I recently completed a series of Test Drives around my territory showcasing the JANOME MC8900; JANOME MC8200 & JANOME MC9900. Folk taking part in the TEST DRIVES made a rather cute (even though I say so myself) purse organizer as they navigated their way around one of these machines & made the project. Absolutely every one who attended went home with a completed project and many fell so in love with the machine they were using, that they bought one & went home to play some more!
One of the things I noticed during almost every one of the Test Drives was that ladies “groaned” when I said we were going to do a buttonhole. I was quite surprized as I do not think that buttonholes are hard to do. But nonetheless it would seem that there is a strong fear & dislike of doing buttonholes. I really do hope I was able to dispel some of that during our Test Drives …..I sure was encouraged by the comments many of you made at the end of the Test Drive about buttonholes being not so bad after all!
I do think that some of the reasons for the success is the sheer ease with which our Janome machines can do a variety of buttonholes. We have regular ones, key hole buttonholes, rounded ends; buttonholes especially for stretch/knit fabrics etc. Gone are the days where each buttonhole was a guessing game as to whether it would work & match the others. Our machines are so technically advanced that we can rest assured that when we have 6 buttonholes to make on a project, that all 6 will look perfect & equal!
Many of our JANOME sewing machines come equipped with the above buttonhole foot & stabilizer plate. Certainly our newer models such as the JANOME MC8900; MC8200; MC9900 include these feet. If you have an older model, you might have a Button hole foot R which looks similar to the one pictured above, except that the one above does have some extra newer features. But both types operate in much the same way. You pop the button you will be using into the foot & push the clamp up against the button to hold it in place and ensure the button hole is made to the correct size for that button. This is known as the sensor buttonhole as the machine & foot are “sensing” the size you need for the buttonhole. You do not need to figure this out and manually size the first buttonhole before you are ready to do the button holes on the finished project.
Well, then what is the buttonhole stabilizer plate for? I have done blog posts previously on this so do please do a search in the box on this blog home page for more information. But, in a nutshell, it provides a clever way to feed the fabric evenly when you are dealing with thick or difficult fabrics (such a coat fabric, stretchy fabrics, etc). These fabrics can be rather annoying as they tend to jam up under the buttonhole foot so that one side of the buttonhole does not match the other side. This plate assists in feeding the fabric evenly . It is also very helpful when you have a button placket or band that has uneven layers – these can prove to be very troublesome for sewing buttonholes but if you use our JANOME BUTTONHOLE STABILIZER PLATE, you will be really pleased with the difference it makes.
Now if you do not have one of these feet and the plate included with your machine (only a select few Janome models do include it), then you are able to purchase the buttonhole stabilizer plate separately for many of our Janome machines. Basically if you have the sensor Buttonhole foot R into which you put the button, you can get this plate for that foot. If you have a very simple sewing machine such a front loading machine or a 4-step buttonhole, then I am afraid to say that this stabilizer plate will not work with your buttonhole foot. But you are very welcome to discuss your options with your local JANOME dealer who might suggest upgrading to a machine which offers these features.
So there you have it: JANOME’S easy way to making successful buttonholes no matter what fabric you use & how many you need to do in a row.
Please see your local JANOME dealer today for more information, a demo of how this foot & stabilizer plate works & to purchase the JANOME accessories you just have to have to get the job done!