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Date: 1/11/14 3:19 AM

I have my mum's very old Janome (1970s) that I have always used. It's been regularly serviced and does a great job although it's very noisy.

I finally reached the point where I want to sew buttonholes only to find that the buttonhole stitch function does not work properly. I have had it seen by a sewing machine mechanic who said it is too old and the 'drum' or something like that has worn out and can't be replaced anymore as there are no parts for this machine.

I am otherwise very happy with this machine so what would be the best way to make buttonholes? Is there a way to easily do them using my zigzag function? I'd be happy for any advice or links to further information.

Many thanks.

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Date: 1/11/14 3:51 AM

This is how we used to do it back in the days before the buttonhole function was available on machines.

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Date: 1/11/14 4:01 AM

Thanks Chris (fellow Melbournite), I have bookmarked that and will get going soon doing some practice on some of my scraps for the top I'm working on.

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Date: 1/11/14 4:33 AM

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Date: 1/11/14 5:03 PM

Since the buttonhole question has been answered I'm wondering about what does the machine mechanic say about the machine being very noisy? Was it that way since it was new or got that way from aging? Is home care done regularly as well...cleaning lint from the bobbin race and oiling with sewing machine oil all its moving metal parts?

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Date: 1/11/14 5:55 PM

Thanks for checking. It's not noisy due to problems. It's just a very old machine that is noisy compared to modern ones. It's always been the same from day dot with regular servicing and I clean out the lint regularly.

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Date: 1/11/14 7:51 PM

Could you find a buttonholer attachment? There are a lot of fans here for buttonholer attachments. They're usually made by Greist or Singer, and sometimes you can find them at sewing machine dealers or in second-hand stores.

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Date: 1/11/14 8:13 PM

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...I clean out the lint regularly.

That's good. Does it get oiled with sewing machine oil often as well?
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Date: 1/12/14 1:21 AM

I'm a bit slacker with the oiling but the sound of the machine has not changed since I started using it as a kid.

Thanks for the buttonholer info I will def check that out.

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Date: 1/12/14 2:29 AM

If oiling doesn't help lower the noise...it will help it sew a bit more smoothly.

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