Do you know how to sew a button?
You might think that sewing a button should only be done by your girlfriend, wife or mother.
You will never know when you're going to be on your own and need this skill for a quick fix.
Buttons, they fall off in the laundry. They break apart, and occasionally, they have to be moved when the collar is too tight.
Knowing how to sew on a button is a small way of making yourself more sufficient.
This article is from Art of Manliness – If you don't know how to sew a button, but want to learn – we'll explain how to professionally sew on a button in 5 simple steps.
What are you going to need?
- Needle, two if possible and I'll show you where you're going to need the other one here in a second. You can also make do with a toothpick or a small pin.
- 24 inches of thread
- Matching button or any button in a pinch
- Knife or scissors, something to cut with
- Emergency sewing kit. If you're in a hotel at a convention center, simply go to the front desk and ask for one of these if you need to make a repair. They're usually pretty easy to find and they have exactly what you need.
5 Simple Steps On How You Can Sew A Button
1. The first thing we're going to do is we're going to double the thread over, and what that means is we're going to run the thread through the eye of the needle and we're going to take 24 inches of thread and turn it into 12.
We're also going to knot the end. The reason you want to do this is it's going to in a sense double the strength of the thread and you're going to be able to sew quite a bit more in half the time.
2. Starting on the back side, you're going to run the needle through the area where you want the button to be.
What we're going to do is we're going to stitch from the back to the front, then from the front to the back, and we're going to create an anchor, an anchor X exactly, and this is where the button is going to be placed. That's my exact point where I want to place the button.
3. Using the second needle, and this is where we use it as a spacer, we begin sewing the button down and I'll explain in a second why we want the spacer. We're going back in and going from back to front, front to back. We're using the anchor X to keep ourselves aligned as we know where to sew.
After approximately six passes, you're ready to remove the spacer. Now, notice because we have a double thread, this is actually more like 12 pieces of thread that are going back and forth here.
4. We remove the spacer and what we're going to do is create a shank. A shank allows the button to sit just off of the fabric and makes it easier to button, and it will actually enable the button to stay and to last longer.
5. Once you're finished with the six wraparounds, then dive the needle down and we're going to be tying it off, which is step five.
We're going to tie off the back side by threading it right through the back again, as you can see here, and then we're going to tie a simple knot, cut, and we are done.
The button should last long. You shouldn't have any issues and that is all you need to sew on a button.
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