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Message Board > Sewing Techniques and Tips > Buttonholes on a Pfaff ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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Date: 9/18/13 5:25 PM

In have never in all the years that I have had my Pfaff 1472 Creative that I could figure out how to do a decent looking buttonhole. I have several options which I've tried them all and they are either not the same length or they are so tightly spaced that there is no room to cut them open. I have been going back to my $80 Kenmore which makes pretty nice looking buttonholes. Can anyone tell what to do?
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Date: 9/18/13 7:56 PM

The 1400 series will never get an award for buttonholes. I have the 1475 and was told by a Pfaff instructor to use 150 flashing. Do not put it in memory but do each individually. You can use the balance button to help with the density.

Sometimes the stitches aren't "solid" enough. You can't really go over it again because of the many stitches on the bar tacks. I practiced and recently wrote down the length and width of the zigzag stitch which I can use to cover the spaces.

One of the problems of using the momory is that it counts stitches, not distance covered, so if there is any glitch in the fabric, it will render the buttonholes different sizes. Sigh.

Linen buttonhole stitch #18 should work, but only for very short buttonholes.

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Date: 9/18/13 8:19 PM

I agree!

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Date: 9/19/13 0:06 AM

Funny. I saw the subject of this thread and thought it was going to be about the pfaff 2026 - my machine. I have the same problem. And like you, I keep going back to a different sewing machine when I need buttonholes.

A tune up improved the buttonholes, but even afterwards theyre not good enough to use down the front of a blouse or anything. I get the 'best' buttonhole possible by NOT using the buttonhole/sliding foot. I just use a regular foot, no IDT, and the weird sliding device that sits over the feed dogs. But still, the left hand sides are sewn too close to the right hand sides. Before the tune up each side intruded on the other so badly that you couldnt cut them open without having crazy frayed threads sticking out everywhere.

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Date: 9/19/13 4:26 AM

I was always very disappointed with the buttonholes on my 7550. It's the main reason I got a Bernina (640) when I decided to get a new machine. Bernina aces buttonholes! But Pfaff has that wonderful walking foot. So..........

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Date: 9/19/13 7:10 AM

When I got my pfaff computerized 1475 I almost immediately mucked up a couple of projects that were done except for the buttonholes. Others told me they hated the button holes on the pfaffs. You might do some nice ones then bam you had a blooper. I have been doing all mine on my older bernina 930 as I just can't risk a finished garment with a messed up button hole anymore. I have done a few on my artista 730 but do not feel sure enough to trust it yet and have had a few bloopers on it though not many. I keep meaning to try some with an antique buttonholer and attachment fixed to a vintage machine here. If my older bernina dies, I will have to forego buttonholes or learn to use the vintage attachment set up as I don't trust any of the newer machines every single time. I am slower at doing projects at this stage and when I have made a shirt I don't want to ruin it. My older 930 I have never messed up a buttonhole if I have marked and stabilized as I should. If it dies I am done if I don't come up with an alternate method of doing my buttonholes. My plan is to set up a vintage portable with a buttonholer attached always on the ready. I just don't trust computerized machines to do the same thing every time when it comes to buttonholes but that is me. Even my old singer touch and sew that stayed in the shop all the time did a decent buttonhole. I might do 20 on the modern machines without issue then bam there's an ugly blooper that looks awful. What's that saying -ain't nobody got time for that. Sorry to not be more encouraging. Just be able to stabilize your area well with your pfaff and try starting from the inside of the shirt rather than the edge. I would also be careful to have the seams trimmed/graded well in the buttonhole area so you don't have a bump to hit the foot and distort the buttonhole. I did use my pfaff for the button holes on some men's pj pants but since they were plaids I could redo them since I had a good thread match. Of course they were perfect. That's the problem you just never know when you'll get a bad one with the pfaffs. I want to try what the poster said not using the long foot. I think that is what can malfunction. You have to be really careful to have it in the right position to be successful and not let it get nudged as it moves along by a bump or ridge. Otherwise I love this model of machine, still will go to it when doing my alterations on rtw with its IDT feed.

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Date: 9/19/13 8:00 AM

The button holes are the only thing I don't like on my 7550. I find they almost look better from the wrong side!

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Date: 9/19/13 8:12 AM

Something Pfaff just doesn't do so well...buttonholes. I love my Pfaff 1229 but buttonholes are not its strong point so I use another machine.

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Date: 9/19/13 10:07 AM

My Pfaff Electronic, purchased in 1988, doesn't do nice buttonholes.

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Date: 9/19/13 10:31 AM

Yep. "...you do some nice ones and bam there's an ugly blooper..."

My trusty FW and buttonhole attachment are my turn-to after absolutely ruining more than one shirt for DH.

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