It's so Easy To Sew Buttons by Machine

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Shannon_Dennis Shannon Dennis, contributor
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If you use a sturdy thread such as the Dual Duty XP we used in the hand-sewing examples, you should only have to make 3 to 5 zigzags!
To finish off your button, gently pull all four threads to the wrong side of your project; then knot and clip your ends!
If you use a sturdy thread such as the Dual Duty XP we used in the hand-sewing examples, you should only have to make 3 to 5 zigzags!

If you use a sturdy thread such as the Dual Duty XP we used in the hand-sewing examples, you should only have to make 3 to 5 zigzags!

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Now that we know how to sew buttons by hand, it’s time for my favorite part: buttons by machine! This technique makes putting on buttons securely quick and less of a chore. Once you've gotten the hang of it, you’ll never want to hand sew another button.


To set up, you will need to take the presser foot off of your machine, leaving just the ankle (the part where you attach the foot). Next, if you have a special feature on your machine like the IDT (integrated dual feed) on my Pfaff, make sure that is disengaged. Select a zigzag stitch, and then place your button on top of the interfaced fabric under the machine's ankle. Lower the ankle manually on top of your button. Make your first stitch manually by turning the handwheel toward you, making sure the needle goes into one of the button holes.


Still manually moving the handwheel toward you, let the machine make the zag (usually jutting to the right), and stop when the needle is close to the button. At this point, you will be able to tell if the needle will go through the hole in the button or if it is too far away from the hole. If necessary, use the stitch width to change the width of the zigzag so that the needle glides easily through both holes as it goes back and forth.


Once you are satisfied with your stitch width, you are ready to sew. Continue to move the handwheel forward, and make 3 to 5 stitches through your buttonholes until the button is securely sewn to the fabric. To complete, pull all four threads through to the wrong side of your piece, knot them off, and trim the ends.

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