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From: MaryW
Date: 05-28-2007, 10:26 AM (1 of 3)
Good morning everyone and welcome to my new subscribers and members. :bluesmile We had a glorious weekend here on the east coast with loads of heat, sunshine and gardening. Today, it is dark, chilly and it is supposed to rain. What can you do.

My sewing tip today is about buttonholes. When making buttonholes always make a couple on scraps of fabric your garment is made from with the same layers of fabric and interfacing. This way you can make adjustments to fine tune your stitching. Make your first buttonholes in a not so noticeable spot, working towards where they are most noticed.

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Post under the appropriate thread, not here. Thanks and have a great day! I will see everyone again tomorrow.
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From: mamagoose
Date: 05-29-2007, 12:54 PM (2 of 3)

That's a really good idea about making the least noticeable buttonholes first. I usually do the top ones first, but I'll certainly try to remember to make the bottom first, just in case.

It's a really good idea to make samples first including folding the edge to be certain how the button will look when pulled towards the edge. I think the go-by is 1/2 the button width = how much fabric should be left between the edge of the button or start of the hole of the buttonhole.

Another good topic would be adjusting the pattern when varying the button size.

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From: bridesmom
Date: 05-30-2007, 06:54 PM (3 of 3)
Mamagoose, that is one thing that I have always wondered, how to figure out where to put the button so that you still have some fabric left showing, and so it doesn't look like the button is falling off! What a great tip, thanks! And Mary, yours was a great tip too. I always seem to start at the top of the garment, I thought it was because I was left handed?
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