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« on: June 24, 2005 06:49:15 AM »

Hello, I'm new and not sure this post belongs here but I couldn't find a better place--
I'm also relatively new to sewing.  I'm about to sew my first buttonhole and just discovered that my buttonhole foot is broken (one "tine" of it is broken off).  I checked a few stores but can't find a replacement (it's for an older model Singer).  I don't know if there is a singer store in my area. 

Before I go looking for a singer store, I thought I should ask the experienced craftsters...
Do you really need the special presser foot to make a button hole? My gut says you must be able to do without.

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« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2005 07:06:46 AM »

i don't even use my buttonhole foot when i do buttonholes.  i just mark where i want it on the fabric, then just stitch.  Smiley 

« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2005 01:58:28 PM »

button holes are the devil! You can totally do it with out the foot just practice, practice, practice! I learned by just using a tight zigzag stitch and making a rectangle. I now have a really expensive machine with a complicated button hole foot that I just can't figure out. I really hate button holes....

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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2005 02:05:50 PM »

It is possible but difficult, my suggestion is to draw something like this on your fabric:
>  I <
<  I >
>  I <
<  I >

Make sure you don't have any stitches cross the middle (black) line, because that's where you'll cut the hole.  Sew along the red lines.
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« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2005 03:04:32 PM »

i couldn't figure out how to use the buttonhole foot for the life of me.  i just stick with making my own messy holes freehand.

« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2005 02:32:47 PM »

Ok, thanks everybody for your input.  I wish I had done some practice ones  before I posted.  Because after doing a few, it's pretty clear to me that I don't need the special foot.

I'm using the 4-step buttonhole function on my machine.  It seems to work ok, but I think I'm having a thread-tension problem.  The zz stitches on the right side of of the center line are much wider than the left.  I guess it is just trial and error.

Thanks again!
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2005 10:05:41 PM »

I was just wondering the same thing the other day... thanks for asking and for the answers too. (:

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