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I'm hand sewing buttons and borrowed an idea
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Date: 7/12/14 3:41 PM

I doubled a length of thread (twice the length I'm comfortable sewing with plus a tad more).

Then I put BOTH cut ends through the eye of the needle. Don't tie a knot. When you pull the thread through the fabric, be very careful to leave a longish tail (which you'll see is a loop of thread). Take a tiny stitch back to the underside and pass the needle through the loop and snug it up.

Now sew your button having started with no first knot to show underneath. Finish carefully tying off your threads and clipping as you normally do (I'll leave it up to you to make sure that part is neat and tidy as well).

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Date: 7/12/14 4:56 PM

What a good idea! I'm having one of those "why didn't I think of that" moments lol

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Subject: Im hand sewing buttons and borrowed an idea Date: 7/12/14 7:35 PM

I do that too .... its a great way to neatly put on a button, especially a shank button, which you can then finish by tying off on the front of the item, as the bit of thread tail can be hidden under the button.

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Date: 7/12/14 7:40 PM

Oh that's brilliant! I'm just sewing shirt buttons (4 more to go) but I'll bet I could hide a knot underneath.

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Subject: Im hand sewing buttons and borrowed an idea Date: 7/13/14 11:09 AM

Wow, what a nifty idea. I can't wait to try it. Thanks so much for sharing.

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Date: 7/13/14 11:47 AM

This is great! I worry about the backs of buttons being irritating on baby skin and try to knot on the button side but this is a better solution.

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Subject: Im hand sewing buttons and borrowed an idea Date: 7/13/14 11:59 AM

Mary, this is one of those heads lap moments. I've been doing this since who knows when, certainly before I took up x-stitch. But, it never occurred to me to share...

Thanks for sharing. It really does make a difference.

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Date: 7/13/14 1:31 PM

I double the thread so I can sew the buttons on faster, but doing this instead of knotting it never occurred to me!

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Date: 7/13/14 1:55 PM

I'm so glad you shared this. I used to do cross-stitch. Never occurred to me to sew on a button like this, but I love this idea. Thanks. :)

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