The Buttonhole cutter with wooden block is the ideal tool for opening finished buttonholes. The wooden block is placed under the buttonhole, while the chisel is pressed against the block from above. Only slight pressure is required to cut through the fabric.
How do you use a buttonhole cutter? After you have the buttonhole stitching, you can cut the holes open using either a buttonhole cutter, which is basically a chisel designed specifically for cutting buttonholes, or a seam ripper, which is a multi-purpose sewing tool you might already have. Place the fabric with the buttonhole you want to cut on top of a cutting mat.
Are there any patents for buttonhole cutters? Since 1853, there have been more than 20 United States patents granted for hand-held, scissor-like buttonhole cutters. Each patent attempts to introduce a better way for the home sewer to cut buttonholes. “Cutting buttonholes is a slow and tedious process,” says C. Dickenson in his 1887 patent application.
How do you cut out a buttonhole in a shirt? Just put it on a wooden block or other surface that won’t be damaged, place it where you want the buttonhole cut out, and press. I have a button hole cutter, years old, that came with a piece of wood, to be used under the button hole for cutting.
Why is it important to cut a buttonhole? Photo courtesy of Dawn Cook Ronningen Cutting a buttonhole is just as important as stitching the buttonhole. One key feature of a perfect buttonhole is that it lie flat. If incorrectly cut, the buttonhole can ripple, become distorted, be too small or large, and wear out before the garment.
bernina buttonhole cutter
What are Bernina buttonholes? Buttonholes are usually the last step in finishing a garment. You want them to be perfect, and with BERNINA buttonhole feet, it’s easy to make a single buttonhole and even easier to make duplicates, all exactly alike. But when you have special situations that make creating buttonholes challenging, BERNINA has a few accessories to help.
How do you cut a wooden block with a buttonhole cutter? Place the buttonhole over the wooden block and align the blade of the Buttonhole Cutter with the buttonhole opening. Press down firmly on the cutter until the blade cuts through the fabric and into the block. Repeat, if necessary, for large buttonholes.
What are the different buttonhole accessories? The first two buttonhole accessories, the Leveler and the Compensation Plate are made to help feed the fabric under the Automatic Buttonhole Foot #3A and Buttonhole Foot with Slide #3B. The third accessory, the Buttonhole Cutter is for precisely cutting the buttonhole open when the stitching is complete.
How do I make duplicate buttonholes? Complete the buttonhole. To make duplicates, simply stitch more buttonholes using the same setting for the red slide. BERNINA has three accessories to help make beautiful buttonholes.
How do you use a buttonhole cutter?
How to cut buttonhole clothes? Place the fabric with the buttonhole you want to cut on top of a cutting mat. Position a cutting mat in front of you on a flat work surface, such as a sewing table. Center the piece of fabric with the buttonhole you want to cut over the cutting mat.  If you don’t have a cutting mat, you could use a wooden block as an alternative.
What tools do you use to cut open buttonholes? Other Tools. Scissors and seam rippers are other tools that can also be used to cut open buttonholes. Scissors can sometimes tend to be too large and bulky, depending on the size of the buttonhole. Seam rippers can also be tricky to use, as it can be hard to get close to the stitching at the beginning and end of the buttonhole without cutting…
What size buttonhole cutter do I Need? The straight buttonhole cutter is typically found in a standard 12 mm size, or roughly ½”. It has a sharp, beveled head allowing it to easily cut through most fabrics. The circular buttonhole cutter is typically found in a standard 3mm size and can be used to open the top of keyhole buttonholes.
Can you use a seam ripper to cut a buttonhole? Seam rippers can also be tricky to use, as it can be hard to get close to the stitching at the beginning and end of the buttonhole without cutting through it. Seam rippers are also not designed to go through thick fabrics, as they are used mainly for cutting threads to open a seam or removing serger stitches.