Gently hold the end of the upper thread in
your left hand, and then start sewing.
• If thick seams are being sewn and the fabric
does not feed, sew with the coarser (longer)
Once sewing is completed, the machine
automatically sews reinforcement stitches,
Raise the needle and the presser foot lever,
remove the fabric, and cut the thread.
Raise the buttonhole lever to its original
Insert a pin at the end of the buttonhole
stitching to prevent the stitching from being
cut, and then use a seam ripper to cut
towards the pin and open the buttonhole.
For keyhole buttonholes, use a commercially
available eyelet punch to make a hole in the
rounded end of the buttonhole, and then use
the seam ripper to cut open the buttonhole.
• When using the eyelet punch, place thick
paper or some other protective sheet under
the fabric before punching the hole in the
• When opening the buttonhole with the seam
ripper, do not place your hands in the cutting
path, otherwise injuries may result if the seam
ripper slips. Do not use the seam ripper in any
other way than how it is intended.
1 Seam ripper
1 Eyelet punch
• Before sewing buttonholes, check the stitch length
and width by sewing a trial buttonhole on a scrap
piece of fabric.
■ Sewing buttonholes on stretch fabrics
When sewing buttonholes on stretch fabrics, use
a gimp thread.
Hook the gimp thread onto the part of buttonhole
foot "A" shown in the illustration so that it fits
into the grooves, and then loosely tie it.
Attach buttonhole foot "A".
Select a stitch
Adjust the stitch width to the thickness of the
Lower the presser foot lever and the
buttonhole lever, and then start sewing.
When sewing is finished, gently pull the gimp
thread to remove any slack.
Use a handsewing needle to pull the gimp
thread to the wrong side of the fabric, and
then tie it.
With a seam ripper, cut the middle part of
the gimp thread remaining at the top end of
Trim off any excess of the gimp thread.