To make the hem, fold up ¼” and press, then fold along the hem allowance and press. Do this on both the hem of the jacket and sleeves.
Sewing Skill #6 – Topstitching
Now that your facing and hem have been prepped and pinned, it’s time to topstitch. There are so many creative options here including contrast thread, matching thread or any number of hand stitches. I’ve chosen matching thread for my red jacket but I used contrast thread and a decorative stitch here on this denim Dover.
Sewing Skill #7 - Buttonholes
It’s time for buttonholes. I know you’re afraid but stay with me here...you've come this far. I will be using the automatic buttonhole on my Janome 6600. This is a pretty standard foot so chances are if you have a automatic buttonhole option on your machine, your foot will work pretty much the same way. Buttonholes have already been marked so lets get started.
In this photo, we are looking at the top corner of the jacket. We will start the buttonhole at the "T" mark and the machine will sew back along the white line.
Sometimes I find fabric drags as it goes through the machine during the buttonhole. To help with this, I add a small piece of tear away stabilizer to the back of the buttonhole. After I'm finished I tear it away. This is especially helpful when using a knit.
Take a scrap of fabric, double it and make a practice buttonhole:
1. Put your needle in at the "T"
2. Place stabilizer under (if you feel it's needed)
3. Bring your bobbin thread up through your fabric so both threads are on top (this is optional but it does keep threads from knotting up on the back)
You should know, I make a practice buttonhole on EVERY one of my projects. It's worth the time....once again, better than taking out buttonhole stitches.
When you're happy with your practice buttonhole, continue making all buttonholes on the jacket.
Here's a finished buttonhole. How'd it go?
Sewing Skill #8 - Sewing Buttons By Machine
I bet you're excited about this one because if you're like most people, you find sewing buttons on by hand very tedious. You'll be happy to know it's really easy!
Since the feed dogs are in the down position, the stitches will be made in place. I usually go back and forth 8 times for a really secure button. When you are finished, you can pull both threads to the back and tie a knot.
This method of sewing on buttons is particularly helpful when you have lots of buttons to put on like on a shirt.
You are finished!!!! Yay!
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