How to make a corded buttonhole

Corded Buttonhole

One of the most common fears of home sewers is making buttonholes. Maybe they had some bad experiences or they are afraid of ruining a well-constructed garment. Whatever it is, it is holding their sewing back!

Truth be told I had my fair share of disappointments. And I have yet to dip my toes into making them manually. But, I never turn down a pattern because it has buttons. On the contrary, I might actually add some!

One thing I am always concerned about when sewing is durability. I handle my handmades the same way as my RTW clothes. For me, this means that I wear them in my everyday life without being careful not to ruin or stain them and I run them through the washer and dryer at least once a week. They have a hard life.

This is why I decided to try corded buttonholes. They are easy to make (on the automatic setting, of course) or as difficult as a classic one is, they look better and are stronger. What else could I ask for?

Corded Buttonhole

You will need

Thread matching your fashion fabric.

Perle No8 thread to use as a cord.


Cut a piece of perle thread 3 times longer than the length of your buttonhole. Place it on your automatic buttonhole foot as seen in the video below. Follow your machine instructions to create an automatic buttonhole. Once it is done slightly pull the perle tread towards the loose ends and cut as close as you can to the bartack. That’s it. No need to tie a knot.


Have you tried these yet or have I been living under a rock?

Will you give them a try?

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