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Date: 1/2/12 9:52 AM

Well I tried my first buttonhole yesterday with reference to my sewing machine manual. The stitching looked fine to me. until I cut the button hole. Lets just say it looked like Anthony Perkins had re-enacted psycho. It looked a mess! fraying.com

Anyway I have been online looking at various buttonholes and my RTW and decided the stitching on mine wasn't that great. Not dense enough. So I remedied that by playing about with stitch and length and a process of elimination. So am happy with the it now. When I cut through the buttonhole, although not as bad as first attempt still not as neat as I would like.

I am thinking of finishing the edges by hand, after trimming basically sewing over them to hide the fray, whipstitch I think it's called.

I know some people use a buttonhole chisel so I suspect that will add to the neatness and I understand some use Fray Block to prevent any further fraying.

How do you get your perfect buttonholes?

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Date: 1/2/12 9:59 AM

I do about 3 samples to check size and stitching, then do just as you mentioned. Create the buttonhole, then apply Fray Check to the inside of the buttonhole. Let it dry, then use a buttonhole chisel. When I discovered Fray Check and the chisel, I wondered how I ever survived without them!

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Date: 1/2/12 10:15 AM

Some fabrics like cotton fray easier and if it's the fabric fraying inside the buttonhole (as opposed to the stitches) I use very small embroidery scissors and trim those threads. Fray check is good because it holds the buttonhole stitches better in place especially the ends and the cutting tool is great because it prevents cutting too far into a buttonhole.

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Date: 1/2/12 10:25 AM

I have been sewing for years, but still am afraid of buttonholes;)
But, I did discover the trick of using fraycheck on the uncut buttonhole, letting it dry, and using a chisel. The chisels come with a little wooden block that you put under the fabric while you are cutting with the chisel. I was taught to put one end of the chisel into one corner of the buttonhole and rock it towards the middle of the hole, then do the Samme with the other corner and meet the cut in the middle to prevent cutting beyond the stitching. I think this is a good beginners technique, and I am sure when you have done a few dozen you will cut with one pass easily!

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Date: 1/2/12 10:28 AM

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I do about 3 samples to check size and stitching, then do just as you mentioned. Create the buttonhole, then apply Fray Check to the inside of the buttonhole. Let it dry, then use a buttonhole chisel. When I discovered Fray Check and the chisel, I wondered how I ever survived without them!

Exactly! The trick is to apply the Fray Check (and let it dry thoroughly) before you cut the buttonholes open.

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Date: 1/2/12 11:38 AM

Ah I see. Thanks ladies. Did not realise the Fray Check was used before. Learn a new thing every day. I don't have either Fray Check/Block or a buttonhole chisel at my disposal, but will keep that in mind for the future.


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Date: 1/19/12 12:29 PM

I have yet to use the buttonhole feature on my machine. I've not been brave enough yet. But I'm now working on my first pair of jeans and will need to make a buttonhole (just as soon as I can figure out how to install the fly zipper)I have No Fray but will need to research this chissel gadget. I've also read that you could interface the area where the buttonholes will be made.

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Date: 1/19/12 12:35 PM

I make my buttonholes perfect by NOT makeing buttonholes. Upholstery snaps are the ticket for me. I have made button holes before, just trim after laundering the garment, but even on jeans i prefer a snap.

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Date: 1/19/12 2:19 PM

I just discovered those old fashioned buttonholers. They fit modern machines and make THE BEST buttonholes. Also, It helps to use a chisel to cut the hole, then you cut the threads straight across without chopping through the hole the way scissors do.

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Date: 1/19/12 3:42 PM

ok so I've googled the buttonhole chissel. My question is, what would be the difference in using the chissel vs a seam ripper?

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