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Subject: buttonhole opener Date: 5/18/10 6:06 PM

how do you open your buttonholes? I mean the middle part, after the machine sews the buttonhole, how do you open it?

I just went to viking and they had a tool for 20 bucks. It was some sort of knife that opened it perfectly. Is there a cheaper alternative?


My viking dealer has this one for 20 bucks! Anyone have this?


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Date: 5/18/10 6:25 PM

Wait! Don't get it there! Nancy's Notions has it for $7.00. I used to cut my buttonholes with an exacto knife but last summer I got a little thing like the one in your post at a garage sale. The last buttonholes I made I used it (pounded on it with my rubber mallet on top of my cutting mat) and the holes are a lot better using this little item.

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Date: 5/18/10 8:01 PM

OH thank you!!!

I just spent 190 dollars on 3 feet at Viking, on the dual feed foot!

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Date: 5/18/10 8:12 PM

I just use very sharp tiny surgical scissors that were about $8.

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Date: 5/18/10 8:14 PM

That buttonhole cutter, cut the fabric perfectly no strings. But i am way to poor to spend 20.00

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Date: 5/18/10 8:54 PM

About a gazillion years ago (when dinosaurs walked the earth and I first leaned how to sew) I learned to do it with a seam ripper, but you must be very careful not to "over shoot" the end of the buttonhole. Ask me how I know this.

Eventually, I learned to put a pin at the "destination" end of the buttonhole, placed at 90 degrees to the buttonhole. Then, carefully put the seam ripper at the other side of the buttonhole, push the point of the seam ripper into the fabric and slowly push to the "destination" end. If you do push too hard, the curve of the seam ripper will catch on the pin, preventing you from ripping too far.

A seam ripper that is small and sharp (not worn and dull) works best for this.

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Date: 5/18/10 9:26 PM

I just put a pin across one end of the button hole (on the inside of the stitching) and use a Quick Unpick (a seam ripper) The pin stops the Quick Unpick from over shooting the mark and cutting the stitching. Easy.

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Date: 5/18/10 9:30 PM

I just use my seam ripper. I insert the tip down into one end and up through the other end. It works for me every time.

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Date: 5/18/10 9:33 PM

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Date: 5/18/10 11:19 PM

nancys notions is sold out, I will be buying one.

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