This challenge brought up a bit of an irrational fear of mine. I don’t like needles. Not in the I’m afraid of shots way, although I don’t love those either, but more in the I’m going to step on a needle! way. I don’t think I’ve ever stepped on a needle before but apparently it’s a real concern in my deep dark subconscious. It could be related to listening to multiple tellings of Lee’s childhood story of getting a thumbtack stuck between his toes. I understand a thumbtack is not the same thing as a needle but the pointy end makes them close cousins. I also have some vague memory of my Mom getting a needle stuck in her foot. Not even sure if that’s a fact or an alternative fact but it’s in my brain anyway. Whenever my kids wanted to do some kind of craft that required pins or needles I was probably not very encouraging. I was pretty sure that some carelessly supervised pin or needle was going to slide itself comfortably into the fibers of our carpet and lie in wait for it’s unsuspecting victim.
In addition to my needle issue, I did have a couple of other challenges to overcome. I could not find a garment that needed a button replaced. I also could not find a sewing kit (possibly linked to the previously stated needle phobia). However, I did persevere. After clearing a couple of initial hurdles, I am now fully licensed in the state of North Carolina to sew a two-hole button- at least onto a scrap of fabric. I’m also the proud owner of a new sewing kit.
The 100 Things You Need to Do Before You Grow Up book sometimes offers additional information to help the reader. I decided that even though this wasn’t going to be my first button I might want to follow their ten helpful steps.
Everything was moving along nicely. Each step was concise and easy to follow. Until I got to Step 8 which I could not comprehend. Maybe Step 8 is the litmus test for full acceptance into the Button-Sewing Club. If so, I failed. However, I did not leave my button unsecured. I just chose to use the method I’ve used before.
I was unfamiliar with the term shank in reference to sewing. If you watch shows about crime or prison you might be similarly confused. I did, however, google it and it does make sense. It allows for space between the button and the fabric when the garment is buttoned. My method allows for the same thing, I just didn’t realize what I was doing…or why.
I now have a sewing kit so I am prepared for any future button-sewing. Plus, this summer I’ll be in California with my own personal button-sewer who can then take ownership of said sewing kit. I’m assuming most of you have sewn a button on before. If so, were you aware you were creating a shank? Do you worry about your needles getting away from you and making a new home in your carpet? Do you ask yourself why you keep reading this?
Before you go…I would like you to know that when sewing my button onto my scrap of fabric I did take the time to cut a buttonhole ensuring that my button is functional and not just decorative. Thanks for reading along.