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Bernina Activa 131: buttonhole problem

I recently bought a used Bernina Activa 131, and I'm having a problem making buttonholes. I was practicing making a manual buttonhole and followed the directions in the manual and was rather pleased with the result and decided to keep practicing. Unfortunately my machine will not make another one. I selected the buttonhole function. I made the first forward step, stopped and pushed the auto recers button but nothing happens the machine continues moving forwaard and the screen keeps showing the first forward stitch no matter how many times I push the auto recerse button. I tried making the automatic buttonholes and the same thing happens. I cleared it and turned it off and tried again, but it will only go forward. I'm so hoping someone will help me fix this.

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  • adrienne984 Apr 21, 2009

    I have a Bernina Activa 140 and cannot figure out how to programme the

    buttonhole function. The manual says that the machine should stop automatically with the screen showing auto = meaning buttonhole now

    programmed. This is not happening, any help with this would be great.

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There are TWO buttons on the machine that have the little u-turn on them. Look for the other one. That is the one that makes the second half of the buttonhole. Look in the owner's manual, it may tell you where it is on your machine. I spent a long time swearing at my machine before I figured out that the reverse is not the only button with the u-turn arrow. The manual is not clear on this. Why they use the same symbol twice is beyond me. Mine is on the front of the machine, down by the needle. Hope this helps.

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In my earlier response, you need a shank that is made for your Bernina 807 and Berninas made in that era. Only "Old Style" Bernina presser feet and adapters will fit your machine. No other brand will work, not Singer, not Janome, not Brother, nothing but Bernina Old Style. There are several Bernina old style presser feet. Look for presser feet with the number printed in black ink or presser feet that have the number stamped into the metal. Do not buy a Bernina presser foot with red numbers--will fit only newer Bernina machines.

If you want to use the Singer buttonholer attachment, it needs to be for a straight shank machine. You will need to have a Bernina shank adapter for your machine.
Bernina Presser Feet (down at the bottom of the page, click on the blue text that says "Bernina Shank Adapter" On the next page, scroll down to the last two items that indicate they are "Old Style." The first Old Style item is the shank adapter you would need to attach the Singer buttonholer attachment to your machine. (Am assuming it will work, no guarantees!) If it doesn't work, then you will probably not be able to use the Singer buttonholer with your Bernina machine.
This shank adapter would fit your machine:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Adapter-Low-Shank-Feet-Foot-Bernina-500-1630-Old-Style-/380397208368

If you are looking for a snap-on adapter, it needs to state that it will work with a Bernina Old Style machine, ie the old Record machines (930 Record, 830 Record, 730 Record, 707, 807 Mini, 630 Record, and 530 Record--or in other words, Berninas manufactured prior to probably 1996).

Bernina Presser Feet (down at the bottom of the page, click on the blue text that says "Bernina Shank Adapter" On the next page, scroll down to the last two items that indicate they are "Old Style." If you are looking for the snap-on, go to the very last item on the page (Old Style). This will fit your machine. Remember, if it says Old Style, it should work on your machine.

This snap-on shank will fit your machine:
Presser Foot SNAP ON SHANK Adapter Bernina Old Style 530 532 1630...

This presser foot will fit your machine:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/BERNINA-ORIGINAL-20-SATIN-DECORATIVE-STITCH-FOOT-OLD-STYLE-830-1530-930-etc-/132055492681

This is an entire kit of snap-on feet with shank (included) that will work on your machine:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/20-Feet-Set-for-Bernina-Sewing-Machine-Old-Style-530-1630-Models-/381790565625

Here is a kit of snap-on feet with shank (included) as well as the buttonhole attachment you were asking about:
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Although, I believe you will be able to make only straight buttonholes with this buttonhole attachment.

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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.

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I also have a Bernina Activa 125 w/o a manual. (is it contagious?)!
I figured it out by experimenting:
Use a #3 foot
Hit the "0" to make a buttonhole
On the LED you can see the left vertical blinking
Start stitching your first line, stop when you want
Now press the reverse pad
Start stitching
It will stitch in reverse w/ a straight stitch only
This provides you with a "guide line" next to your first one
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Viola

Now a keyhole end ... haven't tried it yet, but I think this is the other one the Activa 125 makes

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