Apr 3 2017
Buttonholes… the final step when finishing your garment and for many of us the most dreaded. Why is that? Well, for one thing there is a lot of room for error even with our modern machines. Here are a couple of hints to help take the anxiety out of your next buttonhole adventure.
1. Stitch a test buttonhole on a scrap of the garment fabric. This will let you know if you need to make any adjustments to the sewing machine or if you need to use a stabilizer for light weight fabric.
2. Carefully measure and mark your buttonhole placement. Once this is done, do it again. It is important.
3. Use a quilter’s ruler and draw a line for the buttonhole to make sure that the buttonholes are straight. I hate pretending that the button will hide my crooked buttonhole.
4. Never ever stitch buttonholes when you are tired! Even if “All I lack are the buttonholes and I think I have time….” I choose to walk away and leave them for another day. Saving my buttonholes until I’m rested and focused has made a HUGE difference in my personal buttonhole success rate.
Now go forth and fearlessly “Buttonhole!”