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Jul 4, 2018 08:59:48   #
kathystevens
 
This item has been on display in our local museum with a 1854 Singer sewing machine but nobody on staff knows just what it is. I thought the collective knowledge available here was a good bet for identifying this approximately 6 inch long item. TIA


 
Jul 4, 2018 09:01:02   #
neicyann
 
my grandma had one . It is to help get the thread out when it gets messed up around the bobbin.
Jul 4, 2018 09:01:40   #
liz morris (a regular here)
 
It looks as though it might be used for hooking thread from the machine's workings, but I don't know.

Did I make a good guess?
Jul 4, 2018 09:07:24   #
Happycamper
 
Maybe a seam ripper? There is no cutting edge, however. Might be used to pull thread out?
Jul 4, 2018 09:40:28   #
dmme
 
Looks like the hook for closing shoe buttons, probably repurposed.
Jul 4, 2018 09:47:20   #
hazelroselooms (a regular here)
 
Looks like an awl to me. For poking holes. They were used for adding crocheted lace to cloth pieces or sewing leather.
 
Jul 4, 2018 10:04:26   #
knittedfool (a regular here)
 
Could be an awl used in sewing, or if bigger a fid used in making splices in ropes and cord
Jul 4, 2018 10:48:50   #
ggmomliz
 
My grandmother had something similar with her 1940's Singer. She used to pull lint out of the bobbin area and from around the gears.
Jul 4, 2018 10:58:31   #
luvrcats
 
oh, goodness....I don't know....but, it does look rather dangerous!
Jul 4, 2018 11:57:06   #
Cookiecat (a regular here)
 
That's what I would use it for!! I used to have a 1920s Singer with the curved wood case top - That machine would sew denim like a dream and I've never found a newer one as good on heavy material.
neicyann wrote:
my grandma had one . It is to help get the thread out when it gets messed up around the bobbin.
Jul 4, 2018 13:17:58   #
grandmann (a regular here)
 
dmme wrote:
Looks like the hook for closing shoe buttons, probably repurposed.


Exactly, I had one at one time. A woman who was 90 years old told me it was used to closing shoe buttons.
I ended up donating mine to the historical house.
 
Jul 4, 2018 15:31:00   #
Vickie P (a regular here)
 
Could it be a pattern pricker for Bobbin Lace?
Jul 4, 2018 20:09:43   #
Candycounter1 (a regular here)
 
Happycamper wrote:
Maybe a seam ripper? There is no cutting edge, however. Might be used to pull thread out?


Pulling thread out of sewed items? Maybe?
Jul 4, 2018 20:37:54   #
Knitting in the Rockys (a regular here)
 
knittedfool wrote:
Could be an awl used in sewing, or if bigger a fid used in making splices in ropes and cord


A "fid" more resembles a large needle than this item.

I have a shoe button hook, given to me by my late father in law, it has more of a "hook" to the end of it. I've re-purposed it into an orifice hook for my spinning wheels. Many sewing notion boxes and even knitting notions contain items that were never intended for use in either sewing or knitting. I keep floss threaders in a small tin on my sewing machine cabinet and in my knitting tools..they make the best needle threaders and are practically indestructible. Mom always kept white, unwaxed dental floss in her button box..she swore that buttons sewn on with dental floss won't come off again.

This tool may have nothing to do with sewing but the original owner found a sewing purpose for it.
Jul 4, 2018 23:19:13   #
kathystevens
 
Thanks everyone I will take all of these responses to the museum staff person.
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