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Can anyone help with problem sewing button holes in a waistcoat?

This is with the automatic function. It is OK with just a couple of layers of cloth but with two thick layers and interfacing the thread bunches up underneath and I get a short or mis-sharpen buttonhole.

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Some sewing machine are not made to sew thick layers of fabric, the only suggestion I have is to try a new needle, make sure the top thread has not come off the thread take up lever, rethread the machine top and bobbin.

Posted on Jun 03, 2015

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SOURCE: thread bunching underneath

clean the lint out with canned air and check the bobbin holder for any possible needle pieces from breaking a needle maybe the needle is bent and you can't see the slight bend.may need oiling too

Posted on Mar 08, 2009

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SOURCE: thread bunches up

check bottom tension...but first make sure your threading machine correctly

either bottom first or top tension....top tension should be set to 4-5 bottom should feel when pulling about the same tension

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SOURCE: I am trying to sew buttonholes with the one step

There doesnt seem to be a reason - you are doing everything as it should be - lever down to stop the foot according the the button size is the most overlooked step.

I would take the buttonhole foot off and see it is moving as it should. Don't force as the plastic parts can break and then try again to make the buttonhole.

If you still cannot make the buttonhole, the problem may be the control switch and this would have to be checked by a Singer Sewing Machine Tech.

Check your warranty - faulty switches are covered for two years, but you pay the labor.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010

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SOURCE: My automatic buttonhole attachment won't make

This is not the problem of the thickness, but of the softness. Fleece will pull unevenly, causing the dogs to simply tug at layers of it in place, instead of moving it. You will have to (GENTLY) assist the dogs in moving your fabric, if your fabric is this soft.

The cause of this is 90% on the fault of the fabric, and 10% on the way the buttonholer foot works. The foot is built to hold the fabric fast in place, with sliding action only permitted by the buttonhole guide. However, this is assuming the dogs can get enough purchase to move the fabric around. Simply put, again, you will have to help the dogs along with this one(you will be able to clearly feel the difference and which way the dogs "Should" be moving at the time when you attempt to, as once it catches in one direction, it is likely to keep going in that direction until the dogs stop.)

Posted on Apr 21, 2010

SOURCE: bobbin thread bunches up

try changing the needle
make sure the bobbin is inserted correctly in the bobbin case
clean under the needle plate & in the bobbin area for lint & loose threads
make sure the bobbin is wound correctly
make sure the thread has not come off the thread take up lever

Posted on Mar 29, 2012

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