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Buttonholes When making bottonholes, it will not make them properly. Maching keeps going does not stop. I have turned the dial to reset the machine and will not fix problem

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Re: buttonholes

Can you do an ordinary reverse stitch, if not, the reverse mechanism may be jammed, that will need some further internal exploration,

BUT, if you can, then:

The sensor arm that pulls down from the machine needs to be between the carriage stoppers, this tells the machine how large the button is, therefore, when to change direction.

The Kenmore is similar (same?) as Janome I believe and so should be very similar to this image.

Ensure that the sensor arm is pulled down between these two plastic stoppers at points maked with red, if the arm is at the rear of stopper, it will not do the cycle, just continue.

Only reset the machine after each completed buttonhole, if reset in mid cycle you will be starting a new cycle before it is time.

Do a couple of tests on some scrap fabric before you commit.

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1. Turn the selector dial to the top position, That is the first step of the buttonhole.
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3 Put on the "C" foot and put the tension dial, (the small dial just above and to the right of the needle) on 4.
4. On a test fabric, sew about an inch or so and stop. Turn the selector dial down one click and sew the bar tack of the buttonhole. Just do a few passes, don't build up alot of stitches here.
5. Turn the dial down another click to the 3rd step, the right side of the buttonhole and sew until you reach the place where you started the left column of the buttonhole and stop.
6. Turn the dial UPWARD one click to the bar tack position again and do another bar tack like you did at the top of the buttonhole. Don't build up alot of stitches here, about three passes does the trick.
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I have a confidence 7470 and I can not get my machine to sew because the error sigm says I need to lift my bottonhole arm back up. I have done this repeatedly and have turned the machine on and off to...

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Think of the buttonhole as a square-ish capital O, with the center of the bottom of the O as the point where the button shank will lie when buttoned. Place the marked buttonhole area under the buttonhole foot, with this bottom point directly under the foot, squarely in the center of the 'hole'.
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I'm afraid that you are unable to correct this glitch on your own. Any sewing machine service center/shop will around and look for the shop with the lowest 'minimum' charge. It is such a simple fix. However, although simple, the adjustment is so incrementally precise that without thorough understanding, your stich patterns could be rendered unuseable. I have no idea of the current value of your sewing machine, but if you deem the repair costs prohibitive, there is a workaround so you can complete your buttonhole. Complete your buttonhole setup as normal. I assume that you run tests first to adjust your stitch length/density of the buttonhole using the Step 1 setting. When you find the the length/density that you want, using an ink marker/crayon...whatever...being as precise as possible, mark a linear line from the edge of your length selector dial, continuing to the body of your machine. Now, select Buttonhole Setting #3, and increase the stitch length until you see the length/density that you want. Find a clear spot on your length dial and repeat the marking procedure. When you are ready to make a buttonhole, align the markings for Buttonhole Step 1 on your stitch length dial and proceed, complete your tack of step 2, stop, manually raise your needle out of the fabric using the balance (hand) wheel on the right, adjust your stitch length dial accordingly for Step 3, then on to your final tack #4. If it's only your buttonholer that is giving you trouble, take the extra 15 minutes or so, and use the workaround and mark your machine. It doesn't have to be ink, it can be pinstriping tape...whatever, and spend the money you saved on fabrics and notions instead.....good luck my friend.

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