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The buttonholer doesn't work right.

Hi--hope you can help--I've put in the same buttonhole 7 times and had to pull out all kinds of odd misshapen thread wads and stitches. This buttonholer is a rinky-dink plastic and metal foot and guide, where the button sits at the back and the foot is supposed to read the size of the button to make a hole to fit it. The little plastic teeth do not keep the sizing mechanism tight, so the button falls out at odd times. There is also a stopping mechanism that you pull straight down out of the machine, and that is to hit the piece on the left side of the sizing mechanism. I've made countless sample holes on scraps--and can get a reasonable buttonhole. But, as soon as I try to put one in my jacket, either the button falls out, or the buttonhole stitching goes straight back, but doesn't come forward to finish. On the practice ones, I can even push the "stopper" mechanism back again and make a nice, two-times-around buttonhole. But, as soon as I try to stitch one in my actual clothing artical, it screws up and stops on the return trip. The manual itself does not specify a stitch length to set, but only says to turn a set-screw in the back of the machine to make nicer stitches--which doesn't happen. It also does not specify the pressure of the buttonholer, as regulated by the top rolling control. It doesn't specify feed-dogs up or down. Any advice or ideas?? Otherwise, I like the machine and it does everything I want it to do.

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  • qtp2t4474 Oct 04, 2008

    I solved my own problem after fooling around for hours on this earlier. I thought I'd go ahead and post what I figured out. First, don't mess with this flimsy buttonholer after a busy day of sewing...or of anything. With as unsubstantial as this thing is, you need to be in a complete Zen state, or at least be sure there is not a loved one anywhere nearer than the next county. It is possible to get a so-so looking buttonhole with the supplied buttonholer, but if you're remembering the sturdy metal adjuncts that used to hook on for dear life and used a snap-in cam, you're going to long for the day.

    The manual gives no info on the stitch length indicator on the front of the machine. However, if you screw around with this thing long enough, you'll notice that around the #1 on that indicator, there's a little buttonhole. Duh. Next, it does not give any information on the pressure wheel's setting--but, again, after several hours of cursing and fiddling, you'll figure out it doesn't matter too much, as long as there's a some pressure---like maybe a 2. The instructions say to place the button you want to make a hole for in the end of the buttonhole slide. The largest buttonhole you can make is a 1", which is useless if you make coats or some designer wear. You'll probably have to make your own with the zig-zag stitch and home-made bars at the ends. Yuk.

    You put the button in, flattest side down, and hope it doesn't just fall out...because, there is no way to tighten the bracket once it's in there. It slides up to it, then the rattling it gets loosens it along the way. The stitch width indicator also had a buttonhole on it---score one for the copywriters at Singer--so you'll know where it should be set. Actually could be a little wider, but don't press your luck.

    Next, you pull down a little white lever with BH on it (Button Hole, but could stand for Big Headache). Pull it all the way down, where it should stay next to the pressure foot, hopefully stopping the buttonholer at the point where it matches your button. Sometimes, it does, sometimes it doesn't...why? If you can figure it out, let me know. With this system, you cannot set it once and just go along, merrily making buttonholes. You have to check, and recheck, and recheck after every step of every buttonhole. Otherwise, the thing won't start where or when you think it will, won't stop where or when you think it should or the button will just fall out of it. I was lucky that my fabric was dark and patterned and heavy-weight. I picked out the same buttonhole stitching 7 times before I took a nap to calm down, coming back only after a good rest, a good meal and nothing else I had to get done.

    I like my buttonholes twice-around---if you do, it means you'll have to trick the buttonholer into thinking it's not done after once-around. When you stitch a buttonhole, the button-measuring tab hits that BH lever on its trip back toward you. When your needle goes into the bar it made at the start of the buttonhole, stop, push the BH lever backward, check the button to see if it's still in there, look at everything else to see if it's the way you had it set, then go once more around. After the dozens of practice ones I made, I still breathed a sigh of relief after every single buttonhole was complete. Because they're four-step, meaning they are not continuous like professional buttonholes, they look home-made. I would not want to use this on fine fabrics or anything where they'd show even a little bit. Unlike those cam-driven attachments, you cannot make keyhole buttonholes. There are instructions that show how to make "corded" buttonholes, but with all the other stuff going on while you're trying to get a good buttonhole or maybe six or eight of them, I can't imagine you wouldn't kill somebody by the time you had the cords hooked where they need to be and running where they need to run.

    My suggestion is to call a tailor and pay the extra to have nice looking buttonholes put in, because you're not going to get any from these low-end machines' "automatic" buttonholers.

  • Anonymous Dec 26, 2008

    This fixed really helped me. The instruction manual wasn't very helpful; this was. Thanks!!



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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.

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