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How to sew on button using your sewing machine

October 24, 2019

Hey there it’s Margaret from let’s learn to
sew and in today’s video I’m going to show you how to use your sewing machine
to sew on a button without using a button foot and without using tape Now I know there’s a lot of tutorials
out there and videos that show you placing a piece of scotch tape over your
button to hold it in place however when I began working for Viking
one of the things that we were taught early on was to encourage our customers
to never use tape on their projects because what happens is as the needle
goes back and forth down through those holes it’s puncturing the tape now it’s going
to get residue on your needle but what’s more damaging is the fact that as it
goes back and forth puncturing the tape little pieces of
that tape are going to break off they can go down through the holes of
the button and into your sewing machine so let’s go ahead and let’s get started
without using a foot and without using type so in order to set our machine up we
need to know the distance between the two holes on the button and you can use
your seam gauge to measure it I know that the distance on this one
because I measured it earlier is three millimeters so I can set my stitch width
to that if you don’t have a way to measure it i’m going to show you how to
do it using your sewing machine needles go ahead and get the Machine set up the
way you set your machine up depends on your sewing machine. My machine has a
button stitch so when I choose the button stitch it automatically
disengages my feed dogs which means they’re not going to move back and forth it turns off my stitch length and this
is my stitch width, that 3.0 is going to be the distance between the two
holes on the button so if they were larger or smaller I
would just increase my stitch width if your machine does not have a button
stitch you’re going to set it to the zig-zag stitch going to lower your stitch length to 0 set your stitch width for whatever the
distances between the holes on the button if you’re not sure then we’re going to
use the sewing machine needle to find out. If you’re using your zigzag stitch
and when you turn your hand will you find that your feed dogs are still
coming up and moving usually there’s a lever in the front or
the back of the Machine and you’ll see some little feed dogs or you’ll see it
flat it’s going to move that one way or the
other for mine flat means that the feed dogs are lowered I can turn my hand wheel towards me and
my feed dogs are not going to move up and down you’ll want to refer to your
owners manual to find out if you need to manually lower your feed dogs so I’ve got my regular presser foot off
of my machine i’m just going to use my ankle to hold
the button in place I’m going to line up the ankle right
below the area between the two button holes and the lower my presser foot you can move it if you need to to take
my hand we’re going to turn it towards me going very slow as you see the width
is correct if for any reason the needle was coming down
and hitting the button I would either decrease or increase my stitch width to
make sure that your stitch with this correct you can begin lightly pressing on your
presser foot and if you have an automatic setting
it’s going to stop when it needs to if you don’t you want to go back and
forth about eight times once you’re finished if your machine has
a tile feature you can go ahead and get that if not you’re going to want to
raise your presser foot and bring your threads to the back this thread tail is from when we started
soft that thread till can turn it over and my machine automatically knots them if yours does not then you’re going to
want to take your to thread tails and tie them in a knot and then clip them
you can see we have a nice clean button stitch and it took a lot less time than
it did if you were have to hand sew them once you so the first one because your
stitch width is already set the rest of them will take a lot less time if you
have any questions about how to sew a button on using your sewing machine
without a button foot let me know and i’ll be happy to help
you out


  • Reply Ashley Louise February 16, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    This is so informative, I do a lot of sewing myself and have always wondered if you can use a sewing machine to sew on buttons!

  • Reply Rhiana Jones February 16, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    So helpful, nice tutorial, thank you.

  • Reply Kyndrial Magee February 16, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    I really like how detailed this tutorial was, because I always wanted to design my own clothes

  • Reply Kassandra Kashian February 18, 2018 at 12:34 am

    I love this!!

  • Reply Nice Right Now August 16, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Wow that’s amazing, I never realized sewing machines can do that! I must tell my wife, and mum, and sisters…

  • Reply Kimberly Caines August 18, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    I had no idea you could use a sewing machine for this. How handy.

  • Reply Awesome girl Summer 123 July 7, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Yassssss I needed this as I don’t have a button foot

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