Friday, August 15, 2014

Free Pattern Friday - Bound Buttonholes Tutorial

Bound buttonholes are one of the telling marks of a quality garment. Though rare in the ready to wear marketplace, the home sewist can achieve the look of a couturier garment with the addition of bound buttonholes. And they are not difficult to do either. When I was a girl in junior high school, my friend's mom showed me how to make beautiful bound buttonholes. It was a game changer for sewing since my mom's old White sewing machine only had forward and backward stitches. Today I am flanked by nearly 20 machines that can do all manner of stitches but I still make my buttonholes by hand. This 1952 tutorial from Workbasket is a great guide to achieving success making bound buttonholes. Download here.
Courtesy of CynicalGirl on Goodsmiths.

7 comments:

  1. My 1930's project right now has bound buttonholes, thank you for the post!

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  2. I too make all my buttonholes by hand; fell in love with them decades ago. I can't tell you how many machine holes I've ripped out cause I didn't like them, even my expensive Bernina machine can't compete. Thanks for sharing, Mary!

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  3. I'm still a beginner at this technique, thanks for the post. I need all the help I can get!

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  4. 20 machines, and handmade still wins:-) Great info and thank you!

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