Sewing buttonholes with a sewing machine have never been easier and more fun. Buttonholes are augmented holes in fabric that buttons go through which allow a piece of fabric to be fastened to one another. The raw edges of the buttonholes could either be done by hand stitching or with the use of a sewing machine.
A buttonhole foot is your best friend when you sew buttonholes with a sewing machine. You’ll be able to create a myriad of buttonholes with a sewing machine in just a few minutes. The foot usually comes with the latest model of the sewing machine.
For those whose sewing machine doesn’t include the buttonhole foot, you don’t need to freak out. It’s still possible to create exact buttonholes using the regular sewing machine just with practice.
Making Buttonholes with Buttonhole Foot
Before making a buttonhole using a buttonhole foot, make sure that the following features are present.
- a hole that can fully accommodate the movement of the needle
- a big slot on the underside to enable easy movement of the foot over the buttonhole
- a meter to measure the button’s length
Sewing machines also come with a lever that can be moved to tell the machine if it needs to move in a different direction. So you wouldn’t need to worry about it.
Here are the steps to make buttonholes with a buttonhole foot:
- Mark the position of the buttonhole. Make sure that the distance between each button is exact. The usual spacing is set at 2-3.5 inches.
- Measure the entire area of the opening where the buttonholes will be placed.
- Repeatedly place one button at the most detailed part of the split or else the gap will open up. Each buttonhole must be equally distant from each other from the fringe of the garment opening.
- Switch the dial of the sewing machine to buttonhole.
- Push the button on the buttonhole foot.
- Connect the button on the buttonhole foot.
- Secure the top needle thread to the back. Make sure it’s out of the way or else it will get entangled in the stitching.
Note: Maintain the pressure foot down on the space where the bottom bar tack of the buttonhole was marked. This’ll also depend on the order in which a specific sewing machine model will sew the buttonhole. The buttonhole lever must be pushed back every time a buttonhole is made.
The sewing machine will accordingly create the perfect buttonhole depending on the placed button. When done, make sure you cut open the inside using a seam ripper or a buttonhole cutter and put fabric glue or fray sealant to the cut edges.
Making Buttonholes without Buttonhole Foot
Even without a buttonhole foot, you can still make buttonholes using a regular sewing machine. All you need is a zigzag machine and a zigzag pressure foot. Sewing thread and razor blade/seam ripper to open-cut the buttonhole are needed. But, it’d be best if you have a buttonhole cutter.
Keep a section of the lining on the back of the marking for the buttonhole. Afterward, measure the size of the buttonhole needed.
Different Kinds of Buttonholes
There are different kinds of buttonholes, let’s take a look at a few:
- Hand-sewn buttonholes – This kind of buttonhole is also known as embroidered buttonholes. A slit is cut in the size of the button with nearly spaced blanket stitches and edged with a bar or fan at either end.
- Machine-sewn buttonhole – These are 2 parallel zig zag stitching lines on either side of the cut. A buttonhole foot is needed to make the job easier and faster.
- Faced buttonhole – This buttonhole is used for sleeves or open lapels of jackets. A continuous facing strip can be made for a row of buttonholes.
- Piped Buttonhole – Piping is an adorning element. A piped buttonhole is more beautiful when using a variety of colored fabric.
- Bound buttonhole – This is a buttonhole made in the same way as the piped buttonhole. Notice the lip to the opening of the bound buttonhole that adds to the beauty and its popularity.
- In-seam buttonhole – This is a buttonhole made in the garment’s seam. Basically, it is an opening in the fabric seam intended for a button slot.
- Shaped buttonhole – These are buttonholes that come in various shapes. They are decorative and practical and can be created using a facing.
- Fabric loop buttonholes – These loop buttonholes are usually used in the female’s clothing. It can be made by making fabric tubes with the same cloth as your garment.
Do you know that computerized sewing machines have all these buttonhole designs in their machines? Take a look at how they work.
If you don’t have a sewing machine yet, you should consider looking at our best sewing machines for beginners? I’m sure you’ll find the one that fits you best.