Thank you for all the lovely comments on my pants! Today I want to expand a bit on the topic of the numerous buttonholes by showing how I did it – using my machine’s automatic 1-step buttonhole function. This method eliminates the need for meticulous markings since you only need to mark where the buttonhole should start. It works best for vertical buttonholes, but can also be used for horizontal ones, but that might require some additional markings.
What you need:
1. Self erasing marker pen.
2. An tailor’s awl.
3. Sewing machine that can sew automatic buttonholes in 1 step.
4. A pattern that is marked with small holes or notches where the buttonhole should start.
Mark the buttonholes by making small dots with the marker pen.
Program the machine and sew a sample. The machine will memorize the size and automatically replicate them over and over again.
Now it’s time to switch into high gear. Place the needle over the marking and start sewing, using the plate ruler as a guide to keep the buttonholes straight. The machine will sew in one step without further adjustments.
Finished. The buttonholes for each leg took me less than 15 minutes to sew.