How to Make a Buttonhole With a Standard Sewing Machine Foot


I love making things that require buttons because there are so many adorable buttons out there that give your garment something extra. Most sewing machines, if not all, come with a foot that makes buttonholes. But what if you don’t have a buttonhole foot, or would rather just use your standard sewing machine foot? There’s a way to make a buttonhole quickly and easily without needing to switch to another foot! Here’s how to make a buttonhole:



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1. Take your garment, and mark where you want your buttonhole to be. Tear off a piece of a paper towel and slip it underneath your fabric to help stabilize it, and prevent puckering.

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2. Make sure your sewing machine comes with a zigzag stitch. Most do. To make these buttonholes, I’m using 04 on my machine. If your machine allows you to adjust the width of the stitch, select a width that is small.

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3. Notice the two little notches on my foot? Look at the leftmost notch. This notch marks where my stitches are going to be. On your machine, find this notch, and scoot it to one side of the mark you made that will be the buttonhole. Sew down this side, and when you are at the end of the mark, hit your back-stitch button, and sew back to where you started. Once you are there, sew back down again. This makes the buttonhole strong.

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4. Pull the garment away, and cut your thread. Check out your handiwork and see if you did well. If you’re satisfied, it’s time to do the other side!

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5. Now line up the notch on your sewing machine foot to be on the other side of the buttonhole. Repeat step 3.

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6. Once you’ve stitched along each buttonhole, it’s time to open them up! Slip a pin on each end of the hole so that when you open them up, you don’t accidentally cut beyond the hole. Using a seam ripper, open up the area between the zigzag stitches.

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And that’s all there is to it! Now you have some easy buttonholes that you can make without a buttonhole foot. Did you enjoy learning how to make a buttonhole this way? Let us know in the comments!

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