Introduction: BEST WAY TO SEW a BUTTON

I know there isn't the right way for sewing a button, but for me this is definitely the best way I learn to sew a button, doesn't require any finishing knots, and have a super strong hold.

My grandma, that was a taylor, used to do this way.

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Step 1: WHAT YOU NEED

Material:

-fabric to sewn the button on;

-button;

-thread.

Tools:

-scissors;

-needle.

Step 2: PLACE THE THREAD

Place the thread DOUBLE on your needle.

Step 3: MAKE a KNOT

Make a simple knot or two at the end of the thread.

It is not really necessary, but I just do it to stop the thread without pay attention.

Step 4: START

Just sew a small section of the fabric, where the button should go.

Step 5: PLACE THE BUTTON

Insert the button in the thread.

Step 6: SEW THE BUTTON

Simply sew the button to the fabric.

DO NOT SEW THE BUTTON TOO TIGH TO THE FABRIC: leave a small space between the button and the fabric, so the buttonhole will eventually be able to fit there.

Step 7: KEEP SEWING

Keep sewing the button to the fabric for 5 or 6 times, as desired.

Step 8: EXIT

Exit with the thread under the button, BUT on top of the fabric.

Step 9: WRAP

Turn the thread around the button for 4 or 5 times.

Step 10: INSERT THE THREAD

Than insert the thread between the button and the fabric, in the sewn you did.

Before in one direction, than in the other, and pull.

Step 11: CUT

Cut away the remanning thread.

You don't need any extra knots.

Step 12: DONE

Done.

This way your shirts will fell apart before your buttons!

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cthcth1 made it!(author)2017-02-16

Nice illustrated instructions. Thank you! I would make only one suggestion: put a drop of Fray Check or another brand of liquid seam finisher on the thread atop the button when you are finished. I have never had one unravel using your method plus the Fray Check.

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marcellahella made it!(author)2017-02-16

Thanks for the tip!

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jzvo made it!(author)2016-09-02

I have saved this until it was needed - last night! it was so much easier than what I had been doing and seems stronger too. Thank you!

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marcellahella made it!(author)2017-02-16

You are welcome, I'm happy was usefull

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TropiKo made it!(author)2016-06-08

Holds much better than what i learned how to sew(no sewing between thread--button)

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marcellahella made it!(author)2016-06-08

I'm happy it was helpful, thanks for the photo

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CharlesD41 made it!(author)2015-12-06

Very well done! I appreciate the beginning and ending points. I never "wrapped" before, but will from now on. Thank you and your teacher!

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TropiKo made it!(author)2016-06-08

Same here, wrapping and imserting needle in wrap is what gives this it's strength. Thx OP!

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marcellahella made it!(author)2015-12-06

You are welcome!

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imerrymary made it!(author)2015-12-06

I used to sew a lot and this is one tip I learned that's especially helpful to avoid tearing the fabric if the button gets caught on something. The wrap will keep the damage to a tiny hole.

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marcellahella made it!(author)2015-12-08

So that's why, I didn't know! I just been teach this way.

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blubonnet made it!(author)2015-12-07

Thanks! I'd forgotten to do it this way. Been a long time but the reminder is great!!

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marcellahella made it!(author)2015-12-08

Thank you!

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karikerschke made it!(author)2015-12-05

Here's a tip easier than a matchstick to help space your button:

Simply use another needle.

The needle you see with, of course, and place the other one between the button and the fabric you are attaching it to. It's also something you're likely to have accessible; at least more so than a matchstick ?

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marcellahella made it!(author)2015-12-05

Thanks for the tips

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bginlalaland made it!(author)2015-12-04

Nice description and pictures

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marcellahella made it!(author)2015-12-04

Thank you!

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verence made it!(author)2015-12-04

Good Instructable.

Two things:

First, start from the back side, so the knot will be inside.

Second: Step 6, to make sure that you don't get the button too close to the fabric, put a match stick in between. Sew around it (going up one side, going down the other side) That will give you a nice 2mm (approx. 1/10 inch) 'stem' in step 9. Of course remove the match stick between steps 8 and 9.

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bizzycrafter made it!(author)2015-12-04

MATCHSTICK?? I think you and I are the only two people old enough to know what that is!! Probably you meant that you could slide a comb under the button and sew between the teeth. I too prefer to hide the knot between the button and the garment (as in the instructable) because for some reason, when you BUY your clothes, nobody cares how they're finished, but when you MAKE your clothes people feel obligated to grab the edges (hems, cuffs, etc.) and examine the finishing. And nod knowingly ("ah yes... clearly homemade. Too bad about the buttons...")

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marcellahella made it!(author)2015-12-04

No. I made start the sewing in that manner for a reason. Do not start to the back side, start as I show in the photos. So the knot will be hidden between the button and the fabric, and will not get annoying on your skin. Plus it will have a pull from a side and not straight in the hole of the button, and will hold way better.

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marcellahella made it!(author)2015-12-04

And thanks for the other suggestion!

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