I like the forum a lot. I have learned a lot lurking here the past six months. It's nice to know more than the salesmen at the mall.
Some of the buttons on my sportcoats are coming loose. It seems like I will have to fix them soon. I want to sew them back on myself. I checked out a couple of DIY's on the internet and the process seems simple. However, if I do it myself the thread will now be visible on the inside of the jacket because I will punch all the way through both layers of fabric. Currently the buttons are sewn through only the outer layer of cloth and are not visible from the back.
I don't have a problem personally with the thread showing from the back, I just want to make sure I am not unintentionally making some sort of epic sartorial blunder before I proceed. Thanks for any help. You guys are great.
Almost forgot, what about this notion of applying clear nail polish or similar to the thread on buttons to improve longevity. Yay or nay?
The nail polish sounds, to me, like it has more potential to do damage, and, for the sake of button thread, I wouldn't risk it. My mom, who is a trained seamstress, taught me a trick for spacing your button from the coat - use a matchstick between the button, and coat, and that should give you just the right length of shank.