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Janome JD1818 Automatic Buttonhole Not Working

I've used my automatic buttonhole feature before, but now it won't work. I've checked my manual and I appear to be doing everything right, but all that happens when I go to start a buttonhole is the initial beginning ziz-zag. It just continues to do this and won't move onto the next step.

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    Aurora199 Mar 16, 2008

    I am now trying to just do normal sewing and my feed dogs will not advance my fabric. The feed dogs are in the up position, but just move up and down without advancing the fabric. When I press the reverse button it moves the fabic backwards like normal. Stitch length makes no difference and I just cleaned the feed dogs.

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    Aurora199 Mar 16, 2008

    Thank you for your response. Unfortunately the problem seems to be caused by the feed dogs, since they are no longer operating properly (mentioned in my second post). Any ideas for fixing/adjusting feed dogs?

  • caroline1 Apr 17, 2008

    my janome buttonhole foot just dose the first step of a buttonhole then wont go on to do the rest

  • hebandgene Jun 19, 2008

    similar problem here. it sews the front and left side but just bunches up when it gets to the back. i have been able to get it to function successfully hit or miss but there seems to be no consistency or user error.

  • cstabler Aug 17, 2008

    I'm having the same problem. It used to work, but now the buttonhole foot just does the first step of a buttonhole then wont go on to the next step. 



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If everything appears to be working correctly for the first side and stops and bunches up when it should reverse - Make sure you have pulled down the stopper arm (this is not clear in the manual) when the button hole foot contacts the stopper arm gently push the foot against the stopper arm and the direction will reverse and finish the button hole. **Stopper arm pulls down from above - Check the pictures in you manual carefully.**

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I couldn't work out why mine stopped working.... .and it was because I had forgotten that I had switched the feed dogs off ('round the back) when I sewed on a button. Once the feed dogs were back in action, it worked a charm.

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If you know that your reverse mechanism is functioning normally for ordinary sewing, and not at fault....

Make absolutely certain the position of the sample button in the holder is correct, and the button hole foot assembly is attached with the stopper in the correct position, as the stopper arm must engage to "tell" the mechanism to stop and change direction.

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