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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Problems with Janome 6600 Buttonholes ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 2/9/13 9:18 PM

I'm almost ready to spit nails. I'm trying to put a single buttonhole in the waistband of my son's snow pants, replacing velcro that never stayed closed. I made one that was beautiful (I was very pleased) but--it was not placed well, too far away from the edge. I took out the stitches to make another buttonhole and haven't had any more success in about 2 hours of effort. The machine is acting very inconsistently, sometimes sewing one leg properly, sometimes sewing it only halfway before going to the other leg, and many other variations of wrongly made buttonholes. I even tried doing it the manual way, but it seemed to get caught on the fabric as it was going backwards, though I couldn't figure out where or how. I cleaned out the whole bobbin area and changed the needle, though I don't think those have anything to do with the way this machine is behaving. I was desperate!

I hope this makes sense and someone out there has a solution for me! Thanks in advance for any help you can give me!

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Date: 2/9/13 9:29 PM

Did you try turning off the machine, and then turning it on again? It may have been interrupted in the buttonhole for some reason and trying to start in the middle so to speak - I have had this when I wasn't following the right protocol for auto buttonholes on several machines. Start over again and follow the manual for the directions one more time. Be careful to read them and do all it says. I know you probably do, but believe me, I have often made one little error or forgotten one step. Make sure there is room for the machine to feed the fabric freely through to the back of the machine, as any impediment there will mess up the buttonhole, as in having the machine to close to the wall or something- again - ask how I know. Sigh.

Good luck!

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Date: 2/9/13 9:49 PM

Thank you Muffet. I did turn the machine on and off numerous times, as well as taking the foot attachment off and back on. I will start from beginning, carefully following the manual as you suggest. That may help me find the problem. Thanks!

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Date: 2/9/13 10:33 PM

Sounds like the lenght of the buttonhole foot's getting caught on the seam allowance of the waistband. I would try the manual buttonhole again on a smooth piece of fabric. It will give you a chance to repeat the buttonhole. Switch to the B foot, it's clear plastic (or F that's included with your machine). The shorter foot allows it to get closer to the bulk of seam allowance without issues. Watch your left hand/bulk of fabric nudging the flag...that will make all sorts of wacky buttonholes. I got the buttonhole compansating attachement to avaid this issue.

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Date: 2/9/13 10:40 PM

Pay attention to the little black arm that is pulled into position for making buttonholes. I had a similar problem and found that if this part is knocked out of place, the buttonhole will not be complete and will only sew half of one side of the buttonhole.

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Date: 2/10/13 12:19 PM

I can relate! been there--had my 6600 buttonholes do that!

Having used that model machine to make buttonholes on literally 100's of shirts,
2 more things come to mind after the advice you have already gotten...

--Try dialing up the pressureof your foot to the Maximum setting when making buttonholes. I've found that heavy foot pressure works best on this machine for consistent buttonholes...the fabric is gripped tightly and the whole process becomes totally "stable".

--Try stitching the buttonhole from the other direction.

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Date: 2/10/13 9:12 PM

I was finally successful and I think maybe the problem had something to do with the black lever you pull down. There were several times that the error picture displayed (telling you to pull the lever down, I think) while I was trying to make the buttonhole, even though it was already down. My last efforts started with the machine sewing about 1/4 inch straight stitch and then returning already with the zigzag, even though the button is 1 inch long. I pushed the lever up as far as it would go and then pulled it back down as far as I could, and--it worked! Yay!

Thanks, all, for the help and suggestions. I hope my machine behaves next time I need a buttonhole!

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