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Different Types Of Buttonhole Stitch | Kinds of Stitches

Updated on January 19, 2013

Different Kinds Of Buttonhole Stitch

There are so many types of buttonhole stitch which are used in the closing of any button hole. Some fashion designers use the various styles of buttonhole stitch to achieve decorative effect on their clothing. The other name for a buttonhole stitch is blanket stitch.

You can make a buttonhole stitch by inserting the needle with the thread from the edge of the fabric and pulling the needle through to the other side of the fabric and over the loop of the thread, so that you will be able to pull tightly. This kind of stitches are usually used to cover raw fabric edges as the stitches are very close together, you first use the buttonhole stitch to work over the running stitches outline.

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Edging Buttonhole

You can find edging buttonhole on many household linens, kid's clothes, women lingerie, any kind of cut fabric.

Edging buttonhole can be used to neaten edges of fabric that have been cut out, such as from fabrics that are capable of fraying, non fraying fabrics can also use buttonhole stitch.

What you can do is to make small stitch around the shape outline of where you want before you use buttonhole stitch over it before you cut out the part of the fabric.

Knotted Buttonhole

Knotted buttonhole can also be called filling knotted buttonhole. You can make the first stitch by stitching from the top left corner making the back stitch at the top line. You can then use a second stitch to stitch over the stitch that you just made by slanting the needle from left to right. To make a knot, you pull the thread after you made the stitch tightly and therefore making a firm knot.

To return to the left if you were stitching from the right side, you go on the opposite direction and taking the last row through the back stitch at the edge just to hold the filling down.

Fancy Buttonhole

Fancy buttonhole is one of the most popular of all the other buttonholes. There are many uses of fancy buttonhole. You can use it to decorate normal holes for buttons, use to make fancy borders, or even use it in the combination with other buttonhole to create a decorative effect on the material.

You can make fancy buttonhole by spacing the stitches in an uneven way. You can also change the direction of the stitch in any one way or two ways that you prefer, all you want to do is to have in mind the kind of effect that you want to accomplish. You can even vary the length from short to long stitch or the other way round.

Twisted Buttonhole

Twisted buttonhole is used to give a stronger and thicker edge to any cut fabric or just on any material you like the twisted buttonhole to be on. You can twist any kind of buttonhole by bringing the needle through the other side of the fabric. What happens is that before you pull the needle out to the other side, you twist the needle and the thread over the stitches from right to left and under each point of the stitch.


Surface Buttonhole

You will first use running stitches to do the outline of the kind of shape that you want to work. Work horizontally, first from the top left to make any buttonhole row, starting with one stitch through the running stitch. Working back through the loops from the previous row, work buttonhole into them.

Drawn Buttonhole

You can work drawn buttonhole over three threads and in a diagonal way. You can stitch the row from back to back. After you have completed stitching one side of one row, you turn the fabric upside down and continue to stitch the next row.

Spaced Buttonhole

This kind of buttonhole is used on Jacobean embroidery and also to fill any open shaped space on any fabric. You can work with it on a detached stitches, although it is difficult to keep even stitches on the fabric that you are using.

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      Christabel Evans 2 years ago from England, UK

      WOW Faraz! The way you described that skirt sounds like something I would like to do. Glad this article was useful.

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      Faraz 2 years ago

      I have tried to do my own patterns-totally hopslees. I have lots and lots of vintage tablecloths. Sooo I picked one out that didn't have wine stains or red sauce stains and used one of them. Fantastic! Already had a hem! Very small but a HEM. What a great skirt. Cotton, funky fabric and the right width for a skirt. Flirty. Double over and cut to the length you want. I added an elastic band to the top. Voila-A SKIRT! I have made 3 so far and will make many more.

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      Christabel Evans 4 years ago from England, UK

      I can understand billybuc. You and buttonhole? No way. Anyway, thanks as you are passing the hub on to Bev. Thank you for the comment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well my friend, there is no chance of me using this hub, but I will pass it on to Bev who does a lot of sewing. Very useful information I'm sure.