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my f600, it's not going right.
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Date: 8/5/13 5:12 AM

Trying to do just the normal buttonhole, got the buttonhole foot on, plugged in, and stitch 0 selected (just plain button hole). But the machine is clunking, catching thread, breaking thread, chewing fabric. I don't know what on earth to do, I've tried changing thread, needles, pulled the needle plate off, given it a good clean and made sure it's all sitting nicely back in there. Straight stitch is fine, but the second I do a buttonhole, it's bad.

I'm trying to do my babys coming home gown and cant *cries*

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Date: 8/5/13 7:33 AM

The only thing I can think of is having the pin pushed all the way into the side of the machine. My Juki makes beautiful buttonholes, so I know it can. In fact, my Bernina is the machine that gives me fits so I use the Juki instead. That pin/plug has to be all the way in---try giving it another push.

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Date: 8/5/13 3:37 PM

I've done that several times, it's definitely all the way in, won't go any further.
It's the first time i've had trouble doing a buttonhole, and interesting enough, it's the first time I've used the replacement foot from Juki. (there were issues on the pin i think on the others? my dealer sent me a new one at no charge)

It's also doing a wide zigzag and then the narrow one, within the one buttonhole so it makes it obviously unusable.
I'm doing it on a fine silk, but there's several layers, not just one light one. I might put some tearaway on the back, and see if that makes any difference to how it goes through the machine.

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Date: 8/5/13 5:08 PM

When something like that happens you got to go back to normal sewing instead, and try straight and zig zag and see how that goes. If all fine there, then maybe something button hole only related. If not, something else going on.

Don't know what, but that happens to me every time I by accident, put a buttonholer on any machine clipped on backwards (as different machines sometimes have that actual button holder, on either the front or back part of a buttonholer) and so it cannot move right. It would be very hard to do that there, just since you got the plug in part too. Next I would wonder if my feed dogs are even moving right. So I would on purpose, lower and raise my feed dogs a few times to make sure they really were up all the way.

Next I would try that button hole, on at least 2 layers of normal woven cotton fabric like a bed sheet, even if you had no stabilizer or interfacing under that, and if it works fine like that, then you know now you have instead a sewing fabric/thread/needle/stabilizer/stitch length kind of issue instead, particular if it's chewing up fabric and trying to pull the fabric down the stitch plate hole, and not doing that for any other use at all.

In that case if it's really thin fine cotton or silk fabric and trying to make a buttonhole in it, with just no stabilizer or interfacing under there at all, then I think you got to change some stuff. Like open up your stitch length a bit, use the smallest sharpest needle like even a size 9, but at least no larger than a size 12, thinner softer more flexible thread would be good (like 2 ply cotton 50 weight thread) or even some 2 ply rayon or polyester made for more machine embroidery kind of thread, and also even though I can make a button hole with enough fooling around on it with most machines, with no interfacing or stabilizer, it's not that easy to even do so on some real thin slippery fabrics, and sometimes takes testing with a combination of a lot of different factors even. Also try strartching your fabric if cotton real good and stiff first, as that rinses out, or also try at least sticking some clear wash a way stabilizer under there, and running a damp q tip over it, would let you pull that off afterwards.

I think a button hole choice with lots of straight stitch underlay happening first just beneath the last final top satin stitch stitching choices, would probably work out better for it too possibly.

If buttonholer will make no nice buttonholes, on any fabric, with any thread needle combination, and even with good stabilization of some sort, and none of the buttonholes, no matter how you adjust them, then I think maybe you got a dud button holer. Good Luck and try all that stuff maybe.

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Subject: my f600, its not going right. Date: 8/6/13 0:49 AM

Beauturbo, that was a brilliant summation. I plan to save it in my tips file.

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Date: 8/6/13 1:58 AM

these are brilliant. I will try all of the above. and of course, emboridery thread, why did I not think of that, I usually do all my buttonholes in emb thread, and this is such a nice gown it would make a great effect.

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Subject: my f600, its not going right. Date: 8/6/13 2:49 AM

well I don't know what made it work, but I got it.. first thing I did was tried it with a 60/8 silk needle (had been using a 70/10 silk needle) and it worked first pop on the scraps I had. So I stabilized the dress with some tearaway and used emb thread, and now have 2 pretty buttonholes.

Thanks for the tips and advice ladies, so glad it worked!

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