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I was just wondering how everyone keeps their buttonholes even, I always end up having them the wrong length or having them not lined up properly with my computerized sewing machine.
Over all I have trouble measuring them up properly and its so difficult to take them out when there done!
Thank you. Alexis.


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    Nov 11, 2013, 11.15 AMby katensew

    Always -“try out” the buttonhole using the same fabrics and interfacing. Actually make a mock up of the buttonhole edge so that you can work out the distance from the edge and the length of the buttonhole – it may take a few attempts ! I have a buttonhole " foot " that i place the button into and see what " mark " it comes to, so that I can stitch the sides of the buttonhole to this mark – the foot moves as I sew. Before lowering the foot and needle onto the starting position be sure that the edge is 90’ to the buttonhole ( if doing a horizontal buttonhole ). If working vertical buttonholes then you need to mark a starting point ( either that which will be the top or the bottom of the buttonhole) and ensure that they are equidistant – you can use a removable marker pen for this. This time place the foot parallel to the edge before sewing the buttonhole. If you don’t have a buttonhole foot then it is worth contacting the manufacturer or stockist to see if one is available.

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    Jan 31, 2014, 01.40 PMby Deanna31

    Hi, I use a chalk mark. I chalk the distances between the buttonholes and then make a T where I want to start the buttonhole (on the side closest to the edge of the garment). Sorry but I use a foot that holds a button too, but you could chalk both ends?

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    Jan 31, 2014, 05.33 PMby jenss-1

    I’m not sure how a computerized machine is different than a manual, but depending on the brand of your machine, you might be able to get a buttonhole foot with measured markings on it. For example, Bernina makes this one: http://www.bernina.com/en-US/Products-us/BERNINA-products-us/BERNINA-Accessories-us/Presser-feet-us/-3C-us

    Other than that, make sure to mark the placements before you start. As Deanna31 mentioned, use chalk to mark the start/stop points. I like to use a Chako liner because it makes a fine line.

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      Feb 16, 2014, 02.48 AMby jenss-1

      Also, if you are having problems with the fabric sliding around…you can put a piece of tear-away/wash-away stabilizer underneath. Always do a test or two.

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    Feb 1, 2014, 09.59 AMby katexxxxxx

    Measure and mark the buttonholes where you want them to be…

    Do not try to make buttonholes in a thick edge with seam allowances in the way. You need to trim the seam allowances carefully before turning the right way out to make the buttonholes.

    If you can’t set the buttonhole length with either the foot or electronically, mark the length of the buttonhole carefully so you know where to stop and start.

    Do several tests!

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    Feb 3, 2014, 10.06 PMby purplefan

    While the buttonhole foot for a Janome Gem has a slider that moves down as I stitch the right side of the buttonhole, finger control of fabric layers and slower sewing speed can help to get that buttonhole more or less where it has to be. But I have veered too far when zipping too quickly with the stitching and had to redo 2x until I get the buttonhole. On the older Kenmore console machine, no slider on the foot. Again controlling fabric layers and speed are important. I find the latter machine easier to do a buttonhole with. I am talking about plain buttonholes, not keyholes or other variants. I use chalk; on lighter fabrics I may use pencil or the marker that washes out to note where buttonholes go (start/stop and line around which to stitch). Last thing I want to do with a series of buttonholes is guess where each one is supposed to be and at that point (sewing buttonholes), it’s late at night and I need the buttonholes done.

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    Feb 16, 2014, 07.08 AMby motera

    I mark the start and finish with basting thread. I do the buttonhole once in a very long stitch , so is easy to remove, then if it is right, I go over the top of it with a tight stitch final buttonhole. I have no slider foot, just a standard buttonhole foot.

    Really old straight stitch machines have a buttonhole attachment that makes perfect buttonholes every time because the length is set by a template. Google buttonholer to see. I will use this method when I want perfect buttonholes on difficult fabric.

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