Gone are the days of bulky buttonhole attachments as large as your machine. Welcome to the 21st century–these Berninas are not your grandmother’s sewing machine. Let’s look at the effortlessly awesome key buttonhole, available on the Bernina 350PE and up.
One quick note as you’re threading up your machine. There is a finger on the bobbin case with a tiny hole at the tip. Threading the bobbin thread through there makes the tension a little tighter and gives the stitches a slightly more rounded (and attractive) appearance.
I outfitted the Bernina 380 with a #3A foot–Buttonhole Foot with slide. You can see here where there is an adjustable mark to pinpoint the exact length needed.
Wouldn’t you love your machine to remember how long the first buttonhole was and be able to repeat it ’cause this one totally does. Once you’ve reached your mark on the left side simply press the backstitch, or Quick Reverse, button–the one that looks like a fish hook.
After that, sit back and marvel. The machine will automatically finish the reminder of the buttonhole. Just keep your foot on the pedal.
All subsequent buttonholes will be sewn to that exact length; there will be no need to press the Quick Reverse button. That length can also be stored into memory if you plan on using it for several projects. Otherwise, press the *clr* button.
Voila! Wouldn’t these look great on Colette Pattern’s Beignet skirt?