I was able to make button holes easily on scrap material, but when I went to make it on the coat with iron on interfacing, I had problem with the button hole going off track or stopping and make a huge knot on the bottom of the button hole and not completing the button hole. Does anyone know how to fix this. It was almost like the feed dogs were down and not feeding the fabric through.
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I don't know about your Bernina but mine you have to manually set the button hole size every time you do a new button hole size. Practice on a scrap bit of fabric. I think you push the buttonhole button - sew which I think does an end, push the button again, sew for the distance forward you need and push the button again, and sew the other end and push the button again and it should go back to the beginning. That's off the top of my head, I could be wrong but try it on scrap. I think it might then have set the size until you change stitch types and it should continue to do the same amount of forward and back stitches with each button press to tell it to go forward, end, back, end etc. But practice! My machine has trouble feeding the fabric evenly.
Use a scrap of fabric under the pressure foot as a leader and feed the quilt square after it clears just like if you are chain sewing. After you have sewn the square clip the scrap off and use it again.
Check the bobbin tension too. It could be too tight. Make sure you are using the right size needle for the material as well. Sheer, thin fabric needs a smaller needle, thicker material requires bigger needles. Bobbin tension is the typical problem as most think to adjust the top tension but don't check the bobbin tension.
Is your quilt peices cotton? Cotton shouldn't cause as much trouble sewing along the edge but don't use too long of a stitch length else it will seem to gather up. Puckering side to side however is a tension problem usually. With sheerer fabrics that cause a problem sometimes you can put thin paper underneath, sew through both and then pull the paper off after sewing. (thin like the iron on type interfacing type fabric but like paper).
Not sure if you are doing embroidery w /a hoop and all, which I don't do but I have lots of decorative stiches . Ytp lacing some tear away interfacing below the fabric you are going to sew. Most stitches come out top to bottom. Say I have an alligator option. Image will be about 1 1/2 inch , Try it on a piece of scrap fabric to start. I used muslin and the tear away bnacking to stabilize the design on lettering and patters.Also use good thread. I like Guttermans. Coat and Clark / Sulky are very fine and snag and tear easily. Good luck. Keep trying. The design you sew will show on both sides , so if you do not want that you will have to add another level of fabric to the backside after completing the design. Hope that makes sense.
You can use the regular plate and you are correct in that it should make the button hole automatically. If the material does not move, the pessure on the pressure foot is not enough.
You can try the following:
First make sure you select a button hole patern.
You can also place a piece of stitch and tear paper underneath the material to help with the movement. If you dont have any, try normal tissue paper.