How to Sew a Four Step Buttonhole

How to sew a four steps buttonhole

Most of us are able to sew on sewing machine a straight seam or zigzag stitch. These skills can easily learn even beginners. But making a buttonhole is a whole different matter. Despite this you need to be able to perform a buttonhole also.
Do it need at the end of sewing your garment using the 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.

In this tutorial we will learn how to sew four step buttonholes. Even you have manual for making buttonholes on sewing machine read my tutorial also. High-quality photos and pro tips will teach you make a buttonhole in four stages.

Fabric for test sewing a buttonhole

For this tutorial I use a small piece of fabric.

The button and presser foot

To perform this training I use medium size button and special presser foot. Look in the set of sewing machine feet. Your sewing machine must have such presser foot if it has this operation.

The fusible interfacing fabric

The place of fabric where you will make the buttonhole should be strengthened with special fabric. Therefore you'll cut a small piece of interfacing and press it.

Press fusible interfacing on fabric

What is fusible interfacing fabric? It is thin transparent material having the pieces of glue 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 and press it with steam iron.

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 and a thin pad of fabric.

Marking buttonhole on the fabric, step 1

Before sewing a buttonhole in four-steps you need to 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 must be longer than the button size.

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 presser 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 a choosing length stitches 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 presser foot.

The left side of the buttonhole

The marking line must lay exactly in the middle of 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

In this position the sewing machine must to do a few several broad stitches. It is the final operation of the sewing a 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 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 a buttonhole 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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