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    button holes in polarfleece?

    Hey guys, I would like to use my automatic button holer to make button holes in polar fleece. It works fine with sil or ripstop, but when I try to use it with fleece, it just sits there and makes one big wad of thread----kind of like it cant move the fabric around like its supposed to. Any suggestions? Has any one else ever had this problem?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevebo View Post
    Hey guys, I would like to use my automatic button holer to make button holes in polar fleece. It works fine with sil or ripstop, but when I try to use it with fleece, it just sits there and makes one big wad of thread----kind of like it cant move the fabric around like its supposed to. Any suggestions? Has any one else ever had this problem?
    Release your feed dog if your machine has that feature. Usually have to go into the bobbin area.
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    Shug, are you talking about raising the pressure foot---like you would do when you first put cloth into the machine?
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    No Sir.....this may help.
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    Shug, are you suggesting that the feed dog can't move the fleece, so one would need to move it through the machine manually?

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    The issue probably is polar fleece is a very stretchy fabric. It may be the feed dogs are not moving the fabric just stretching it. Polar fleece is not a fabric that takes kindly to buttonholes. You would most likely want to stabilize the area to keep the finished buttonhole from stretching out of shape. So do that first by running a piece of ribbon along the button placket (where the button holes will be) and then put the ribbon side down to stitch the buttonholes.
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    Could you use some removable backing like pellon stabilizer, then tear/trim it off?
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