I used to think sewing buttons on, especially for work shirts would be tedious and painful. However, after creating a number of work shirts I soon discovered some really useful tips and tricks for getting them done quickly.
Mark your button holes
Mark with pins or an erasable pen where you want your button holes to go. For a work shirt I measured 2 inches apart but each garment will be different so just follow your pattern instructions. Attach your buttonhole foot, which comes with your machine. Pull down the buttonhole lever and select your buttonhole setting.
Download your user manual
If your machine is like mine and doesn’t display the buttonhole settings on the front of your machine, you can simply download the user manual from the manufacturer website, such as Brother Australia. This is a really great way to store your user manual.
Steps to button your shirt
Once you’ve sewn on your buttonholes with your machine, make a slit in the button with a seam ripper. To avoid slitting through your button hole put a pin inside the buttonhole (at the end) so that you don’t accidentally rip too far.
Once you’ve opened your buttonhole slits, line up your shirt closed by placing a pin at the top and bottom of your shirt. Now put a pin through the centre of your slit, like shown below. Do this to each buttonhole, making sure that your shirt sits flat and there is no bunching in the fabric as you go.
This now means we can use the pins to mark where our buttons will be placed on the shirt so they won’t be misaligned. Once you have the shirt sitting nice and flat with the pins, you can then unbutton the the shirt (pins), as shown below.
This gap created by the pin will mark where you will sew the buttons. Another nifty trick is to place sticky tape over the button, as shown below.
Place the button in the gap left by the pin, as shown below.
Remove the pin and sew the button in place with a needle and thread or you can use your optional buttonhole foot.
This method just makes it so much easier to ensure all of your buttons are lined up perfectly. Once you’ve finished, remove the sticky tape from your button and you’ve successfully buttoned a garment!
Now it’s your turn! Why not whip up a shirt or blouse! I’m sure everyone would love to see you in a new pink flamingos and cactus shirt! (hehe) 🙂