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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Buttonhole not finishing second leg ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Buttonhole not finishing second leg
Bernina 135 not working right.
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Date: 7/24/12 12:54 PM

Sad. I have this adorable shirt made for my son, except for the buttonholes and when I turned on my machine today to finish up, it won't make the buttonholes.

It makes the first leg, backs up to make the second leg, but just keeps stitching in place instead of zigzagging down like it should.

I had the main board replaced this January as it had died and I haven't made a buttonhole since then (Wait.. maybe I did for my pajama pants! Yes, I did.. so it's not that..)

Hmm.. Any suggestions on what to do other than take it in to the shop? We're leaving on Thursday for our family reunion and I'd love to have the shirt done. I could try my hand at hand buttonholes if I can't get the machine to work, but that wouldn't be my preference. :)

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Date: 7/24/12 1:16 PM

okay, after playing around some more (and cleaning, changing needle, and rethreading) I can get it to do all 4 steps if I push the reverse at the end of each step. But... I never had to do that before. It was automatic. It also doesn't say auto on the screen and it used to do that too. I don't know why or how it changed.

Has anyone had this happen to them before?

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Date: 7/24/12 1:38 PM

I just remembered I did the other buttonholes on my mom's machine that I was borrowing. So, I haven't done them since the servicing. I found online that the auto buttonholer function most likely needs to be programmed in. Guess I'll have to take it back.

At least I figured out how to do them manually.

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Date: 7/24/12 1:48 PM

Not familiar with your model, but when I've read of the same problem on the yahoo groups, the solutions is almost always one of the following:

Clean the sensor on the buttonhole foot
Clean the sensor on the machine that reads the foot (with a Q-tip)
Calibrate the buttonhole foot

If your machine doesn't use the buttonhole foot with a sensor, disregard ;)

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Date: 7/24/12 2:26 PM

Thanks. I've cleaned the sensor on the foot, but I'm not sure where the sensor on the machine is.. I don't see anything obvious. However, since the main board was replaced, it seems likely that the foot needs to be calibrated.

Do you know if this is something I can do myself if there are instructions to be found? Or is it something for a machine technician?

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Date: 7/24/12 2:49 PM

There's usually a buttonhole calibration sequence in the manual, for the user to do. The sensor on the machine should be right above the one on the foot. So try putting the foot on, then swab a qtip on the machine above it.

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Date: 7/24/12 2:57 PM

No instructions in my manual. Just on how to use the foot. I'll try to find the machine sensor.

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Date: 7/27/12 1:59 AM

I had exactly the same thing happen to my Activa and had to have it fixed in the shop. That was a year ago and it has worked wonderfully since.

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Date: 7/27/12 9:41 AM

I am always told to bring the buttonhole foot (the one with the sensor on the top right side of it) in with servicing. It takes all of a minute to calibrate it at the store. I love that little machine. It sewed over everything for me. I was seduced by the 230 white pearl so I parted with the 135.

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