How to Use a One-step Buttonhole Foot? 4 Easy Steps

Last Updated on March 14, 2023

Are you ready to master the art of making perfect one-step buttonholes with your Brother sewing machine? Using a one-step buttonhole foot can seem intimidating, but it’s a breeze once you get the hang of it. In this article, we’ll guide you through creating a buttonhole automatically sized to fit your specific buttons.

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What Does 1 Step Buttonhole Mean?

A one-step buttonhole is a feature on the sewing machine that allows you to create a buttonhole in just one step using a foot labeled (Example: You will find it on  Janome HD 3000 labeled “R”) with an adjustable end that can be set to fit the size of your button.

How to Use a One-step Buttonhole Foot – The Step-By-Step Guide

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Select the buttonhole pattern, set the zig-zag, and choose the buttonhole stitch length, and you’re ready to make multiple buttonholes of the same size and shape easily.

Step 1: Prepare Your Machine

The first step is to prepare your machine for creating a one-step buttonhole. Start using the quick change lever to swap your regular presser foot for the one-step buttonhole foot. Next, select the buttonhole stitch on your machine, pull down the buttonhole lever, and then push it back slightly.

Ensure you have interfacing behind the area where you’ll put the buttonhole. It will assist in preventing puckering or straining of the fabric throughout the sewing process. Finally, select the following settings on your machine: the width of the stitch is 3, and the length of the stitch is F.

Step 2: Mark the Buttonhole Placement

The next step is to define the buttonhole location on the fabric. Use a fabric pen or tailor’s chalk to mark the placement, ensuring it’s in the correct position for your button. Once you have marked the placement, insert the button into the buttonhole foot.

Step 3: Sew the Buttonhole

With the button inserted in the foot, place your fabric underneath the foot so that the bottom of the buttonhole is between the marks on the foot. Ensure that the presser foot is in the down position, then press the foot pedal to start sewing.

Hold the foot pedal down while the buttonhole is sewn around. Release the foot pedal when the needle has reached the bottom, then bar tack on the right-hand side of the buttonhole. It will help reinforce the buttonhole and prevent it from unraveling.

Step 4: Finish and Test the Buttonhole

Once you’ve bar tacked on the right-hand side of the buttonhole, your one-step buttonhole is complete. Test the buttonhole by removing the fabric from the machine and placing a button through the buttonhole. If the button fits snugly, then congratulations – you’ve just created a perfect one-step buttonhole!

With some practice and patience, you’ll soon be able to create perfect one-step buttonholes that add a professional touch to all your sewing projects.

Video: How To Use an Automatic Buttonhole Foot

In this informative video by “Let’s Learn to Sew,” you’ll learn how to use and install the One Step Automatic Buttonhole Foot. This handy tool creates perfectly sized buttonholes for your exact button, eliminating the guesswork and frustration of creating uneven buttonholes.

It is great for buttonholes and can also be used to create drawstring holes or openings for hooks. And for those looking to add a little extra polish to their buttonholes, the video also demonstrates how to use Fray Check to create a clean, professional look. Don’t miss out on this must-see video for any sewing enthusiast!

How to Use the Buttonhole Attachment on Your Brother Sewing Machine

For example, If we choose Brother CS6000i, The one-step buttonhole on the Brother CS6000i sewing machine allows you to make a buttonhole in a single step or automatically, without manually adjusting the stitch length or width.

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It has a lever that helps measure the size of the buttonhole based on the button you are using to sew. This lever for the buttonhole foot can be found behind a plastic tab and must be pulled down for your sewing machine to work in buttonhole mode. The machine has several buttonhole stitches to choose from.

  • Press the black lever on the machine’s back to remove the foot that is now attached to your machine.
  • To determine the size of your buttonhole, utilize the slide at the attachment’s end and secure the button in place.
  • Clip the buttonhole attachment to the little metal bar between the two plastic pieces.
  • To set the size of your buttonhole, pull down the lever with the buttonhole image on it, ensuring it goes behind the little plastic tab.
  • Choose the buttonhole stitch that you want to use. You can stitch 29 to 35 on the Brother CS6000i sewing machine. Please set it to 30 for a basic rectangular stitch.
  • Mark the location of the buttonhole on the fabric.
  • Put the fabric beneath the presser foot in the middle of the buttonhole attachment.
  • Start the machine after lowering the presser foot.
  • Now, your machine will sew buttonholes and stop when they are complete.
  • Close the buttonhole with a seam ripper or scissors, etc.


Learning how to use a one-step buttonhole foot is an essential sewing skill. Furthermore, using a one-step buttonhole foot dramatically increases your chances of completing a successful buttonhole on a thicker fabric.

Once you have become aware of all the advantages these types of feet provide, it’s clear why they are so popular and frequently used by experienced sewers. With such an easy-to-use gadget, you can quickly create beautiful and perfect-looking buttonholes!

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