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When attempting to sew a buttonhole, my machine sews the first half perfectly, then the second half (on the right) poorly, with a straight type stitch instead of the zigzag stitch. The needle is dipping into the fabric properly as I watch it, but the stitches aren't being placed. Any chance you know what I should do to fix this? I have sewn buttonholes before and never had this problem.

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Is this a new machine? Even if it isn't, I would take it into Sears sewing machine department and have them try and figure this dilemma out. It won't cost you anything, because, don't forget, you are a potential new machine customer. And if it is a new machine have them give you a new one. I tried seeing if this problem happens in another brand to see if they have an answer for it but no one shows that particular problem. Good luck

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