Elena ``of Valhalla''

Buttonhole Anonymous

Elena ``of Valhalla'' at

Hello, I'm Elena, and I prefer to make buttonholes by hand.

It may be because all of my machines only have the classical 4-step buttonhole that requires a bit of manual handling, and I've never tried the automagical 1-step set-the-size-and-the-machine-does-everything, but I consider making machine buttonholes a messy process where you lead fabric under the machine hoping for the best, then precariously cutting in the middle of threads, and finally discover that you've doing it wrong, but at least it's usable.

By hand, instead, you first cut (too little), try the button, snip another bit so that the button actually passes, and then proceed to do neat, carefully controlled stitches. It does take more time, but you can easily do it while e.g. lurking an IRC meeting :)

Am I insane? should I try the automagical machine and that would convert me? Would that require me to surrender to the idea of proprietary software in my sewing machine?
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I was unclear -- I did not mean that as "you should". It just reminded me of my mom.  Rock on with your Edwardian attire!

Sarah Elkins at 2018-01-27T15:20:12Z

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I still didn't try to do buttonholes. I'm fighting with the sewing machine more often (from 2 works per year now I am at 4-5 works per year) but still in the very basic steps.
My mother did semimanual buttonholes as you explain, but I don't know if she had other option with her machine.

Laura Arjona at 2018-01-28T13:02:46Z

» Laura Arjona:

“I still didn't try to do buttonholes. I'm fighting with the sewing machine more often (from 2 works per year now I am at 4-5 works per year) but still in the very basic steps.
My mother did semimanual buttonholes as you explain, but I don't know if she had other option with her machine.”

@Laura Arjona yay for fighting more often with the sewing machine, as that's the way to win! :D


As for the buttonholes, I believe that sewing machines either can do the semimanual 4-step buttonholes or the automagical 1-step ones, I don't think that there are ones able to do both.


anyway... in a bit more than a week there will be the fosdem videos, and that's another excellent hand-sewing time :)

Elena ``of Valhalla'' at 2018-01-29T15:22:22Z

Found out about Knitta Please today.


I'm convinced you're a member. Maybe even one of the founders!! xD

JanKusanagi at 2018-02-07T18:28:13Z