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Re: My machine will not sew buttonholes
If your reverse works on other stitches I suspect the buttonhole sensor will have to be tested in the service program. It could be bad. This would have to be done by a tech. You could take a dampend q-tip and try cleaning the lens. It is just above the needle next to the needlbar on the right.
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You don't have to use the buttonhole attachment. Many older machines never had the buttonhole attachment but still made buttonholes. There are manual ways to sew buttonholes on a sewing machine with only a straight stitch and zig-zag stitch.
Firstly look in manual. Secondly, search online for manual. Thirdly, I seem to remember that you had to select the buttonhole function on the machine. If you haven't got one then you need to sew two parallel lines of stitching very close together, then overstitch at each before finally cutting between the parallel stitches.
make sure it's not in the buttonhole setting, and if the machine isn't in the buttonhole setting and the buttonhole lever isn't down then it would be a good idea to have the machine checked to see why the machine ins stuck in reverse.
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.
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.
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
Put on the C foot. Select the buttonhole stitch. The machine will start sewing in the bottom left corner of the the buttonhole. Sew the length that you need, press and release the reverse button and sew the right side of the buttonhole. When you get back to the bottom, press and release the reverse button again and the buttonhole will be finished and the thread will tie off and the machine will stop. If the buttonhole is what you want, press and release the Stop button and the machine will repeat this buttonhole as many times as you need until the machine is turned off or the Stop is pressed again. When repeating, you need not press the reverse. Just press down on the foot control and continue until the machine stops by itself. If you don't like the first one, just sew another one using the reverse button to set the ends.