I learned how to make buttonholes years ago in Home Ec Class. I didn't even know that I should be nervous. So I wasn't and you shouldn't be either. I am here to help you. In fact, it's my post as part of the Back to School blog hop.
As you can see, I have a Bernina. Previously, I had an Elna and before that, all Singers. The basic process is the same.
After reading your manual, find your buttonhole foot and the button you want to use. I have my Bernina foot here and an old Singer foot. They are very similar.
The main difference between the Singer and the Bernina is that the button fit into the foot for the Singer, I had to gauge the size I wanted on my Bernina. See the little red arrow? I placed it below the button.
Once the buttonhole foot is attached to your machine, find the stitch on your machine to make a buttonhole. I have one in the basic stitches and two more in the extended stitches.
Next check and see if your bobbin needs any adjustment for a button hole.
Check your machine to make sure that the buttonhole stitch is indeed selected. See the pink arrow? It shows which part of the buttonhole your machine is doing.
Really, the machine does all the work. If your machine doesn't have a button hole stitch you will use wide, close zig zag stitches at the top and bottom and small ones on both sides.
Lower the pressure foot and press down on your pedal. The machine will do all the work except my Bernina doesn't know when I want to stop on the first line of zig zags. See the pink arrow?
You can see it to the right. I put a thicker pink arrow there. If I don't turn the machine off or change stitches it will keep that stopping and reverse point. See how smart these machines are?
You can see the half made buttonhole on the left. Once I pressed the reverse button, the machine made regular stitches back up to the top. Then it made the top tack.
Can you see the regular stitches? I put another, yes, PINK arrow!
Ta da! You are all done, your practice is over. I always do a couple of practice buttonholes because I don't generally do them every day. It looks great, yes?
Once it is cut apart make sure there are no hanging threads. Also slip the button through it so if it's too long or short you can adjust before you make the final ones.
You are now a buttonhole expert. Be proud. If you're not, go make a few more practice ones.
Now you can make a shower curtain. Only twelve button holes! And garments or buttoned bags.
No problem for you, you just learned how to make a buttonhole.
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The Back to School Blog hop kicked off on September 1 and runs through the entire month, and little of October too as there’s just so much great info to share! Hop along with some of our industry’s pros to get tips and tricks for your quilting and sewing studio.
Sept 1: Peta Minerof-Bartos of PetaQuilts – So, Does that Diagonal Method for a Pieced Backing Really Work
Sept 2: Cheryl Sleboda of Muppin.com – The Quilter’s Knot
Sept 3: Teresa Coates of Crinkle Dreams – The Importance of Pressing
Sept 4: Cath Hall of Wombat Quilts – Color Coding for Paper-piecing
Sept 5: Sam Hunter of Hunter’s Design Studio – How to Calculate and Cut Bias Binding
Sept 6: Melanie McNeil of Catbird Quilt Studio – Credit where Credit is Due
Sept 7: Mandy Leins of Mandalei Quilts – How to Keep a Perfect 1/4” Seam Between Different Machines
Sept 8: Rose Hughes of Rose Hughes – Fast Pieced Applique
Sept 9: Megan Dougherty of The Bitchy Stitcher – The Care and Feeding of the Domestic Sewing Machine
Sept 10: Lynn Krawczyk of Smudged Design Studio – Make a Mobile Art Kit
Sept 11: Susan Beal of West Coast Crafty – Log Cabin 101
Sept 12: Sarah Lawson of Sew Sweetness – Zipper Tips
Sept 13: Jane Victoria of Jolly and Delilah – Matching Seams
Sept 14: Jemelia Hilfiger of jemjam.com – Garment Making Tips and Tricks
Sept 15: Ebony Love of LoveBug Studios – Curved Piecing Without Pins
Sept 16: Misty Cole of Daily Design Wall – Types of Basting
Sept 17: Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams – Setting your Seams
Sept 18: Christina Cameli of A Few Scraps – Joining Quilted Pieces by Machine
Sept 19: Bill Volckening of WonkyWorld – The Importance of Labels
Sept 20: Jessica Darling of Jessica Darling – How to Make a Quilt Back
Sept 21: Debbie Kleve Birkebile of Mountain Trail Quilt Treasures – Perfectly Sized No-Wave Quilt Borders
Sept 22: Heather Kinion of Heather K is a Quilter – Baby Quilts for Baby Steps
Sept 23: Michelle Freedman of Design Camp PDX – TNT: Thread, Needle, Tension
Sept 24: Kathy Mathews of Chicago Now Quilting Sewing Creating – Button Holes
Sept 25: Jane Shallala Davidson of Quilt Jane – Corner Triangle Methods
Sept 27: Cristy Fincher of Purple Daisies Quilting – The Power of Glue Basting
Sept 28: Catherine Redford of Catherine Redford – Change the Needle!
Sept 29: Amalia Teresa Parra Morusiewicz of Fun From A to Z – French Knots, – ooh la la!
Sept 30: Victoria Findlay Wolfe of Victoria Findlay Wolfe Quilts – How to Align Your Fabrics for Dog Ears
October 1: Tracy Mooney of 3LittleBrds – Teaching Kiddos to Sew on a Sewing Machine
October 2: Trish Frankland, guest posting on Persimon Dreams – The Straight Stitch Throat Plate
October 3: Flaun Cline of I Plead Quilty – Lining Strips Up