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Taking the buttonhole twist in hand, begin the buttonhole by back tacking the reverse side of the buttonhole to secure the thread in place (this is in place of a knot). Thread your buttonhole twist up through to the right side of the buttonhole in the corner opposite the slash. Allow the gimp to lay across the buttonhole and start working the buttonhole across one of the long edges. The buttonhole stitch is like a blanket stitch in reverse. Hold the thread along the top edge of the material, with the end pointing in the direction you are going to sew. Make a loop, with the top of the loop pointing upward. Inserting the needle through the loop, then into the fabric from the wrong side and then through the large loop left on the right side of the material. Tighten your stitch, keeping the purl on top by see-sawing the thread and using your fingernail. Tip - the key to a well worked buttonhole is even stitching along with keeping the purl (the small braid that forms on the inside lip of the buttonhole flat against the edge)

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    Nov 12, 2011, 09.56 PMby mln5153

    What is a blanket stitch so I can reverse it?

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    Nov 12, 2011, 09.55 PMby mln5153

    You have got to be kidding!! The other comments….great pictures but they don’t really show how to do it. I can only guess. Why not stich by numbers?? At least indicate where I am starting and then where the needle goes. I cannot follow what the wording says. Isn’t there an easier way or an alternative? I am trying to follow your pattern and at the last minute it says work a buttonhole. Not having any idea what that means or how to even start it. Now I have to go buy supplies!!!! and what I see here looks nothing like the seam area that your pattern had me leave open to use as a button hole.

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    Apr 9, 2011, 12.06 PMby Douli Bee

    MY MOM USED TO MAKE BUTTONHOLES LIKE THAT. THANKS FOR SHEARING !

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