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.
What is the purpose of the bead?
The bead covers the stitches on the back of the button and supports the fabric so that the button isn't pulling against it.
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.
I love this idea, oh where was Threads 30 yrs ago when I was sewing formal wear.
I really like this idea. Would love to see a picture posted to get the true effect. Thank You.