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Tips & Techniques > Buttonholes on thick fabrics (or near the edge)

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Posted on: 1/1/08 12:48 PM
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My old Bernina 930e has a rudimentary kind of automatic buttonholer (a program to click through, although I have to set the buttonhole length myself), and this obedient machine generally makes beautiful buttonholes. However, it really hates making buttonholes near the edges on thick fabrics. I've discovered that the entire foot wants to be on the same level for this. So, I use a fabric shim when I run into this kind of problem. Sometimes, it's as simple as just putting a length of folded fabric under the unsupported part of the foot that has fallen "off the edge." Other times, as when I'm working near the corner of a thick lapel, I actually butt a couple of thick scraps along both edges and hand-baste them in place, so the foot is supported whichever way I turn the fabric.

That often makes the whole process more manageable.

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lilyofthevalley said... (1/5/08 10:49 AM) Reply
Excellent tip for the most troublesome aspect of finishing a nice jacket. Thank you, -Lily
marjenann said... (1/3/08 8:06 AM) Reply
I have the same problem and will definitely use this tip next time I am making buttonholes on thick fabric!!
Brine said... (1/2/08 2:30 PM) Reply
Thanks for the tip, Elona. This has always been a problem for me when I attempt buttonholes at the top of shirts.
Pat K said... (1/2/08 1:46 PM) Reply
I'll try this. I have the worst time with buttonholes near lapels -- never thought of basting down scraps to even out the terrain!
Jane S said... (1/2/08 11:36 AM) Reply
What a great suggestion to baste n some extra fabric. I just had to rip out a buttonhole that got jammed when it tried to come back near one of those thick edges. Thanks!
dollieo said... (1/2/08 9:39 AM) Reply
Good Morning all and Happy New Year. This is a great idea one i will use.
Mary Stiefer said... (1/1/08 1:40 PM) Reply
Clever idea. I'll keep this in mind.
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