Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch

How to work Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch

Work this stitch from left to right and be familiar with the regular form of Up and Down Buttonhole stitch. Alternating Up and down buttonhole 2Starting as you would with buttonhole stitch and with your needle pointing downwards wrap the thread under the needle and pull the needle through. Alternating Up and down buttonhole 3For the second part of the stitch, insert the needle and take a bite of the fabric so that the tip of the needle is pointing upwards as illustrated. Alternating Up and down buttonhole 4Wrap the working thread under the needle and pull the needle through the foundation fabric. As you pull the needle through pull the needle towards you instead of away from you. As you do this hold down the loop that forms with the left thumb to prevent it slipping. This loop forms the bar at the base of both stitches. For regular up and down button hole you would work along the line at this point.

Note I have noticed online that some instructions create a loop then lace the working thread through the stitch. This is lets say a creative way of doing it and is technically incorrect as the loop is created as you stitch and once you have the rhythm of the stitch it is easy and quick to do.

Alternating Up and down buttonhole 5For Alternating Up and down buttonhole stitch, you work the next pair of stitches pointing in the other direction.

Alternating Up and down buttonhole 6Once again make a regular buttonhole stitch but this time point your needle upwards wrap the thread under the needle and pull the needle through. For the second part of the stitch, insert the needle and take a bite of the fabric so that the tip of the needle is pointing downwards as illustrated. As you pull the needle through pull he needle away form you and hold down the loop that forms with the left thumb to prevent it slipping.

Alternating Up and down buttonhole 7 This forms the second pair of stitches. Continue along the line with alternating the direction of each pair of stitches as illustrated.




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