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Sewing A Button On By Hand

I have so many people come into my shop saying something like

“I can’t even sew on a button”.

How sad it is that a whole generation has lost out on learning how to do just the basic skills of sewing.

Sewing buttons on to clothes doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact it will take you just a few minutes with my quick and easy technique.

Follow these steps and you will have your buttons on in no time at all.

1. Pull the thread from the reel and pull out to arms length

2. Now pull out another arms length of cotton. This means you now have a very long piece of cotton

3. Fold the cotton into two making sure that the ends are even

4. You now have a fold one end and two joins the other end

5. Thread the two joins into the eye of the needle. Lick the ends if necessary to moisten

6. You will now have four threads in the needle

7. Knot the end of the four threads. To make a knot I just roll the end of the cotton around my index finger and pull or roll the thread through the hole in the cotton. If you have threads past the knot, trim these off

8. Push the needle through the fabric going from the right side to the wrong side in the position that the button is going to be. This means when you sew the button on the knot will be underneath the button

10. Bring the needle back from the wrong side to the right side that the button will be on.

11. Put the button on to the needle and push the button down on to the fabric, covering the knot

12. Now put the needle through the opposite hole on the button and back through to the opposite side of the fabric

13. If you want to come back through one more time you can or you can knot off by putting the thread through itself and pulling the thread. Do this twice and cut the thread

Ok, so there you have it. A button has been sewn on to your garment and it will have taken you no time at all. Welllll. Maybe the first time took you a little longer than me, but hey, eventually you will become quicker at sewing on buttons.

Always keep your cottons, needles and pins in the same place. When you need to sew on a button quickly, its good to know where the items are, so you don’t waste a heap of time searching for the needle and thread.

Submitted by:

Judith Turner

This article is written by Judith Turner, founder of GenieCentre.Com. Judith Turner has spent the last 9 years developing a professional clothing alteration system. She is also the Author of The Art of Pinning. Now, she’s developing self teach alteration manuals for anyone with a domestic sewing machine.

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