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Bothersome Buttons

December 10th, 2011 at 06:25 am

Are we the only folks who have problems with buttons? I'm not talking about buttons on the phone or remote, but those fastening devices on clothes.

Last year my husband purchased a very nice coat -- it was on sale, but wasn't a casual coat. It's not super dressing, but a happy medium. He wears it because it is warm and looks a little nicer than the every day coat he has. Now, he bought it near the end of the season last year so he hasn't worn it much. Last night he pointed out that the buttons were already becoming loose.

It seems like most of our clothes with buttons, I'm always having to secure them after a couple of wearings. Are we the only ones?

The saying "a stitch in time saves nine" might mean less sewing, but my stitching means I don't have to search for new buttons for lost ones. Or purchase them. And believe me, if you have to purchase new ones, they are pricey for such little things.

Oh, bother!

4 Responses to “Bothersome Buttons”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    They sure are pricey new! And yes, I do find buttons often sewn on very insecurely.

  2. Buckeye Says:

    They, the buttons, seem to be sewn on by machine and are not locked off. A garment at the thrift store may have just the right replacement button, which can be cheaper than a card of buttons.

  3. PatientSaver Says:

    I inherited a large supply of really cool old buttons from my grandmother, who was a dressmaker in a sweatshop. I also kept all her many-colored threads, which i think after all these years breaks easily, but i can't bear to get rid of them. They are on cardboard, not plastic centers. She used to keep them on the seat to her sewing machine which had a removable top.

    she used to sew and knit a lot for my mother and sister and me.

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    I almost always cut all the buttons off when I first get a new garment and then resew them on very securely. I almost never lose buttons on something I've done myself. The only time I don't do this is if they are well done to begin with, which is rarely.

    My mother has my grandma's button box with hundreds of buttons and I can often find something that will match in color and size if not in shape.

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