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Sewing 101: Buttonholes!

A lot of machines these days come with a buttonhole attachment. The problem is, I’ve never been able to figure out how the hell you use the blasted thing. So I do it the “old fashioned” way, according to the directions provided by the manual for my 60’s Kenmore.


I’ve found that something more like this works better for me. Remember to do a very tight zig-zag, like the guide above says, the stitch length should be almost to zero so the stitches lay right next to one another like a satin stitch in embroidery.

If you use a small piece of light fusible interfacing on the inside of the fabric, your button hole with look nicer and last longer.

2 thoughts on “Sewing 101: Buttonholes!

  1. Buttonholes can be a challenge to master even with the preset guides on our fav machines. Your brief guide offers just enough instruction for turning our Frankenstein like buttonholes into professional looking ones. Thanks for the sharing!

  2. I just found your site, and I love it! Thank you especially for the buttonhole instructions. I have been avoiding projects with buttons because I can’t make my buttonhole attachment work. Ha!

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