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Buttonhole when i make a buttonhole my machine goes fine with the first two stages and when it gets to making a bartack it jams.the thread knots up and the machines just sits in that one position. I also want to know what you mean when you say 0.5 in the length control. what is a good setting for the length control? I am sewing on 100 percent cotton fabric.

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When a machine does an "automatic buttonhole the feed does not move for a few stitches and maay jam if there are too many stitches made in this position. Is it an automatic buttonhole or can you choose how many stitches for your bartack? You ask about 0.5 well that is halfway between 0 and 1 on the stitchlength and this is indeed the recommended setting for buttonholes. If you are doing a manual buttonhole set your machine to this for the sides and zero for the bartacks but you only need about 6-10 stitches on the bartack. Fininsh it off securely by setting to straight stitch and stitch length zero for about 4 stitches to lock the thread in.

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The buttonhole foot will sit firmly on your fabric and the inner part of it will move backwards as the machine stitches, then comes back to the front again.

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