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How to make a buttonhole

I have a 415 Janome, and on the arm it has 3 blocks labeled 1 2/4 & 3. There is also a small attachment. But when I try and make the buttonhole, it doesn't seem to work. When I sew on #1 it zig zags down, #2 goes across (no problem there), but when I go to #3 to bring it up the next side, it doesn't zig zag, but goes straight. I doesn't look anything like a true buttonhole.

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SOURCE: no zig and cotton keeps breaking

Make sure you have a new sharp needle installed for both problems and sometimes you need a particular kind of needle for the fabric. Also some machines don't deal well with 100% cotton thread. For some reason it gets caught up in the machine somewhere and breaks. Gutterman and Metrosene make excellent although slightly more expensive threads. Coats and Clark thread is good too. They make an all cotton thread but it doesn't come in as many colors. If you have the old spools of cotton thread from Walmart, just use them for topstitching if you need the color. Other wise, use them for hand stitching or throw them away. One more thing that I can think of off hand, one of my machines does not like lining fabric. For some reason the thread breaks if I stitch really fast. If you have to use that thread, you may try sewing slowly. One more thing, when was the last time your machine was serviced? This can make a huge difference if it's been awhile and you use the machine a lot. Good luck. Hope any of this helps.

Posted on Apr 02, 2009

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SOURCE: MC4400 skips on the zig zag stitch when sewing

You must buse an anti static needle otherwise yoiu will miss stitches.

Posted on Jul 14, 2010

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SOURCE: The zig zag is not working on my machine. It

Hi jpfister1 ,

Thank you for your question at Fixya,

The solution to your problem is as follows :-

  1. First of all you need to make sure that there is a new needle in the machine and if that is correct , then you need to loosen the top tension by a number or a number and a half.
  2. Else it would be a timing problem which you can get adjusted by a local mechanic who is aware about this brand.
  3. Also check if the cam follower is frozen , if it is , then you need to get it repaired by a professional dealer or a local mechanic who can do it for you.
  4. In your case it seems that the problem could be because of first reason that I have mentioned above.
  5. All the best.

Hope that helps ...:) In case you have any queries, feel free to contact me.

Posted on Sep 20, 2011

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