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Need to sew a button hole on a Kenmore 385 17124790

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I had the same problem. And I read and read the instructions (I'm sure you did, too)! However, I finally realized that Step #5 is the key. Turn the stitch selector to the reverse arrow and back to the bottonhole symbol. this seems to re-set the machine. It worked for me!

Posted on Jul 13, 2008

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SOURCE: How do you sew button holes?

I am assuming that you have marked where you want the button hole to be. Here is the link to the manual for the 5050.
446_5040_5050[1].pdf The instructions for making a buttonhole are on page 36

Posted on Apr 21, 2009

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SOURCE: Kenmore 385 model Automatic Button Hole Apparatus Jams Thread?

Practice and practice some more! Use the same fabric and interfacing as your project and a NEW needle (the correct needle) This is for the Sears Kenmore 385 automatic button hole maker. Make sure you pull the bobbin thread through the Guide Block - it is that simple. Make sure you pull your thread to the back of the machine though the presser foot slot - the correct presser foot. Account for both thread tails before starting to sew. Keep thread tails to the back of the machine 4-5", insert fabric under presser foot keeping thread tails clear. Mark button hole and sew.

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I need to know what the settings need to be on the Kenmore 158 machine to use the buttonholer?


You'll have to provide more information about the sewing machine. 158 indicates the manufacturer. However, there are a lot of Kenmore sewing machines from that manufacturer. The 158.1340 manual is available here: https://www.manualslib.com/manual/150291/Kenmore-1340.html .

Page 40 (41 in the linked format) begins the section on buttonholes. With the buttonhole attachment, you need to set the stitch to the second narrowest zig-zag stitch. You can use any stitch length. The description of using the buttonhole attachment starts on page 45.

Without the buttonhole attachment, you set the stitch selector to each part of the buttonhole as you reach them. The stitch length dial has to be set to an appropriate length in the block for buttonholes. The top and bottom tack bars use the same stitch selector. There are separate ones for the left and right sides of the button hole.

I hope this helps. Please add a comment with the rest of the model number on your sewing machine for specifics with your machine.

Cindy Wells

Jan 04, 2017 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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Missing last pages of manual for Kenmore 30 model 385-1884180 serial no 72001157.the pages missing are the set up for button holes with button hole attactment


Type "SearsPartsDirect" into the search engine of your computer, and when you enter your model number, you may get a phone number to call for a replacement book.
God bless your efforts.

Nov 03, 2016 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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My Kenmore Mini Ultra sewing machine won't sew the button stitch. I have followed the instructions on the manual but still the thread does not get sewn onto the fabric. Simple straight stitches are ok


it's possible that there could be a problem with the gear or cam that does the button hole stitch

try a different needle--one for the fabric being sewed
try a different bobbin --make sure the bobbin is not warped or damaged
try different thread-- use EVERY thread guide

make sure the bobbin is wound correctly--inserted correctly in to the bobbin case--and turned the right way.

May 14, 2015 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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The buttonhole function only sews the left hand side of the buttonhole and then quits. Any ideas of what the problem is. much appreciation


Pull down the button hole lever just behind the threader on the left side of the presser foot. This will stop the button hole process on the left side and turn it back up the right side.

Oct 13, 2010 | Kenmore 19001

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Kenmore 385 model Automatic Button Hole Apparatus Jams Thread?


Practice and practice some more! Use the same fabric and interfacing as your project and a NEW needle (the correct needle) This is for the Sears Kenmore 385 automatic button hole maker. Make sure you pull the bobbin thread through the Guide Block - it is that simple. Make sure you pull your thread to the back of the machine though the presser foot slot - the correct presser foot. Account for both thread tails before starting to sew. Keep thread tails to the back of the machine 4-5", insert fabric under presser foot keeping thread tails clear. Mark button hole and sew.

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Automatice Buttonhole attachment


I'm going to assume the button fit into the button hole foot to measure the length of button hole. If this is correct, then there is a lever very near the presser foot bar which needs to be pulled down to be engaged by the bh foot. Let me know if this is correct.
sewman7

Jul 15, 2008 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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