All About Buttons and Buttonholes

A button is functional to create a closure on a garment but with the many kinds of buttons that are available, buttons are an opportunity to add a decorative touch to almost anything you sew. The trick is knowing how to properly sew on a button and the kind of buttonhole to use for the many buttons is the best way to have a reliable closure on your garments.

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    Flat Buttons
    Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Simple to follow text directions to learn how to sew on a flat button with pictures of various flat buttons.

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    Shank Buttons
    Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Simple to follow text directions to learn how to sew on a shank button with pictures of various types of shank buttons. A shank button ‚Äčtends to more than a flat button but there are ways to reinforce the thread so the button will stay attached.

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    Bound buttonholes are known as a tailored type of buttonhole but they can also be a decorative touch and a cure for fraying fabric. These step by step directions will allow you to sew perfect bound buttonholes.

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    What is buttonhole elastic? Expand your sewing skills by learning about buttonhole elastic and how to use buttonhole elastic.

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    A buttonhole does not have to be machine sewn. Master a blanket stitch, learn to make your stitches smaller and close together and you will have mastered an hand sewn buttonhole stitch.