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The Spanish Snap Buttonhole | Video

Mar 22, 2019

A Spanish Snap buttonhole is a secure, neatly finished buttonhole that is nearly invisible in fabrics such as handwovens, tweeds, and boucl├ęs. There are no visible stitches or welts. Threads Contributing Editor Louise Cutting finds these sophisticated, subtle, and easier to make than bound buttonholes.

This buttonhole style was inspired by the late couture teacher Robert Carr. It consists of an oval opening faced with silk organza. The stitching that attaches the organza facing secures the opening edge and is especially helpful in bulky fabrics and those prone to raveling. On the garment interior, a corresponding faced buttonhole is made in the facing. The garment and facing layers are then arranged with wrong sides together and the buttonholes aligned. The buttonhole opening edges are then whipstitched by hand, to join the outer and facing layers. This conceals the organza and creates a stable, unobtrusive buttonhole.

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Louise Cutting, a Threads contributing editor, is a renowned designer and teacher. She focuses on industry sewing techniques that help home sewers achieve a professional result. In Volume 8 of her popular Industry Insider Techniques video series, Louise shares methods for improving your garments with precision construction tips, design ideas, and better closures. This volume includes the following 12 videos: Put a Dart on the Slant Reduce Pocket Bulk Trim a Dolman Sleeve Proper Corner…

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  1. user-6894301 March 31st

    My machine stitched buttonholes never looked great - too "thready". Glad of this alternative technique!

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