BUTTONHOLES i have a singer 7422 and it comes with a buttonhole foot, is there anyway i can make a buttonhole without using the foot. my large button does not fit in the button hole foot. please help!!!!
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The method will depend on your make & model machine, although the vintage sewing machine buttonhole method will work on all zig-zag machines (just requires manually measuring and adjusting the stitch length & width during the process):
Most likely a Singer presser foot will not attach to your Bernina. They are not interchangeable.
You can also probably use something like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOImaKwv4fU but you need to purchase a snap-on shank adapter for your Bernina, like this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/PRESSER-FOOT-SNAP-ON-SHANK-ADAPTER-BERNINA-OLD-STYLE-530-1630-0062617000/282290526069?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D40807%26meid%3D4fe9a7b6fca84bb3adef4f466cc8776f%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D401187382421
Or, are you talking about the presser foot? Bernina #033? You can usually find a replacement through eBay, or even purchase a snap-on shank and pick up a snap-on buttonhole foot. But, if you have another zig-zag foot or open-toe presser foot, you can probably get by with using it as long as you can see your marks on the fabric when you stitch.
If you are actually referring to a buttonhole attachment like what is available for new machines, you may be out of luck. Probably not any available for this older model. The automatic buttonhole attachment usually has a sensor that your machine does not accommodate and the buttonhole attachments have a different shank that will not work on the older machines.
However, the buttonhole dial on your machine should work just fine. You just need to do more pre-work, ie measuring the button and marking the buttonholes on the fabric before stitching them. Even if the machine is only a zig-zag, buttonholes can still be done on them. Just be sure to practice a few buttonholes on scrap fabric before trying them on your garment. Get the stitch length so the zig-zag stitch has no gaps between threads but also does not overlap the thread next to it. Also, check that the tension does not cause the fabric to pucker (be sure to use a stabilizer between the fabric to prevent the fabric from stretching or distorting).
I would say that somehow your top thread jumped out of the tension disc. Try rethreading, with the presser foot up, then pull your top thread, it should feed smoothly, now lower the presser foot, it should barely move. Sometimes this seats the thread in the tension discs. Also, make sure that you have right thread and needle combination. And maybe, just to be on the safe side, change your needle, it could have a small burr on it after the 21 buttonholes. Good luck, hope I helped you.
Most sewing experts will tell you that the best buttonholes are made with the Singer Buttonhole attachment that has been available since the 1930's. It makes perfect buttonholes every time. Everyone complains about the modern machines not making great buttonholes and not working correctly. Just do a quick search on eBay for one of these vintage attachments and your problem is solved once and for all. Don't waste all the time and money trying to get your machine fixed to only find it does not make good buttonholes...the best solution has always been the buttonhole attachments made by Singer, which the professionals use even with modern machines. They can be found in low or slant shank.
These are the exact instructions from the Manual.
1. Select one of buttonhole patterns. 2. Replace the presser foot with the buttonhole foot. (Install presser foot with little red mark towards the front) 3. Insert the button into the buttonhole foot. (the part located in the back crescent shaped) 4. Lower the buttonhole lever (to the left of the needle) so that it drops down vertically between the stoppers A and B. 5. Carefully mark the position of buttonhole on your garment. 6. Place the fabric under the foot. Pull out the bobbin thread underneath the fabric to a length of about 4 inches to the rear. 7. Align the buttonhole mark on the fabric with the mark on the buttonhole foot, and then lower the buttonhole foot. 8. While holding the top thread, start the machine. *Sewing will be completed automatically. 9. When sewing is finished, use a buttonhole opener to open up the frabric in the center of the buttonhole. Be careful not to cut anyt of the seam thread. I hope this helps.
Hi, I had the same problem, but I finally found my manual. The solution is that you have to use the presser foot for buttonholes but the most important part is that you have to lower the buttonholer lever. It is located right next to the needle to the left. It is a metal lever with a little square white plastic end. You need to pull that down in order the the buttonhole feature to work. My button was too big for the buttonhole presser foot, so I had to use the regular presser foot, but hit the buttonhole lever with my had to make it go up or down.