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Hi There:

I don't post often but I do read this group always and thoroughly enjoy all  
the on-going discussions, so I figured I should participate once in awhile  
instead of just lurking.

 Sooooo, I was wondering when you are sewing on buttons that have four holes  
instead of two, do you sew them so it looks like a little "x" or like a  
parallel row?  Just a thought since I have about 120 of them to sew on in  
the next couple weeks (I have just finished cutting out 28 blouses for  
myself and my sister) and since it's a pretty mindless task while performing  
it, I was just curious as to how any of you do it.  Myself, I like the "x"  
way, but I have seen it both ways on rtw.  I try to find buttons with 2  
holes as often as I can but it's not always possible.


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Bobbie wrote:
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Yes.  ;-D

I do it both ways, depending on the garment, my mood and the phase  
of the moon.  Coats are almost always parallel. Shirts, blouses,  
jackets may be either.

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I also like shanks, then you don't have to make a decision at all.


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Thanks for the tidbit about the difference on coats.

I use a fair amount of shank ones too--I'm looking at 2 garmet racks here in  
my sewing room full of blouses, then I have 3 more in my spare rooms and my  
closets are all full with them too.  Honestly, between the two of us I have  
made over 400 in the last few years.

A 12 step program may be in my future.  See, since my sister and I are "not  
skinny girls" and there are only two stores in Canada that cater to larger  
sizes, and they're both owned by the same parent company I felt like I  
needed to step up and do something.  I like being able to find lovely  
fabrics and ensure she never has to worry about "what to wear" when there's  
so many other things in life to have to worry about right?


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I usually do x's, but sometimes squares, rarely equal signs.  Do you know the
trick of sewing with four strands of thread in the needle?  Four stitches and
you're done -- just finish the thread shank and tie off.


Re: Buttons
I'm thinking this is the moment to learn how to use the 'sewing on a button'  
foot and procedure for your sm. Adding, of course, a dot of  Tailor's  "Fray  
Block" before you cut the threads.  120 buttons is just a little past my  
enthusiasm span of 5.  Polly

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Polly, I don't mind sewing the buttons on at all, since once I'm at that  
stage I know I've finished another blouse except for the hemming (also  
always done by hand too). See, I'm retired, live on a little island, and  
thoroughly enjoy creating something for my sister and I to wear knowing no  
one else will have the same article.

My hubby has to mark each blouse with my chalk marker since I have lumps and  
bumps that I want to be darn sure are completely covered and I honestly have  
to say he's real good about it.


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Thanks for replying Polly.

I do know how to use my machine to sew the buttons on, but it's not a big  
deal in the grand scheme of things.  The hemming is what takes the greatest  
amount of time but even that goes relatively quickly it seems.  And,  yes, I  
do know how to use my blind hemming attachment.

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Thanks for replying Kay.

I have used that trick many, many, many times and haven't had a button come  
off yet.  Now, I haven't seen the "square" example yet, but I'm darn well  
gonna try that one.

Thanks again.


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It doesn't matter at all as long as all the buttons on a shirt are the
same -- or different in obvious and interesting ways.

I like to put an equal sign on the front and an X on the back; I feel
that having the threads grab a tad more cloth makes them less likely
to tear out.

And the equal sign is slightly easier to put a toothpick under.  

(Except that I use dull sewing-machine needles:  the thin end for fine
cloth, the thick end for heavy.)

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Re: Buttons
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<giggle>  I have one pin cushion dedicated to used machine needles,  
I use for that same purpose.  In addition they are strong enough to  
ease the turned corners of collars, pockets, etc.  

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Good tip to know.  Thanks.

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On Sun, 6 Apr 2014 23:43:05 -0700, "BEI Design"

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And one day I wanted to nail a rolled-wool pincushion to the wall and
was frustrated because brads were too short and nails were too thick,
then I thought of the discarded machine needles stuck into the bottom
of the papier-ma^che' cone of basting thread hanging from the curtain

Somehow old needles and bent pins don't accumulate.

joy beeson at comcast dot net
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