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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.

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 on a Button: All About Sewing on a Button and  “How to Sew Buttons, Snaps & Hooks.”

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    graceross | | #1

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

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    LuvThreadsMagazine | | #2

    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

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    KarenQuiltsTexas | | #3

    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 | | #4

    Excellent. Thank you.

  5. motozulli | | #5

    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 | | #6

    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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