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Re: designer 1 reverse won't select, no light at all
The designer 1 has a weakness of the reverse pad (rubber button set) on left side of the machine wearing out and not working. You can try pushing from different angle, or pushing hard, but it most likely needs to be replaced. If you did buttonholes with the buttonhole sesor foot (foot with a wheel and a cord that plugs in), it would automatically size the buttonhole and you wouldn't need to reverse and you can use "FIX" to tie a knot instead of reverse
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It could be that 8mm is the limit for the buttonhole foot. You can try making buttonholes manually with the sewing machine. Not really difficult. Just need to be careful marking the buttonhole and stitching. Recommend practicing on scrap fabric before trying it on the project.
If it still won't make buttonholes, you should take it for service. On machines that have the "eye" on the presser foot, the machine needs to be calibrated to use the buttonhole presser foot. Be sure to take the presser foot when having the machine serviced.
did you put the buttonhole foot on?
did you put the button in the buttonhole foot?
did you pull down the buttonhole lever to the left of the needle?
did you choose the buttonhole program you want?
if you answered yes, to all these questions then it would be a good idea to have the machine checked to see why it won't make a button hole
E1: Make sure the presser foot is lowered before sewing.
E2: You chose a stitch other than a buttonhole stitch or a bar tack
stitch and you tried to sew with the buttonhole lever in the lowered
position. Raise the buttonhole lever.
E3: If you selected the buttonhole or tack bar stitch and start to
sew with the buttonhole lever raised, you will get the E3 code. Lower
the buttonhole lever.
E4: You hit the reverse button while the bobbin winder shaft was
moved over to the right. Move the bobbin winder shaft to the left.
E5: On automatic sewing machines, the start/stop button was pressed
while the foot controller was plugged in. Unplug the foot controller if
you are using the automatic function.
E6: This code tells you that the motor locked up because the thread
is tangled. Untangle the thread, make sure the machine is threaded
properly and that the proper tension is set before continuing.
Re: Reverse feed dogs on Singer 4423
Remove extension table so you can see switch on BACK of machine @ left side. Flip switch to raise feed dogs up.
If machine actually sewing in reverse - check n
Buttonhole adjustment. Reset it (located bottom right side machine)
Have you pulled down the buttonhole trigger lever at the back of the sewing area? most modern machines have one of these - when you use it with the button hole foot, you'll see the foot has a little piece that sticks out and triggers the lever to begin stitching the reverse bead and bar tack of the buttonhole.
Are you using the buttonhole foot when you try? It will look like this.
Also, there is a lever you need to pull down to deploy when stitching buttonholes. It triggers the machine to stop stitching out the side of the buttonhole, reverses then does the other side. Its a little lever up in the head near the pressure foot bar and needle bar. It will touch the sticking out finger on the buttonhole foot to trigger the reverse motion in the programm.