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Sew a Button by Hand

This method shows how to sew on a button with fewer stitches simply by threading a needle with multiple strands.

Jun 18, 2018

This free-access example of an Insider member video shows how to sew on a button by hand, and is a taste of the expert sewing technique videos you can access by becoming a Threads Insider member.

Sewing expert Kenneth D. King explains how this method for sewing on flat buttons quickly and securely enables you to take fewer stitches by threading a needle with multiple strands.

You will also learn how to start stitching without a bulky knot in the thread and how to use a spacer to create a thread shank. The shank allows flat buttons to fasten neatly with less bunching around the buttonhole.

For more on buttons, read “How to Sew Buttons, Snaps & Hooks.”

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  1. User avater graceross June 26th

    So cool Kenneth! Who knew? All your videos are inspirational. No really!

  2. User avater LuvThreadsMagazine June 26th

    Senor King,

    The "spacer" temporarily on top - brilliant!
    Enjoy ALL of your videos, looking forward to more of them.

    Long-time KDK Fan Club member

  3. User avater KarenQuiltsTexas June 26th

    Yes, that's how my Mama taught me! But today, I'm more likely to use my Husqvarna Viking Epic to machine sew my buttons on... a great time saver. Do you know that you can sew buttons on by machine with any zig zag machine?

  4. ijz June 27th

    Excellent. Thank you.

  5. User avater motozulli July 3rd

    That way to start things without making a big knot is brilliant! I used to be a professional button-sewer (no joke!) and still I learn something here.

  6. Soucieville August 21st

    I also enjoy your videos. I think that the simple tips are often the best. When I am hand sewing more than one button on a garment. I make a new knot, after securing the button stitch, before I cut the thread. The thread ends are much shorter, the thread does not accidently come off the needle, which is a pain, I am ready to just start the next button and I waste less thread. The last one pleased my Mom a lot.

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