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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Dedicated buttonhole machine? ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Dedicated buttonhole machine?
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Date: 10/6/12 12:02 PM

I always have trouble with buttonholes, on every sewing machine I've ever owned. I now use a Viking #1+ which I love and don't want to replace. My question is, is there such a thing as a dedicated buttonholer?

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Date: 10/6/12 12:52 PM

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I always have trouble with buttonholes, on every sewing machine I've ever owned. I now use a Viking #1+ which I love and don't want to replace. My question is, is there such a thing as a dedicated buttonholer?

Sure. See, for instance, juki dbh-1790 Not exactly a home machine, but hey, if you do lots of button holes, why not? Other than the price tag, of course.
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Date: 10/6/12 12:55 PM

There's a great thread here about that - automatic buttonholes are often disappointing and a lot of people are turning to old Singer and Greist buttonholers, for very little money, available on eBay. The thread (? I'm new) is titled The Ugly Truth, if you know how to search! I just took back a new machine for having inconsistent buttonholes, they were important to me.

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Date: 10/6/12 1:52 PM

Reece also makes buttonhole machines. I suppose the real question is

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why doesn't babylock introduce a home version of a buttonhole machine, just as they did with the overlocker, coverstitch, and blindhem machines


All brands has a few, should you be willing to convert your basement into an industrial sewing floor.
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Date: 10/6/12 2:23 PM

If I make coats or pants, I take mine to a place in town that has a machine that does keyhole buttonholes. Many tailors will do buttonholes for you.

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Date: 10/6/12 6:36 PM

Some of us who collect elderly Singer sewing machines keep one permanently set up with one of the old Singer buttonholers that uses templates. Not me, of course.

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Date: 10/6/12 7:09 PM

This buttonholer looks pretty amazing

Also by the same company: a "hand" sewing machine

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Date: 10/6/12 9:54 PM

They are normally very expensive....if you see one at auction....snap it up! They are extremely ugly machines.....all work, no play.

There is a place in NYC that has two ladies making buttonholes all day long....people bring in samples, projects, etc and stand while they zip them through the machine. (I didn't think they were all that great at that location, but convenient if you ate near the city)

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Date: 10/7/12 4:14 AM

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[quote] I always have trouble with buttonholes, on every sewing machine I've ever owned. I now use a Viking #1+ which I love and don't want to replace. My question is, is there such a thing as a dedicated buttonholer?

Sure. See, for instance, juki dbh-1790 Not exactly a home machine, but hey, if you do lots of button holes, why not? Other than the price tag, of course.[/quote]
Holy smokes, that thing is almost $7000! Don't need it that bad.
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Date: 10/7/12 4:20 AM

Everyone has such great suggestions. I never thought about taking my stuff to a tailor for buttonholes. Also, I guess the old Singers with the buttonholer attachments do better buttonholes? Those would be a little more cost effective for me (as opposed to the industrial models, which I loved looking at!) and I did see a few on Craigslist in my area, but some of the sellers are a little unreasonable on their prices. I'll have to search around for one but hey, that's half the fun, right?

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