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Posted on: 1/11/03 3:36 PM
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In case anyone missed this tip from Threads (and various other places), to sew buttons quickly, thread your needle with more than one strand of thread (up to four or so), double and knot, and sew your button with one or two stitches. For really closely spaced buttons, don't even cut the thread, just move on to the next button, stitch, knot, and move on.

In the book Shirtmaking, David Coffin recommends using unwaxed dental floss for sewing on white buttons, using one or two stitches, and melting the knot in place to really secure the button. (Because the floss is nylon, it melts when heat is applied.)

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ravisrigiri said... (7/12/12 12:03 PM) Reply
MissTrey said... (4/12/05 10:44 AM) Reply
I hope that this works for my daughter's dress...the buttons keep falling off
littlebobeep said... (5/11/03 4:18 PM) Reply
aai hate sewing buttons specially ones with a "shank" I have a top that needs 10 little buttons. Using this method this job will be ddone very quickly. Thank you for a nifty idea.
SouthernStitch said... (1/17/03 3:00 PM) Reply
WOW. I have avoided shank buttonholes at times because I HATE sewing them on by hand. What a tip!
Dale C said... (1/12/03 5:20 PM) Reply
Since I've started doing those band shirts, this is the technique I've been using. One pass'll do it and it's so much quicker!
mudcat said... (1/12/03 4:17 PM) Reply
This made me laugh. I have been doing the quadrupled thread since I was in high school as I detest hand sewing and always look for short cuts. I also use the sewing machine to attach the two-hole buttons (don't buy four-hole). I use a lot of vintage buttons that have shanks so the sewing machine won't work for that.
Bettina said... (1/12/03 1:46 PM) Reply
Thanks Debbie for a wonderful tip.
Judy Williment said... (1/12/03 6:28 AM) Reply
I saw this tip, and it changed my life - thank you for sharing so now other people can halve their button sewing time!
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