Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Sewing 101: Machine button hole
making one by hand.
This little diagram will walk you through the steps...
1. With the zig-zag stitch set wide (5 for me) (the wider the stitch the wider the button hole) set the stitch length to "0" and you will sew a tack, which is just sewing back in forth in place a few times.
2. Next you will sew one side of the button hole by setting the zig-zag to a much narrower setting (2 for me) Then with the stitch length set to .5 (or barely more than the shortest setting) sew a straight line down the left of the button hole line.
3. When you get to the bottom sew another tack just as you did in step 1.
4. Then you will sew up the right hand side the same way you did in step 2.
If your machine has a button hole stitch it will likely go through all those steps automatically. (you just turn a dial or press a button when it completes a step) However, it's always good to know how to do one with out the machine doing it for you.
I hope this helps you muster up the courage to practice button holes.
They really aren't that bad. The day I decided I was just going to do them instead of being afraid, ruining my garment every time I tried I did 20 or more just one after another until they stopped looking like crap and started looking like a button hole. Sometimes that's all it takes.
Only 2 more sewing 101 lessons are left! It's crazy! Maybe someday we will move into sewing 102...
Created By Shauna@shwinandshwin at 7:00 AM