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Buttonhole on second side was only half the length of first side

Test buttonholes were good. The stitching on the second side was much denser. Also appeared that there might be a slight feeding problem with the fabric. The width of the buttonhole was shorter than programmed.I own a Pfaff Tiptronic 2020 but under the product line it won't accept the model. I put in the 2030 model so it would accept my problem.

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Hi, did you buy the machine from a dealer - if so, I would take it back and ask them to show you how to do buttonholes again. It is also possible that, although the test buttonholes sewed out correctly, the automatic button sensor needs professional adjustment.

Before going back to the dealer, find the section in your manual that discusses buttonholes and read thru it very carefully. Pfaff machines are not intuitive, and the manual might describe a way to adjust the automatic buttonhole settings so they sew out correctly.

If you need more help, please repost and I'll try to help or put you in touch with a dealer who can help

Good luck, Ginny
Good luck, Ginny

Posted on Jan 31, 2009

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First make a few trial runs with a scrap of material exactly as the buttonhole will be stitched, with the machine adjusted as you intend to use it.
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stitch length should be short.
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needle position must also be set on the way

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Now you need to start the buttonhole stitching sequence and sorry, but I don't know what your machine's is, you really need to check the manual for this bit. It may be a 1,2,3,4 sequence on a dial and probably stitch length set to 0.5 so its a closed up satin stitch.

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