How to Sew a Button with a Sewing Machine

Learn how to sew a button with a sewing machine after it’s fallen off or when you are sewing a handmade item. This is an easy and quick way to sew on a button.

I love making and wearing button up shirts. It’s almost all I wearing when it’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. I’m often sewing buttons on.

Everyone has there own way of sewing on buttons, and I’ve tried lots of different ways. The quickest way is to sew a button on with a sewing machine.

how to sew a button with a sewing machine

If you want to sew the buttons on stronger, you can learn how to sew a button by hand. Also, learn how to open a buttonhole.

If you want a more in depth tutorial you can check out how to sew a button on pants for a similar method.

how to sew a button with a sewing machine

How to Sew a Button with a Sewing Machine

supplies

  • Buttons
  • Clear tape
  • Clear nail polish
  • Darning sewing machine foot
  • Sewing machine

Put the darning sewing machine foot into your sewing machine.

darning sewing machine foot

Use clear tape, like Scotch tape, to tape the button in place on the fabric.

tape button to fabric

Drop the feed dogs. Choose a zigzag stitch with a 0 stitch length and the width of the button holes.

Place the button under the foot with two of the holes where the needle is.

Use the hand wheel to check the sewing machine needle placement. Be really careful so you don’t break the needle.

Once you’ve checked both holes you can sew with the sewing machine pedal. I do 10 stitches per two holes.

Lift the sewing machine foot and adjust the button for the next two holes. Do the same by checking the needle with the holes by hand, and then sew with the pedal.

Adjust the needle so that it goes up and down three times on one hole to lock the stitches.

Lift the sewing machine foot and bring it out of the sewing machine. Peel the tape off.

pull tape off

Use clear nail polish on the stitches on the front of the button. Wait for it to dry.

nail polish on front

Then use the clear nail polish on the stitches on the back of the button. Wait for it to dry.

Clip the threads.

nail polish on back
how to sew a button with a sewing machine

How to Sew a Button with a Sewing Machine

Yield: Sew 1 Button with a Sewing Machine
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Confident Beginner
Estimated Cost: Free

Learn how to sew a button with a sewing machine after it's fallen off or when you are sewing a handmade item. This is an easy and quick way to sew on a button.

Materials

  • Buttons
  • Clear tape
  • Clear nail polish
  • Thread
  • Marking Tool

Tools

  • Darning sewing machine foot
  • Sewing machine

Instructions

  1. Put the darning sewing machine foot into your sewing machine.
  2. Use clear tape, like Scotch tape, to tape the button in place on the fabric.
  3. Drop the feed dogs. Choose a zigzag stitch with a 0 stitch length and the width of the button holes.
  4. Place the button under the foot with two of the holes where the needle is.
  5. Use the hand wheel to check the sewing machine needle placement. Be really careful so you don't break the needle.
  6. Once you've checked both holes you can sew with the sewing machine pedal. I do 10 stitches per two holes.
  7. Lift the sewing machine foot and adjust the button for the next two holes. Do the same by checking the needle with the holes by hand, and then sew with the pedal.
  8. Adjust the needle so that it goes up and down three times on one hole to lock the stitches.
  9. Lift the sewing machine foot and bring it out of the sewing machine. Peel the tape off.
  10. Use clear nail polish on the stitches on the front of the button. Wait for it to dry.
  11. Then use the clear nail polish on the stitches on the back of the button. Wait for it to dry.
  12. Clip the threads. You finished!

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