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Video: My best tips for sewing buttonholes

In today’s video I take on the subject of sewing button holes, something that can cause a fair bit of anxiety for some of us. In fact I used to do all sorts of things to avoid sewing buttonholes back when I started and continued with that habit for a long time.

But then I decided to master sewing buttonholes and really practise hard and get over my fears. In this video I’ll show you, step-by-step, my method for making beautiful buttonholes, including interfacing, placings, marking, thread and methods for opening the buttonhole.

Some steps in this video does require an automatic buttonhole function on your sewing machine, but even if you haven’t, most tips in this video will still be useful. Of course I’m not saying that this the only way to sew buttonholes, it’s just what I have found works well. And I would love to hear all your favourite tips and tricks for making buttonholes. Please share in the comments!

Links mentioned in my video

How to sew buttonholes on knits

Clover buttonhole cutter (amazon affiliate link)

How to sew many buttonholes quickly

How to use a buttonhole cutter

And also if you want, you can support sewing content production me on Patreon

Mandatory listening about buttonholes: Sewing Out Loud’s episode about sewing buttonholes

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2 Comment

  1. Reply
    Kathy Zachry
    July 10, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Johanna, I very much enjoy your blog and videos, not the least because it’s such fun for this 72-year-old sewist In Arkansas, USA, to see what a young sewist in Sweden is sewing. BTW you speak English beautifully. I wonder if your Swedish followers wish you published in your native language?

    I like to use a scrap of water-soluble stabilizer both underneath and on top of the fabric when sewing buttonholes. The stitches seem to look prettier. I also put a very thin bead of Fray Check down the middle of the buttonhole and let it dry before cutting the buttonhole open – this keeps sticky-out threads to a minimum. One other tip -I often find that the basic buttonhole on my BERNINA is too heavy and bulky for soft shirting fabrics. Experiment with the available buttonhole styles on your machine. I usually end up using the narrower, lighter one. You can also use the lengthen/shorten button to open up the stitches a little if they’re too thick. Hope these tips are helpful!

    1. Reply
      Johanna
      July 10, 2017 at 2:12 pm

      Hi Kathy! Thank you for sharing such excellent tips! I’ve never used fray check as it is not readily available in Sweden but I hear so many rave about it for buttonholes and many other uses so I will try to locate it! And also a great point about experimenting with different stitch settings, I forgot to mention that in the video, but yes it can make a huge difference. As for Swedish followers, yes I get that request regularly. Especially since very few people are producing sewing content in Swedish, but it would be too much work producing stuff in two languages now that I’ve been blogging in English since 2008.

      I feel very flattered that you complimented my English, that is my biggest struggle still, getting a flow with my English while speaking into a camera. My brain is working on overdrive looking for words while I’m speaking!

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