My Buttonholer is an A-hole
Yes, I just wrote that as my post title. And I’m sticking with it. I am supremely peeved with my buttonholer. It’s the one that came with my Husqvarna Emerald 138. It looks like this…
(Yes, I know that I have it attached incorrectly in the photo. It’s just so I could position it for the photo without having to hold it in place.)
Looks pretty innocent, doesn’t it? With it’s white and chrome finish. Yeah well, this little accessory comes from the Devil himself. Why do I think that you ask? Well, it plays pretty well when you make sample buttonholes. It lulls you into a sense of confidence that you can actually make all 12 buttonholes in a New York minute (or San Diego minute). And then it hits you with the great start/miserable end trick. Oldest one in the book. The buttonholer suddenly will stop advancing the fabric right in the middle of the button hole and then make a ginormous thread ball that’s almost impossible to rip off without damaging the button placket fabric underneath. I ripped out three attempts each on two separate buttonholes before giving up. (Yes, I am that stubborn.) I kept thinking that it must be user error. But I have come to the conclusion that it is definitely the buttonholer’s fault, spawn of the devil that it is. I have had this same exact problem with this buttonholer each and every time I have used it. Sorry, I have no pictures of the crappy button holes; I was too mad to take any. Just picture a thread ball.
Luckily, Peter came to my rescue. I was trying to find a Singer buttonholer set for my Featherweight since I have heard that they make fine button holes with little difficulty. I found some sets on Etsy, but they seemed pricey. Peter found a set on Ebay for me in a matter of seconds that were cheap and complete. Win/Win! I snapped them up right away.
But they won’t arrive until the end of the week. So I took my precious almost a muslin shirt to my local dry cleaners to see if they could put in the button holes and buttons for me. I hope they don’t ruin my shirt. I am so nervous. It was like I was handing over my baby for surgery. *crossing my fingers and toes*
Long story long… I don’t have any finished pictures yet because I want to wait until the button holes are done and I can model it properly.