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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!


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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 jenss-1

    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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