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Posted by: Kellie R.

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Posted on: 8/23/08 1:56 PM
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By chance, I experimented with a way to keep my buttonholes straight.

I just finished a jacket made from silk tweed. Because of the various colors in the fabrics, marking the line with chalk was not possible.

Further, the buttonholes needed to be long to accommodate 1 1/2" buttons.

It dawned on me that I could baste the line with long stitches in a bright color. I expermented a couple of times and was happy with the results!

The basting stitches start out straight and give a strong guide in which to follow and it doesn't rub off from handling. It is then simple pulled out of the center when slashing.

This technique could be used for any buttonhole, not just on busy, hard to mark fabrics.

Good luck!

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Joccy said... (8/30/08 8:13 PM) Reply
I love learning these tips to make a more professional look on garments.
cathy45 said... (8/30/08 9:20 AM) Reply
How perfectly sensible! I'll definitely be using this idea.
newlywedws said... (8/25/08 2:02 PM) Reply
Awesome method...this would work on my older CS machine, where the buttonholes are made w/ just a zigzag stitch (no fancy attachment to help make them!)
Teeavilnor said... (8/24/08 9:55 AM) Reply
Thanks, good idea.
Annette1 said... (8/24/08 0:39 AM) Reply
Great idea, Kellie, and one that I know I'll be using in the future. :o)
julie w said... (8/23/08 7:32 PM) Reply
What a cleve idea
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