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Automatic buttonholes

jbmb75 | Posted in General Sewing Info on

HI, my name is Michelle, I’m new to this site. 

I just bought a new machine, very basic, but it does have an automatic buttonhole foot, which is different than ones I’ve used in the past.  I finally figured out how to work it, but it shows in the diagram a “difference” on the end of the buttonhole.  It doesn’t explain what it is or why, & I’d never heard of it.  What it does is make the tack on the bottom, sews up the left side, makes a top tack, then comes back around to the bottom & continues past the bottom tack for a short distance.

Does anyone understand this?  thanks for any help. 


  1. ValerieJ | | #1

    I'm not sure if it's going below the bottom tack or not. On my Bernina, the automatic buttonhole stitchdoes goes down the left side, does the bottom bar tack, straight stitches to the top, bartacks, then zigzags to the bottom. It then goes back up a stitch or two and does a couple of locking stitches. I think that's what yours is doing. I often pull both threads through anyway and tie them off - don't quite trust the locking stitches.


  2. Jumala | | #2


    You may need to pull down a feeler from up near the machine, pull it down to the foot. My machine has such a feeler. If the feeler is not there, the machine keeps stitching away without stopping. Check with your user's guide.


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    Becky-book | | #3

    My rather oldish, basic machine has an auto buttonholer but it doesn't know when to stop.... that part is up to me. I just stop sewing when it reaches the first bar tack, and tie the threads on the underside.

    If this part of the operation is not under your control, maybe the extra stitches are to give you some thread to pull to the back side?....

    What kind of machine is it?


  4. user-167104 | | #4

    You do have a slot in the foot for inserting a button? If you insert the button, close a little guide that moves to make the button just fit in the slot, that's how the machine measures the button, when the "feeler" hits that it stops. If you are not dropping the button in there, it doesn't know where to stop.


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