You’ve learned how to sew a button and it wasn’t too difficult. But, to change your button from decoration to a working fastening you need one thing – a hole to put it through!
You could just make a hole in your garment and hope that it will work, but sadly over time the hole will fray and your garment will only be good for dusters! That’s a sad outcome for a sewing project that you have invested your time and energy into. To finish off your sewing project properly, you need to sew around the hole to tidy the edges and stop them from fraying. In other words, you need to learn how to sew a buttonhole.
Buttonhole sewing can be a daunting step in a sewing project and some people will find any way they can to avoid having to sew them. But sewing a buttonhole is really quite straight forward.
We have found two simple video tutorials that will show you how to sew a buttonhole – either by hand or using your sewing machine.
How to Sew a Buttonhole Using Your Sewing Machine
For this you will need a special sewing machine foot and a buttonhole guide. This is the method that is demonstrated in the first video.
If you do not have these items, then if you are careful you can sew a tight zig-zag stitch along both sides of the proposed buttonhole opening in your fabric and two longer bars of stitching at the top and bottom to seal the hole. This can be awkward and can go wrong, so it’s better to invest in the right equipment, or choose to sew your buttonhole by hand.
How to Sew a Buttonhole by Hand
The second video shows you how to sew a buttonhole by hand stitching. This takes patience and time to keep your stitches neat and even, but there is no overall difference in the final result.
Whichever method you prefer, with the guidance of these videos, sewing a buttonhole is no longer to be avoided… and your button will have a purpose!