Don’t Be a Buttonhole…

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts,Sewing,Tutorials

sewing machine buttonhole

Button holes can be intimidating to sew and the LAST thing you want is to rip right through the tack and ruin whatever you’re working on.

To save yourself even from the possibility of ruining your project, stick a straight pin just inside one of the tacks. Starting in the center of the buttonhole, poke your seam ripper in and cut up until you hit the pin. Take your seam ripper out, move the pin to the other end of the buttonhole, and starting in the center, finish opening the other half of the buttonhole.

The pin will stop the seam ripper and keep you from cutting too far into your buttonhole. A fail safe method!

Happy buttons!


1 Gigi September 10, 2010 at 12:14 pm

I’ve learned my lesson with this one before :) Great tip!

2 Patti September 12, 2010 at 8:40 am

There is a tool called a button hole cutter. You press it down on the inside of the buttonhole and pull the fabric up. It works great for most fabrics but I wouldn’t use it on delicates.
Thanks for the great tip, I too have cut through the tacks previously. It is good to be reminded of this.

3 Joan DiMaggio September 14, 2010 at 7:40 pm

I like your button hole idea. I hate making buttonholes, so I will definitely give it a try.

4 Sue D September 27, 2010 at 12:59 pm

This is an excellent tip–I have yet to make this mistake but I haven’t made many buttonholes either!

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