Friday, May 3, 2013

Sewing Buttons on Using Sewing Machine

Scripture to Live By:
Therefore laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you  may grow thereby, If indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
1 Peter 2:1-3

Sewing Post:
I have this dress that I have not worn for a long time because it was to small and it needed six new buttons sewn on it.  Now that I have lost 15-16 pounds, I decided it was time to purchase some buttons and sew them on.  I like doing things fast so I got out my sewing machine and decided to sew the buttons on using the machine.  Here is how you do it: 

First, markwith a marking pencil (white) where the buttons are suppose to go by laying the dress on a flat surface, the way the dress would look if you were wearing it, and stick the marking pencil through the button  and mark the material underneath.  This is where you will sew your button so it matches perfectly with the button hole.  

Next, I removed the buttons from the paper they were attached to.  I used stitch ripper so I could open up the wiring that held them on the paper.  

Now I was ready to sew the buttons on the dress.  

If you have a machine that has a button hole maker on it, set it to the 1/3 setting as seen below.  This will make your needle move from side to side.  

The foot I used on my machine is the button hole foot and/or zigzag foot.  

Place the mater under the foot on your machine where you have drawn the line on your material.  Center the line in the middle of you foot opening.  Then slide your button under the foot.  Line up the holes of your button in the center of the foot opening as seen above.  Slowly lower your needle into one of the holes then bring it up out of your material and lower it into the other hole.  If the needle doesn't hit the button itself as you lower it into the holes of the button, you can continue to sew your button on.  If it touches the button., as you lower it, adjust your button until the needle goes in both holes with out touching the button itself. (If the needle is hitting the button, it might break the button.)

Let the needle go in and out of the holes approximate six to eight times.   Then remove your material, with button on it, out from under the machine foot.   You will see two threads on the top of your button. 

There will also be two threads on the back side of the material as well.  

You do not want to cut the threads at this point, except the one attached to the needle.  Cut the thread close to the needle, not the button.  Next, you want to get the top threads to the back of your material.  You do this by taking turning the material over and using the stitch ripper and catching the loop that is beside it and pulling it through the material.   This will be the thread that is on the front of your garment.  Pull it through using your stitch ripper as pictured below.

Do the same thing with the other thread.  You now should have all four threads to the back of your fabric. Shown below.

Next tie one set of threads to the other set of threads, tying them in a knot.

Now you can clip your threads.  Your button is secure.  

Sew the rest of your buttons on.  

This is so much easier than sewing buttons on by hand and I think they are sturdier.

So if you need to be sew buttons on a garment, why not try sewing them on with your sewing machine, instead of by hand.  They really do look nicer.  


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  1. Wow, what a tip!
    I must gve it a try, I hate sewing buttons by hand, I don't know why but I hate it!
    Tx for sharing :)

    1. Thank you so much Mamma Nene for viewing my post. I really like sewing them on garments with the machine so much better than hand sewing. Hope you will try this. Blessings, Jo-Ann

  2. This is great. I hate hand sewing buttons! Thank you for sharing at our Pinteresting Party!

    1. Glad others identify with me and not liking to sew buttons on by hand. I like it so much better sewing them on by machine. Hope you will give this a try. Blessings, Jo-Ann

  3. JoAnn,
    Very nicely done, dear one!!!
    I'm quite Vintage and do many things still by hand!!!

    1. Thank you so much Pat for your very nice and encouraging comment. Blessings to you.

  4. I use my sewing machine too. Isn't it a huge time saver. Thanks for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  5. Really love your craft work!
    Wish I had some sort of button attaching machine. This is really a pain to do! I find it quite hard to create a durable button attachment. They keep falling of.

    All the best,



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