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Buttonholes – keyhole buttonholes
This type of buttonhole is worked for thicker buttons on jackets and coats, using buttonhole thread and including an extra lengthwise thread for more strength. Mark the buttonhole length on the right side of the fabric; slash the opening and the cut at the front edge like a wedge or use a punch to create a round hole. To prevent fraying, neaten/finish the raw edges with zigzagging/over-lock stitching, including the extra curving. Place an extra thread allong the buttonhole edge, then buttonhole stitch over it, starting from underneath a back corner. Loop the thread around the needle point, then pull the needle through and tauten thread. The little knot must be placed exactly on the fabric edge. Buttonhole stitch along one side and fan the stitches around the curved end, always covering the underlay thread, pulling the little knots upwards slightly. Place the thread along the other edge and continue stitching over it. Finish the other end of the buttonhole with a corded thread bar (see handworked buttonhole). Finally

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