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Sewing a round buttonhole or eyelet

cycler1729 | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Hi – I’ve done a search and looked in my machine’s manual and I don’t see the answer anywhere so I’m hoping that someone on this board will know.

I want to sew a round buttonhole or eyelet by machine and I know that I’ve done it before – I just don’t remember how or see any instructions for it.  (I’ve got an older Brother – not computerized but it has about 15 stitch choices.)

I suppose that if necessary I’d be able to use the smallest regular buttonhole as a square but I’d really love for it to be round.

I’ve considered sewing it by hand but I am really bad at decorative stitching.



  1. fabricholic | | #1

    How does your machine usually sew buttonholes? Mine has a eyelet buttonhole picture and I just hit that picture. If you don't have one, I guess you would have to find a stitch that looked like it and stitch, and then scoot over and reverse. I wish I could help you.

    1. cycler1729 | | #2

      My machine has a buttonhole attachment but that's just for long or normal buttonholes.  I know that there is a way to use another stitch but I don't remember how.

      1. user-51823 | | #3

        i have finished edges of various shapes on appliques etc by using the standard zigzag stitch. chose your width and set the length to zero; guide it forward by hand

  2. Teaf5 | | #4

    I'll try to summarize the description given in Secrets for Successful Sewing (p.81)by Weiland:  take the presser foot off, use a straight stitch, make the upper thread tension very tight and the lower one very loose, and drop the feed dogs.  Using free-motion, stitch in a circle slightly outside the hole.  The tight upper thread draws the loose bobbin thread up like a handmade buttonhole stitch.

    I haven't tried this, but I think a short zigzag done free motion in the same way would work, too.  However, unless you have to do an awful lot of them, it seems that using a needle and thread to make buttonhole stitches might be a lot easier to learn.

  3. suesew | | #5

    Sew a little circle with a zigzag stitch with the stitch length set almost at zero. Try different widths of zigzag until you get the look you like. You will have to sew a few stitches and then left the presser foot and turn the fabric to keep it going in a tight circle. You might try drawing the circle first or give yourself something to stitch around, like a little sequin.

  4. user-51823 | | #6

    i would add to sew around a marked circle first, and cut after stitching to avoid rippling in the spots where you're on the bias.

    1. cycler1729 | | #7

      Thanks for all of your responses!  I'm sure that now I'll be able to figure it out.


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