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Buttonhole Problem
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Date: 3/16/12 6:06 PM

This is the second set of 5 buttonholes I've made in a week, all in similar fabrics (oxford cloth and lightweight chambray). Today the first 4 were perfect. The fabric stopped feeding about 1/2" down the first run (straight stitch) and sewed in one spot until I stopped it. The same thing happened earlier this week (same size and design of buttonhole). My machine is a BL Ellegante fully serviced at the dealer about six weeks ago.
On the bad one today, I noticed that I had just sped up the stitiching when it stopped feeding. I can't recall if that was true on the earlier set. Could this be the problem?
-- Edited on 3/16/12 6:07 PM --

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Date: 3/16/12 7:33 PM

Buttonholes are made of small dense stitches. It helps to sew slowly and support the fabric with interfacing (either fusible or woven).

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Date: 3/16/12 9:04 PM

The quality of thread is very important, tiny knots that hard to see can be a culprit when your machine stitches in the same spot.

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Date: 3/16/12 10:34 PM

Sewing slowly---lesson learned!
As for interfacing, both sets of buttonholes were made on shirts with fabric facings bonded to interfacing.

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Date: 3/16/12 10:35 PM

Can you do buttonholes in your embroidery mode? I would be curious as to how the machine would behave on a test run of similar buttonholes.

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Date: 3/17/12 12:27 PM

Glad it helped!

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Date: 3/17/12 12:56 PM

You may need to try embroidery stabilizer instead of interfacing. I find that it performs better in buttonholes, eyelet holes, and cutwork
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Date: 3/17/12 2:20 PM

You might try soft tearaway on the bottom of the fabric(next to feed dogs) and washaway on top or you could use washaway on top and bottom. HTH

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Date: 3/17/12 10:01 PM

Maybe trying lightening up the foot pressure on the machine a bit and see if that helps if not then lessen it a bit more. Hopefully this will help otherwise you might need to lessen the stitch density.

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Date: 4/28/12 8:43 PM

Buttonhole Update:
Well, I tried all the suggestions you all were kind enough to provide. I even went through all the steps in the cool tutorial from THREADS. Nothing helped. But the idea of reducing the stitch density made so much sense. I ended up increasing the stitch length from .4 to .6 and that did the trick! Thank you, thank you!
P.S. Until I saw that tutorial, I'd never heard of cutting a buttonhole with a chisel! Do people really do it that way?

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