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!
Hi, I am the owner of Prairie Quilt shop in Hennessey, Oklahoma, where I am fortunate to share my passion with other sewists!