Now I know there are a lot of you out there that don’t know how to sew a button on, or don’t really want to learn, but for those of us who do know how, but are up for easier and quicker ways to do this, here’s your answer!
Watch how easily she does this on a sewing machine…
How to Sew on Buttons with a Sewing Machine (without a button foot or tape)
Buttons with 2 or with 4 holes can be attached.
- Measure the distance between the holes in the button to be attached.
- Raise the presser foot lever, and then slide the feed dog position lever, usually located at the rear of the machine on the base.
- Remove your regular presser foot.
- Place a button between the presser foot and the fabric. When attaching four-hole buttons, first sew the two holes closest to you. Then, slide the button so that the needle goes into the two holes toward the rear of the sewing machine, and then sew them in the same way
- Select the Zig-Zag stitch or the button stitch .
- Adjust the stitch width so that it is the same as the distance between the holes in the button.
- Set the stitch length to the shortest setting by pressing the stitch length adjustment key.
- Turn the hand wheel toward you (counterclockwise) to check that the needle correctly goes into the two holes of the button. Adjust the stitch width to the distance between the button holes
- Start sewing. You want to stitch about 8 back and forth stitches. If you machine has a button stitch it will stop automatically.
- Pull the upper thread at the end of the stitching to the wrong side of the fabric, and then tie it with the bobbin thread. Use scissors to cut the upper thread and the bobbin thread at the beginning of the stitching.When you are finished attaching the button, be sure to raise the feed dogs and set your machine back to straight stitch.
Go ahead, pull out some scrap fabric, a button and give it a try! You’ll never go back to hand sewing buttons again. Or, for those of you who don’t know how to sew a button on, this is the best way to start!
Watch Margaret, with Let’s Learn How To Sew, sew a button on with her machine. She will show you in her step by step tutorial so you won’t ever have to sew a button on by hand…unless you just want to!
Photo Credit: Joyce – US2 – Your Guide to Sewing Buttons and Button Holes