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I can't get the automatic button hole attachment to work. I put the button in the back of the attachment, but it does not make a buttonhole for the size of the button. Spent 2 hours trying to figure it out.

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The best guess is that it is not installed correctly. You don't mention make or model, so if you can take the attachment to the store where you bought it and ask to be shown........maybe buy some things you need while you are there as a sweetener.........they really are there to help if they are keen on return business.

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I am so excited to share this with you. I was having the same exact problem and I found the solution here: http://kraftykuka.blogspot.com/2008/11/benjamin-button-hole-maker.html
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