“Buttonhole Tips”

Each time I teach one of the machine classes, I have a customer tell me they never use their machine’s ability to make buttonholes.  I personally use them in home décor (custom shower curtains, throw pillows, etc), quilting, garment construction; in other words, all the time!  In case you would like to add some buttonholes to your next project, here’s a quick review.

Since my Designer Diamond and my Creative Icon are both currently set for embroidery, I’m sewing on my Brother Luminaire today.  I tell you that because the buttonhole foot might look a bit different, but close enough to the one you probably have with your machine for you to follow along.  If you are making buttonholes for shower curtains, pillows or garments, start by marking the center buttonhole and work your way out from there.  Generally, you will find it pleasing and useful to make your buttonholes about 3 inches apart.  If you are making buttonholes on the front of a blouse, mark where the garment falls on the bust.  Making a buttonhole on this stress point will prevent a gap from developing in the middle of your garment.

When making buttonholes in garments, start from the stress point.
I usually put a small dot at the top of the buttonhole so the buttonhole covers the stress point of the bust line.

Once you have marked the buttonhole placement, select the buttonhole you wish to sew, make any length or width adjustments you’d like, line up your buttonhole foot and sew.  That’s all there is to it! 

Choose the buttonhole and then adjust the length and width.
Line up the buttonhole foot over the mark you made on the fabric. Remember, if you are using the automatic buttonhole foot, the buttonhole will usually begin by sewing backwards.

Once all the buttonholes are sewn, it’s time to mark and sew on the buttons, unless you are making a shower curtain.  Buttonholes on this home décor item are for the shower rings.

Sewing on buttons is really easy with a button sew on foot!
Line up the button’s holes with the red marks on the foot and you’re golden!

Whether you are using buttonholes as a construction component or as a decorative finish, I hope you will take advantage of your machine’s capabilities and the ease of use.

The finished product…a new summer cotton shirt.