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How to Sew Buttonholes | Video

Tips and tricks to help you position, measure, and sew them in place


Discover how to position, measure, and sew buttonholes in this video hosted by garment sewing expert Judith Neukam.

First learn the parts of a buttonhole and what is a keyhole buttonhole.

You can use a variety of tools to position and measure equally spaced buttonholes. There’s premarked tape and a folding gauge. But you can also work with simply marked elastic, which Judith shows you how to create and use.

To determine buttonhole length, keep in mind the thickness of a button. Judith demonstrates how to measure a button to be sure you choose the correct buttonhole length.

This detailed tutorial on how to sew buttonholes is one episode from the comprehensive Teach Yourself to Sew series.

Teach Yourself to Sew

Judith, the series host, got her first taste of sewing when she took the free lessons that came with her mother’s sewing machine purchase. Judith was 9 at the time. Soon after, she was sewing her own clothes and feeding her passion for the craft. In her Teach Yourself to Sew series, Judith shares her enduring love of sewing and her invaluable years of sewing experience.

Getting started

She starts with discussing the equipment and the essential sewing notions for anyone who sews. You’ll learn about shopping for fabrics, choosing patterns (including selecting the correct size), and planning the perfect pattern layout. From machine-sewing simple seams to inserting zippers and stitching buttonholes, Judith demonstrates the key steps to making a custom garment.

Discover methods for clean-finishing seam allowances and applying facings so all edges are neat. To add shape to garments, Judith explains how and why to sew darts, and how to gather fabric for volume. Other garment elements, such as sleeves, pockets, and elasticized waistbands, are shown in easy-to-follow video tutorials.

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    WinnifredRBoyles | | #1

    Keep it up!! Thanks for sharing this...

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    MicheleJFloyd | | #2

    I really like your post.

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    trenditex | | #3

    Buttonhole attaching will be easier after watching this video.Thanks

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    Dendi | | #4

    Hmm, I need to study how to do that myself

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