It is so intimidating to make an entire garment except the buttonholes only to realize the "something could go terribly wrong" step is next. I used to hate buttonholes but now they are a snap for me by using my embroidery machine.
To start off I make one test buttonhole using the same type of fabric that my garment is made from and the same stabilizer I plan to use. My machine measures in metric which gives a more precise measurement than US Standard. I measure my button and usually add a few centimeters, after I sew out my test buttonhole I put the button in to make sure it fits "just right", not too loose and not too tight. Goldilocks would like this, wouldn't she?
If you are doing this with a standard sewing machine you can then mark your button holes and proceed from there. But there is an easier way! Watch this simple video and see how I do my buttons all within the embroidery hoop!
This is my granddaughter Kailee with her new American Girl doll. Notice the matching outfits, I did the bodices with Texture Magic, I love that product. This smile will inspire me to make many pretty matching dresses.
I used Krinkle Magic in the jacket below, it is used the same way as Texture Magic is but I think the finished product is just a bit softer. The design was made by doing a wavy stitch in rows. Kailee's dress was done with a straight stitch done in a cross hatch design, the same crosshatch design was used with the Cuddle pillow. By the way, using these products on Cuddle make them totally stable, no stretching once it is backed with these products. On the purse we simply followed the design of the fabric. I have also used it in blocks on a child's quilt and on bibs.
I really can't stop using Texture Magic, and for that reason, I've made a simple tutorial on how easy it can be to use!
Click below to view this tutorial!
A company called By Annie created Texture Magic and she has some super videos should you want to delve in this product. http://www.byannie.com/texture_magic_videos/
If you live in Oklahoma or Kansas and would like a lesson on these products please write me and let me know. I love to share new techniques and my passion for sewing.
Hi, I am the owner of Prairie Quilt shop in Hennessey, Oklahoma, where I am fortunate to share my passion with other sewists!