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From: air force sis
Date: 05-04-2007, 03:30 PM (1 of 8)
i found this forum yesterday, and i'm so glad i did! i'm wondering what the difference is between 1-step and 4-step buttonhole. i'm basically just starting out sewing and i'm using my mom's old kenmore 1315. it works fine, except the speed is no longer adjustable and i'm not too keen on doing my own buttonholes. i would like to get my own machine sometime soon and i found the kenmore 3/4 size 176356 on kmart's website for $70. i'm thinking it's on clearance because it says "while quantities last." any opinions on this machine? later on i will probably want to get something more complicated, but for now simple/basic and "cheap" (as long as it's dependable) is all i need.
thanks in advance! :bluesmile
User: air force sis
Member since: 05-04-2007
Total posts: 1
From: dmoses
Date: 05-04-2007, 04:46 PM (2 of 8)
With one-step buttonhole, you select the stitch and presser foot for buttonhole, and the machine completes the buttonhole guessed step. :smile:

With four-step buttonhole, the buttonhole stitch has three parts...if I remember correctly, step one goes down one side of the buttonhole, step two does the bartack stitch to complete one end, then step three selection comes back the other side, and step four is the bartack again to finish the other end.

Clear as mud??? :nc:
Take care,
User: dmoses
Member since: 02-22-2002
Total posts: 964
From: plrlegal
Date: 05-04-2007, 05:46 PM (3 of 8)
Good description donna. Those are the precise steps a 4 step button hole configuration does.
I personally prefer the one-step function if your machine does a good buttonhole that way. I've had a couple of machines that the one-step button hole function was awful on but my Pfaff 2044 makes gorgeous buttonholes in one step and so does my Singer Quantum which has the feature that you put the button in the back of the buttonhole foot and it automatically makes the buttonhole to fit the button.

User: plrlegal
Member since: 05-19-2001
Total posts: 318
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 05-05-2007, 09:15 PM (4 of 8)
My Janome does the one step one and you put the button in the back of the foot and it automatically makes the buttonhole to custom fit the button like that.. I really like that feature.. My Janome even has a special buttonhole for stretch fabric or knits.. It's great also..
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User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
Total posts: 2022
From: PaulineG
Date: 05-05-2007, 10:11 PM (5 of 8)
That sounds fantastic Libby - I have a Janome now and have been pretty happy but it is a pretty basic model. If (or should I say when I upgrade) that is definitely a worthwhile feature.

4 step buttonholes are definitely a drag.
User: PaulineG
Member since: 09-08-2006
Total posts: 901
From: Kylnne2
Date: 05-08-2007, 06:21 PM (6 of 8)
Well then, there are some like me that do like the little 4 step buttonhole. One of my machines makes lovely one step buttonholes of many types and kinds but I do not like to have to put the button into the large plate type foot that needs to be used because I feel it hinders proper placement of the BH on the fabric.
I love the 4 step linen BH on my Pfaff because it is perfect and perfectly placed every time.
I also like my Viking BH's which include a BH for leather that is a straight stitch BH. This machine does not need or use the large foot that you put a button in. This machine an also use the expensive sensor BH foot that plugs in a little wire into the machine around light area to make the perfect auto buttonhole..but I do not have this sensor foot. It does come with some Viking models but price is around $100 if it didn't come with your model and only specific models can take this little plug in. Placement however is easier with this type of plug in foot than with my other computerized machine that uses the large BH foot and plate.
I really don't make many buttonholes anyway. Sewing for so many DGK's I just use a lot of velcro.
User: Kylnne2
Member since: 07-10-2004
Total posts: 629
From: judymo
Date: 05-08-2007, 06:52 PM (7 of 8)
I know you might say I am showing off, but my montgomery wards does the 4 step, I can do pretty good 4 step button hole, The new janome does the 1 step and I tried it tonight as I was playing with the machine and I really like the 1 step,

User: judymo
Member since: 03-19-2005
Total posts: 185
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 05-09-2007, 07:33 PM (8 of 8)
Even way back in the dark ages.. (lol) when My Featherweight was my one and only, the buttonhole attachment made the buttonholes in 1 step.. I don't like to think of 4 steps to 1 buttonhole.. I would never get finished...
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User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
Total posts: 2022
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