How can I prevent ripples on knit fabrics when I machine-stitch buttonholes?
The key to perfect buttonholes on knits is to keep the fabric from stretching. Try one or a combination of the following tips.
- Reinforce the area behind the buttonholes with a lightweight, non-stretch, such as a woven fusible or organza.
- Stitch over a tear-away stabilizer.
- Stiffen the area with a liquid stabilizer before stitching the buttonholes.
Stitch corded buttonholes. A stable filler cord, like embroidery or crochet thread, or a double strand of matching, all-purpose sewing thread will keep the buttonhole from stretching. Loop the thread around the toe of the buttonhole foot and stitch over it (Figure 1).
Stitch buttonhole over filler cord.
Note: Stitching direction and foot shape vary by machine brand.
Note: Check the machine manual for instructions specific to your machine. Tie the loose thread ends and bartack over them to secure (Figure 2).
Knot cord ends; bartack over them.