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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.


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  1. Zuraiqui | | #1

    What is the purpose of the bead?

  2. User avater
    _nikki_ | | #2

    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.

  3. fabricrazed | | #3

    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. carmie2 | | #4

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

  5. Rainbowheart | | #5

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

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