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Put a Bead Behind That Button

Oct 17, 2008

submitted by Gail Abrams
from Threads #101

When the stitches securing a button must go through to the reverse side of a facing or placket, you want the stitches to be perfect. Here’s an elegant trick; it works on tailored, couture, or artsy garments, particularly vests, jackets, or tunics when the front is worn open.

Sew a button in place as normal. For the last two passes of the needle, sew a small bead (about 1/16 to 1/4 in. diameter) over the stitches on the inside of the garment. I usually match the bead to the fashion fabric, but you could use a wildly different color as an accent.

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  1. Rainbowheart September 6th

    I really like this idea. Would love to see a picture posted to get the true effect. Thank You.

  2. carmie2 November 9th

    I love this idea, oh where was Threads 30 yrs ago when I was sewing formal wear.

  3. fabricrazed November 29th

    What a great idea! Another extra design element and surprise for the garment. I love new twists to enhance a garment even in the most functional manner. Looking forward to adding this element to my garments.

  4. User avater _nikki_ November 25th

    Hi Zuraiqui-
    The bead covers the stitches on the back of the button and supports the fabric so that the button isn't pulling against it.

  5. Zuraiqui November 24th

    What is the purpose of the bead?

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