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Button hole problem

I can't seem to get the machine to make a button hole. I'm using the sliding button hole foot, and it sews one side down then when I switch my stitch selector from 1, to 4__2, the needle goes up and  down in the same spot, then i tried from there to change the stitch selector to 3 and the line continues up the first line I've just sewed. I think that the 4__2 stitch is supposed to make a horizontal line, but I'm not sure if I'm supposed to move the fabric, it seems as though it won't let me so I didn't want to force it, am I missing something, or is my machine broken?

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  • laraberenji Jul 29, 2008

    Thank you for your advice, I tried to watch the mechanism my self and I think because I moved it so many time, it loosened whatever was making it stick. So I'm happy to report that the machine's button hole selection works now. Thanks again.

  • ahum132 Nov 03, 2008

    i have the same problem. I haven't used it in months but the last time I did, it made buttonholes without a problem. I tried doing all the steps over again multile times, turning the stitch type multiple times thinking maybe it was off a little etc...but it just stitches in the same place..no moving at all. I have only had it less than a year and I have only used it a hand full of times.

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What ever you do DON'T FORCE IT. I see these problems when a buttonhole mechanism hasn't been used for a long time or the machine has been dropped. There is a cam follower (like a finger) that changes positions when you turn the knob. This could be out of place and a tech will have to go in and fix it.
OR old oil has hardend from non-use or grime has acumulated in the mechanism and jamming it up. I sometimes have luck cleaning it with Tri-Flow oil (hardware stores) but again this may be a tech job also.

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