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I am a mother, a grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge was published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon


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Saturday, January 2, 2021

How to sew on a button

Now I know no one who reads this blog needs to know how to sew on a button.

That said I am well aware that there are lots of folks who never had to develop skills like this.

For those missing button people I decided to do a video. My husband, who is playing around with iMovie decided to "produce" it. We both had fun.


Momadams said...

Your handsewing method is tidier than mine. I’ve forwarded it to my sons.
Mostly I sew buttons by machine, similar method to yours but I put a darning needle between the presser foot and the button so that the button isn’t too tight against the fabric. Also, two “in place” stitches at the start/finish to secure things. And a drop of No Fray.

L said...

It's always helpful to see how others do things. I learned something new about sewing buttons last year and I've been sewing since 2005. Thank you for sharing.

Anne J said...

I don't sew on flat buttons by hand in either of the ways you show. I love learning how other people do these ordinary tasks. I particularly liked how you tie them off and will have to give that a go. I have tried using a "button elevator" but have found that my thumb does the best job for me.

When I'm sewing buttons on with the machine, I like to tape them in place so they end up exactly where I want them. I use masking tape or scotch tape, whatever is nearby, as long as it doesn't mar the fabric. Before I got a special button sew-on foot, I used the embroidery foot

I would really like to know how you sew on buttons with a shank. Mine never seem to be quite right.

june gould said...

I am in my 70s and thought i knew how to sew on buttons. it just goes to show that one can always learn how to improve one's skills. thank you so much. I love your blogs and your newsletters!

CherylM said...

I wish I had seen this years ago... My next button event will be much improved. Thank you! (I am not a novice, btw.)