December 14, 2015

LINDA'S TIPS...

...I love a machine with one-step buttonhole capabilities - which most machines have now,
that is until I want to make a buttonhole that is over One (1) Inch in size - which is sometimes the case (like with a jacket or on a coat). I have been known to FORCE a 1 1/8 inch button into this foot with pretty good results.
 
But, there are times when I want to use big ornate buttons - what then???  During times like that I am FORCED to make a bound buttonhole - which I am capable of doing.  I have made some pretty decent bound buttonholes (if I might say so myself)  but most times I'm lazy and just do not want to take the extra time to make them.

This week I'm working on another
McCall's 6209
McCall's 6209, this time for my Daughter which does not involve buttons but does incorporate four 2" buttonhole openings to accommodate the self tie belt.  I decided to make the buttonhole openings freehand on my machine without the buttonhole foot - which was a first for me, but I thought what the heck!
Don't laugh at the slightly crooked lines drawn on my stabilizer
A little hard staying on the lines, but I double stitched each buttonhole
This shows the right side of the buttonhole on this tweedy wool blend fabric
The double stitched buttonhole is sturdy, and just the right size to accommodate the 2" self tie belt.

  Many of you have probably already done this before, but I thought I'd share just in case there's someone who hasn't.
What method do you use to make over sized buttonholes???

14 comments:

  1. What a wonderful solution for a large buttonhole! It looks fabulous! Clever you, Faye!

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  2. My machine comes with a manual buttonhole foot for larger buttonholes.

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    1. Sounds wonderful. What type machine do you have Shaneka?

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  3. I use my old mechanical Kenmore for BHs and it is with an attachment that goes from little bitty BHs to inch to very long ones. Great job, Faye, making it work with your own method.

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    1. I wish I had your Kenmore Bunny. This worked very well with the tweedy fabric.

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  4. Necessity is the mother of invention - a very clever solution!

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    1. It worked out very well. I don't trust myself making hand worked ones.

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  5. I've never had to make oversize buttonholes, but if I did I would use your method. It worked well!

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    1. Thank you Kathy and I do hope it works well for you when you do try it!

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  6. I love this Faye. I'm definitely going to use this next time I need an extra long buttonhole . Thank you so much !

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    1. Diane I figured at lot of people who sew already knew about it but wanted to post it just in case some one out there needed it.

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  7. I think your buttonhole/belt hole looks great. I always do mine that way, even the small ones, because that's how I was taught, and I don't want to lose the skill.

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    1. I'm glad I finally got the nerve to try it Marjie especially using this loose weave fabric.

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