Buttonholes are time consuming and difficult to sew by hand and can leave fabric open to fraying and tearing. Sewing a buttonhole by machine allows for greater accuracy and faster sewing times, but requires practice to ensure the machine doesn't create holes that are too big or unsuitable for your buttons. Learning to position and size buttonholes correctly is an important skill for any clothes maker.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Automatic buttonhole foot
- Embroidery foot
Replace the presser foot with the automatic buttonhole foot.
Insert the button into the sliding panel at the back of the foot, and push the slider until the button sits snugly in the holder. The automatic foot uses the button as a measure for sewing the hole.
Pull the automatic buttonhole sensor down, ensuring the presser foot touches the sensor plate.
Select the "Automatic Buttonhole" program on the controls.
Place the fabric under the foot. The buttonhole will be sewn from top to bottom, so the needle must to be positioned to begin at the top of the buttonhole. Press the foot control to sew the buttonhole, keeping it pressed until the machine stops automatically.
Mark the position and size of the buttonhole on the fabric.
Replace the metal presser foot with the clear embroidery foot.
Select "Stitch Pattern 10" on the sewing machine's controls.
Place the fabric under the foot. The buttonhole will be sewn from top to bottom, so the needle must to be positioned to begin at the top of the buttonhole.
Begin sewing, and stop when the needle reaches the bottom of the buttonhole. Press the "reverse stitch" button to sew the opposite side of the buttonhole, stopping when the needle is back at the top. Press the "reverse stitch" button again and sew a few stitches to complete the buttonhole.
Tips and warnings
- Practice sewing a buttonhole on a piece of scrap fabric.
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