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ELNA 540 Experience how do i use the foot marked with an R? What is the settings for a rollstitch?

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The foot labeled R is the buttonhole foot. Raise the machine needle and put the foot on the machine. Pull the button holder to the back of the machine and place the button for the garment in holder. Push the button holder to close it against the button. For thick buttons, you may want a slightly larger space for the button. Just pull back the holder a fraction. Push the button hole lever down as far as it will go. (The lever is on the side of the foot near the button holder.) Place a corner of the fabric under the foot and press the up/down needle button twice. Pull the thread to the back of the fabric. Then position the fabric at the starting point where the button hole is to be sewn. Make sure that there is no gap between the slider and the stopper on the foot. Select the button hole style (06 regular, 07 oval, 08 keyhole). Then set the machine to sew. This is shown in the manual on pages 53-63 (pages 59-70 in the PDF).

For a rolled hem on a lightweight fabric, use stitch 10 and set the stitch width to 3.5 and the stitch length to 0.8. Use the Satin Stitch pressure foot (labeled F). Lay the edge of the fabric in the center of the foot. (Make sure that there is a clean cut to the edge with no dangling threads.) See page 48 of the manual (page 54 of the PDF).

Elna has the manual for the Experience 540 here on their manuals page: http://www.elnausa.com/en-us/pages.php?page=107 . The Experience 540 is listed on the left in the section labeled Top-loading 7 mm Max Stitch Width Machines. The direct link to the manual is http://www.elnausa.com/data/files/2_users/55/Inst-book-EL540%28EFG%29.pdf .

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

Posted on May 13, 2017

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