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How to stop drawing threads in fabric when sewing button holes

LisaNewton | Posted in Techniques on

I’d really appreciate any suggestions to stop threads being drawn when sewing button holes in this digitally printed fabric. You can see the two white lines below the button hole in the image. With digital printing the ink doesn’t really soak into the fabric like it would with screen printing so the drawn threads are very obvious.


  1. SallyAlly | | #1

    Your needle isn’t piercing the fabric. Instead the needle is catching a thread and pushing that thread downward, causing it to pull along the fabric.

    Try using a fresh needle and/or a smaller diameter needle.

    1. LisaNewton | | #2

      Thanks so much SallyAlly :) I have tried with a fine fresh needle and whilst there's an improvement it doesn't eliminate the problem. I even tried a ball point needle hoping it might slip between the fibres.

      1. user-7516995 | | #3

        Try putting 'solvy' on top of the fabric and using a very sharp needle such as Microtex

        1. LisaNewton | | #4

          Thanks! I will buy some Solvy and give it a try.

  2. martha_moser | | #5

    I have found that a corded buttonhole solves many stitching problems. I use a tear-away stabilizer underneath the fabric which helps the feed.

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