When your garment sewing branches out beyond clothes with elastic, learning to sew buttonholes is a must! I think buttonholes are an intimidating sewing step for most people, but as with most things, you will get more comfortable with them the more you practice! Today is a great day to learn how to use the one-step buttonhole foot for your sewing machine.
When I purchased a new sewing machine a few years ago, a Singer Quantum Stylus 9960, it came with an automatic 1-step buttonhole function and a special Buttonhole Foot attachment. This thing is awesome!!! Today, I wanted to share with you a video tutorial for using this Buttonhole Foot.
Obviously, you will need to have a machine that accommodates this feature in order to use one. We will discuss alternate buttonhole methods another time.
Important Things to Remember:
- Replace regular sewing foot with the Buttonhole Foot
- Place button in the foot to set buttonhole length – be sure you use the same button that you will be using on your garment
- Pull down the sensor lever on your machine before you begin
- Select buttonhole style on the machine
- Place needle thread through the stitching window so that it is out of the way
- Monitor the buttonhole as it’s stitching to ensure the fabric is being guided fluidly
- If the buttonhole does not sew correctly, you CAN carefully rip out the stitches with a seam ripper BEFORE you cut the buttonhole open!
- If you are using a thin or knit material, be sure to add interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric before you attempt to sew a buttonhole
- Test your finished buttonhole size on scrap fabric to make sure you space your buttonholes correctly on the garment
- Use disappearing ink to mark the start of the buttonhole – align this mark in the center of the window on the buttonhole foot. (Some machines/models may stitch the buttonhole from the ending mark instead of the starting point – be sure you adjust for YOUR machine).
I know that buttonholes can be scary, but I think you’ll find that a Buttonhole Foot makes things a whole lot easier!! You can do it!!! Happy Sewing!
You can find my first video tutorial, How To Sew a Rolled Hem, here. If you find these video tutorials helpful, will you let me know? What else would you like to see in action??