How to Sew on Buttons with a Sewing Machine

I was always worried I'd break the needle or the button, but not now I've seen this.  I can do it!

I’m such a lazy sewer that I feel almost embarrassed to share what I did last week.  I had to sew on a couple of buttons and rather than get out a needle and thread and hand-sew them, I actually took the time to look at my machine manual and learn how to sew them by machine instead.

In the end, I’m glad I did.  They took almost no time at all, looked much neater than I could have sewn by hand, and are probably much stronger too.

I can tell you this is easy, because I did this video of me sewing on the very first ever machine sewn button.  Both the first one and the second one came out perfectly!  I was so worried I was either going to break the needle or break the button, but I was worried over nothing – it’s so sew easy!

How to sew on buttons with a sewing machine

 

 

The picture above is also a sneak peak of a sewing project you’ll see later this week – but not on this site. I’m proud to say I’ve been accepted as the sewing contributor on another blog and will be writing at Little House Living once a month.  Even more sewing tips and projects for you to enjoy!

What kind of sewing problems are you worried about ?

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19 Responses to How to Sew on Buttons with a Sewing Machine

  1. Marilyn Farr says:

    I have tried my foot like yours and it never seems to zigzag at the ends in the right place. One side it always zigzags short. I think it must be my machine or the type of fabric I am using.
    The thing I would really like to learn is how to place it so that the button hole starts and stops in the correct place on the garment. How far in from the edge until you start?

  2. Karen says:

    I like a thread shank on my buttons. The fabric doesn’t scrunch under the button when worn. To make a shank, I place a toothpick between the holes, on top of the button, before zigzagging. After sewing, remove the toothpick and pull the button taut.

  3. Sara Murray says:

    Genuis why did I not think of this myself lol

  4. racheal osime says:

    I’m going to try it…thanks for sharing it with me.

  5. Mandy says:

    Thank you so much for sharing! I have always wondered how that worked and what that special ‘foot’ that came w/ my machine was for (got my machine 2nd hand so I didn’t have any directions) I can’t wait to try this!

  6. I have a pile of shirts waiting for buttons to be put back on and this is going to come in handy. Thanks for sharing with us at The Makers. Pinned!

  7. Shanice says:

    Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream’s City of Links on Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again today 🙂

  8. too neat! Gotta try this myself!

  9. I’m terrible at hand sewing so it’s much easier for me to sew buttons on using the machine. And I love sewing button holes with it too!

  10. Diane Cullum says:

    I hate hand sewing so much that I do everything I can by machine so I’ve been sewing buttons on by machine for years!! I have broken lots of needles though by not adjusting the stitch width correctly or when the button shifts from it’s spot.

  11. Amy says:

    It’s so much easier using your machine for this. Great tip about using sticky tape to hold them in place.

  12. I found some of the manufacturers (in South Africa) give free lessons for life. My machine is an Elna. Only caveat – I have to phone and book.

    • Deby Coles says:

      Wow, that is a real benefit when you buy a machine. So many of them have a lot of features we never use, and this could really help you use it to the full.

  13. Cindy says:

    I couldn’t believe how easy buttonholes and buttons were to do on my machine! I received a new sewing machine for Christmas. I had previously had a very basic, very old machine. I never would have attempted a buttonhole with it, and I doubt it could actually sew on buttons. This new machine makes sewing a joy! The manual is very easy to follow. Your machine looks very similar to mine. Don’t be afraid of buttonholes. They are a breeze. I recently made my mom a lightweight, button-up cotton housecoat, cutting up a worn out one for a pattern. It turned out really well, with 6 buttons and buttonholes. It was my first try at machine sewn buttons, and it was super easy. They were 4 hole buttons. My hubby was impressed that the sewing machine could do that.

    • Deby Coles says:

      I think what worries me is that the button hole is often done right at the end of the project, and after all that work, I’m afraid I’ll mess up and it will be impossible to correct! I need to get in some practice. I’ll video my first ever try and see how it goes!

      • Cindy says:

        The only way you can mess up a machine buttonhole is to not mark where it goes correctly on the fabric. When you actually use the buttonhole foot for the first time, you will see that it is marked well for where to put the end of your buttonhole under the foot. The instructions will walk you right through it. After doing one, I guarantee that you won’t think twice about adding buttons to your projects in the future. I will be ordering a serger in the next few weeks. Now serging, I fear! haha I am hoping the manual for the serger is as easy to follow as my sewing machine.

  14. Sharon says:

    I love using my sewing machine to attach buttons! I first discovered this when i bought a new machine and actually read through the instructions. Something i never usually do 🙂

    Love your videos as always!

    Mrs C x

    • Deby Coles says:

      I find my sewing machine manual is really good! It explains a lot about the feet and the stitches, so its certainly worth reading and reminding yourself every now an again what features you might be missing out on.

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