Question about Kenmore 17628
Don't know if your machine looks like this but it will need the special attachment:
How to Use Your Kenmore Sewing Machine 158 1755 part III Making...
How to Do Automatic Buttonholes on Kenmore Model No 385 16220
Be sure to PRACTICE on scrap fabric and get the procedure down pat before trying it on your garment!
Or you can do them the old fashioned way that was used before machines had a built-in buttonhole selector.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gja3L5I4eN4 (you don't need the special foot, although a clear zig-zag foot is helpful to see where the machine is stitching)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0WWYGUc1NY (ugh, I hate the look of these!)
Posted on May 15, 2017
Can you do an ordinary reverse stitch, if not, the reverse mechanism may be jammed, that will need some further internal exploration,
BUT, if you can, then:
The sensor arm that pulls down from the machine needs to be between the carriage stoppers, this tells the machine how large the button is, therefore, when to change direction.
The Kenmore is similar (same?) as Janome I believe and so should be very similar to this image.
Ensure that the sensor arm is pulled down between these two plastic stoppers at points maked with red, if the arm is at the rear of stopper, it will not do the cycle, just continue.
Only reset the machine after each completed buttonhole, if reset in mid cycle you will be starting a new cycle before it is time.
Do a couple of tests on some scrap fabric before you commit.
Posted on Jan 30, 2008
Your machine should have a special buttonhole foot which has a place to insert a button, You will probably have to pull on opposite ends of the foot to open it. Place the button in the foot and then squeeze it together to make the button secure. Attach the foot to the machine. It should snap on.
looking at the left side of the machine you will see your needle bar at the front and the presser foot bar at the back. You should also see another lever which needs to be pulled down so that it rests in the buttonhole foot.Select buttonhole on your machine and it should sew. The button determines how long the buttonhole is.
Posted on Jun 05, 2008
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