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« on: January 13, 2007 05:44:32 PM »

I want to put button holes on a bag I'm making, but i don't know how to cut out the center without the edges fraying.  Huh  Is there some kind of tool or a special way to cut the center of button holes?  Any advice would be great!  Thanks.
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2007 09:00:09 PM »

I'm a fairly newbie sewer, but the two times I've made button holes with my machine, I just opened them up with a seam ripper.

Good luck!
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2007 04:27:00 AM »

When I make button holes, I fold the sewn button hole in half.  Then I make a small cut the center.  When I unfold it there is now an opening that I can get my scissors into.  Then I finish the job by snipping out to the two ends of the button hole, making sure you don't cut into the stitches.  Does that make sense?  Hope so.
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2007 02:29:27 PM »

ok great, thanks for the advice.
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2007 01:11:02 PM »

there should also be a button hole maker on yoru machine. it has a long rectangle (mine is 1/3) then on the right next to it there is a zig zagged (2) like going down and then on the right next to that it has the zig zagged going up(4). first set your machine to the to the rectangle and sew for like 4 or 5 stiches. make sure the needle is up before switching it to the zig zag that goes down (2) and stich the lenth you want the button hole to be. once done, make sure the needle is up and set it to the rectangle thing again (1/3) stitch 4 to 5 stitches and then make sure the needle is up and switch to the zig zag going up (4). stitch until back up till you ahve reached the top of the rectangle. then take it out cut the thread and take a seam ripper and cut the inside of the rectangle... thats it... i hope those were good instructions. good luck

"Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it"
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2007 01:15:35 PM »

Assuming you've made the buttonhole properly with your machine, it won't fray when you cut it open, b/c it's bordered by very tight zig-zag stitching.  Just make sure you don't accidentally cut the the threads.  (Ask me how I know.)

PS--> I find a razor blade to be way easier than a scissors or seam ripper.

Making an effort to use proper English and not 'net slang makes me much more willing to respond to your post.
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2007 04:05:00 PM »

I think you are supposed to open them with a seam ripper.  I start at one end and open it halfway and then flip to the other end and open the other half so that I never accidently cut through the stitching on the ends.

« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2007 07:44:39 PM »

Another clever idea is to use an exact-o-knife!

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« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2007 05:45:31 AM »

i've always used a seam ripper and i've never come close to cutting through... but maybe i was lucky

"Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it"
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2007 09:52:43 AM »

Wow! thanks.
everyone has the same sort of ways of doing it, so that must work pretty well.
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