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Date: 5/16/13 1:27 AM

I am ready for my buttonholes to look even better. I use my Singer buttonhole contraption (on my 1950 machines) and love it for fine fabrics, heavy coats - you name it. But I was always opening the buttonhole up with a seam ripper and I know that's not right.

So, with that in mind - what is the best buttonhole chisel to use? My current (unopened) buttonholes are 3/8" but I am usually doing 5/8" buttonholes.

I am also wondering if anyone adds any kind of fray check or anything to add to buttonhole strength. Really, any buttonhole tips are welcome!

Thank you!

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Date: 5/16/13 8:38 AM

My friend and I just purchased a couple of pairs of these English buttonhole scissors:

Purl Soho

(We shared an order to get a slightly better shipping deal than ordering from Merchant and Mills in England).

I haven't used them on any projects yet but our tailoring teacher had a vintage one just like it.

I have used the smallest rotary cutters (16mm?) to start the first cut on buttonholes, as well as scissors. I think I tried using seam rippers before but they can be a little unwieldy and I need as much precision as possible.

I have a chisel in my toolbox but I don't actually remember the last time I took it out. I bought it at the Bunka Fashion school in Tokyo but I think it is made by Clover.

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Date: 5/16/13 9:28 AM

I use an x-acto knife.

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Date: 5/16/13 10:36 AM

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I use an x-acto knife.

What a great idea! Why didn't I think of that?

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Date: 5/16/13 1:43 PM

Both great ideas. I am laughing at the buttonhole scissors and thinking how my kids would IMMEDIATELY be wanting to grab those up & use them for papercrafting.

Thank you for your feedback!

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Date: 5/16/13 2:32 PM

I use one from Clover that looks like this. I am a klutz and it's just too easy to cut the bar tack with other methods...

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Date: 5/16/13 7:26 PM

I use a buttonhole chisel. You don't need to get different sizes. Get one with it's own little cutting board and for larger buttonholes let half the buttonhole hang off the side of the little cutting board and cut what's on top the board. Turn the fabric around and do the other side.

I make my BHs. Then I fray check heavily the backs of them, enough to soak the whole buttonhole. Then I iron them dry from the back if in a hurry. Once dry I use my chisel and cut. They don't fray and are cut just right with that little chisel. It actually makes sort of a clicking noise when it goes completely through all the layers.
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Date: 5/16/13 7:35 PM

I have buttonhole scissors that my grandmother gave me at least 40 years ago. I think they may be different from those linked above. They have a gap in the blades so that you cut from the edge of the fabric but only cut the hole (I don't think I'm explaining well).
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Date: 5/16/13 8:05 PM

I also use the Clover buttonhole chisel. And I usually use a magnifying glass to position it so I can really, really tell exactly where it's going to cut. I would never trust myself to cut with scissors, but I'm sure that's just me and eyesight that's not good enough.

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Date: 5/17/13 1:50 AM

I do what solosmocker does. Just be careful with Fray Check on black fabric as it turns white-ish when dry.

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