For years I used a sewing machine that was a straight stitch only machine. It would go backward and forward but did not have the ability to zig-zag. Once I got a zig-zag capable machine, the ability to sew on buttons by machine became a reality. Nowadays, the only buttons I sew on by hand are those with a shank on the back side, which is the only kind of buttons you cannot attach using your sewing machine. Sewing on buttons by machine may seem intimidating at first and if you have never tried it, you might be a bit leery, but once you get the hang of this feature and you have confidence, you won’t sew on another 2 or 4 hole button by hand again! This feature is not only good for creating a new project that uses buttons. It is terrific when you are facing that basket of clothes that need repairs (we all have that pile) and you find most of the to-be-repaired items need buttons sewn on. Almost all Husqvarna Viking and Pfaff machines have an icon of a button somewhere on your display screen or on the machine stitch selection area. If your machine has the ability to automatically drop the feed teeth when you push the icon, great. If not, make sure you lower the feed teeth before sewing on your button or the button won’t stay under the needle! By dropping the feed teeth, the button under your presser foot won’t move. Check out the following pictures and see if you would like to give this feature a try the next time you need to sew on a button.
If you think you would like more instruction in this button sew-on feature, take a look at Sewing Mastery, find your machine and watch the video. Happy Sewing!