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Thread: Sewing buttons on a quilt?

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    Super Member tammy cosper's Avatar
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    I am planning on doing a quilt that I plan to sew some buttons on. And I am wondering if I should sew the buttons on before I quilt it or after. The reason I ask this, is, I have a long arm. And I would think I would run a risk of breaking the buttons or possibly tearing a whole in the quilt top when I roll it up on the machine? Has anyone done this?
    Would like to hear from you.

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    have always added buttons AFTER being quilted

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    Whether you are using a longarm or domestic, I would definitely sew them on afterwards. This way you are avoiding the risk of hitting the buttons with your needle.

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    Yes, this is what I'm thinking.
    I think it would definately upset my apple cart after putting all that work in on a quilt. And then messing it up by putting buttons on it before quilted.
    Thank you for advice. Love the quilt in your avatar!

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    embellishments should always be added AFTER QUILTING.

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    I would definitely add the buttons on after quilting.

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    I quilt lots of things with the embellishments already on them. They roll just fine but be very careful dodging them while quilting.

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    Definetaly after quilting.

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    Definately after quilting. It would disrupt the quilting pattern if you have to dodge the buttons.
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    I made a quilt with buttons on it a few years ago. Quilted in the ditch and sewed the buttons in the corners. Loved it. Put it on the guest bed and my Rat Terrier (Sadie) enjoyed eating the buttons the first night. Replaced the buttons, closed the door until the first guest came. That happened to be my daughter and Sadie LOVES her so she slept with her and again, dined on the buttons. Oh well. You'd think that would be a lessoned learned but the quilt is back on the guest bed, and the door is shut for the time being, smile.

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