Thursday, November 17, 2011

Try New Things (TNT) Thursday: Buttonholes!

Sample to try buttonholes. I didn't have any interfacing handy, so I turned the fabric over twice (four layers). The buttonhole will automatically size to the button (very cool)!
A quilter can survive without ever learning how to do buttonholes! I have been one of those quilters, but as I flit around blogland I see all these cool projects with buttonholes. I just love the quilted pillows with the buttons on the back. I am making pillows for Christmas, so I thought I would give it a try!
I choose the buttonhole that my manual said was for lightweight material

Marked the top/start of the buttonhole.
The buttonhole foot just snaps on. Center your mark in the opening.

There is a little grey tab/bar that you need to pull down. This will let the machine know how to size the buttonhole.


Use snips or a sharp seam ripper to cut open the hole.

The buttons fit perfectly

I love these "antique" buttons.

This was really easy! I have know idea why I was so nervous about trying this. Fancy, smancy pillows, here I come!

I'm linking up with the wonderful Melissa at Happy Quilting for TNT Thursday. I can't wait to see what wonderful things everyone else is trying this week!

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  1. Yay for trying new things! I finally attempted a buttonhole with my machine not long ago, too. I was amazed at how simple it was. I almost want to make a new shower curtain so I can make a bunch of buttonholes!

  2. I love the buttonhole feature on my machine. It is not near as fancy as yours but it sure beats my old machine (the one I got when I was 16) that didn't even have a buttonhole attachment. You just had to make them on your own with a zig zag stitch. Yours look great and I agree, those antique buttons are super cute :)

  3. That's a gorgeous machine-stitched buttonhole!

  4. Congrats! Easy with your machine it looks like. Now you can have fun adding buttons.

  5. I have yet to do a buttonhole... What machine do you have? It looks exactly like my mother's brother embroidery machine!

  6. Great job on the button holes! Are we going to be seeing a rash of new projects with buttons from you?!!

  7. My button-holer doesn't like me. I can't figure out how to work it. The book that came with the machine sucks. Maybe I'll take another go at it sometime, you inspire me! Thanks!

  8. Fun! I use a 50 year old machine, no button hole option for me! Glad you tried it out to great success :D

  9. I have one of those contraptions and it terrifies me...I must have a go. I love those antique buttons too. Well done for TSN!

  10. Great buttonhole! :-) I have one of those fancy buttonhole features on my machine as well, but I have yet to try it. Maybe I will now that I see how easy it can be. And I agree with you... antique buttons are amazing!