Here are a couple of things to take into consideration when embroidering buttonholes:
- The size & thickness of the button - buttonholes need to be at least 1/8" larger than the button
- What type thread you'll be using - I typically use the same thread for buttonholes that I use in construction of the garment - this could change depending on what effect you're trying to create
- Orientation - horizontal or vertical buttonhole
If you are talented and have the software, you can digitize your own buttonhole. Alas, that's not me. LOL. So I purchased one from Embroidery Library. Just do a search on buttonholes and up they'll come. I believe I only spent a dollar on mine. And you should only need one. I chose the 5/8" and have the software to re-size the buttonhole to suit my needs. Now I'm not going to get into re-sizing; everyone has different software and I'm only familiar with Designer's Gallery. Once you have your buttonhole, size it larger than your buttonhole. Load it on your stick and get ready to run a test of the size.
I use a light tearaway stabilizer for buttonholes. In this case, I'll be using black. Make sure you're button will go through the test buttonhole easily. There's nothing more exasperating than to make buttonholes where you have to struggle to get them fastened.
Now for the real thing! LOL. Using a 5X7 hoop, I can embroider 3 to 4 buttonholes in one hooping. Draw a line on the stabilizer a little off center. This line is where you will position the edge of your blouse to embroider. The nice thing about it is that I can carefully remove the blouse from the tearaway and reposition the blouse on the same piece of stabilizer to finish the rest of the buttonholes.
Here is a pic of the hoop with the line drawn.
Now a pic of the hoop with the blouse front band lined up with the drawn line and pinned in place. Now all you have to do is embroider the buttonhole then move to the next spot; repeat until they are all done.
All of the buttonholes are complete and here's a look at the completed buttonholes.
Nice looking, eh? LOL. Next is a pic of the front of the blouse.
I had to lighten the pictures in a major way to get this to show up. Only the buttons left to go. I'll post pictures of the completed blouse later in the week.