13"She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands."
Proverbs 31:13 Oxford Annotated Bible
I believe you have waited quite long enough for this post! I begin, in 2012, to continue my series on the Proverbs 31 Woman!
I have to admit, I cannot knit or crochet. I understand both can be very relaxing. I choose to sew and embroider, although not cross-stitch. Maybe its something about the monotony of repetition that won't capture my attention. My hands are willing but my mind is not.
Do you work with willing hands for your family? Are they well clothed? Do you shop frugally for them, obtaining the best clothing for the lowest prices? Are their clothes pressed, or at least somewhat wrinkle free? Are their clothes mended? Do you sew buttons on or do you just leave it be. What about yourself. How are your clothes looking?
Even Adam and Eve sewed!
"Then the eyes of both of them were opened and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves." Genesis 3:7 NIV
"...a time to tear and a time to mend." Ecclesiastes 3:7 NIV
Maybe you don't know how to sew on a button. Maybe you don't know the proper way to iron a shirt. There is nothing wrong with that. You didn't now how to use your cell phone when you got it, did you? Did you learn how? Great! I am sure you can learn to sew on a button!
1. Gather supplies. A needle, thread to match the garment, scissors, a straight pin or toothpick, and the button.
2. Thread the needle and tie the ends together in a knot. This will be a double thread, best for buttons for strength.
3. Slide the needle through the fabric where the button will be with the knot on the back side, out of sight.
4. Make a couple stitches in the fabric where the button is to be to anchor the thread. Lay the button on the spot where you will be attaching it.
5. Bring the needle up through the button. Lay the straight pin, needle or toothpick on top of the button. Take the thread over the top of the straight pin, toothpick or needle and bring your needle back down through the button.
6. Repeat step 5 to make about 6 stitches to anchor the button.
7. For a button with 4 holes, repeat the above steps for the other 2 holes.
8. Bring the needle and thread to the back of the fabric and knot the thread in the threads that have sewn the button to the garment. Cut the thread.
9. Remove the needle, straight pin or toothpick and snug the button to the threads by tugging on the button.
See! You can do this!