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Quick Tip: Button Placement Inside a Vertical Buttonhole

Mar 04, 2013
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Your beautiful buttonholes have been sewn, but did you know there’s a method for positioning the button that keeps it from coming unbuttoned accidentally and even holds the garment sides equally aligned?

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If you place the button directly in the middle of the buttonhole, the garment fronts can shift up and down and make the lower edge of the hem uneven.

Just by placing the button higher in the buttonhole opening, (about 1/4-in. to 3/8-in. under the top edge of the buttonhole) you can stop the garment front from shifting. In the shirt shown, the button placement keeps the left and right fronts from slipping.

This placement also helps prevent the button from sliding out of the vertical buttonhole. The button is safely anchored high up in the…

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  1. User avater Norsecross March 5th

    Having just finished a plaid shirt dress, I am tempted to re-sew all my buttons! This is so brilliant.

  2. ustabahippie March 5th

    Great idea. Thanks.

  3. User avater JmTokunaga March 5th

    Clever! Thank you for the tip.

  4. user-2120205 March 5th

    Thank you Louise, you are seriously a genius. Only yesterday I was getting annoyed with my button coming undone on a shirt I had made and cursing for making the buttonhole too big despite checking, dble checking and triple checking the size! I use lots of your tips. With gratitude, Lesley

  5. Isa19 March 5th

    Thanks, I love it! :-) Small, but important detail!

  6. Lady_D March 5th

    Great! Now I know what I've been doing wrong all these years. Now, if only my memory were half as good as this tip...

  7. sewquilter March 5th

    aIt is a great tip. I did not know to put the button placement up above the halfway mark in the buttonhole. I will always definitely use this way again when I put in a button or buttons on a blouse.

  8. Jorey March 6th

    Thankyou very much for that tip. I shall always now take care, especially when making little bags or cases for phones, etc., where the button easily becomes undone but needs to be secure.

  9. jackieclaire March 6th

    Great tip, many thanks.

  10. Carly_Sue March 6th

    This is a really good hint to tell us about. I will use it from now on. thanks!

  11. user-2377366 March 7th

    For all the buttons I've sewn on in my life, it never occurred to me to up the button.....so simple. Thank you. As all before me have indicated. You are a genius. Keep these tips coming!!!

  12. User avater eatsallinsects March 7th

    WOO-HOO! I have a ready-nade shirt whiich is always coming unbuttoned. I think I may just re-sew those buttons?

  13. user-1118043 March 8th

    Thank you.Well done!

  14. rksue May 9th

    I learned this technique 30 yrs ago, and used to take off all my bought buttons and reposition them. I have several bought blouses that have buttons that come undone, thank you for reminding me of a long forgotten technique.

  15. Linda_in_Florida May 28th

    Never thought of this . . . it's the small details such as this one that make a garment look professional. Thank you!

  16. user-2418800 August 13th

    I'm about to make a rayon batik shirt for my husband. I'm going to use this technique on this and all the rest of my projects with buttons. Great tip! Thanks.

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