Still in its worn and torn envelope is this “E-Z Braider” attachment for sewing machines. “See As You Sew” proclaims the aged envelope that also includes Directions for Using. The piece itself carries no name - only the patent number. No online record of the E-Z Braider Manufacturing Co. could be found in the time period of the 1920's. No specific machine is mentioned on the device. The envelope says in part: “This braider sews on rope silk, No. 3 pearl cotton, soutach braid, wool yarns, couching cord, gold or silver braid, mouse tail and many other braids too numerous to mention.”
US Patent records reveal that the application for the gadget was filed November 4, 1925 and approved Feb. 8, 1927 as Patent # 1616637. Detailed drawing and copies of patent are also included. The patent was submitted by Nathaniel A. Rankin of Los Angeles (assignor of one-half to Elizabeth B. Adams, also of Los Angeles). Among all the detail of a two-page description, Rankin states that this attachment is designed in such a way that the entire procedure of sewing the braid is visually unobstructed. Further, it is to be made of a single piece of sheet metal and formed to provide a “split sleeve” (to allow the intended visibility). It further adds that it is designed to fit sewing machines with a customary foot.
The E-Z Braider measures just 1/2 inch. Its tiny size can be compared in the last photo which includes the envelope, which measures 4-1/4 x 2-1/4 inches.