Button Tricks to Make Brilliant Buttonholes

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Shannon_Dennis Shannon Dennis, contributor
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Buttonhole pride:  I know its crazy, but I get such a sense of accomplishment when my buttonholes look like this.
This is the buttonhole-cutting kit I use. Its perfect for buttonholes as well as grommets and eyelets!
Buttonhole pride:  I know its crazy, but I get such a sense of accomplishment when my buttonholes look like this.

Buttonhole pride:  I know it's crazy, but I get such a sense of accomplishment when my buttonholes look like this.

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Let’s pretend for a moment that you just spent 30 hours on the most beautiful silk jacket to wear to your sister-in-law’s wedding. Your seams are immaculate. Every corner is crisp and your hem is perfect. You have put in your buttonholes, and now for the grand finale—the buttons! Perhaps you even splurged and spent a little more money for the ones with some serious “bling.” You sew on your fabulous buttons on and then slit open your buttonholes. Now it’s time for the big moment, that incredible first try-on once you have completed your project. You slip the jacket on and then turn to look in the mirror … and … your buttons are all misaligned. And that’s just the beginning of your nightmare because this misalignment has thrown the hem off (one side looks longer then the other) as well as the shoulder and neckline (they are pulled on one side and scrunched on the other). You’ve also noticed that you caught the thread of one of the buttonholes, and it is becoming a fuzzy frayed mess. If you’ve ever sewn anything at all, you can imagine the misery of this experience. Here are some great tips I’ve picked up that will hopefully save you from ever going through this, too.

Brilliant Buttonholes

After you have sewn your buttonholes but before you cut them open, try this trick. Squeeze a little seam sealant into the opening of the buttonhole. Make sure that you don’t use too much, or it will take a lot longer to dry. Let it bleed into the buttonhole threads slightly.Once the sealant has dried completely, steam-press it with a press cloth between the jacket and iron. Next, take a buttonhole cutting set, and cut open the center of the buttonhole.You’ve finished! A perfectly professional buttonhole!

Steam-A-Seam Lite II

Once you have determined where your buttons should be, place a tiny square of Steam-A-Seam tape under your button, and from the wrong side of your garment, press the button in place. This will hold the button while you sew and eliminate extra pins. Don't hold the iron directly onto the button, as that causes many buttons melt or lose their finish. For shank buttons, use a water-soluble marking pen to mark the spot where they need to be sewn.

 

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