How To Sew Four Step 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.
For the tutorial of 4-step buttonhole, we took a small piece of fabric.
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 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.
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.
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.
Before sewing a buttonhole in four-steps make some measuring. You need measure the length of button and the hole.
Mark the appropriate buttonhole length on the fabric. Its length will be more than the button.
Remove the usual presser foot from your sewing machine.
Attach the special buttonhole foot to sewing machine.
The top thread you need insert into the slit of the buttonhole foot.
Turn the handle of length a stitch to the smallest value.
At the same time set the stitch selector to buttonhole position 1.
Place your fabric under the buttonhole foot.
So that the line marking was exactly in the middle slit the buttonhole.
Start sewing your buttonhole at slow speed. Stop to sew exactly at the point your end markings.
In this step you need to set the stitch selector to buttonhole position 2.
And now you can to make several broad stitches.
Now set the stitch selector to buttonhole position 3.
Continue sewing your buttonhole at slow speed.
Stop to sew exactly at the point your bottom end markings.
Now you must to set the stitch selector to buttonhole position 4.
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.
Now you need trim the ends of the threads on both sides a buttonhole (wrong and face).
When the buttonhole is done, you'll need to cut the center inner line.
Do it can with using a special tool - the seam ripper.
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.
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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