Mary Lovehandmade
Winnipeg, Canada

How to sew a button?

Although today's fashion offers a lot of options for clothes without clasps, no one wants to refuse from the buttons. In addition, women are well aware of the power of piquant attractiveness for the male eye of this trivia. It turns out that the button is not a trifle. Its purpose is to find its loop. Say what other subject is capable of such a desperate gusto?

The variety of buttons is impressive, isn’t it? They are distinguished in shape, which can be round, oval, elongated, in the form of flowers or other elements from various types of materials from which they are produced. For example, wood or glass, from metal alloys and sprays plastic and fabric. They are complemented with crystals and precious stones.

In this article, you’ll learn how to sew a button diligently, and you’ll also be able to see the main points to be addressed before starting to work.

How to sew a button: tips

Well, can any secret be hidden in such an elementary task as sewing buttons? But if you sort it out, many modern people have clothes that are not fastened on zippers and that is, with the help of both traditional and centuries-tested but not always comfortable accessory – the buttons.

Even those who do not do any needlework easily carry out the basic action: to strengthen the weakened hook, to pull up the edges that came out and to sew a button. However, even in the last question, there are many nuances that can ease the case and give a sundry result. Especially if you have to work with the variety of buttons, and with sundry types of fabric.

  • Choosing the right thread

Threads that you buy ought to be strong enough. Check it out easily; just try to break it with your hands. If you cannot do it, then it is perfect for work.

The main thing does not overdo the choice of the appropriate thickness; try to pick up in such a way that it corresponds to the size of the holes and density of the fabric.

  • As for colour

The next momentous point concerns how to properly pick up the tint threads. Of course, if all materials have the similar colour you do not have problems with the choice. However, if they are dissimilar, you ought to focus on the type of the button. If it is flat, you ought to see on the colour, not on the fabric. This will help to visually hide the work made on the front of the stitch. When you wish to sew a button on a stalk, the thread should be picked up under the material, since it will be practically invisible.

  • The optimal length of the thread when working

It should not be forgotten about the optimal length of the thread used for sewing - its length shouldn’t exceed 30 cm. If the thread will be longer then it will become confused when passing along the cloth and produce nodes, or if shorter, then it may not be enough for the required number of stitches.

  • Needle selection and initial fixation of the thread

Having read the main points about how to sew a button, start choosing a needle. The best option is a medium sized needle but keep in mind that it is not suitable for very dense fabrics.

How to sew a 4 hole button?

This is the most commonly used type of button for a variety of shirts and blouses, which is convenient in the case where the place of fastening should be as much as possible to hide or simply invisible. Interestingly, this kind of buttons came from the grey antiquity when instead of a plastic button were metal coins with 4 holes, and people sewed them always in a special way.

The layout of the stitches depended on how the mistress worked with the thoughts. A lot of happiness or love in a little amulet definitely wants everyone, is not it? Yes, and purely visually, especially sewn buttons, add attractiveness of the product.

  1. Classical scheme “cross-cross”. In this way, sewing objects with 4 holes are nothing complicated: folded double the thread goes from the left upper corner to the lower right, then from the upper right to the lower left. For strength, the steps are repeated.

  2. Also, the scheme of parallel stitches is often used. Here everything is not mere: the thread is gone from the left upper corner in the upper right, then from the lower right to the lower left. If necessary, reduplicate steps, and then fix the thread out of the object.

  3. Sew button with stitches that form the letter “Z”. The basic thing here is not to be mistaken in the order: take the thread from the left upper corner to the upper right, then from there through the inside go to the lower left and return to the upper right. The last one is a stitch from the right lower corner in the lower left.

The more complex variants are already executed without repetition of actions since the thread passes several times through each (or part) hole. For example, the classic “cross-cross” algorithm can be supplemented with the following square brackets. By the way, this is also a sewing method and guarantees maximum durability.

The same applies to the simple conduct of squares: moreover, they are created in parallel. At first, you only print vertical or horizontal.

The methods of connecting all the holes here do not end there. But be sure to follow the same method on all available buttons within a certain item. Of course, nothing can be seen at a distant length (if the button is not 5 cm, and the thread is dissimilar to it). However, for those who are near you, such a disharmony will be obvious.

Even more in detail

Do stitches in not chaotic order but following a simple pattern to get the delectable labour and on the other side of the fabric:

  • Fix the thread on the sewing side, making a few stitches, imposed on one another.

  • Squeeze the button, while the first puncture should be done from the reversed side, by removing the needle in the upper left aperture, and complete the seam from the opposite side - in the bottom hole to the right.

  • To make a cross stitch, it is indispensable to reflect the previous actions - to bring out a needle altogether the thread from the right side to the front, only this time the top right, and send it to the lower left hole.

  • When you replace button, do not forget to make for it “leg”, somewhat weakening the thread. Insert a match or paper tube between the cloth and the cloth. This will help to avoid excessive tension.

  • Stitches ought to be repeated several times (5-10), then fasten the thread, wrapping it around the button on the front side of the product under the “hood” (after removing the tube) and making a check stitch through the formed “leg”.

Now you found out how to sew a button, aren’t you? Only take the proper needle and a thread infallibly, to remember all features of buttons and it is possible to consider the case has already been executed.

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