I was hoping to finish up these bags today, they just need buttonholes. Three buttonholes each, ten bags, shouldn't take more than an hour or so, right? Wrong. The test buttonhole looked great, but the first buttonhole on an actual bag stalled halfway through. The machine kept sewing, but the fabric stopped feeding through, resulting in a huge tangle. The problem is still not fixed, even though I've tried the following remedies with not a single successful test buttonhole:
- Cleaning & oiling the machine
- Changing the top thread (I'm using buttonhole thread on the top, and regular thread on the bottom, but having both threads the same doesn't make a difference)
- Fresh needle (heavyweight, since I'm sewing denim)
- Changing the bobbin
- Rethreading the bobbin for more bottom tension (recommended in the manual)
- Changing the pressure on the presser foot
- Using the manual buttonhole program instead of the automatic program
Needless to say, I've wasted hours, and I'm running out of ideas--or at least I'm running out of ideas that won't cost $50+ (like replacing the bobbin holder) or that will take longer than I have before Sock Summit (like taking it in for service). At this point, I've got my fingers crossed that it's related to it being 85+ degrees in the sewing room, and that when it cools down it will work.
Any suggestions? Before I move from anger to panic?
I'm Buddy Rich When I Fly Off The Handle: Beastie Boys, "Sabotage"