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« on: September 19, 2006 02:30:43 AM »

I'm sorry if something lke this has been posted before. I did a search but nothing came up.
Can anyone please tell me how to make button holes on a sewing machine. Is the machine supposed to have an attachment or something, becasue if it does I must have lost mine!
Is is possible to make them without an attachment?
Also do you make the hole before or after the sewing?  Huh
Basically I know nothing about this at all! so as much information as possible would be great
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« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2006 02:34:08 AM »

I am no expert either, but I have made one or two button holes before...
I think you are supposed to cut the little slit or hole first and then sew, using a special type of... (I don't know the English word)... the little foot which touches the fabric. Usually, sewing machines come with various kinds of these little "feet".
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« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2006 02:37:56 AM »

i believe your machine should have an attachment, but i have made buttonholes without it. basically, just do a very narrow zigzag stitch in a rectangle where you want the buttonhole to be, and then cut a slit in the fabric.

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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2006 05:08:47 AM »

Thanks guys.
I will try the Zig zag - seems obvious now its been spelled out for me!!
I will contact my machine manufacturer and see if I can get a replacement gadget too!
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« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2006 05:59:43 AM »

What kind of machine do you have? 

I have a Kenmore with a 4-step buttonhole.  It does use a special kind of foot that looks like a rectangle with markings on it to help you measure the length of the finished buttonhole.  I put my needle down where I want to start my buttonhole and do step 1 (this does the short stitch at one end of the buttonhole).  Then I just switch to step 2 which is one of the sides.  Then when I have stitched to the end of where I want the buttonhole to end I switch to step 3 and do the other end.  Without turning my fabric I switch to step 4 and it goes backwards to sew the other side.  After that, I put some Fray-Check down the middle and cut the hole. 

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« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2006 07:11:58 AM »

It really depends on the sewing machine.  All the older machines had attachments.  On some of the top lines in the mechanical machines, you replaced the slide plate with one that had gears, attached a little gizmo that used a gear in that plate to make your hole and used a template that fed into the gear.  In the last 20 years or so many machines have been released that have the sttiches built in.  On some you have to change the direction of the stitching to do each of the steps, some are totally automatic, etc.  When making the buttonhole, you always cut the hole last unless you are doing it by hand. 
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