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Do old buttonhole attachments really make better buttonholes?
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Date: 8/18/10 4:38 PM

Vintage Sewing

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Date: 8/18/10 5:00 PM

I think vintage cams do a better job than lower-range modern sewing machines. My Janome 4900 does spectacular buttonholes. Husqvarna Sapphires give amazing results, and they're really simple to set up. It's just what you have access to.

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Date: 8/18/10 5:03 PM

Now you have done it, got me started on the topic of buttonholes..

I have a Bernina which I paid an arm and a leg for a year ago, I am completely PANTS at doing a buttonhole on it. Despite being shown by folk saying "its so easy". The thing has done nice buttonholes on test fabric and eaten up my projects once the test has gone okay. I swear it laughs at me when I press the buttonhole buttonhole.

After moving house 3 weeks ago (still in chaos by the way) I am re-evaluating what machines I have and considering selling some and getting an Elna or a Janome with their automatic one step buttonhole. I could be paying 400 to 1000 UK pounds to get a decent buttonhole.

The fact that I have a 201-3 could one of these buttonholers save the day and my bank balance?
I've just bid on a Griest one, currently at 2 looking good so far, and only costing the tip of a small finger. The new house needs some renovating and this little buttonholer could help my budget a whole heap!!

Its 10pm here, before I what Brian sews all night and spend hours searching which buttonholers are the best, Griest or Singer?

Why do folk sing the praises of these antique devices when the modern machines look so flash when they demonstrate the buttonhole in the sewing store???

I am here to be converted.

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Date: 8/18/10 5:12 PM

after reading "fine machine sewing", I am getting better results with my machine (a viking). I did some test buttonholes and realized that on the first sewn side of the buttonhole the stitches are not quite close enough on the automatic machine setting, so I made the distance a little smaller. The second side was fine on the automatic settings (which means I had to set it back to the original setting). Seems like I shouldn't have to tinker with it, after spending a fair amt of money for this machine, but I am just glad to have a better button hole

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Date: 8/18/10 5:25 PM

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I have a Bernina which I paid an arm and a leg for a year ago, I am completely PANTS at doing a buttonhole on it. Despite being shown by folk saying "its so easy". The thing has done nice buttonholes on test fabric and eaten up my projects once the test has gone okay. I swear it laughs at me

I know what you mean. I have a Viking D1, I got it used so it wasn't insanely expensive, but it does pretty much the same thing with buttonholes. Basically every other one is off; the ones that come out right look great, but on the other ones the sensor on the special foot gets out of whack and the buttonhole ends up too long, or it just gets stuck and sews in place. I didn't buy the machine only for its buttonholes, but I wish it wasn't so finicky about them.

I have a 99k that was my grandmother's and just got it out this summer, and so after reading about the old buttonholers here I bought one and am impressed. I haven't used it on an actual garment but just trying it out was awesome. I need to make a set of samples for all my different templates with different stitch settings. I also just got in the mail today the adjustable buttonholer Soolip recommended in another thread, and I can't wait to try that, too.
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Date: 8/18/10 5:42 PM

I am glad its not just me then!
I was feeling a bit stupid, especially after folk had demonstrated the buttonhole to me again.

I've found that book Fine sewing on Amazon and it looks really interesting so I think I'll order it.

I've also bid on 2 buttonholers so hoping at least one of them will come my way. Really keen to give them a try out. DD goes back to school in two and half weeks so I can sit in the corner with my singer and buttonholer testing it out whilst wearing earplugs while all the windows are ripped out and replaced.

When ones machine doesn't do what you want it to the initial reaction is to sell it and get a new one. All you folks on here help me think things out a bit and work out my sewing problems.

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Date: 8/18/10 5:50 PM

Go to Sew Classic she has all ready to go buttonholers that will NOT break the bank & everything is there too...unlike all 4 of them I got off of EB.
I could not get my Viking to make even one buttonhole I got so mad at that sm! Grrrr......
Anyway....your 201 will do fabulous looks ones.

-- Edited on 8/18/10 5:53 PM --

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Oh my..here we go again, no job...Sighing allot..


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Date: 8/18/10 5:52 PM

I know somewhere was posted which Griest style went to what sewing machines...anyone might have that info again? I think the style 6 I got from Ebay does not fit either of my girls??? low shank Singers.
thank you!!

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Date: 8/18/10 6:07 PM

Thanks I had forgot about Jenny. I got some replacement parts for my 201 from her and even with international shipping it wasn't too bad.

I'm not making couture garments, I just wanted neat buttonholes on cushions. I guess it is too much to ask!

Must get some sleep its so late here, the builders will be building around me whilst I'm still in bed. DD aged 4 will be up early (as we are visiting her friends house tomorrow) and she will be happy and bouncy and excited.

Still at least the coffee machine is plugged in and running!
(Sorry another rant!! - Question what do builders do with coffee mugs? Do they play football in your drive with them? Lucky I bought cheap ones, I've thrown away two this week already).

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Date: 8/18/10 6:13 PM

I have found some material needs stabilizer under them. I use tear away. Also I have noticed if there is a thickness you have to work with it more. I do my buttonholes on my 19110 and they come out good most of time. I usually put thickness in front as it sews backwards and most of time it works.

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