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Message Board > Sewing Techniques and Tips > Keyhole Buttonholes ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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Date: 10/31/10 10:58 AM

I'm making a denim jacket and the hammer-on buttons have a wide shank. I know a keyhole buttonhole would look best but only have a 5-step buttonholer on my Bernina.

I've been practicing with using a hole punch then sewing around it with a close zig zag stitch but it looks pretty crude. David Coffin talks about a method he uses but I don't have his DVD and I can't find anything online.

Does anyone have a resource for a making keyhole buttonholes on a regular sewing maching that doesn't have that feature?

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Date: 10/31/10 11:19 AM

Can you use a buttonholer attachment that has a keyhole template? If your sewing machine can take one of these attachments, you can make the quickest, easiest and best buttonholes ever.

-- Edited on 10/31/10 11:39 AM --

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Date: 10/31/10 1:06 PM

I second Lisalu's suggestion of using a buttonhole attachment. I notice in your profile that you are using a Bernina 930. Several years ago I successfully used a vintage Griest buttonholer attachment with my 930. It required buying the low shank adapter, then searching for the buttonholer on eBay. But the results were far superior to Bernina's 5 step buttonhole.

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Date: 10/31/10 1:10 PM

Thanks. I already have a low shank adaptor. I'll do a search for the attachment.

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Date: 10/31/10 1:58 PM

You can find them by the dozens on ebay. They usually average about $10. I see them at flea markets sometimes, but if you need it now you might as well buy it online.

I have the Singer buttonholer in the green oblong case for vertical low shank (the one in the pink case is for slant shank). I also have the Greist Rotary Buttonholer. They make identical buttonholes - one is as good as the other. The Singer attachment may be a little cheaper and easier to find. I think you will be very happy with the results.

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Date: 10/31/10 5:13 PM

I have the same one. It makes a great keyhole buttonhole.
It's a mini machine for your machine

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Date: 10/31/10 5:16 PM

Do you have any sewing friends whose machines have the keyhole buttonhole?

Years ago, on a sewing "list", lots of people did one 'run' around the keyhole with a machine, cut it, then did another 'run' by hand, the old fashioned way. They said it looked gorgeous and was worth the work.

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Date: 10/31/10 8:24 PM

My mom used to have the buttonholer from Singer in the oblong green box. I forgot about it until you mentioned it. I always loved the treasure chest appearance of that little box. If I remember right she hated that buttonholer, Hmm.

I hope I just bid on the right thing from Ebay. It wasn't in the cute little box. It was called Singer Professional Vertical Low Shank Buttonholer.

I see there is another thread going on this. It seemed to be revived at the same time I asked this question.

I have lots of Greist and Singer names and numbers dancing through my head.

I'm happy for all of the help.

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Date: 11/1/10 1:22 AM

Hi Barb, I also have a Bernina 930 and want to buy a low shank adapter for it. Please let me know where you purchased it. And did your buttonholer work? If so, what is the make and model number? I'd like to buy one to make keyhole buttonholes using my Bernina 930. Thanks.

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Date: 11/1/10 8:26 AM

I have a Greist 1-Z attachment (Z is for zig-zag machines), which is for normal low-shank, center needle position machines. You should be able to find the correct Greist based on previously posted info if you know what shank and needle position your machine is. I really like my buttonholer and use it almost exclusively. I use the standard bartack on my machine for shirts or if I'm too lazy to get out the attachment. PM me if you need me to look at the back of my Greist box for the model # you should bid on.

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