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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Viking Scandinavia buttonhole sensor foot ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Viking Scandinavia buttonhole sensor foot
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Date: 12/18/07 6:29 PM

I have a new to me (bought used) Viking Scandinavia 400, which comes with the sensor buttonhole foot. My old Viking only had the foot C, which was manual. I'm trying to use the sensor foot. I have set the button size and all that, but what buttons do I hit to get it to actually make the buttonhole?! I have read the directions again and again and am clueless how to get it to start making it. I feel like such an idiot here. Does anyone have this machine or a similar model that uses this foot that can help? In the instructions it says "The buttonhole will be sewn in one step, and when the buttonhole is completed the machine will stop automatically." However, it doesn't state anywhere that I can see how to START the buttonhole! Help?

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Date: 12/18/07 7:38 PM

Does your machine have the sewing advisor? If so chose your fabric type, then choose your buttonhole as the stitch, have your sensor foot plugged in and line up the white area on the side of the wheel with the white marking on the foot. If not, chose your buttonhole stitch and proceed on.

Select and set button size however you do it on your machine. Then just press the foot control, and you should be sewing the buttonhole - the machine will do it itself, just wait till it is done. The machine should "remember" to do all the buttonholes you want to do in that session and do them the same size.

I hope this helps you! Please tell me if I can clarify any of the above...:)

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Date: 12/18/07 8:32 PM

and you want to be sure the red mark aligns with the middle of the white wheel. like muffet said, there is no "start button"--just press on the pedal and the machine will sew the entire bh in one step and will tie off too!

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Date: 12/18/07 9:21 PM

My Viking can take this foot though I have not purchased it but I did check out how to use it on the HV Viking website. I actually saw it on a demo in the interactive Videos for the Sapphire models but the foot works the same.
The site shows how to use several of the Viking feet if you wish to check it out.

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Date: 12/18/07 9:46 PM

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and you want to be sure the red mark aligns with the middle of the white wheel


My sensor foot has a red wheel and a white mark that lines up with a white area on the red wheel...no white wheel or red mark, although there are red marks for measuring on the presser foot itself how far in from your fabric edge you start the buttonhole.

In my Platinum 770 manual there are really lame directions for this foot, but in the "Handbook" that also accompanied the machine there are good instructions. The "Handbook" is actually the instructional workbook, and is excellent. The "Viking Foot Book" hasn't got much on the sensor foot at all, so it isn't a good resource for the buttonhole feet in general, though it is for the other feet it includes, and is a great book to get - be sure to get the 4th ed. 2006. Vikings Accessory Book is also a good one for reference. I see that my dealer sells it separately from machines too, so that's handy.


-- Edited on 12/18/07 9:47 PM --

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Date: 12/18/07 10:14 PM

Oh good grief, I just had to push the pedal? If that is the case (I'm check it tomorrow as I am heartily sick of it tonight after doing those without the sensor foot), I really feel dumb now.

I have a red wheel with white marks and already had lined that up and set the button size on the control panel of the machine to the appropriate size, etc.

Thanks for the tip on the foot book and instructional workbook! I just upgraded from my Freesia to this Scandinavia and a few things on this particular machine are still throwing me off. My dealer is quite a driving distance so going back for training is not really an option.
-- Edited on 12/18/07 10:14 PM --

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Date: 12/19/07 10:05 AM

Tanya, don't feel bad....I often have a difficult time deciphering the manual. I would think you can always call your dealer. Mine is always ready to answer questions on the phone! Ask if the Handbook for your machine is available for purchase, and I think the price on the accessory book - if you didn't get that - is only something like $6. It's sort of a combination advertising and directions book and done really nicely so that you see how to use all the feet.

Good luck and lets ask the questions that come up because we all either know the answer or have the question! :))

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Date: 12/19/07 10:46 AM

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I just upgraded from my Freesia to this Scandinavia and a few things on this particular machine are still throwing me off.
I have a Scandinavia 400, and although I am no expert, I'd be happy to try and help with specific questions. You're welcome to PM me.

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Date: 12/19/07 6:20 PM

THe first time I used this feature, I pushed adn pushed the red 'run/stop' button, just waiting for it to go. It never did. In a fit of desperation I stepped on the pedal, and voila!

Moral of that story: You are Not Dumb (because if you are, I am too).

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Date: 12/20/07 4:59 PM

LOL, Cindy-Lou, glad I'm not the only one I guess. I was punching that very same button.

Thank you Katy - I appreciate your offer too and you may be hearing from me the next time I'm stumped on something! I love my upgraded machine, just having a few bumps here and there.

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