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From: SheliaHC
Date: 03-29-2007, 12:23 PM (1 of 5)
I need to know how to repair a buttonhole. The thread has come loose on one side of a buttonhole on a jacket.

User: SheliaHC
Member since: 12-28-2005
Total posts: 95
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 03-29-2007, 06:14 PM (2 of 5)
The only way I have ever done it successfully is with a needle and thread and do the repair with hand stitches.. Takes a long time because you have to be so careful with your stitches.. Good Luck...
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From: Pudge99
Date: 03-30-2007, 09:23 AM (3 of 5)
I have had some luck with iron on interfacing.
Cut a small piece.
Iron it to the backside of your buttonhole making sure that the buttonhole is completely closed in the front.
Then I just sew a new buttonhole right over the top of the old one.
Cut it open and voila, brand new buttonhole.
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Pfaff 2040
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Singer Futura CE-100 w/ Autopunch
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From: SheliaHC
Date: 03-30-2007, 10:02 AM (4 of 5)
Thanks Libby and Gina. Not sure I'm ready to try the new button hole over the old one yet, I may have to practice that on something that's ready for rags. Kind of figured I would have to hand sew but thought it couldn't hurt to ask if there were any tricks to making it look nice.

User: SheliaHC
Member since: 12-28-2005
Total posts: 95
From: paroper
Date: 04-01-2007, 09:06 PM (5 of 5)
You can sometimes match the button hole well look well enough that you can manually match the button hole and just work one side from the inside of the hole. The interfacing can be a real life saver if the problem is the hole itself deteriorating. If it is just stitching that has come out, then it doesn't matter.

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