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combination of machine and bound buttonhole?
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Date: 2/20/13 10:12 PM

I am making a winter jacket out of wool and angora fabric. It is like a melton in that it doesn't ravel. My machine cannot make a good buttonhole through 2 layers - outside and facing. However it does make a good keyhole button through 1 layer of wool and interfacing. If I made a machine buttonhole on the outside of the coat do you think I could treat the the facing side of the buttonhole like you would for a bound buttonhole? I'm reluctant to do a bound buttonhole because the fabric has a definite nap to it and I'm afraid the edges of the buttonhole would not wear well.

Any suggestions?

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Date: 2/20/13 11:51 PM

Quote: joann

Any suggestions?

Work them by hand?
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Date: 2/21/13 10:05 AM

I think that would work. In Claire Schaeffer's Chanel jacket pattern, I believe the instructions are to make a handworked buttonhole on the outside (did not work for me!) and then do a faux-bound buttonhole with the lining.

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Date: 2/21/13 10:42 AM

You could do a "spanish snap buttonhole" on the facing. The Sewing Lawyer has a nice tutorial on her blog.

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Date: 2/21/13 11:53 AM

Thank you for your post and for marking the tutorial! It was not even my question but I am also at the buttonhole stage of a chenile jacket. Actually I'm using upolstery fabric. I too was concerned, that my machine would not go through all the layers neatly and I'd not be happy, with my buttonholes. And, that I'd mess up the nap. Buttonholes and zippers are not my strongist skill.
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Date: 2/21/13 2:02 PM

Do it the other way around. A bound buttonhole on the outside and a machine on the inside. The only caveat is that they are hard to line up.

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