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AdaH
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Date: 12/7/11 8:38 PM

I was wondering how many others sew something up, alll except the buttonholes and then let that something sit.......for months?
OK, OK, I don't put the hems in either.

Second part of the survey: Why do we do this?

I do not know why I do it as my machine makes beautiful buttonholes and they are very easy to do.
It is kind of embarrassing

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Date: 12/7/11 9:30 PM

I do it because I am afraid I will mess it up. I did mess up a nice shirt once did the first 5 buttonholes fine & then zap an UGLY one! oh my........ That is my reason & I am sticking with it....

Hems I do not mind doing, though I have not done a curved long tail hem yet.

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Oh my..here we go again, no job...Sighing allot..


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Date: 12/7/11 9:39 PM

I love making buttonholes! I actually look forward to it. It is really fun with the buttonholer attachment for my machine that makes perfect buttonholes, exactly the same size every time, and is fun to use.

I'm sorry to hear you hate it so much!

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Date: 12/7/11 10:01 PM

Could it be because the garment was a challenge, and you like challenges, and that hemming and buttonholes aren't challenging? Or, could it be you don't want to see the project end, so you save the finishing until you're bored? Or, let's see, could it be you're afraid to try it on because you might not like how it looks? Once I start something, I finish it, buttonholes and hems. That's just me, though. My procrastination is in getting started.

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Date: 12/7/11 10:53 PM

This is my reason too, although my machine does have an auto button feature. I generally dread this part because if it messes up it's the devil to fix.
It's not so much the sewing of the buttonhole as it is getting their alignment on the garment clearly and accurately marked.
And why is it that the out of line one is always at chest level?

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Date: 12/7/11 11:48 PM

I just finished Sarah Veblen's better buttonholes class on PR it was excellent. One thing she stresses it to make samples of the exact placement of the buttonholes (including extension seams, same interfacing and facing fabric) and practice until you get the buttonhole you want. I highly recommend this class, her classes are so thorough. The lesson on bound buttonholes is fantastic.
Takes the fear out of ruining your finished garment.

Before this class I would avoid doing buttonholes at all costs.

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Date: 12/8/11 2:35 AM

I think the more time you spend on a project the more you think about what it would feel like if the button holes didnt work. I have unpicked a whole button hole out of chiffon and it is murder. So I completely understand why someone would leave a project. I have an old machine and it doesnt have an automatic button hole feature, so I have to really watch what I am doing with the hole thing (intentional spelling mistake!).

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Date: 12/8/11 4:59 AM

I don't really mind doing buttonholes. I do have an attachment for my machine that does perfect buttonholes, but there have been a few occasions that I've messed up! Tip here: Always put a piece of Solvy on top and underneath the buttonhole area. It really helps the way the buttonhole looks - and heaven forbid - if it messes up, it is much easier to pick it out if the thread is sitting on top of that Solvy instead of buried into the fabric. You can slide a seam ripper under the threads on the back and cut them and then lift the threads out from the front. It's worked for me lots of times. Give it a try on a sample and see if it doesn't work for you. None of us like "unsewing" - especially if it is a buttonhole!

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Date: 12/8/11 7:43 AM

I just googled Solvy ...which one do you recommend? Does it wash out then later?
Thank you for the info!

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Date: 12/8/11 10:41 AM

I have one shirt that is needing buttons and holes...and has for gosh, 3 years? (I am having issues getting it to work in the material. I also made it, gained weight, then lost weight only to get pregnant. Now I'm the same size, but the stomach where the shirt fits is not...so it's a viscous cycle. And I HAVE to add buttons to it since it's a wrap top and I'm busty, so maybe snaps.)

Most of the time they don't bother me. I have a simflex gauge, an attachment, and I go on with it. I also buy enough fabric to replace a piece if I royally screw them up, so it's not fear that I'll mess them up, or unwillingness to do it...unless you know, the fabric/my body is being a pita and doesn't want to cooperate with what I want to do with it.

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