Buttonholes and buttons, Garment preparation, Buttonhole position – SINGER 1288 User Manual

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6. Buttonholes

and Buttons

Buttonholes can be made easily with the manual four-

step method. Before sewing on your garment, always

make a test buttonhole duplicating the number of

thicknesses of fabric and interfacing if appropriate.

Garment Preparation

Buttonhole Position

Accurate guidelines are essential to keep buttonholes

at a uniform distance from the edge of the garment,
evenly spaced, and on the grain of the fabric.

1. Mark the centre line on the garment. This guideline

can be made by machine or hand basting or using
tailor’s chalk.

Be sure that the space from the centre line to the

finished edge of the garment is at least equal to
three-quarters the diameter of the button. With this
spacing, the button will not extend beyond the edge
when the garment is buttoned.

Make sure that the centre line marking follows a
lengthwise fabric thread.

A. Centre line

B. Buttonhole

C. Finished Edge of Garment

D. Diameter of Button

2. Mark a position guideline for each buttonhole.

Horizontal buttonholes B are placed to extend 3mm

(1/8 inch) beyond the centre line A of the garment, as

shown, so that the buttons will be in the centre of the
figure when the garment is fastened.

Horizontal buttonhole guidelines should follow a

crosswise fabric thread.

• Mark the horizontal buttonhole guideline for each

buttonhole. If should be longer than the finished

length of the buttonhole.

• Mark the starting point for each buttonhole 3mm

(1/8 inch) beyond the centre line (see illustration).