How To Use A Buttonhole Foot? Also Know How Does It Help The Sewers

Wondering what a buttonhole foot is precisely and how to use it? Well, you are in the right place, as we will be discussing the same.

Nowadays, sewing machines have advanced just like other things, and it comes with a presser foot, which is the crucial part as it works on the fabric according to the stitch activity. The buttonhole foot is used to make the work of the sewer easier.

So, what exactly is a buttonhole, and How does it help the sewers?

The buttonhole foot is used to stitch a beautiful buttonhole on the fabric whenever required by attaching or clamping this buttonhole foot to the sewing machine at the place of the presser foot. With this, you can also make a perfect sized buttonhole for a button.

It makes the work of a sewer easy, but it also helps the sewer a lot, as it allows them to design a buttonhole with just a press of a button. Moreover, it gives the sewer an advantage to make the desired buttonhole with much ease.

Apart from this, if we compare the time that the buttonhole foot takes to create the desired buttonhole is much less. Depending upon the design of the buttonhole that the sewer wants, it is a work of minutes for a sewing machine to stitch a buttonhole using a buttonhole foot.

You may have an idea of what a buttonhole foot is and how it helps the sewer. So, let’s move forward and see how to use it.

How To Use A Buttonhole Foot

How To Use A Buttonhole Foot

Depending on the sewing machines, the usage might differ, but the steps to use a buttonhole foot remain the same for almost all sewing machines.

The steps you need to follow to fix the buttonhole on the slot and use it are listed below:

What Is A Buttonhole Foot?

A few people aren’t aware that the sewing machines have a presser foot technology and can be easily removed and replaced whenever required.

Sewing machines of modern technology offers you the option to use a buttonhole foot without any complication.

If you own an old version, then you might think of getting a new one. After all, they are worthwhile because they make your work easy and help you achieve the desired buttonhole design you want.

So, the buttonhole foot has the same slot where the presser foot is attached, and anyone can easily access it.

Remove The Existing Presser Foot And Affix The Buttonhole Foot

Once you are familiar with the slot, the next step is to fix the buttonhole foot. It is the primary step that can be done quickly.

For this, you need to remove the presser foot attached to the machine, make sure that no other presser foot is attached. After you remove them, you can fix the buttonhole foot into its slot.

Remember that this is the most essential and natural step you need to follow to stitch beautiful buttonholes.

Determine The Size Of The Buttonhole Required For The Specific Button To be Fixed

Now that the buttonhole foot is attached, it is time to use it. But before creating a buttonhole, you need to determine its size as well, because you don’t want to create a large or a small buttonhole.

To make sure that you create a buttonhole of perfect size according to the button, you need to place the desired button on the buttonhole foot, or is it too big; then, you can keep it along the buttonhole foot.

Once you place it, note the markings present on the buttonhole foot and remember the size of the button. After determining the size of the button, you can proceed further.

Look For The Buttonhole Switch or Lever

If you own a one-step buttonhole, then the sewing machine will do all the work automatically, and you don’t have to do anything by yourself as in a four-step buttonhole, you need to make some changes manually.

If you have a one-step buttonhole, then it must have a lever or a switch attached to the machine to stitch the buttonhole.

If it has a lever, pull it down to start the work of stitching buttonholes, or if it has a switch, then switch it on to start the work automatically. 

But if you have a four-step buttonhole, then don’t worry, we’ll be discussing that also.

Mark the Extension Point

You need to mark the extension point because it is the mark till which the buttonhole will be stitched and is essential to get a perfectly sized buttonhole according to the button.

To make the extension mark, you can use a pencil or a pin, so that the size of the buttonhole is maintained accurately according to the button’s size.

Never forget this step, because it is essential as the size of the buttonhole that will be stitched depends upon the extension mark only.

Four Times Stitch Formula With The 4 Step Buttonhole Design

So, if you have a 4 step buttonhole, you need to do some work manually, as it is not fully automated. In this, you need to change the variant after each step manually, and as the name suggests, you have to do this four times.

Even though you have to do things manually in a four-step buttonhole, it gives you full control over the buttonholes as here you can adjust the length and work according to your requirements.

Depending upon your machine, you will have to change the settings four times, each after the other. Different buttonhole selectors give stitching in different positions, so you have to change the selector every time the machine stitches in one position.


In this article, we covered all the things that will help you know how you can use the buttonhole foot correctly and stitch out your desired design with perfection. All the steps covered above are essential because each step plays an essential role in designing the best buttonhole on the fabric according to the size of the button you want.

Jane Ruffner

I am Jane Ruffner. I am a Happily married woman who loves to Sew.

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