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« on: November 26, 2008 02:43:48 PM »

The pattern called for a "make your own button" button, but I think it's a shank button and I'm not sure how to attach it.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3072/3062386930_26d5d6b2de.jpg?v=0

Do I hand-sew it on?  If so, how would I go about doing it?  Can I attach it with my machine?

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« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2008 04:01:16 PM »

I Googled How to sew on a shank button, and found these 2 pages which seems to have good explanations.

Pictures and text:
http://www.fabriclandwest.com/Notion_basics/Buttons0/sewing_buttons.htm

A cute YouTube video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nzsqQzRaqo

Hope that helps!
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« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2008 05:44:45 PM »

Yes, you hand-sew it.

No, you cannot sew it on with a machine.

Basically start your knot on the underside of the fabric, pull through, catch the shank, and go up and down and up and down till it's secure.  You can pull nice and tight with a shank button b/c it allows for some "swivel" and some movement when you're pulling it through the hole.  Then make some sort of knot, tie off your extra, and celebrate. 
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