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Make sure you have marked the width and length of your buttonhole. Lower the needle in the fabric, at the point which would be the top, right hand corner of the button hole, if the garment were complete. The machine will make the buttonhole in two steps. First press down on the pedal, and sew the end and left side of the buttonhole. Continue sewing the left side of the buttonhole as long as is necessary, until you are ready to sew the other end of the buttonhole, at which point you will have to pull the buttonhole lever towards you. This tells the machine that you are ready to sew the other end and side of the buttonhole, and it will do so. Remember, though, that this manual method does not know how big your buttonhole is, so you must stop it when you have reached the end again. When it is finished, you will have to switch to a different setting and then back to the buttonhole setting to reset and continue sewing the rest of your buttonholes.

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