WFMW: Backwards Week

This week, Works-for-Me Wednesday is Backwards Week, which means we ask for advice instead of giving it. It's perfect timing this week, since I've got a bit of a dilemma. I'm making a baby dress for a friend expecting a girl this April, but my sewing machine doesn't do buttonholes. I'm wondering how to sew them by hand. Any tips or advice? (Oh, and what's the best method for hand sewing on a button as well?) Thanks!

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  1. Jenna said...
    I'm sure there are a lot of websites out there that can explain buttonhole sewing. Have you ever done a blanket stitch along the edge of a blanket? It is similar but on a much tighter/closer scale. Here's a good site, with instructions and a picture. Hope this helps!
    Jessica B. said...
    Use a hidden snap (sew it into the inner layer of the placket if you have one).

    OR, if you have a local sewing machine store that does classes, if you asked nicely they might let you use their class machines for one little buttonhole.

    Handmade buttonholes make me want to rip my hair out.
    Mom2fur said...
    Any chance it does zig-zag stitching? You could carefully mark the size of the buttonhole. Do two rows of tight zig-zagging the length of your mark. Then you can zig-zag across the top and bottom.
    I would opt to do it Jessica's way, though--hidden snaps with decorative buttons!
    And don't forget your library for sewing how-to books!
    Mom2fur said...
    BTW...hand sewing a button. First, take a few stitches where the button will be. This will help anchor the thread. If it is a flat button (the kind with holes), then sew through two holes first. Tie off the thread, then start all over again with the other two holes. If you do it this way, then if one thread breaks, the button will still be held on by the other thread!
    If you put a toothpick under the button as you are sewing, it will stick out a bit and lay more nicely against the garment.
    For shank buttons, you obviously don't need the toothpick. But do the anchoring stitches, first. It just makes it easier!

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