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How do I work the 3A buttonholer on my Bernina 1530 sewing machine. Don't recall how to measure for button buttonholer is working well

Nothing as I have forgotten steps --haven't used it for so long --

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Here is a link for a manual--the info should be in it Bernina 1530 Instruction Manual

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What model singer buttonhole attachment will fit a Bernina 807 minimatic machine. This question was asked but I can't find the answer.


Most likely a Singer presser foot will not attach to your Bernina. They are not interchangeable.

You can also probably use something like this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOImaKwv4fU
but you need to purchase a snap-on shank adapter for your Bernina, like this:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/PRESSER-FOOT-SNAP-ON-SHANK-ADAPTER-BERNINA-OLD-STYLE-530-1630-0062617000/282290526069?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D40807%26meid%3D4fe9a7b6fca84bb3adef4f466cc8776f%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D401187382421

Or, are you talking about the presser foot? Bernina #033? You can usually find a replacement through eBay, or even purchase a snap-on shank and pick up a snap-on buttonhole foot. But, if you have another zig-zag foot or open-toe presser foot, you can probably get by with using it as long as you can see your marks on the fabric when you stitch.

If you are actually referring to a buttonhole attachment like what is available for new machines, you may be out of luck. Probably not any available for this older model. The automatic buttonhole attachment usually has a sensor that your machine does not accommodate and the buttonhole attachments have a different shank that will not work on the older machines.

However, the buttonhole dial on your machine should work just fine. You just need to do more pre-work, ie measuring the button and marking the buttonholes on the fabric before stitching them. Even if the machine is only a zig-zag, buttonholes can still be done on them. Just be sure to practice a few buttonholes on scrap fabric before trying them on your garment. Get the stitch length so the zig-zag stitch has no gaps between threads but also does not overlap the thread next to it. Also, check that the tension does not cause the fabric to pucker (be sure to use a stabilizer between the fabric to prevent the fabric from stretching or distorting).

Button hole MPG (good tutorial)

807 Manual:
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0ahUKEwidgJqA1rDRAhVU7WMKHbfsAfUQFggcMAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bernina.com%2Fen-US%2FSupportData%2FOut-of-Print%2FBERNINA_807_810_817_manual&usg=AFQjCNFNJyvVESPeSjAOPQT2cX5Z3rclbw&cad=rja (pg 27-28)

Tutorial how to sew buttonholes with the BERNINA presser feet no 3 3A 3B...

Genuine Vintage Bernina Old Style Presser Foot 033 Manual Buttonhole eBay

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How do I make a buttonhole on a Bernina 1130 s


First of all, pull the bobbin thread thru the bobbin case finger before starting. There is a good explanation in the manual, p. 42-45. Use either the 3 or 3A Buttonhole foot. If you don't have a manual, go to http://danreetz.com/bernina/Bernina_1130_User_Manual.pdf and download and/or read.

Jan 30, 2015 | Bernina Sewing Machines

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I want to buy a Bernina buttonhole foot with slide


You need a 3A buttonhole foot - plenty of suppliers out there.

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Needle won't stay in left position when using zip foot - bernina 1530


Is it possible you're using a later foot with the sensor lenses on it ... your machine has the optical sensor for the automatic buttonhole foot and I'm wondering if you're getting it confused by using a foot that is not designed to go with that machine ?

Nov 04, 2011 | Bernina 1008

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I can only sew the first bar of the buttonhole. When I press the securing button nothing happens and the machine carries on sewing the first bar. I just cannot make any of the button holes work. Can I do...


I can't be specific, but I had problems with my Bernina Virtuosa 160 automatic buttonholer.
Check the feeddog teeth height. At their highest point, the FRONT teeth height should be 0.05mm higher than the back teeth.
Good luck.
Esther. England.uk

May 04, 2010 | Bernina Virtuosa 160

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Bernina 240, won't complete the buttonhole


Double check the instructions and if there is still an issue, call the Bernina dealer and tell them what is wrong.

Ask if someone will be available to look at the machine when you come in .... you need one-on-one assistance.

Mar 07, 2010 | Bernina Sewing Machines

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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.

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l Until Wednesday Calls How To Manual Machine Buttonholes

Manual Buttonhole Settings

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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)







Apr 16, 2017 | Bernina Sewing Machines

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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)

Aug 18, 2008 | Bernina Virtuosa 160

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