think outside the box and see the possibilities in designs for other types of crafts.
The following are just a few ideas.
"Loomette Afghans and Bags, Patterns and Specifications." Los Angeles, California: Cartercraft Studios, 1937 from Eloomanation.com
This booklet is full of charts that can be enlarged and used for Singercraft rugs and other items. Scroll almost halfway down the page to find it as a free pdf download.
Small cross stich patterns can be enlarged for making attractive novelty rugs.
A large number of these can be found in books and free ones are available on many websites. One site that I found is Free Patterns Online - Teeny Tiny Cross Stich Patterns. I especially like the crayons design
Patchwork quilt patterns are another type of design that lends itself to Singercraft work.
Choose a simple design or enlarge a more complex block to make it easier to stitch.
The log cabin design alone can be used to make up many different larger designs
Coming Soon What is the Singercraft Fagoter?
Coming Soon Different Winding Styles
Coming Soon Step by Step Tutorial: Applying Parallel Fagoting as an Insertion
Coming Soon Step by Step Tutorial: Applying Parallel Fagoting as an Edging
Coming Soon Step by Step Tutorial: Faux Hem-Stitch
Coming Soon Step by Step Tutorial: Applying Fagoting as a Braid