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Put a Bead Behind That Button

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.

Comments (5)

Rainbowheart Rainbowheart writes: I really like this idea. Would love to see a picture posted to get the true effect. Thank You.
Posted: 5:11 pm on September 6th

carmie2 carmie2 writes: I love this idea, oh where was Threads 30 yrs ago when I was sewing formal wear.
Posted: 7:49 pm on November 9th

fabricrazed fabricrazed writes: 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.
Posted: 4:03 am on November 29th

_nikki_ _nikki_ writes: 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.
Posted: 12:36 pm on November 25th

Zuraiqui Zuraiqui writes: What is the purpose of the bead?
Posted: 7:38 pm on November 24th

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