Sophie at Un Peu de Couture made a pair of Burda pants recently, and in her post she asked about tutorials for making buttonholes without a special foot. I know how to do this, in theory, though I don’t usually sew them this way. It’s good to learn because when you are in a tight place with some bulk or weird fabric layers (like a waistband), the automatic buttonholer often craps out. I believe that’s the technical term.
Also, automatics usually make buttonholes only 1″(2.5cm) long or less. You can also use this technique to make a longer buttonhole if desired (though it will probably droop).
My rectangle-guide is a little crazy, if that makes your heart stop then do draw a little buttonhole-window with tidier angles. Whatever helps you get the job done. Also, my buttonhole isn’t perfect. I was talking and stitching. Practice until yours is better than mine, it’s worth it.
I used a stitch width of 5.0 for the bar tacks at the end, and 2.0 for the “legs.” The stitch length is .3. Depending on your machine, your threads and your fabric you may need to use different settings.
Many, many thanks to Stephen for his camera work. (Next time I’ll get him to go in tight on the stitching!) I used this buttonhole technique after we filmed for his pajamas, so now he can wear them.
Does anyone know of any other online tutorials that show another way to do this? How do you make buttonholes?