There are a number of reasons you would want to have a Baby Lock products registered:
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Put a tear away stabilizer under the area where you want the buttonhole. This prevents the feed dogs from sinking into the fabric and not feeding correctly. Place a layer of water soluble stabilizer on top of the fabric where the button hole is to be made. Select a stretch buttonhole setting if you have it on your machine.
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Alternative closures: Snaps (comes in many styles), Velcro, bound buttonholes made from Ultrasuede™
Any sewing machine with the "Button Stitch" to sew on buttons can do this easily.
If you prepared your machine properly for storage by oiling it well to keep rust from attacking it, there are a couple of things you will want to do before using it on your project. First, remove the bobbin, race, and ring. Wipe all the parts with a dry cloth. Replace the bobbin parts and bobbin. Then sew, on a scrap of fabric first. When you think you machine should be oiled, oil the bobbin area. Run your machine with outout thread a minute, and wipe out excess oil. That should keep the oil from soiling the thread and fabric you are sewing.
Increase your stitching speed, decrease your tension, and lengthen your stitch. Experiment with the settings and speed until you get 'the hang of it' and the desired results.
We have a great and Bonus Sew at Home OnDemand (pre-recorded) class just that subject and is called "Free Motion Quilting with your Baby Lock?" Click here for a link to the Sew at Home OnDemand website and order this FREE video class today! Note you will need to set-up an account on this website, even if you have a Baby Lock website profile, they are different.
If it is a technique such as stippling or free motion embroidery you will need your hands to guide the fabric, using the foot pedal is usually the best. When doing simple seaming, you do not have to guide the fabric as much, using the "Start/Stop" button is very convenient. When you need more control over your fabric using the foot pedal is always the best idea. Keep in mind, when using a machine with an embroidery unit attached, you will need to have the foot pedal disconnected.
Select a buttonhole where the stitch length is not extremely tight or dense. Then, be sure to stabilize the area you will be stitching your buttonhole to avoid any excessive stretching.
Since the thread you are using in the needle will be a slightly thinner and finer texture thread, you would need to tighten your upper tension to compensate the difference.
Use the walking foot when sewing velvets and velveteens. That will help prevent the sliding or crawling of the fabric.
First, you should be using a water soluble stabilizer/topping on the top of your fabric along with your regular stabilizer underneath. This will give a smooth surface for the stitches to form on. Click here to check out the Baby Lock stabilizers.
If you are using a water soluble stabilizer and still having this problem, increase your density a little, depending on the size of the design area you are filling. A larger area can handle more density than a small area.
You may want to watch some of our Sew at Home OnDemand classes, such as "First Steps in Embroidery - A Stabilizer Conversation" or "Embroidery Recipe for Success". There are also a variety of Palette classes, too.