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Sewing a button on a shirt

post #1 of 15
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Everyone, I am trying to reattach some buttons on my shirt. I remember reading about attaching buttons to a shirt with something called the crow's foot stitch. Can someone explain to me how this is done or maybe a link to a webpage that teaches it... Thanks
post #2 of 15
To Make the Crow's-foot Make the shape of the Crow's-foot with tailors' chalk. Begin at lower left-hand corner and carry thread upward, taking a very short, straight stitch across the top point of Crow's-foot. (Fig. A.) Turn the work and take a very short stitch across the lower right- hand point as shown in Fig. B. Make a short, straight stitch across the lower left-hand point. (Fig. C.) Continue taking each stitch just inside of and below the previous one. (Fig. D.) Fig. E shows the completed Crow's-foot.
post #3 of 15
This seems like a lot of work without much real payoff.
post #4 of 15
No Joke, but the man wanted to know.
post #5 of 15
Nightowl's crow's foot stitch is perfectly correct. However, it is different when sewing buttons. The described stitch will only work with 3-hole buttons unless you are just using the crow's foot as a backing upon which to place your button. The stitch I use when I want to make a 4-hole stitch that a machine cannot (or couldn't last time I checked) I call an hourglass stitch. In fact, it is a cross-stitch with the two top points of the X connected and the two bottom points of the X connected. Generally, machines only connect one or the other. [b] ------ / X / \\
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the quick replies. This seems a little too much work just to fasten a button. I am used to just going around the button in loops crosswise 4 times for each cross, in other words, 4 times one direction then 4 times the other direction and pulling the string back up under the button without going through the hole in the button to create a shank and then threading it back through the back, tying a knot and cutting the excess string. I noticed on my shirt I ordered from WWChan a while back that the back of the stitching for the button was just three small stitches in the form similiar to the Mercedes logo like this: | / \\
post #7 of 15
That's how I know a "crow's foot on buttons: Button has 4 holes:   1     2                               3     4                                       stitch from hole 1 to 4, then from hole 3 to 4 and hole 2 to4. So you have three rows of stitching, all ending up in hole 4, which will form the shape of a petal (or a crow's foot). Easiest way to make a shank (for the beginner): insert a match between button and fabric. Stitch on button, pull out match and wrap thread a few times around the shank. With a bit of experience you can do it without the match: just do not pull the thread tight, then wrap thread around to stand up.
post #8 of 15
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That's how I know a "crow's foot on buttons: Button has 4 holes:   1     2                               3     4                                       stitch from hole 1 to 4, then from hole 3 to 4 and hole 2 to4. So you have three rows of stitching, all ending up in hole 4, which will form the shape of a petal (or a crow's foot).
That's exactly how I do it too. I had never heard of nightowl's method...I don't understand it at all.
post #9 of 15
my mother's trick for sewing on a button (when she worked her way through college as a maid at a resort in Vermont and did a lot of such things) was to double the thread before sewing.  That is, thread the needle then keep pulling on the end you just stuck through the eye of the needle, bringing it back about a foot or so.  Cut the thread off the spool and tie the two loose ends to each other, then tie it off again just to make sure you have a good "stopper" end on it. Now every time you pull the needle through the fabric, you have two threads instead of just one. Of course, Mr. Kabbaz is shuddering and seriously considering tracking me down to thrash me with a single thread, but the buttons don't fall off when you double it up -- and isn't that the whole point?
post #10 of 15
If you use regular thread, doubling the thread is standard procedure, AFAIK. For big coat buttons, I actually quadruple the thread, that is, double it and then stick the doubled end through the eye of the needle, then tie it off, leaving me with a four-thread strand to work with. If you want to avoid this, you can get thicker waxed thread to do it properly, but I'm not sure what kind exactly.
post #11 of 15
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To Make the Crow's-foot Make the shape of the Crow's-foot with tailors' chalk. Begin at lower left-hand corner and carry thread upward, taking a very short, straight stitch across the top point of Crow's-foot. (Fig. A.) Turn the work and take a very short stitch across the lower right- hand point as shown in Fig. B. Make a short, straight stitch across the lower left-hand point. (Fig. C.) Continue taking each stitch just inside of and below the previous one. (Fig. D.) Fig. E shows the completed Crow's-foot.
Forgive my ignorance, but...where's the button go?
post #12 of 15
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Forgive my ignorance, but...where's the button go?
Nightowl's method, which might also be called a crow's foot, is a reinforcement used on top of inverted pleats, for example a back pleat in a sport coat (not a very common design feature these days) or in the back of a traditional loden coat. More often, because it's quicker, the triangular reinforcement is not hand embroidered but an appliqué, usually a decorative piece of leather or felt (as this will not fray).
post #13 of 15
On a four hole button I sew a 'square' plus an 'x' through the middle. Then I wind it around underneath a few times to make the shank. I top it off by sewing through the shank twice to lock the thread.
post #14 of 15
I usually just double the thread and then go vertically (when it's four hole buttons) on one side then with half the thread remaining switch over and do the other side. It looks like: | | - Never had a button fall off after sewing one on.
post #15 of 15
J
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If you use regular thread, doubling the thread is standard procedure, AFAIK. For big coat buttons, I actually quadruple the thread, that is, double it and then stick the doubled end through the eye of the needle, then tie it off, leaving me with a four-thread strand to work with. If you want to avoid this, you can get thicker waxed thread to do it properly, but I'm not sure what kind exactly.
The thread you are referring to is called Cotton Glacé. Usually #24. Rabbi Mark
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Of course, Mr. Kabbaz is shuddering and seriously considering tracking me down to thrash me with a single thread
Unless using silk as on a suit, glacé button thread should always be doubled. You can come out of hiding now, Rabbi. bengal-stripe
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That's how I know a "crow's foot on buttons: Button has 4 holes: 1 2 3 4 stitch from hole 1 to 4, then from hole 3 to 4 and hole 2 to4. So you have three rows of stitching, all ending up in hole 4, which will form the shape of a petal (or a crow's foot).
You're quacked. That's a duck. Tiger's foot is a crow's foot. Now how, you may ask, can a Tiger's foot be a crow's foot ... losing it ... losing it. Moving rapidly on (before Bengal decides to come after me), I tried to take photos today of Monika sewing a button. If they come out clearly, I'll post them.
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