Last night I decided to dust off the 6235 and make buttonholes. Was I in for a rude awakening. Although I've had the machine nearly a year, I've never had to use it. I immediately started complaining about the machine being loud, not having an automatic needle threader, built in cutter, only one type of buttonhole, which I couldn't initially figure out, and on and on. She had the nerve to call me a sewing brat! What! Me?? Never! Okay, maybe. I spent about $4000 on the ULT so of course I expect a lot. Actually for that kind of cheese it should be sewing me a wardrobe while I sleep! When I'm sewing I want everything convenient and within arms reach. If there is a foot to do a particular thing, I use it. I get the most out of my machines. And yes I have two sergers. One is always threaded with black thread, one with white. One has differential feed, the other one is used if I want to do a rolled hem. I have a designated sewing studio that has all the comforts I need including laptop, TV, VCR, DVD player and stereo. If that makes me a sewing brat, it suits me just fine!
Speaking of sewing feet. I even sew my buttons on on the machine. Of course shank button can't be sewn on the machine and unless it's a button I love, I steer clear. Even when sewing buttons on by machine you have to create a shank of sorts. First attach the appropriate foot. Either drop the feed dogs, change stitch length to zero or cover feed dogs with the appropriate cover. Position the button. Lower the presser foot to hold in place. Select and adjust the zig zag stitch to the correct width to attach button. Before you start to sew place a sewing machine needle over the little bridge between the holes on the button. Manually turn the wheel a couple of times to make sure the alignment is correct. I usually count about eight movements of the needle over the loose sewing machine needle. Stop. Change back to straight stitching. Remove the loose needle. Make sure the needle is lined up with one of the holes. Sew 3 or 4 stitches to secure the threads. Cut thread. One thing I can say about the Brother buttonholer is that it has a little finger on it that creates a shank for you. Hmmmmm...I may have to try to like it after all.