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Video: How to Sew Buttons, Snaps & Hooks

Aug 02, 2010

Victoria North and Judith Neukam

Learn how to sew buttons, snaps, and hooks correctly on the first try with this demonstration by Threads Senior Technical Editor, Judith Neukam. If you choose the right type of thread for the occasion and thread your needle with Judy’s simple method, sewing on buttons can be a snap. Teach Yourself to Sew is for beginning sewers or anyone who wants to brush up on their skills. Throughout the year we will demonstrate basic sewing techniques, share tips, and give step-by-step instruction for beginner sewing projects. Click here to purchase the Teach Yourself to Sew Video Series on DVD. TEACH YOURSELF TO SEW Equipment 101 Notions 101 Patterns 101 How a Stitch is Made A Trip to the Fabric Store Fabric 101 Project: Make a Felt Jewelry Bag Knit Fabrics Woven Fabrics Project: How to Sew a Bias-strip Scarf How to Sew a Basic Seam How to Sew French and Lapped Seams Clipping and Trimming Seams How to Mark a Dart How to Sew a Dart Finishing Edges Faced Edges How to Hem Bias Binding Zippers 101 How to Install a Zipper Buttons 101 How to Sew a Buttonhole How to Sew Buttons, Snaps & Hooks

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  1. luvhouston November 25th

    I've been sewing for more than 30 years, and still find the series very informative. Who knew to use more than a double thread to sew on a button?
    When I watched this video, I learned alot. After I first watched the button topic, I went to my American Sewing Guild meeting and told them to check it out, because I thought it was so good.
    I don't care how long you've been sewing, I think we can always learn a few things. Thank-you for the great topics and excellent production quality!

  2. seamsewsimple August 7th

    THANK YOU LEARN TO SEW VIDEO!!!! I buy every threads and sew style magazine. I have a few books to help me learn to sew. I have a serger and a sewing machine to get me going. and I struggle and struggle through each project and pattern. These videos are so awesome. Learning to sew is much easier on video. There are no classes available in my area, but now Im sewing up a storm!!

    QUESTION: Could you make a video on hemminmg curves? How do you hem a curve and it end up a round curve? There has got to be an easier way.

  3. peggyswain August 6th

    I have been sewing for more years than I care to remember and I never knew you could multi load a needle the way the video shows. Thank so much

  4. linders August 6th

    I think this is a great video! I certainly would use your method to sew on buttons. Although the series is titled for beginners, I found it a good review and got a couple of pointers too. I think it is wonderful you are providing beginners with such good reference sources.

  5. Francois57 August 6th

    I certainly would not teach this method of sewing on a button to a pupil. This is the way of an amateur. If you want to sew it in the way of a couturier you have to leave the last inch of the thread sticking out of the fabric and when you are finished with sewing on the button, you make a double knot with the beginning and the end of the thread.
    In this way you will not see a thickness in the fabric of our garment. I hope that what I write is clear.
    For the rest the video is nice and clear.

  6. SusanFDane August 4th

    I'd never heard of Teach-yourself-to-sew and am so happy that it showed up in my email.
    I've sewed on a lot of buttons in my life but appreciate learning how to do more than just a doubled thread.

  7. JaniceK August 3rd

    Where is the thread shank. Is this button for decorative purposes only?

  8. SantaBarbaraSewer August 3rd

    I have been sewing for more than 50 years, and I love the "Learn to Sew" series of videos. I certainly don't think that either the paper mag or the website of "Threads" does nothing more than "throw a bone" to advances sewers. I have the DVD archive of "Threads" which remains resident in the computer that is dedicated to my craft/sewing room, and I'm logged on the website often during the day -- I find I am constantly surfing around in both, and have on many occasions found the answer to my dilemma of the moment in the "learn to sew" segments. I say Job Well Done, "Threads". I think you are definitely headed in the right direction with you e-education!

  9. User avater SewKnitSpin August 3rd

    Loved that video! Very informative.

  10. User avater Deana August 3rd

    To Julie_in_Ohio: The focus of Threads magazine is absolutely for advanced sewing techniques. We do have a department in the magazine covering fundamentals, but by and large it is aimed at intermediate to advanced skills. By contrast, we created The Teach Yourself to Sew video series so that the new sewers we were hearing from and who were coming to our website have a place to go for information. Check out the site for further details. You'll see that lots of new sewers there are looking for direction. We do promote our new beginner video series on in hopes that the more experienced sewers like yourself can spread the word to someone just starting out and lend a hand in helping the newbies along. We hope you'll help us out in that effort.

    Thanks to everyone for your comments!

  11. User avater Charliejo August 3rd

    I had no sound on the video.

  12. Julie_in_Ohio August 3rd

    Is Threads truly the publication "for people who love to sew"? The focus of this website and magazine lately has been on teaching the BASICS of how to sew. Isn't that what your sister publication Sew Stylish supposed to do? -- teach the basics so that those of us who already know how to sew can read Threads to hone our skills with advanced techniques?? Review never hurts anyone, but this focus on "Teach Yourself to Sew"(at the top of the options list and complete with video no less) borders on insulting. I buy Threads to upgrade my skills and learn creative techniques, not to slog through what I already know, hoping that the editors have "thrown a bone" to those of us who are not new to the craft. Decide what kind of publication you want to be. There is nothing wrong with Threads being the publication new sewers aspire to learning skills for.

  13. AnnKiepe August 2nd

    Since this is a video course to newcomers (mostly,) a little hint to make the hook stay flat is to sew a few stitches on the hook shank, between the 2 metal loops and the hook itself.

    My mother always did this, and taught me to do it, also so the garment would look more finished.

  14. User avater revivalfabrics August 2nd

    This IS a great brush up! thank ou for the post

  15. LimuLady August 2nd

    Straight-forward, easy to understand video with great content. Love the witty ending. Thanks, Judy.

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