Button Button, Who's Got the Buttons?

One of the first classes I taught was a technical class in which I taught how to work with denim. Denim in itself is a huge challenge to teach, but what I found interesting is that most of my students didn't understand the basic differences in the type of buttons and how to apply them to a garment. 

There are basically three types of buttons:

Two Hole or Four Hole - sew on buttons

Two hole and four hole buttons are probably the most familiar buttons. We find them on button down shirts and blouses. They are easily sewn on with a needle and thread.

What you will need:
1. Needle
2. Thread
3. Two hole or Four Hole button
Shank buttons - sew on buttons
A shank button are also a common button, but the distinct feature of the shank button is the loop on the back where you attach it to a garment with a needle in thread.
What you will need:
1. Needle
2. Thread
3. Shank button
Tack Buttons - non sew on buttons 
Tack buttons you will often find on jackets and jeans. They are installed with a machine at a factory or if you are making your own jeans you can install them if  you have the right tools. 
What you will need:
1. Hammer
2. Anvil or a hard surface
3. Leather screw punch or awl
4. Tack Buttons
See our video here on how easy it is to install tack buttons! 

 

 

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