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Picture of Sew on a Button by Machine
I'm pretty lazy, especially when it comes to handsewing buttons.  Luckily I can do them by machine!  Some sewing machines have a special button you can press that automatically inputs all the settings you need to do buttons, but not everyone has one of those fancy-pants machines.  Following these instructions you can do this on any machine that can do a zigzag stitch!

Step 1: Choosing Buttons

Picture of Choosing Buttons
This method will only work with buttons that have holes all the way through from top to bottom.  It will work with either two holes or four; you'll simply sew one pair of holes at a time.  It will NOT work on buttons that have a shank.  See photo for examples of each.
 
NetWt4Lbs1 year ago
AHA! I finally know what that funny little foot is for! Thank you!
I received an old tin full of different feet and had no idea what most of them were for
TheLacedAngel_TSMP (author)  NetWt4Lbs1 year ago

You're welcome! I'd never seen it before either until I was given a box of add-ons from the 50's.