Readers, today I put the finishing touches on my pale pink linen shirt, which included adding buttonholes to both front placket and collar.
While my Bernina 930 has a buttonhole function, it offers nowhere near the versatility of my vintage (1930's) Singer buttonholer which allows me to adjust the length of my buttonhole, the width of the stitch, the density of the stitch (denser stitches mean you don't see individual zigzags), and even the size of the hole itself. My Singer buttonholer is roughly seventy-five years old and still works brilliantly. I prefer it to the later version that came with metal templates.
I made a short video of me making buttonholes for my shirt and I hope you enjoy it. If nothing else, you'll get to see me wearing my "reader" glasses for the very first time on video! (You can also play this at YouTube by clicking here.)
(If you'd like to know more about how this template-free buttonholer works, you can also watch this video, which I made last year.)
I hope to make more shirts with this type of linen -- it's crisp, has an almost waxy finish, but is still slightly crumpled-looking. Love it!
Happy Saturday, everybody, and don't forget to play the latest edition of NAME THAT PATTERN!