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How do I work the 3A buttonholer on my Bernina1530 sewing machine

I haven't used it for so , I have forgotten details

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Try this link for a manual Bernina 1530 Instruction Manual

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I have a old Elna machine. The air electronic SU 390 B. I have lost the manual and am trying to do buttonholes on a dress. I have forgotten the sequence of nob adjustments to complete the process.


Is this the duplex model with the base that fits into a sewing cabinet?

My Elna booklet lists a SP "air electronic" duplex (CL.39), if so, then it would be same stitches as the 38, yellow front panel, 7 built in stitches and automatic knob with blue markings for buttonholing.

Here is the SU manual images for buttonholing, should be exactly the same for the SP.

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use buttonhole foot. turn the 3 dials to buttonhole marked in blue (stitch selection, width and length).
Mark length of buttonhol on the material. Place work under foot with the mark in the middile fo the foot, the start being directly below the needle. sew the first side, raise the needle. Turn stitch width dial to 2, blue. Sew a few stitches for bartack. Raise the needle.
Turn stitch width dial to 3 blue. sew the second side. stop just short of the first side. Raise the needle.
turn the stitch width dial to 4 blue. sew a few stitches for bartack. Raise the needle.
Turn stitch width dial to "fastening off stitch" blue dot. Sew a few stitches, holding back the material by hand. Raise needle, lift pressure foot and remove work, triming off threads.
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Bernina Buttonhole foot #3A


Difficult to say whether your current foot can be repaired or even if a new foot is the answer. I believe the auto buttonhole needs to be calibrated to the machine, but not sure that is the issue with your machine.

You can sew a buttonhole without using a buttonhole foot--not really difficult as that's how it was done for many years before the manufacturers developed the specialty foot. (My machine came with a buttonhole foot but I still make mine the old-fashioned way because I determine how they will look rather than the machine making that choice for me.)

Practice a few times on scrap fabric and write down the stitch widths & lengths that work the best for you so you can replicate each stitch to look alike.

How to make button hole

l Until Wednesday Calls How To Manual Machine Buttonholes

Manual Buttonhole Settings

How to sew buttonhole with an old machine

How to Sew Button hole tutorial (this is my least favorite method)

Sew Buttonhole without Buttonhole Foot by Create Kids Couture
(also don't care for this type--don't like the look when the fabric is rotated and stitched across the end of the buttonhole--the bartacks on the other buttonholes is much more professional)

Sewing Buttonholes Without Buttonhole Foot

Buttonholes without using special feet or cams YouTube

How to Sew Buttonholes with Regular Foot Sewing Tutorial with Alison Smith (this creates a much more professional looking buttonhole)







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Bernina Buttonhole foot #3A


Hi, you must have an 1130S which means it could also be a circuitboard issue. If the LED/LCD light for the buttonholer does not flash you either need a new RET-Print (circuitboard) or a new buttonhole foot. Sorry to say that you DO more than likely need a new buttonhole foot according to my manual on this machine. No way to repair the foot that I know of.
You should bring the machine in and try it first.
Guess not all news is good news. Sorry.
Rick (Bernina tech)

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