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Bound buttonholes

Sambo | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Any suggestion on the best method of bound buttonholes? I have made a jacket and want to do them but am afraid of spoiling my jacket which I have spent many hours on making.



  1. user-142495 | | #1

    There are good examples in some of the available sewing books like Reader's Digest or Singer. Maybe you can get a copy from the library.

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    susannah_sews | | #2

    Back issues of threads have articles on this.  The methods are not as daunting as they seem at first, but I would suggest you do a few practice buttonholes on scrap fabric from the garment you have made, so that you can work out which method suits the fabric you are working with. 


    best of luck



    1. Sambo | | #5

      Thank you so much for your reply.

  3. Teaf5 | | #3

    If it's a really beautiful fabric and jacket, you might want to do the buttonholes by hand; they are definitely worth the effort. However, the many Threads articles on this subject recently are very useful, too. In either case, make LOTS of practice ones on the same fabric before you touch the jacket, and make the first one on that in the least noticeable area.

  4. mem | | #4

    Well I spent last Easter happily making bound buttonholes . I did at least five as a practise . I think you need to look at the fabric . I did mine on a tweed which is loosly woven and made buttonholes out of silk dupione in a toning colour and used the strips cut on the bias method . Marking the jacket front so that the  lines of placement are extending way beyond the stitching is important and also having a light coloured interfacing so that you can draw your stitching box is useful. I made the windows with silk organza in a matching colour and it REALLY makes all the difference when you are pressing.

     JUst practise ALOT The improvement in quality was marked in my case  and start on the bottom hole and give yoursel time . Also do it while the jacket front is still not attached to the facing etc. You need to plan ahead DONT do it when you have finished as the results are not so pleasing That is the voice of experience!!!

  5. SewNancy | | #6

    I just made bound buttonholes using Roberta Carrs method in Couture the Art of fine sewing. But, keep in mind that they are done on the front, before you attach the facings and easiest when the front is still flat.
    Her method is similar to Margaret Islanders method and is the easiest I have used. Practice first until you are comfortable doing it.

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