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Buttonhole Fixes

Learn quick machine-stitched solutions for a "hairy" buttonhole and a cut buttonhole bar.

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This scenario may sound familiar: The garment has been finished and all that is left to do is to make the buttonholes. You hesitate because you want the buttonholes to be perfectly placed and sewn. You finally finish and cut each open, but there are extra strands of the garment’s fabric in the center of the buttonholes—those dreaded hairy buttonholes—or the buttonhole stitching has been accidentally cut and starts to ravel.

Don’t panic. I’m here to help.

Note: The samples shown were sewn with contrasting thread for better visibility. You can use matching or contrasting thread as you wish.

Extra strands of garment fabric emerge from buttonholes after they have been cut open, especially on garments made with woven fabrics such as linen, silk, and cotton.

Hairy buttonholes

1. Gently pull the extra threads away from the buttonhole between the zigzagged sides. Be sure not to cause…

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  1. user-2359590 | | #1

    Thank you so much. A technique that I have needed so often. And when the buttonhole has a problem on a garment after I have worked carefully for a length of time, I am not good at an imaginative response. This gives me a go-to first aid solution to the problem. Thank you.

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