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My first buttonhole on my 201
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Date: 11/19/10 10:12 AM

I just took the plunge and made my first automated buttonhole with the contraption that came with my Singer 201. I have never had a straighter buttonhole! I love it almost enough to buy another 201 just to have as a buttonholer. For years I have struggled with automated buttonholes and none of them have come close to the manual ones that my old old bernina (RIP) did. The singer contraption was too scary looking to contemplate until I finished my little "Jackie O" jumper for my grandbaby and decided to give it a whirl. If there is anyone out there intimidated by this attachment don't be. The instruction to hold the thread had me confused so (true to form) I ignored it and it turned out great anyway.
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-- Edited on 11/19/10 10:13 AM --

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Date: 11/19/10 10:22 AM

Second buttonhole topic I've replied to today. Seems everyone loves these little "contraptions". The attachment looks clunky and complicated but its really not.

It does tell you to pull up the bobbin thread to the top of the fabric but I just ignore that too.

Oh, and if you want to get another machine for a dedicated buttonholer, you don't have to spring for another 201 which tend to be more expensive than some of the other vintage straight stitch Singers. You could get a little 99 which would work just as well and cost you half as much.

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Date: 11/19/10 12:19 PM

Oh, good job!

Lisalu, one thing I like about the 201 is that it never has trouble with the beginning of seams (thread nests, etc). It just starts sewing — regardless of the length of your thread tails, or where they are. I had a Bernina that you had to hold the thread before your started sewing, or you'd get a little tangle at the start of a seam.

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Date: 11/19/10 12:21 PM

Beautiful! I second the suggestion of getting a little 99k to be a buttonhole station. When I bought my 201-2 from the original owner(it was her mother's), there was a stitch sample of all sizes of the buttonhole templates she had on beautiful vintage fabric. If I need to find out what size to use, I can simply try putting a button through them to find the one that fits!
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Date: 11/19/10 12:22 PM

Great job! I also love the button...very elegant looking!

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Date: 11/19/10 1:36 PM

Beautiful fabric, too!

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Date: 11/19/10 1:50 PM

What a great idea! I know what I'm doing this weekend!

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Date: 11/19/10 2:32 PM

Pretty! And the fabric!!!

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Date: 11/19/10 2:46 PM

Nice job!! Makes me want to just do buttonholes for the heck of it & I never do buttonholes just for the "fun of it" ...those gadgets are like a "new toy for us grownups"

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Date: 11/19/10 2:47 PM

Right? The fabric is awesome. That you can sew over the buttonhole twice is a great advantage over the computerized buttonholes— especially on irregular, coarse weaves like this. That buttonhole is staying put!

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