Buttonhole Sizing

To determine the length of your buttonhole, first measure the button across the width and then add 1⁄8" (3 mm). Some thicker buttons may require adding 1⁄4" (6 mm) to the width measurement. Mark this measurement with a fabric pencil where you want the buttonhole placed; always sew a sample buttonhole on scrap fabric to test the measurement.

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