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From: temom
Date: 07-25-2007, 04:05 PM (1 of 9)
OK, I don't know why this is so hard, but I'm getting more than a tad bit frustrated. I know I need to lengthen a button down sleeveless top pattern by 1 inch. I've been cutting and pasting for 30 minutes, and nothing is coming out even, so I'm just going to add an inch to the bottom. Now my buttonholes need to be adjusted. The finished length of the top will be 14 inches, and the pattern calls for 3 buttons. I'm wodering if I split the difference between the 3, if we will have a gaping problem. Would it be better to put 4 buttons in, and if so, how far from the bottom should the last button be, then I'll split the difference between the top button and the bottom button.
Does this make any sense?
User: temom
Member since: 01-19-2007
Total posts: 410
From: AndreaSews
Date: 07-25-2007, 04:30 PM (2 of 9)
Here are a couple of tips. I like to first establish the position of the button that will line up with the bust, since it's a stress point. Then I space the rest evenly above and below. This lady writes about it too: Louise Cutting for Threads ( There are various buttonhole spacer doo-dahs on the market, or the calculator or ruler, or the eye, or you can try this lady's tip. (
User: AndreaSews
Member since: 02-18-2005
Total posts: 1007
From: DorothyL
Date: 07-25-2007, 05:21 PM (3 of 9)
I read that elastic thing in threads and thought "how ingenious."
Dorothy (me)
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: paroper
Date: 07-25-2007, 10:50 PM (4 of 9)
I've had this gauge for years and it is a wonderful little tool.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
Total posts: 3775
From: temom
Date: 07-28-2007, 06:08 PM (5 of 9)
Thanks Andrea and Pam for the links. I never knew there were such gadgets out there, as I have done a few buttonholes, but not too many. I haven't touched the top I cut out yet (it is for my 6 year old). I was so frustrated I set it aside. I wanted to self-medicate at Jo-Ann's, but didn't go until today.
User: temom
Member since: 01-19-2007
Total posts: 410
From: Magot
Date: 07-29-2007, 03:02 PM (6 of 9)
That elastic tip is great! The hours I spend measuring and calculating - sheesh!
love and kisses, Jan
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DNA to order.
User: Magot
Member since: 12-22-2002
Total posts: 3626
From: DorothyL
Date: 07-29-2007, 03:34 PM (7 of 9)
Jan --
I just tried it and my elastic was too tight I think but it didn't work for me. Maybe if you had a very stretchy elastic it would be better.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: bridesmom
Date: 08-01-2007, 09:46 PM (8 of 9)
I'm going to try that for the back of a dress I made which needs 8 buttons. And see if I can find a stretchier elastic too.
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
User: bridesmom
Member since: 01-21-2004
Total posts: 2026
From: MartySews2
Date: 08-02-2007, 07:46 AM (9 of 9)
Laura, you might want to try an elastic thread for loop buttonholes. I use it a lot of times and it doesn't show.
User: MartySews2
Member since: 05-03-2007
Total posts: 293
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