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Posted on: 5/14/11 3:29 PM
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When I first started making bound buttonholes, I would finish the backs by creating a faced opening in the facing with a strip of lining fabric or organza and slipstitching it to the back of the buttonhole. This sometimes created extra bulk in medium to heavy weight fabrics. (Red jacket) The solution I came up with was to create a machine made buttonhole on the facing that corresponds to the bound buttonhole. (Wine jacket) Make sure to interface the area before making the buttonhole if the facing is not already interfaced. If the fabric is light weight or loosely woven, you may want to add an extra layer of interfacing in the buttonhole area. After the facing is attached, mark the location of the buttonhole by inserting a pin at each end of the bound buttonhole, through the facing underneath. Mark the location on the facing and create a machine made buttonhole on the facing. Make the buttonhole on the facing slightly wider than the bound buttonhole. Make sure the buttonhole is neat with no loose threads that might poke out through the bound buttonhole on the right side. Finish by stitching-in-the-ditch, by hand or machine, through all layers on the right side of the bound buttonhole lips. Make sure the facing buttonhole is in alignment with the bound buttonhole.

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lamstu said... (5/14/11 8:51 PM) Reply
This is a great idea! I have only made a few bound buttonholes (usually because I decide final placement almost at the end, because I don't like to make toiles), but I have been stymied by the backside finishing. Thanks for this tip!
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