“Intimidating?”

I am a firm believer in making the most of all the features of your sewing and or sewing/embroidery machine.  I feel badly when customers in class say they have been intimidated by any of the features they have paid hard earned money to have available to them.  One of the most consistent features customers seem most intimidated by is the buttonhole feature.  I have had many people tell me they didn’t want to practice the buttonhole during their machine class because they didn’t want to use it:  it just never turned out for them in the past.  There was always such surprise and new found confidence when they decided to give it a go and they were successful!  I am all for not using a feature simply because it’s not needed at the time, but I hope there are no features on your machine which you don’t use because you don’t have confidence that you will be successful using it!  Here are a few tips that might help you if buttonholes are something you have been avoiding due to “buttonhole intimidation”.

For newer machines there are basically two types of buttonhole feet: the type you have to measure your button to use and the type that measures the button for you.
This foot belongs to my Pfaff Creative Icon. I need to measure the button size using the ruler on the lid of my machine. I then need to make sure the red arrow is lined up with the metal notch before I begin to stitch.
This foot belongs to my Husqvarna Viking Designer Diamond Royale. I need to measure the button using the gauge on the front of my machine’s base, then I need to make sure the white crown lines up with the notch before I begin to stitch.
This foot belongs to my Brother Luminaire. The foot measures the button for me, so the size of the hole is automatically calculated by the machine. On some machines, there is a sensor bar that must be lowered for this foot to be accurate.
I place my buttonholes 1/2″ to 5/8″ from the edge. I place a mark here.
Then I mark the middle. I can now set my foot exactly where I want the buttonhole to stitch.
Since these buttonholes are for charity walker bags, I need to use cut away stabilizer on the back to make sure the buttonholes don’t pull out over time. I always use some type of stabilizer on all my buttonholes.
With the stabilizer in place, I need to line up the middle mark with the middle nib on the foot. The vertical line lines up with the nib and the horizontal line shows where I need to start sewing.
By lining up the nib with the center vertical line, the buttonhole will stitch out exactly where I want it to.
The finished buttonhole starts at the horizontal line and stitches out on either side of the vertical line. Perfect!
All that’s left to do is to trim the stabilizer, cut open the buttonhole slits and sew the buttons on.
I sewed the buttons on with the machine. 24 buttonholes and 24 buttons sewn in about an hour. Not bad!

I would encourage you to practice on a project that uses many buttonholes, if possible. Maybe a new shower curtain or a throw pillow that closes using buttons! If, by using your manual for help, you are still not comfortable with this feature, go to https://sewingmastery.com/ and check out the process on your machine!

Happy Sewing!