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Everything You Need to Sew Buttons and Buttonholes


A button is functional to create a closure on a garment but with the many kinds of buttons that are available, buttons are an opportunity to add a decorative touch to almost anything you sew. The trick is knowing how to properly sew on a button and the kind of buttonhole to use for the many buttons is the best way to have a reliable closure on you garments.

1. How to Sew on a Flat Button

Flat Buttons
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Simple to follow text directions to learn how to sew on a flat button with pictures of various flat buttons.

2. How to Sew on a Shank Button

Shank Buttons
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Simple to follow text directions to learn how to sew on a shank button with pictures of various types of shank buttons. A shank button tend to more than a flat button but there are ways to reinforce the thread so the button will stay attached.

3. How to Make Fabric Covered Buttons

Fabric covered buttons make it possible to have buttons that match your fabric absolutely perfectly and it's easy! If you haven't covered buttons recently, give it a try. You'll find full directs as well as sources for covered buttons and pointers in this article.

4. Buttons Without Buttonholes

Not happy with the buttonholes your machine sews but you want buttons on a costume? Find some quick alternatives that eliminate needing a buttonhole.

5. Free Step by Step Directions to Sew Bound Buttonholes

Bound buttonholes are known as a tailored type of buttonhole but they can also be a decorative touch and a cure for fraying fabric. These step by step directions will allow you to sew perfect bound buttonholes.

6. Button Pins - A Quick Way to Attach Shank Buttons

Button pins to attach shank buttons
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Did you ever wish there was a way to quickly mend a button or change all the buttons for a different look? These nifty pins may be the perfect thing to have on hand!

7. What is Buttonhole Elastic? Buttonhole Elastic and How to Use

What is Buttonhole Elastic? Expand your sewing skills by learning about buttonhole elastic and how to use buttonhole elastic.

8. How to Hand Sew a Blanket Stitch or Buttonhole Stitch

A buttonhole does not have to be machine sewn. Master a blanket stitch, learn to make your stitches smaller and close together and you will have mastered an hand sewn buttonhole stitch. and

9. Sewing Buttonholes: Placement, Measuring and How To

Prevent embarrassing gaps between your buttonholes and more with the information provided in this article.

10. What is the fabric behind a button and why is it there?

When you buy a good garment, you may notice that a small circle of fabric or a clear button is sew on inside the garment behind the working button. There is a reason for these things and you can find the ansers in this article.

11. Back to Basics - Buttonholes by Sew News Magazine

With a little know-how and practice, you can dramatically improve the look of your buttonholes-and take the fear out of buttonhole-making.
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