How to Sew a Button

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How to Sew a Button - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. What you want to do is, find your thread, you want about 18 inches or so. As a rule you do not want to do ever do any hand sewing with more than 18 inches because it gets tangled and it gets in your way. Take the thread, we clip the end of it to make sure that goes through the eye of the needle. Now most hand sewing is done with a single thread. Because we want the button to be more secure we are going to use a double thread. We are going to tie our knot in the end. Give ourselves a nice little bit of a tail. Take your button, and I am going to use a safety pin. You can use a toothpick, you can use the top of a crochet hook. What you need is something in between your button and the fabric. That is going to support the button up off the fabric and make it so that there is a little bit of room underneath the button. It makes it a little bit more functional, it makes it so you can fit it through the button hole and does not stress the fabric by not having enough room underneath it. I am going to take my safety pin, I am going to center the button over the top of it. Then from the back I am going to take my needle and thread, I am going to come up through one eye of the button and I am going to go back down. Now, what you have to be careful of when you are putting a button in, is that you are coming in and out in almost the same spot. That is one of the things that beginners tend mess up if they are going to mess up anything with a button is that the back of it looks a little bad. So try to make sure that you are going in, not in the exact same place but in close to the exact same place, maybe four or five threads over. What it is going to do is make the back of your button look a little neater and tidier. It is also going to make it a little stronger because you would not have a lot of loose thread that you have to deal with. After we have gone through maybe four or five times with a double thread, you can go through more if you are a little insecure. And again look at the back, make sure that you are coming in and out at the same place. You want it to appear as just a little, little button of fabric, a little nib of fabric on the back of it. Go through one more time. Now, once I have gone through the eyes of the button what I am going to do is take my safety pin out and you can see that there is some play between the button and the fabric. What I am going to do is bring my needle up to the back of the button, so I am coming up like this, pulling it out, then I am going to take my double thread and I am going to wind that around, creating what is called a shank. A shank helps keep the button from falling off and makes the button a little sturdier. Bring it back through the back, make sure we are coming out in the same place. Now, once I am here I am going to take both of my ends and I am going to tie those off in a double knot. One, I am going do that once more, just because I am a little worried about it, two. And this is something that they usually do not teach you in the instruction manuals and in sewing classes. I have always been a big fan of burying the thread. And here is what I mean. Most people would say, we are done we can just cut this flush with the knot. If you cut it flush with the knot what is going to happen is, as you button and unbutton the shirt, that knot is going to start to wear and you are going to lose your button again. What I am going to do, put my needle through and bring it up right underneath, then clip my thread right under the button where it is come out. I am going to do the same thing with this one. Sometimes you have got to clip your thread. Now it seems like a little bit of an extra step, and you would not always want to take the time for this especially if it is an emergency button situation, but it makes it so much cleaner and secure when you bury your threads. I have got one more. And this is the part that most people do not like because you have to re-thread the eye of the needle three different times. Totally worth it. Now my thread is buried, I do not have any excess sticking off the back, I have a tiny little knot, and if I were not using contrasting thread it had be really, really unnoticable. And a nice shank on the back.