How To Sew A Button
How To Sew A Button - Step By Step Guide

How to Sew a Button

You will need the following equipment to sew a button:

1) Button (either button that has fallen off, a spare from garment or suitable replacement)

2) Needle (For a comprehensive review of needle types review our product page (hyperlink))

3) Thread (a suitable colour match to the garment area) (For a comprehensive review of thread types review our product page (hyperlink))

4) Dressmaker Pin/Berry Pin

5) A pair of sharp scissors

Step 1 - Thread the needle. (See How to Thread a Needle and Tie a Knot)

Step 2 – Tie a not in the end of the thread. One way to tie a knot is to wrap the thread around your finger as shown, roll the thread between your fingers, and pull it tight. If you doubled the thread, tie the ends together. Leave a long tail of thread, whether you are doubling the thread or using a single thread to sew the button.

Step 3 - Position the button on the fabric in preparation to sew the button in the desired location. Line the button up with the other buttons on the garment. Ensure that the button lines up with the buttonhole on the opposite side.

If you are replacing a button you may be able to use the previous holes in the fabric where the button used to be.

Step 4) Push the threaded needle up through the fabric and through one hole in the button. Pull the thread all the way through on each stitch.

Step 5) Place a dressmaker or berry pin under the center of the button, this helps to keep the button and stitch in place.

Removing the pin upon completion will allow the necessary slack for the button to allow the garment to be buttoned.

Step 6) Push the needle down through the next hole and through the fabric. Still holding the pin in place, pull the thread all the way through. Repeat the sewing process enough times, in and out of each hole to make sure the button is securely in place.

(On a 4-hole button choose the one diagonal to the first hole if you want the threads to cross in an "X" formation. On 4-hole buttons, make sure that the stitches have been made evenly, so that all four holes are equally used.)

Step 7) On the last stitch, push the needle through the material, but not through a hole in the button.

Step 8) Pull the thread out into the area between button and material, remove the pin and pull up the button a little.

Step 9) Wrap the thread approx. six times around the thread between the button and the material to reinforce the shank you have created.

Step 10) Push the needle back down through the material. Make three or four stitches to secure the thread on the underside of the material.

Step 11) With a sharp pair of scissors cut off any excess.

You have now completed the necessary steps to sew a button.

Generally, the best rule is to follow the care instructions on the manufacturer’s label. If you wish to wash a garment or fabric at home instead of dry clean, the properties of each fabric will help you determine the care of the fabric or garment.

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