Only six more to go (there are three on each cuff).
I made bound buttonholes because no machine I own could make nice enough sewn buttonholes through all the layers of wool melton.
The technique I use is well presented here.
- I found I was able to make a pretty narrow buttonhole by stitching 5 clicks to the right and then the same to the left of the centre guide line. My finished buttonholes are 7mm wide.
- I backstitch at each end of this line of stitches (none of that knotting the thread and weaving it in for me).
- After clipping I press the tiny seam allowances open so that half the bulk is inside and half outside. This prevents an obvious difference in height around the buttonhole. With a thinner fabric I wouldn't bother to do this.
- I found with my thick and forgiving fabric I did not need to do any hand stitching to secure the welts. I just spoke to them sternly and manhandled them until they were pretty even.
- I agree with Sherry - don't press them until they are all sewn.
|Pockets - topstitched and ready to be sewn by hand
on the coat fronts.