All Buttoned Up Inspiration + Free Design By: Evy Hawkins of A Bit of Stitch

You might be asking, “Why sew buttonholes with your embroidery machine?” It’s true that we all love the automatic buttonhole functions that modern sewing machines are equipped with—nothing makes the buttonhole-making process easier than that sweet foot! However, the extra bulk of a seam that is too close to the place where a buttonhole needs to be can occasionally create havoc by causing the buttonhole to be uneven, shorter than intended, or just plain impossible to sew. Fortunately, you can fix that problem with your embroidery machine!

Sew your buttonholes in the hoop with perfect placement—no matter where they need to go!

Watch as Evy from A Bit of Stitch demonstrates how she used the Baby Lock Altair sewing and embroidery machine to create buttonholes in the hoop.

And the lovely, Evy Hawkins provided us a free 1/2" buttonhole design for FREE download.

Download the Design here.

Design Notes: This ½” buttonhole design is an excerpt from the set “Buttonholes in the Hoop” created by A Bit of Stitch. That set contains buttonhole designs in the following sizes: ¼”, 3/8”, ½”, 5/8”, 3/4”, 1”, 1¼”, and 1½”. Visit and search “Buttonholes in the Hoop" (or browse the shopping category “In-the-hoop Projects”) to find the complete set of buttonhole designs.

This buttonhole design follows the same formation as buttonholes made by a regular sewing machine. In other words, this design is not simply a satin stitch (zigzag) rectangle; instead, it has bar tacks at each end and sews in just like your sewing machine would do it. So, what are you waiting for? Try it for yourself and see how fun it is to make in-the-hoop buttonholes!

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