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Step By Step How To Sew A Button
7 Easy Steps
Thread The Eye
How to Sew a Button
Sewing a button is not as straightforward as many think. It is something that is so simple, yet so little of us know how to do it. This is for anyone who has ever wondered how to properly sew a button on, wonder no more for here I will show you in 7 easy steps how to get a button in its proper place. I promise you it is a quick and easy task and your button will stay on securely for a long time to come !
All you will need is a needle, some thread, and your button.
If you don’t have the original button, select a new one, Often, manufacturers will sew extra buttons inside the clothes to give you one to use if you lose one or attached with the price tag there will be an envelope with extra buttons. When ever I get these extra buttons I always put them in my sewing box. This way all your extra buttons are all in one place and chances are there will be one from your collection that will work for your project at hand.
In selecting your thread it should either match the button or the thread of the other buttons. You will need to cut a piece of thread that is about eighteen inches long. Depending on where the button is going should dictate the type of thread. For example on a cotton cuff I would use cotton thread. But if you are sewing your button onto a winter coat you may want to use something a bit stronger like nylon.
As far as the needle, most any needle will work that you may find in your box or in one of those sewing kits that you find in a hotel bathroom.
You are now ready to start sewing.
Sewing A Button
First you need to thread the needle through the eyehole of the needle. Fold the thread in half, and then tie a knot in the two ends. My grandmother used to lick her pointer and thumb finger and roll the end of the two pieces of thread together to make a ball.
Sew A Button
Make a stitch on the garment, leaving several inches of loose thread, then make another stitch but this time perpendicular to the last stitch making a cross. Then place the button on top of the material where you want to sew it in place.
Sewing a Button
From under the material, Push the needle through the material and one of the holes in the button. Pull all the way through the material until the knot is anchored against the back of the material
How To Sew A Button
Next, you will push the needle down through the next hole in the button all the way through the material. I like to keep my thumb on top of the button so that is stays in place. After a while this will come natural to you.
How To Sew A Button
Keep repeating steps 3 and 4 a few times. Buttons either have two or four holes for stitching. For a four-hole button, the best way to stitch on is in two loops, rather than in a cross pattern. Crossed threads will form a pile in the center of the button, which will wear through quickly.
Sewing A Button
For a button on a shirt to sit properly, it should not be sewn tightly on to the
surface of the fabric. Instead, you should create a "shank" behind the
button by wrapping your thread several times around the stitches
between the button and the front of your garment.This creates a tight pillar.
For thicker materials
you can place a toothpick or a matchstick or even another needle
between the button and the material for this will give you the
necessary slack so that it
isn’t too tight against the fabric (you want to be able to use the
button!) Make sure that you do it enough times so that the button feels secure.
The Final Stich
On your final stitch make sure the needle is on the material side with the button. I like to slip the needle under one of the last stitches or the pillar before I secure it with a double knot. Snip off the extra thread. And that is all there is to it!
Secure the Button
The Final Step
I found this last step one of the best tricks ever. For it will keep the thread from ever unraveling. All you need to do is take some clear nail polish and dab the last piece of thread with a drop of the clear nail polish. Let it dry and your button will stay safe and secure no matter how many times you tug at it!