What are these metal thingies?
June 7, 2014 6:51 PM   Subscribe

My daughter bought a second-hand sewing machine, a Singer Tradition, which is apparently only a couple of years old. Included in the accessories was a small ziplock bag which held six metal thingies, three of one sort and three of the other. We are baffled as to what they are.

The seller included a tackle box full of all sorts of random sewing notions and bits and pieces. The metal thingies appear to hook together as shown in the photos, but I'm not 100% convinced they are supposed to, because it's a bit tricky to get the spanner-shaped piece to hook into the bracket-shaped piece.

My first thought was some sort of bra extender or something, but the elevated hook part makes that unlikely, I reckon.

The bracket-shaped piece is about 20mm (3/4 inch) long, and the hook part sits about 5mm (1/4 inch) high.

The seller was a teenage girl who briefly flirted with sewing but decided it wasn't her thing, so I don't think these would be some highly specialised technical bit of gear. But I could be wrong.

Crappy pic 1, crappy pic 2, crappy pic 3.
posted by malibustacey9999 to Grab Bag (6 answers total)
Maybe hook-and-eye closures? Like the kind you sometimes see inside pants waistbands?
posted by mon-ma-tron at 6:55 PM on June 7, 2014 [3 favorites]

I have no idea. But that looks like picture hanging hooks. For wall use.
posted by Rabarberofficer at 6:56 PM on June 7, 2014

They aren't sewing machine parts.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 6:58 PM on June 7, 2014

Looks like hook and bar closures to me.
posted by katemonster at 7:00 PM on June 7, 2014 [7 favorites]

Four minutes... you guys are amazing. And katemonster's link was great as a visual to show my daughter because the more I tried to explain how they worked, the more I confused her.

Daughter says, "thank you, mefites!".
posted by malibustacey9999 at 7:09 PM on June 7, 2014 [1 favorite]

Yes, they are hooks and eyes. They used to be used commonly at waistbands of skirts and pants. I still see more streamlined versions ino ready to wear clothing.
posted by OkTwigs at 8:35 PM on June 7, 2014

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