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Bernina 350 buttonhole - when I hit the reverse button, the machine just keeps stitching backwards. It doesn't stop to do the tck and then go forward again.

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It looks like the Reverse button just needs to be "tapped." On my machine, if I hold the Reverse button too long, it turns into a continuous reverse until I deactivate it.

Bernina 350 16 Buttonholes

If it still won't make buttonholes, you should take it for service. On machines that have the "eye" on the presser foot, the machine needs to be calibrated to use the buttonhole presser foot. Be sure to take the presser foot when having the machine serviced.

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