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Buttonhole Size

New postby SmilieFace on Sun Feb 28, 2010 7:57 am

I have a button that is thicker (taller) than the "average" button. When making my buttonhole, how should I lengthen or widen the buttonhole? I'm sure one must be done, but I don't know which one!
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Re: Buttonhole Size

New postby temom on Sun Feb 28, 2010 8:17 am

I have to say that I hadn't thought of it before. Why don't you make a couple of sample button holes, and see which one works best? I would think if you would have to make changes, it would be how long (assuming it is a verticle buttonhole), since that would allow the width to go around the button. Try normal sized, then lengthen a little. I"ve never heard of changing the width of a buttonhole, but I haven't been properly educated in the art of buttonholes. :D
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Re: Buttonhole Size

New postby DorothyL on Sun Feb 28, 2010 9:53 am

I'd make a sample just a tiny bit longer. How thick is the button? What sort of buttonholer do you have? Most of the time button holes are trial and error anyway. Even with my one step where you put the button in the foot and it measures they are usually a bit bigger than I like.

What is the button on? If it is a jacket or something like that you might consider bound button holes.

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Re: Buttonhole Size

New postby SmilieFace on Sun Feb 28, 2010 10:00 am

Thanks for the tips; I will try making it longer. The buttonholes are on a formal dress I'm making. It's a halter top, and I want buttons instead of sliding the halter over my head every time.
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Re: Buttonhole Size

New postby MartySews2 on Sun Feb 28, 2010 10:19 am

If it's on a formal dress, try a loop buttonhole. That way, you make the loop the size of the button or use buttonhole elastic which would be invisible to most.
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Re: Buttonhole Size

New postby bridesmom on Sun Feb 28, 2010 11:03 pm

My machine has a number of different buttonholes, and the one it suggests for thick buttons is a wider buttonhole. Another one that works, is the keyhole type. but some machines don't make those.
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Re: Buttonhole Size

New postby SmilieFace on Mon Mar 01, 2010 2:52 pm

Oh! I forgot I could have used the keyhole type. I ended up just lengthening the buttonhole. That worked.
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Re: Buttonhole Size

New postby MartySews2 on Mon Mar 01, 2010 3:09 pm

That's great Smilie!!! Now, I'll look forward to the photos of your new dress.
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