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How to Sew A Button - Step by Step

I like big buttons and I cannot lie.

A truth some don't know about me.  I'd much rather have a big button than a small one.  But really any button is better than no button.

how to sew a button step by step

Sewing on a button is an important skill.  Let's face it.  We all have a pile of mending in the corner.  Half of which requires us to fix buttons that fell off.  {Like the pair of shorts of my husband's I've been neglecting for 2 years.}

Sewing on a button is a bit of a chore, only when it is mending.  If the button is for a new shirt or bag, we can't wait to sew on.


how to sew a button step by step


Let's show you today how to sew a button using a sewing machine.  It makes the process go much faster.  And if you are new to sewing and learning to sew, this is an important sewing 101 lesson.

You'll also get to use your skills from learning to sew a zig zag stitch for this lesson.  Winning!!

Learn how to sew a button using a sewing machine quickly and easily.





How to Sew a Button Using a Sewing Machine

Materials Needed
  • Button - with 2 holes
  • Scarp piece of fabric
  • Hand needle
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine




how to sew a button step by step
Step 1
Place the button where you want it to go on the fabric.  Place the presser foot over the top of the button.











how to sew a button step by step
Step 2
Make sure to place your needle on the widest zig zag.  Use the hand wheel to move the needle into the fabric and do a single zig zag to make sure it is wide enough for your button holes.

Press the foot petal to add 5-6 stitches through the fabric.






how to sew a button using a sewing machine
Step 3
Cut the threads from your machine.  Make sure to leave them nice and long.  Grab a hand needle.








how to sew a button using a sewing machine
Step 4
Thread the top threads into the hand needle.  






how to sew a button using a sewing machine
Step 5
Fold the fabric away from the button.  Thread the needle through the button hole.  The needle should end between the button and the fabric.

Wind the thread around underneath the button 3-4 times to create the shank.








how to sew a button using a sewing machine
Step 6
Thread the needle and threads to the back of the fabric.  Tie the 4 threads together in a square knot.



You've learned how to sew a button using a sewing machine.  Yes, it is a bit of a combination of machine sewing and hand sewing.  But this makes the button nice and strong.








Learn how to sew a button using a sewing machine quickly and easily.


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