sharpiefan: Napoleonic soldier with a cup of tea, text 'tea break, dammit' (Tea break)
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Just finishing my new breadbag (to go with my new trousers and still new-looking red coat - at this rate, nobody's going to believe I've been in the hobby for more than a couple of months, let alone nine whole years!), and I need to make the buttonholes in the flap and add the buttons.

Now, I've had a problem with my buttonholes pulling out before now so my question to you lovely people is: What thread do you use when buttonholing?

I'm using a light-weight cotton drill, a bit lighter than denim weight.

Date: 2011-08-11 03:12 am (UTC)
wandererriha: Original Art by Me (Living History)
From: [personal profile] wandererriha
Ever try button thread?

I usually cheat and machine sew my button holes. ^^;
I don't think it's the thread so much as the knots at either end. I usually lock-stitch mine if I'm doing stuff by hand.

Date: 2011-08-11 03:38 pm (UTC)
ironjeff: (Tizzy)
From: [personal profile] ironjeff

I do most of my sewing with waxed (or tarred - Sailor!) thread, it 'bites' better into the fabric.

Date: 2011-08-12 08:55 pm (UTC)
black_hound: (Rev War standing watch silhouette)
From: [personal profile] black_hound
I use silk buttonhole twist because, as the name implies, it's super good for buttonholes.

something I also like to do is reinforce the buttonhole area while the garment is under construction with a piece of hair canvas or the type of modern facing reinforcement material you can get in most fabric stores. it really stabilizes the buttonhole.

I use my sewing machine to lay down the template for the buttonhole and then handsew over that.

as someone else mentioned, waxing the thread does help it bite better especially is you are using a linen or cotton thread.


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