Did you see my earlier article and video on how to sew on a button with your machine?
It wasn't difficult at all, just a little bit of fiddling to make sure the needle lined up exactly with the buttonholes. But, I admitted, I'm scared silly of actually sewing the buttonhole.
Why? Well, the buttonhole is usually sewn right at the end of the project when everything else is done. What if it messes up, gets all tangled, is skewed, or just plain untidy? It must be very hard to unpick a tiny buttonhole and resew without damaging the fabric. And what if there are several, say 6 buttonholes to sew. That means 6 chances to make a mess. To do it nicely, each and everyone has to be sewn correctly. Getting it right on the first try, every time. I'm perspiring just thinking about it.
So for me, until today, NO buttonholes. Then a project came along that called for a buttonhole. Should I bail? Come up with an excuse? Or just give it a try and get over my fears? I thought how difficult can it be – I had so much encouragement when I posted about sewing the button and my sewing fears – I HAD to try.
So in the true So Sew Easy style, I thought I should take a video and share with you of my first ever attempt at sewing a buttonhole. Was it utterly laughable, a complete disaster, a mess of tangles? Let's take a look.
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Ok, there you have it. Nothing to be afraid of at all. Now I am almost confident that if I had to sew a buttonhole, I would get it right first time and not mess up all my hours of work.
Your machine may have come with an automatic buttonhole foot, or it may be an optional extra. Check out your manual. If you need one, and maybe some other special feet for your machine to really get the best out of it, there are some great kits here:
What about if you don't have a buttonhole foot? Then take a look at this tutorial on how to sew a buttonhole without a buttonhole foot.