Wednesday, December 21, 2011

buttonhole paranoia

I know some people are intimidated by putting in zippers....Me?  not a problem!
Setting in sleeves?   A walk in the park!

buttonholes??  They strike fear into my heart!!
My trusty Jenny (Janome machine) has an automatic button hole maker. That should make it easy...right???

You put the button into the gadget, and presto.... it makes a buttonhole!

Only problem doesn't always make it properly..

I am sure that this is Pilot error! And once I practice for awhile, I always get it going properly...but there is just enough of the element of surprise involved to keep my paranoia alive and well.  Having said that, it is a great feature and once I produces perfect button holes almost every time!

 But now I am going to go check out what more creative (and less paranoid) people are up to over at the Needle and Thread Network !


  1. hi flo! longtime reader - first comment!
    make you a deal - you do my zippers, i'll do your buttonholes! can't stand doing zippers - always place them by's the only way i can get them right! but hand-picked zippers are a designer thing, right?
    that's my story - i'm sticking to it...heh heh!
    cheers - and a merry christmas to you!

  2. maybe it was the fuzzy fabric you used first time around? hmm.

    Nice to know you are afraid of something!! haha You seem to be able to sew anything, and well!

  3. I was going to say read the manual and practic - but think you have done that. Yes, the nap frabics play 'not-nicey' with some elements. Merry Christmas Flo.

  4. I am so with you re button holes - that is a fear that i need to get over. Looks like you have been making something snuggly for someone special!

  5. Ah, slap a cute button on and who notices! Mind you, I have my own paranoias. ;^)

  6. I have never tried to make a button hole...I share your

  7. did you try a stableizer under the fabric when making your button holes ....You are right that practice will help you feel comfortable with your button hole making
    Merry Christmas

  8. Zippers and buttons holes are not my friends :(

  9. I know what you mean about buttonhole gadgets. Have you tried just doing it manually with the machine? First measure your buttons. Then decide on where you want the holes: spacing and direction. Put marks in pencil, making the marks about an eighth inch longer than the buttons. Then do a wide zigzag at one end at zero stitch length, change to a narrow zigzag and very short stitch length to go to the other end. Then do the whole thing again going the other way. Aline the narrow zigzags as close as possible without touching and do those straight too. That's how I do it because those gadgets are too much relearning each time and never quite succeeding for me.

  10. I hate making buttonholes... try snaps!


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