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cutting button holes without tears (Tip/Technique)
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Posted on: 9/11/05 4:57 PM
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I once managed to cut right through the end of a button hole while trying to open it with a seam ripper. Since it was on a hand embroidered blouse I had made for my daughter, I was visibly upset. I know that some people place pins across the ends of the button hole to avoid this problem, but since I don't like the idea of dulling my seam ripper by running it into a pin, I came up with the following idea which has worked for me. Starting at the middle of the button hole I poke the point of my seam ripper down through the cloth and bring it up just before the bar tack at the end. That was when I make the cut, I know that I won't go through the bar tack. I then turn the cloth around and cut from the center to the other end the same way.
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Astrostitcher said...
Only one word for this tip : Brilliant ! Thanks so much!
9/12/05 2:38 AM
AnneM said...
Great idea. Thanks for sharing it. I have started using those "chisels" designed for button holes, but really don't like them that much. This seems like it might the the ticket.
9/21/05 4:56 AM

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