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Date: 9/1/13 9:06 AM

I have a Janome MyExcel 4014, which has a 4-step buttonhole. Right now I have the little clear presser foot with a center ridge, but I want to be able to more accurately measure and duplicate buttonholes, so I'm looking at the kind that slides and has markings on the side. I'm puzzled - is there any difference between the $11 model and the $7 model? What if I just get the $4 model? I know that one's plastic and the other two are largely metal, but it looks like the basic design is identical. What am I missing?

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Date: 9/1/13 11:34 AM

Looks like the $11 and $7 are for different types of machines. The $11 will allow you to make larger buttonholes. Forget the $4.

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Date: 9/1/13 11:38 AM

Well, they *say* they're for different types of machines. The attachment bar looks identical to me, and they each have 7 little marks on the side (probably 1/4 inch apart?) It looks like the same exact piece, just photographed from different angles. That's why I'm puzzled.

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Date: 9/1/13 11:57 AM

I have had feet that looked like they should fit but wouldn't nestle properly in the shank so be careful. I have had the $4 in years past and it is smaller, especially in the width.

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Date: 9/1/13 12:20 PM

I see the difference in width now, thank you.

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Date: 9/1/13 1:47 PM

note that Janome has different feet for rotary and oscillator sewing machines. If you get the wrong foot, the needle slot will end up being in the wrong place.

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Date: 9/1/13 2:08 PM

Janome buttonhole foot with button sizer

Basically, you size the buttonhole by physically placing the button on the foot and adjusting the gauge. It should make repeating buttonholes somewhat easier.

I'm not sure it will work on your machine, and it does have more plastic than the other feet.

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Date: 9/1/13 4:21 PM

Thank you for the heads up - mine is rotary. I've gotten 'universal' feet before and not had a problem (I do hand crank it through the first time, to make sure nothing's in the way of the needle) With this particular style of foot, it seems designed to be super open, and not in the way of the needle even on a wide swing. I decided to get the $11 one, with space to put in an extra wide bar-tack if I want to.

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Date: 9/2/13 7:18 AM

I was browsing my NN catalogue yesterday and saw something called buttonhole tape.
I had the precise lines for various sizes with different colored lines for each size.
It looked like the perfect solution for manual or 4 step buttonholes.
You lay the tape over the area, stitch over it with your machine stopping at the markings for your size. Fascinating!
I thought of trying to place marks on embroidery topper stabilizer and glue sticking it into place. But I might order Nancy's buttonhole tape just to evaluate it. Has anyone used it yet?

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Date: 9/2/13 12:31 PM

I have that foot. Very nice foot - I bought it for the four step on my Janome Jem Gold. It fits drop in Janomes....and I have not tried it on the vertical bobbin machines. It should fit the 4014 as that machine has a drop in bobbin as well. Same width.
-- Edited on 9/2/13 12:32 PM --

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