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Singer buttonholer
How to use it without a birds nest gathering underneath
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Date: 6/25/14 12:01 PM

Hi everyone:

I have a singer 403A sewing machine that came with a singer buttonholer attachment. I am not quite sure what I am doing wrong when I use it.

When I go to make a buttonhole I seem to go fine at first and then I hear a clunking sound like something got caught and when I look I get a birdsnest gathering undearneath in the bobbin case and I have to cut it away in order to get it loose from the machine. I have the bight width on the attachment set at 3 and I made sure that my upper thread and bobbin thread were pulled up and to the left and that I was starting on the left side of the back of the cloth clamp. I also set my tension to 1 or 2 but I have also set it to 4 previously. Either way it still bunches up underneath. The sewing machine is set on a straight stitch even though it can do a zigzag. What am I doing wrong? Any help is much appreciated. Thanks.

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Date: 6/25/14 2:37 PM

In general,when one has thread nests it can be the size of the needle and thread combination,stitch length or tension.There are other reasons too,(timing if there are thread nests when stitching straight or zigzag stitches without a buttonholer).
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Date: 6/25/14 3:17 PM

Hello:

I have a size 14 needle and my thread is an all purpose thread. My tension was set to 1 and then tried it on 4 and still got the nest of thread. I don't get the nesting when stitching straight or zigzag stitches without the buttonholer. The timing as far as I know has always been o.k. Have never had a problem with it.

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Date: 6/25/14 5:47 PM

Here are free pdf buttonhole instructions.Although your sewing machine and buttonholer may be different,how a buttonholer works is very similar.

I like to suggest to start threading your sewing machine from scratch with a brand new needle and sew a few rows of test straight and zigzag stitches on the same type of fabric you want to use to sew buttonholes,without the buttonholer attached to your sewing machine first.Please hold on to the thread ends for the first couple of stitches too.Then compare whether or not the zigzag stitches look as nice and even on the underside of the fabric as on top of the fabric.If not,the tension has to be adjusted.

Edited to add,with the Singer model you own you have several options for making buttonholes.With the adjustable needle position and zigzag capabilities,one can make a manual buttonhole or use one of two types of automatic buttonhole attachments. One type of buttonhole attachment is the “Professional” buttonholer. This type requires that the machine be set to a narrow zigzag,more information on this blog.
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Date: 6/25/14 6:12 PM

Make sure you are using a feed dog cover. This makes a big difference.
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Date: 6/26/14 7:43 AM

+1

That's the first thing I thought of too. Either use the feed cover plate or drop the feed dogs. The attachment needs to be able to move the fabric side to side/up and down without the feed dogs trying to pull it in the opposite direction.

Note that even though the manual says to ALWAYS use the feed cover plate, I prefer to drop the feed dogs. It is easier and works just as well (the exception might be if you are using a very fine fabric.) Of course on a machine like the Featherweight, the dogs don't drop so the cover plate is the only option.
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Date: 6/26/14 9:50 AM

Are you remembering to drop your presser foot? The presser foot engages the upper tension.
I do this sometimes when I am sewing something really thick.

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Date: 6/26/14 12:54 PM

To solve this incidence I would try this:

1-Drop the feed dog / use feed dog cover (The buttonhole attachment must be used with the feed dogs disabled)

2-Check if buttonhole attachment is complete, has been recently oiled or has any lint or fabric obstructing in its mechanism....do it has any rust?

(I Purchased recently a buttonhole attachment (Treasure chest) and was missing the feed dog cover plate. The instructions usually to be found online as PDF, has a complete list of all components of the attachment)

3- Verify that you are setting up the attachment correctly according its instructions, also there are many youtube tutorial videos about how to use and install vintage sewing machine attachments.

4-Check that the sewing machine and bobbin are correctly threaded, also is important to consider the thread quality you are using as well if the needle size/type and fabric you are sewing are suitable for your sewing machine. (Do a first test with 100% Polyester quality thread)




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Date: 6/26/14 1:46 PM

Another thing to check...maje sure your bottonholer truely fits the shank! Isn't the 400 series a slant shank? Maybe the buttonholer that came with the machine isn't the right one?
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Date: 6/26/14 1:58 PM

Quote: denise60s
Isn't the 400 series a slant shank?



Yes, the model 403A "Slant-O-Matic" is a slant shank!


You must use a compatible slant shank buttonhole attachment, in wikipedia you can check several compatible buttonhole attachment models.

Buttonhole models in wikipedia






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