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Tips & Techniques > Buttons, tape, toothpicks and needle pullers

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Posted on: 3/28/14 11:43 AM
Review Rating: Helpful by 1 people   Very Helpful by 10 people   
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I found a great way to sew buttons on vent jacket sleeves and they are lined up nicely. I had previously discovered that a small bit of leather tape on the button helps position it temporarily until I sew it by machine. I wanted to figure out a way to attach where the buttons had a bit of a thread shaft. The idea came to me to line up the buttons on a toothpick, using the tape to hold them. Then I make my bottom mark for the lowest button and place the toothpick and buttons, lining up with the vent. Then I sew, using 0-width zig-zag stitch and button foot. The last step is to use your fingers or (I prefer) needle puller. Viola! Perfectly lined up buttons!
BTW, I use my needle holders for so many things in my sewing room. I consider them an essential sewing notion.

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ASiverson said... (3/29/14 11:27 AM) Reply
Great tip! TFS!
teddysclj said... (3/29/14 8:21 AM) Reply
Great tip! I love my needle holders (aka forceps) as well. I have several different sizes and they come in very handy. Another "makeshift" tool that I use a lot is scissor like plastic grip, looks very much like my husband's vise grips. I searched for years for a "sewing bird" to attach to my table as an assist when you need that third hand. These are inexpensive, easy to use, and readily available. Love PR for all the wonderful tips and posts!
SewLibra said... (3/28/14 3:09 PM) Reply
Passion4sewing, that's a great tip and very helpful! Your photos are wonderful, too. May I ask how you inserted the links within the text? I posted a tip today and didn't see any way to do that. Same thing with the machine reviews. Only the pattern reviews give you an option for http:// or image in a task bar. PM me if you want, and thank you for this tip!
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