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Sometimes as experienced sewers we forget the small details, like sewing on a button! I know when I finish my blouse I just want to try it on and wear it right away, but I still need to sew on all those buttons. So here is a tutorial to make the process easier and ensure that each button is sewn on securely and in a consistent manner.

I tried this way of sewing on a button, and I had great success with it. Too many times I have sewed on my button putting my needle through the button holes in no specific pattern…I simply just stitched away until it was secure. Not any more! I love this step-by-step from burda style magazine’s 08/2012 issue, and wanted to share.

Step 1: Thread the thread into the eye of the needle. The thread should not be longer than 40cm, so it does not become tangled.
Step 2: Knot the thread twice.
Step 3: Place the button on the garment marking. From the wrong side of the fabric to the outside push the needle through the fabric at the top right button hole.

Step 4: Go through the buttonhole like shown in the illustration, going through the fabric after each hole.
Step 5: Repeat step 4 several times. Do not over tighten the button while sewing, keep the space between the button and fabric a couple of mm.
Step 6: Wrap your thread around the stitches several times. This helps when inserting the button into the corresponding buttonhole.
Step 7: Insert your needle to the wrong side of the garment. Wrap your thread through the stitches several times and knot off.

Happy button sewing!

Meg

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4 Comments

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    Nov 4, 2013, 11.08 PMby roselan

    I was taught by a friend not to use a single thread but to use 2 threads & double that over there by having 4 threads that way halving the amount of stitches & twice the strength of a single thread

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    Nov 4, 2013, 12.27 PMby karancsi

    I prefer to sew on buttons using my sewing machine, if possible. I put a match on top of the button, sew zig-zag over it several times, pull the thread tails to the wrong side, knot and bury, like jenss-1 does. Only then i remove the match. This also leaves enough room between the fabric and the button, to avoid wrinkles when the shirt etc is buttoned up.

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    Nov 3, 2013, 12.15 PMby dani e

    Thanks for sharing this important fundamental!! It is now securely added to my bag of tricks!

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    Nov 1, 2013, 07.34 PMby jen .ss1

    One additional step is to wax and press the thread. It really helps to prevent tangles and unwanted knots in the thread. After finishing I also like to reinsert the needle into the fabric and bury the thread tail in between layers so that it doesn’t show.

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