How To Sew A Button That Doesn’t Budge (Video)

Steven and Chris

One of my biggest pet peeves is buttons that pop off! WHY is it so hard for store-bought garments to be made with buttons that don’t fall off???

Fortunately, I know some insider tricks for sewing a button that stays put!

  1. Coat the thread with beeswax
  2. Make a shank
  3. Hide the thread end

Truth be told, hiding the thread end has nothing to do with the strength and security of the button. But it makes any hand-sewn button look pro! 🙂

Here’s how…

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Host, Steven Sabados:
Welcome back, everybody. Well, Denise Wild is here and she’s going to show us how to sew up some wardrobe malfunctions. Everyone, please, say hello to Denise.

Host, Chris Hyndman:
Hi, Denise.

Denise Wild:
Hi. Thank you.

Steven:
Welcome.

Chris:
How are you, sweetheart?

Denise:
Very well, thank you.

Chris:
Good, good, good.

Denise:
And so we’ve got a couple of issues that have happened and it’s time to sew them up. First thing, you go to put on your coat, to leave, and the button pops off.

Chris:
Happens all the time.

Steven:
All the time.

Denise:
Yeah.

Chris:
And I usually just leave it there. I go out without a button. That’s exactly what I do.

Denise:
I’m going to show you how to sew a button that doesn’t budge.

Chris:
Okay.

Denise:
And what we’ve done first is double-knotted our thread.

Chris:
Yeah.

Steven:
Um, hum.

Denise:
So it’s knotted at the bottom and it’s double threaded.

Chris:
Yeah.

Denise:
This first secret to a button that doesn’t budge is to coat the thread in beeswax.

Chris:
Yeah, this something that I would never–

Steven:
I didn’t either.

Denise:
So we have this little nifty gadget.

Chris:
Yeah.

Denise:
You’re going to pull your thread across–

Chris:
Okay.

Denise:
—so that it coats in beeswax.

Steven:
So what is the– what does this do? The bee’s wax, what is it, just giving it extra strength?

Denise:
Exactly. It gives it extra strength, extra durability to make sure the threads don’t snap.

Steven:
Okay.

Denise:
And if you don’t have one of these at home–

Chris:
Yeah.

Denise:
—you just use a taper candle. Just wrap your thread around and pull it through.

Chris:
Actually, pull it through the candle?

Denise:
Yeah.

Chris:
Got it.

Denise:
Where we’re going to start is we’re going to put our needle through the top layer of fabric.

Chris:
Okay.

Denise:
You don’t want to go all the way to the bottom, because what we’re going to do is hide our knot–

Chris:
Oh.

Denise:
—right up at the top.

Chris:
I see, okay.

Steven:
Okay, there we go.

Denise:
So our knot stays here.

Steven:
Yeah, oh good.

Denise:
The second trick to a button that doesn’t budge is to use a spacer. You actually want to have a little gap between your button and between the fabric.

Chris:
Okay.

Denise:
So we’re going to slide this along here.

Chris:
On the side one? Yeah, okay.

Denise:
Exactly.

Chris:
Alright.

Denise:
On that little hole.

Chris:
Yeah.

Denise:
And then your button will sit right on top of there. So we’re actually going to sew through the button.

Chris:
Oh!

Steven:
You know what, because a lot of times I’ve sewn on a button; you sew it good and tight and you crank it down and then you– it’s a wool coat and you can’t fit around the button.

Denise:
Exactly. You don’t want to sew it right against the fabric.

Chris:
That means it’s not going to have wear and tear–

Denise:
Exactly.

Chris:
—the wear and tear. I see, okay. So it’s not going to pull so much.

Denise:
So we have–

Chris:
Okay, so what do we do from here, because I feel stranded?

Denise:
Okay, so now, you’re going to go back down into the button. You can lift it up.

Chris:
Okay.

Denise:
It’d probably be easier.

Chris:
Okay.

Denise:
And we’re just going to sew–

Chris:
Oh, yeah, okay.

Denise:
—up and down.

Steven:
How–

Chris:
Wait, wait, wait, wait.

Denise:
And then once you’ve gone all the way to the bottom and then back up.

Chris:
So how– oh, okay. So you need to hold all your little things.

Denise:
Yeah.

Chris:
You need to hold your button, hold the little spacer–

Denise:
Yeah.

Chris:
—and hold – oh, my. Well, so I’ll watch you.

Denise:
Okay. So after you’ve gone around a few times, I’ve used extra strength thread–

Chris:
Yeah.

Denise:
—so that we don’t have to go through too many times.

Chris:
Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Denise:
Just go around three or four.

Chris:
Yeah.

Denise:
What we’re going to do is, from the bottom of the fabric, you’re going to come back up, but this time without going through the hole of the button.

Chris:
Oh, so you didn’t do very many whoop-ditty-dos?

Steven:
Right.

Chris:
You only did like–

Denise:
Right. I just did three or four

Chris:
Because, whenever I– yeah, I always expect that someone’s going to sew like a hundred of them–

Denise:
Right.

Chris:
—and it’s going to be like hero strength–

Denise:
Yeah, but we’ve already strengthened the threads, so we don’t need to do that.

Chris:
So you don’t need to do that.

Denise:
So we’re coming up to the top, pull out your thread, and then we’re going to do what’s called a shank. So your wrapping–

Chris:
Yeah.

Denise:
—the thread around the top.

Steven:
Yep.

Denise:
Around that extension there.

Chris:
How do you– how’s it working out for you?

Steven:
Because, I know it. I’ve always done it.

Chris:
Because, you know what, I’m impressed with you guys, because I didn’t do well in school because I didn’t listen very well. So I’m like– as you can see. I–

Steven:
Then we just what the one on the top, right–

Chris:
I’m still on the first one where the button went on.

Denise:
Yeah, so now–

Chris:
Like I make– this is as far as I’ve gotten so far.

Denise:
Once you’ve got the shank–

Chris:
This exam has failed.

Denise:
I’m going to show you another great trick for a button. It’s hiding our thread end. So we’ve got a little knot in here.

Chris:
Yeah.

Steven:
Um, hum.

Denise:
And then what we do is we enter the thread into the fabric, but instead of going back all the way to the back–

Chris:
Okay.

Denise:
—you stay between the two pieces of fabric.

Steven:
Right.

Chris:
Oh, why are you doing that?

Denise:
You bring your thread out this way, pull it nice and tight to secure that knot–

Chris:
Why are you doing that though?

Denise:
And then when I cut this–

Chris:
Yeah.

Denise:
—the thread will disappear into the fabric.

Chris:
Ah!

Denise:
And you won’t have a loose thread end.

Chris:
Because when you started to do it, it looked like you’d had too many cocktails and went way off–

Steven:
Ah, love this.

Chris:
—the edge.

Denise:
Yes. Exactly.

Chris:
But, no. That’s brilliant! So it hides the thread.

Denise:
Exactly.

Chris:
And it won’t be showing on the edge of the button.

Denise:
Right.

Chris:
You’re a genius!

Steven:
And that’s never going to budge.

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