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Posted by: Sarah J Doyle

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Posted on: 11/9/08 3:53 PM
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Making buttonholes can be rather intimidating. I don't know about you, but once I finish the buttonhole portion of the project I feel like I can breathe a sigh of relief - the rest of the project should be pretty easy from here.

Throughout the years I've run across a few good tips and hints for sewing those daunting buttonholes, so thought I'd share a few with you.

**By using "fray check" on your buttonholes, the threads won't ravel from use.

**An easy way to prevent cutting past the buttonhole when clipping the buttonhole open is to place a straight pin at each end, or even better have a pair of buttonhole scissors on hand.

**Buttonholes are easier to make if you use a backing of "stitch 'n Tear". The buttonholes won't get out of shape, and the backing will tear away easily after the project is finished.

**Vertical buttonholes work best when sewing with knits, as they will stretch less than horizontal buttonholes.

There are probably many more buttonhole tips, but these have saved the day for me many times.

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EleanorSews said... (11/12/08 11:53 AM) Reply
Buttonholes are one of my least favorite things to do. Thanks for the reminders.
Patzee said... (11/10/08 5:31 PM) Reply
Thanks for the excellent tips. I also dread button holes and glad for any advice!
ryansmumAria said... (11/10/08 8:46 AM) Reply
Thanks for all the reminders! I rarely make buttonholes because of the intimidation. I am happy to learn that vertical on knits is best - I had no idea!Thanks!
Joni2 said... (11/9/08 6:37 PM) Reply
It's nice to know someone shares my anxiety! I'm working up to trying buttonholes on knits and will be using an in-seam vertical version. Thanks for the tips!
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