Threads Logo Threads Logo Facebook Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram YouTube Icon Headphones Icon Favorite Navigation Search Icon Forum Search Icon Main Search Icon Close Icon Video Play Icon Indicator Arrow Icon Close Icon Hamburger/Search Icon Plus Icon
How-to

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 Buttons, Snaps & Hooks.”

Get exclusive access to expert sewing techniques with a Threads Insider membership.

Sign up for the Threads eletter

Get the latest including tips, techniques and special offers straight to your inbox.

Sign Up
×
Discuss

Threads Insider

Get instant access to hundreds of videos, tutorials, projects, and more.

Start Your Free Trial

Already an Insider? Log in

Subscribe to Threads today

Save up to 37% and get a free gift

Subscribe

Discuss

  1. User avater
    graceross | | #1

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

  2. User avater
    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

  3. User avater
    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. User avater
    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.

Log in or create an account to post a comment.

More From Threads

Discussion Forum

Recent Posts and Replies

  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |

Threads Insider Exclusives

View All
View All

Highlights

  • Sign up for the Threads eletter

    Get the latest including tips, techniques and special offers straight to your inbox.

    Sign Up
  • SewStylish

    SewStylish

    Take a look inside the pages of SewStylish Spring 2017.