|A week or so ago I posted some tips on making buttonholes, and now I'd like to offer some tips for the buttons.
** When sewing the buttons on with your sewing machine, check carefully the stitch width by turning the hand wheel slowly -- you will have broken buttons and broken needles if you proceed too fast.
** Use buttons creatively on dresses, blouses and children's wear. The style now is to use a variety of large buttons, different shapes and colors down the front of a solid color dress or blouse.
** When using a variety of assorted buttons for closures, try spacing them together in groups of two or three instead of the standard even spacing down the front.
** Large decorative buttons on children's clothing makes the garment much easier for the child to learn to button and unbutton.
** Buttons can be used for more than keeping a blouse or shirt closed. Small, or large, flat buttons can be glued to empty earring backs to match the buttons on your outfit, or just to wear with any outfit. Buttons WITH shanks can be sewn together to make a pair of inexpensive cuff links.
** If you're sewing sequins, the best way to keep thread from showing is to come up through the sequin hole then add a tiny glass bead and sew back through the same hole.
** One last thought - when discarding worn out clothing items, always cut off the buttons for re-use. Run a thread through the holes and tie the thread -- this keeps the buttons together so later you won't have to dig through a button box to find them.