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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > buttonhole question, how do you know what's ideal stitch width and density? ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Date: 12/31/13 12:43 PM

Hi, last night I was practicing buttonholes for the first time on my Kenmore. I discovered that my 3 year avoidance of doing these on this sewing machine was silly, because it's automatic .

Anyway, I was using default stitch width and density, I did experiment with changing these settings. That got me thinking: how do you know what's the best stitch width and density to use? And when should you go over the buttonhole twice?

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Date: 12/31/13 3:07 PM

IMO it's more preference than anything. Do you like your buttonholes really dense or do you prefer a 'lighter' look. It depends on your fabric as well...a silk crepe would not need a heavy double dense buttonhole.
Good for you for facing your fear of buttonholes. Enjoy that buttonholer!

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Subject: buttonhole question, how do you know whats ideal stitch width and density? Date: 12/31/13 3:16 PM

It is personal preference. Test with a mock-up of the fabric and interfacing used in the garment to get the look and function you like best.

As one who had to do this manually way back mid-20th century, I am very happy my machines offer this option.

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Subject: buttonhole question, how do you know whats ideal stitch width and density? Date: 12/31/13 7:51 PM

My machine doesn't do them automatically, but I do have a bolt-on type buttonholer. I made a "sampler" of the different sizes, widths, and densities and keep it for reference.

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Date: 12/31/13 9:03 PM

My machine does have an automatic buttonholer with a few different options, but seriously, I never even thought to change the density and such.

I totally am going to play with this and experiment more next time I make buttonholes.

I feel like such a doofus for not even considering it.

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Subject: buttonhole question, how do you know whats ideal stitch width and density? Date: 12/31/13 10:36 PM

I don't do a ton of garments with buttonholes but I always do a test in a scrap of THAT material.

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Date: 12/31/13 10:44 PM

I think it's very much just preference too. I like wider legs on my button holes if the are in ravely fabric as less likely to pull out then. Particular if kind of a big button. I like skinnier/thinner width ones on some very thin tightly woven fabric. Particular if a smaller button. Most times I don't like a real tight zig zag that looks like a dense, plump satin embroidery stitch, just since I think that makes the fabric too stiff often right there, but some people like that. I might like that more on a coat or such but not a thin flexible blouse. I like them less dense and more open there instead.


Maybe go through your own closet and look at all the buttonholes there, in items there, and just see all the different ways they are made for different things and fabrics and kind of see what you like for each.

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Date: 1/1/14 6:38 AM

I recently made DH a new button down collar shirt and was trying to figure out just where to put those collar buttonholes. I took a L L Bean shirt and started looking at how it was done and suddenly realized what thin "legs" that shirt's buttonholes had. I've played with changing density, etc., before, but haven't for quite some time. I did change the buttonholes and do like them much better. I'd say we ought to "play" with our machines more to really find out about these options.

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Date: 1/1/14 9:54 AM

These are interesting replies! thanks! I was going to do the buttonholes on the default settings, but now I think I should experiment more. A sampler for references sounds like a good idea.

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