Tutorial | How To Sew Buttons with a Sewing Machine

Remember that time I confessed my deep, dark, sewing secrets to Palak from Make it Handmade? Well, I made a little tutorial for how to sew buttons with a sewing machine to go along with my confession and I’m bringing this easy sewing tip home.

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disclaimer: this does not work for buttons with shanks. Also, it’s always a good idea to read your sewing machine manual.

Have you ever sewn buttons on with your sewing machine? If not, I’m here to give you the low down on this time saver.

First, find and attach a little foot that looks like this to the sewing machine.

How To Sew Buttons With a Sewing Machine at Sewbon.com

Next, lower the feed dogs and put the fabric under the presser foot.

Select the zig zag stitch and change the stitch length to 0.

Now, measure the width of the buttonholes on the button and set the stitch width accordingly. My ¾ inch button resulted in setting my stitch width to 3.5. (Most of the time, though, I just eyeball it and test it with the hand wheel until I get the stitch width right so that the needle goes through both buttonholes without hitting the button and breaking the needle.)

How To Sew Buttons With a Sewing Machine at Sewbon.com

Important! Always test using the hand wheel that the needle will alternate between the buttonholes without hitting the button before putting the pedal to the metal!

Now that the width is set, stitch about 10 – 15 times back and forth so the button is securely attached.

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Next, pull the threads to the back of the fabric and tie a knot.

And that’s it! Super simple and so much faster than hand sewing!

How To Sew Buttons With a Sewing Machine at Sewbon.com

Pssst… don’t forget to read about my embarrassing confession here.

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  • randomly_happy

    Hi Erin, thanks for a great tutorial. Must admit I’m still a bit wary of buttons, but this makes me feel much better about the idea!

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Yay! I’m so glad you found it helpful! :)