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How to Sew Button hole (tutorial)

October 9, 2019

For this example, we’ll be using a standard zigzag stitch at .3 for stitch length and 2.5 for stitch width. This example shows you length from 0 to 1. Next, we’ll measure out our button. Depending on the height of the button, you’ll add 1/8 to your measurement per every 1/8 of your button height. This will allow for a proper opening. Make your marks and either freehand or measure out your guide. Align your fabric with the needle positioned to the left, as we’ll be sewing to the right. Lower your needle and your foot Normally, we’d lower our foot first then our needle, but for this example I wanted to show you where I’m positioned. Sew at a comfortable speed to stay as straight as possible. Once at the bottom, make sure to have your needle all the way to your right, as you’ll be sewing to the left. Raise your foot, rotate your fabric counter-clockwise, lower your foot, and sew 10 stitches to construct your bottom bar tack. Adjust your needle to the right as you’ll be sewing to the left. Rotate your fabric counter-clockwise, lower your foot, and sew the other side. Raise your foot, rotate your fabric counter-clockwise and construct your top bar tack, again with 10 stitches. Raise your foot and needle, and next clean up any loose thread. Next, we’ll be using pins at the start of our bar tacks to avoid cutting into them with the stitch ripper. Bring the stitch ripper to the edge of the pin and rip. Remove the pins and remove any excess frays. Optionally, you can use fray check along the hole to prevent any future fraying. The button should easily pass through the opening.


  • Reply dccchin July 29, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    Thank you for showing how to do this.  All other videos I searched had machine attachments that I do not have.   I have a very old, basic machine and I think it can handle sewing a button hole with your easy instructions.   Wish me luck!!

  • Reply Sandi K February 5, 2016 at 2:42 am


  • Reply Ewelina Bławatek March 13, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    for me? unacceptable

  • Reply Nicole Allen March 31, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Just what I needed! thanks.

  • Reply carol zirk May 23, 2016 at 12:30 am

    I have watched several videos today on how to make button holes and this will work for me,thank you

  • Reply T S H I F A R O June 13, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Great video!

  • Reply GreatLittleArtLessons September 1, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Thank you for a great tutorial!

  • Reply Nelly Andon February 4, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Just the tutorial I need, thank you!!!!!

  • Reply PropReplicator Productions February 9, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Awsome tutorial! Been looking for a vid like this forever! thank you

  • Reply TheJorgSacul March 27, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Gotta love the Fray Check! Thanks for a very helpful video 🙂

  • Reply Rasmus Madsen May 12, 2017 at 9:45 am

    great tutorial! and you didn't even call me a lady to begin with ! 😀

  • Reply Carrie LT July 25, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Straight to the point and included stitch lengths plus the equivalence of seam allowance in one short video? Yes please!

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  • Reply trainfangirl March 26, 2018 at 5:12 am

    Thanks so much!! This is probably the easiest button tutorial I've found so far and it helped me immensely!

  • Reply rattytwoshoes April 10, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    Excellent clear tutorial! I finally understand how to do a buttonhole! Thank you so much!

  • Reply Acolyte of Torbjörn July 1, 2018 at 4:49 am

    it's almost like…. without the proper foot presser…. you should've marked your cloth to guide you, as in teaching beginners? Hrm…..

  • Reply MI KO August 5, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Thank you!!!!!

  • Reply DIY Mommy August 8, 2018 at 9:42 am

    Been avoiding the buttonholes for nothing! This is the best tutorial ever, thank you

  • Reply Shaundel Edward August 23, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Thank you! Perfect! Lucid and concise! Thanks a lot.

  • Reply Donna S October 29, 2018 at 5:59 am

    Great video on how to sew a button hole without a buttonhole presser foot

  • Reply Dashia James January 27, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Very helpful video!!

  • Reply missy foster March 29, 2019 at 10:45 am

    thank you!

  • Reply Stepha Holic April 5, 2019 at 10:28 am

    Amazing instructions. I love how he demonstrates where the needle lands

  • Reply Yalemtsehay Kebede July 8, 2019 at 7:35 am

    Thank You! GOD Bless!ly

  • Reply Jordan Ernst July 19, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    Yes!! No more sewing with elastic or zippers!

  • Reply jennifer guenthner August 18, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    I didn’t find the angle of the camera very helpful while your were showing the machine work. End product looked messier than other videos I’ve seen that show the same process. But the narration was clear and precise (if you know all the terminology well and how to use your machine well).

  • Reply Save,Ireland NowDontWait September 30, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    I enjoyed watching that!!! 😊 👍👍👍

  • Reply Gloria Jackson October 3, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    Great video!

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