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Introduction: How to Professionally Sew on a Button by Hand Hey guys, this is part of a series for tailors (at home and work) to cover the basics on how to professionally sew alterations and repairs by hand so that they hold up to regular use (wear and tear). Unless otherwise mentioned, all finished pieces are machine washable and heirloom quality. The number one request a person gets at a dry cleaners or tailor shop is to have buttons sewn back on and you do A LOT. Generally an experienced seamstress can sew a button on from start to finish in under 2 3 minutes. So how do you too sew those buttons on so fast? And keep them from falling apart?

3) Needle ( needles are considered the best on the market. You can buy a 100 professional pack for $5.00 on Amazon which will probably last you your whole life or any sewing store. 3 5 will generally run you under $2. These are GREAT.)

4. Button to be sewn on

5. Article of clothing to be repaired or finishedStep 1: Cut the ThreadWhen doing button repairs, you want roughly 1 yard or meter to start out with. A bigger eye is always easier to thread. I will use leather needles for my buttons as the hole is easier to thread two strings at once (always works for me). Alternatively you can use a metal threader to do the work for you. Simply push the loop of metal through the needle, thread the huge loop and pull back through. I will let your personal eye sight make the judgement call here for which one you use. Most people waste time trying to do one or two threads at a time when doing button repairs. As Channel discovered, you need 12 16 passes with buttonhole thread to properly secure a button to a piece of clothing. This is only 3 4 passes with a needle 4 threads thick and so this method comes from her in the US (Thank you the Charlotte Mint Museum for this random trivia fact). It may also simply be a typical French sewing method, but I didn’t live a 100 years ago, so I’ll give her credit.

To tie the thread make a loop. Wrap the thread around the needle 3 4 times. Pinch the knot between your fingers and slide it down the needle, pulling gently as you go. Waxed thread never bunches on me so I just pull until the circle closes and I have a prefect knot. Many people like to break down button methods to sew into types of buttons or number of holes, but I like to remember the general rule of thumb by Channel that you need 3 4 passes with the thread to make the button strong enough to put up to years of abuse.

If you only have one hole, then you will thread through it 3 4 times, if you have several different holes, you can form a square or x. All are equally strong, it is simply a matter of aesthetics.

Raised buttons (also called post buttons) with the hole in the back) are common on coats and outerwear. Put your needle back into the fabric push. Then feed your thread to the back. The button should look flat and even on fabric when you are done. Pierce the fabric from the back to the front again and thread through the button a second time. If this is a post button this simply means thread through the hole again. If you are doing a shirt button with a pattern on it, you will need to start in another hole (I’ve done several different styles here to give people an idea if you want to do an X or other pattern). Like reading, you move from top left to bottom right in your design.
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