|Victorian Christmas Caroling Dress Debut!|
|Bernina Automatic Buttonhole Foot 3A with Leveler Accessory|
I tried the Buttonhole Leveler. I tried a different accessory, the Buttonhole Compensation Plates (designed more for sewing buttonholes on thick terry cloth or fleece, but I figured I'd give it a try anyway). Nothing worked. Finally, I read in my Bernina Feetures book that the manual buttonhole foot 3C was recommended for sewing buttonholes that were either larger than the maximum size of foot 3A -- or for sewing buttonholes "in tight places such as collar stands." Eureka!
|Manual Buttonhole Foot 3C for 9 mm Berninas|
|Manual Buttonhole on Bernina 750QE|
I'm glad that I ultimately decided to stitch my buttonholes with the same 50/3 Gutermann cotton construction thread, because it's a perfect color match to my dress fabric and my buttonholes ended up looking pretty invisible.
|Finished Buttonholes, Awaiting Buttons!|
|Stabilizer Buttons for Greater Support|
Oh man what a pain. My mother made buttonholes all the time with her straight stitch Singer sewing machine and a buttonhole attachment that was way bigger than the Bernina automatic foot. My buttonholes are scary things to me. In your place I would have sewn on snaps with buttons on top so it looked like the dress was buttoned but was really snapped together so your dress is "real" and mine would have been fake
Your dress is gorgeous I hope you are able to sing to your hearts content and make a bit of money out of the deal.....
You found a solution for your buttonholes. Congrats! They look wonderful.
You did a fabulous job!!! Your dress is gorgeous! !! I do admire those that can garment sew, let alone a difficult one like you made.
Wow - the dress is beautiful. Sorry it gave you some fits though.
The dress looks beautiful on you. Thanks for all of the information about the buttonholes. I look forward to your posts.
Your dress is absolutely gorgeous! I have followed your "journey" on the 7 Series group and cannot believe what a beautiful dress you have created. Oh my, this and all of your other work is too pretty for words!
We need more photos of the finished dress! It looks spectacular. I am so impressed at how you have worked through all kinds of things to make this dress. Wow!
So much effort and so worth it! You look gorgeous in your dress Rebecca!
Sometimes modern time savers aren't really time savers. As I read through your buttonhole woes, I couldn't help thinking about how un-fussy my vintage automatic buttonholer is. I use it with my old straight stitch machines. But then I thought about what a racket it makes and thought I'd be scared silly with every buttonhole, using it on that silk.
You totally rocked this project! I am so amazed and impressed that you know how to do all the techniques to make such an intricate dress. You are one very determined sewist-way to go!
Colleen and Patsy -- Yes, I've read great things about the vintage Singer buttonhole attachments on the Featherweight groups, but I don't have one for my machines. In the end, I was really pleased with the quality and ease of my modern Bernina's buttonholes, but I agree that sometimes it's better to go old school!
I am amazed by this project...couldn't wait to see your next post and if you were able to finish! WOW; congratulations!
What an absolutely stunning dress! Kudo's to you!!! Looking forward to more posts and pictures. And...Merry Christmas!
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