How To Sew Four Step Buttonhole

How to sew four steps buttonhole

Most of us understand how to sew on sewing machine straight seam or zigzag stitch. These skills can easily learn even beginners. But buttonholes are a whole different matter. Despite this you need to be able to perform a buttonhole. Do it need at the end of your sewing with some ways. The choice depends on the technical capabilities of your sewing machine. There are one step buttonhole sewing machines (an automatic buttonhole) and four step buttonhole.

We will learn how to sew four step buttonholes. Even you have manual look my tutorial. High-quality photos and pro tips will teach you how to perform a buttonhole in four stages.

Fabric for test sewing a buttonhole

For the tutorial of 4-step buttonhole, we took a small piece of fabric.

The button and presser foot

To perform this training use medium size buttons. Look in the set of sewing machine feet. Your sewing machine must have such presser foot.

The fusible interfacing fabric

The place of fabric where you will make the buttonhole should be strengthened. Therefore you'll cut a piece of interfacing that's the same as your half folded fabric.

Press fusible interfacing on fabric

What is fusible interfacing fabric? Thin transparent material has pieces of glue only on one wrong side. Face side and is smooth not has the adhesive tubercles.
You will place the adhesive tubercles down onto the wrong side fabric.

The presser foot to sew four steps buttonhole

Now iron it but keep in the mind if iron is not too hot your fabric and fusible interfacing won't stick together. Too hot iron can damage both of them!
For best results, use only steam iron.

Marking buttonhole on the fabric, step 1

Before sewing a buttonhole in four-steps make some measuring. You need measure the length of button and the hole.

Marking buttonhole on the fabric, step 2

Mark the appropriate buttonhole length on the fabric. Its length will be more than the button.

Changing a presser foot, step 1

Remove the usual presser foot from your sewing machine.

Changing a presser foot, step 2

Attach the special buttonhole foot to sewing machine.

Changing a presser foot, step 3

The top thread you need insert into the slit of the buttonhole foot.

Select the stitch length

Turn the handle of length a stitch to the smallest value.

Switch for sewing four steps buttonhole, position 1

At the same time set the stitch selector to buttonhole position 1.

Beginning of the buttonholing

Place your fabric under the buttonhole foot.

The left side of the buttonhole

So that the line marking was exactly in the middle slit the buttonhole.

End of the left side buttonhole

Start sewing your buttonhole at slow speed. Stop to sew exactly at the point your end markings.

Switch for sewing four steps buttonhole, position 2

In this step you need to set the stitch selector to buttonhole position 2.

Top locking stitch a buttonhole

And now you can to make several broad stitches.

Switch for sewing four steps buttonhole, position 3

Now set the stitch selector to buttonhole position 3.

The right side of the buttonhole

Continue sewing your buttonhole at slow speed.

Bottom locking stitch a buttonhole

Stop to sew exactly at the point your bottom end markings.

Switch for sewing four steps buttonhole, position 4

Now you must to set the stitch selector to buttonhole position 4.

End step of four steps buttonholing

And sewing machine must to do a few several broad stitches. It is the last operation on the sewing of buttonhole.

Remove the fabric with test buttonhole

Remove the fabric with test buttonhole.

Trim the ends of the thread

Now you need trim the ends of the threads on both sides a buttonhole (wrong and face).

Cutting a internal hole, step 1

When the buttonhole is done, you'll need to cut the center inner line.

Cutting an internal hole, step 2

Do it can with using a special tool - the seam ripper.

Cutting an internal hole, step 3

Plug the seam ripper at one end of buttonhole and cut half distance of the slit. If you don't want accidental damage the stitches you can continue cutting with the other edge a buttonhole.

Cutting a internal hole, step 4

Now you need do last step and trim the ends of the thread.
Insert your button into the slot and make sure your button fits. If you need the length of the slit can cut a little but it should be done very carefully.

In this tutorial you learned how to do four-step buttonhole. But almost all modern sewing machines come with the ability to do buttonholes automatic (one step buttonhole). The instruction how to make such buttonhole you can find in another post.
How to Sew an Automatic Buttonhole.

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