Hello, friends! Holly here. I’m here today to share a little trick with you. Did you know you can sew on your buttons using your sewing machine? Who knew?! It is seriously, such a time saver. There are two ways to do it – with a fancy shmancy presser foot, and an easy trick if you don’t have one. I’ll show you both ways here.
Ok, let’s get started!
WITHOUT THE SPECIAL FOOT
1. Mark your button placement.
2. Place your button on top of your marking, and hold in place with a piece of scotch tape.
3. Remove your presser foot from your machine.
4. Set your machine to a zig zag stitch, and reduce the stitch length to 0. Lower your needle into one of the button holes, and test out stitch widths to see which will work best so that it goes through the next hole. On my machine, the standard setting at 3 worked perfectly. But all machines, and buttons, are different.
Once you have the correct setting, start sewing!
5. If you are working with buttons with 4 holes, just simply do one row at a time.
6. Remove your tape, and you are done!
USING A BUTTON PRESSER FOOT
This is what my button sewing presser foot looks like (and probably similar to yours). That middle shank adjusts up and down to accommodate for thick buttons and buttons sewn on thick fabrics.
If the first method was fast, using the presser foot is even faster, because it eliminates the need for the scotch tape.
Just like before, mark your button placement. Simply place your button on top of your marking, and then place underneath your presser foot so that the middle shank sits right in the middle of the button holes. Again, set your machine to a zig zag stitch, with the stitch length set at 0. Adjust your stitch width so that it lands evenly between the two holes, and get to sewing!