Sewing Techniques with Burda: How to Sew on a Button?

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If you are a beginner and wondering how to sew on a button, you'll love this article! Sewing on a button may seem complicated at first, but with the right tips, you'll become a pro in no time! In this article, we'll guide you step by step on how to hand-sew a button, so you can feel confident and proud of your sewing accomplishments. 

There are basically two types of buttons: shank buttons, with a small shank or metal eye on the back, and buttons with 2 or 4 holes. Buttons with holes are always sewn on with a shank made of thread unless they are only there for decoration. As a rule, these buttons are used to close garments. The place where you sew on the button must be marked in relation to the buttonhole.

How to mark the places where buttons are sewn on:

 1.  Pin the closure edges together center to center so that the overlap (the edge with the buttonholes) is on top of the underlap.

 2.  At the front or top buttonhole end, insert a straight pin vertically into the underlap below.

 3.  Carefully lift the buttonhole over the straight pin. Pin the straight pin to the underlap. The place where the pin was inserted is where you must sew on the button (1 below).

How to sew on buttons:

Double the thread or use buttonhole thread to sew on buttons. To prevent buttons with holes from pressing the overlap together when closing the garments, they are sewn on with a shank. The length of the shank depends on the thickness of the closure edge.

 1.  With your left hand, hold the button above the marking on the underlap at the relevant distance (2). 

 2.  Use a matchstick as an aid (3) and remove it before wrapping the thread around the shank. 

 3.  Do not remove it until you wrap the shank. Before invisibly knotting the thread on the inside, densely wrap the thread around the shank (4). 

Some specific cases

Heavily stressed buttons

Buttons that are subject to heavy-duty wear should be sewn on with a stay button (5)

Shank buttons

Shank buttons and decorative buttons are always sewn on without a shank (6)

And there you have it, now you know all the secrets to sew a button easily!

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