WHAT IS IT?
Thread loops are thin loops made of thread used in place of button loops or buttonholes to secure buttons. Thread loops can also refer to loops of thread at the waistline of dresses and blouses used to hold belts in place.
Thread loop for securing a button
Thread loops at waistline to hold belt
WHEN DO YOU USE IT?
For delicate garments, thread loops are a great option for a button closure as they’re lightweight and subtle. Thread loops for belts are placed at the waistline side seams on blouses and dresses to hold fabric belts or purchased belts. These can be secured at the top and the bottom so the loop lies flat to the body; or they can be looped, with both ends secured in the same place so the loop can move up and down. Pattern instructions will tell you when and where to make thread loops, but you can add thread loops and a tie belt to any blouse pattern.
Tips + Notes
- Instead of using this method for thread belt loops, you can also follow the directions for French tacks (page link).
- You can make button loops instead of thread loops (page link) for a stronger closure on more substantial garments. Run thread through beeswax for stronger thread loops.
- Thread loops for tie belts are optional. If you don’t like the idea of wearing a belt or if you will wear the garment without the belt more often than with, then skip the thread loops.
- For thin fabric belts, make an extra thread loop at the center front to keep the belt from falling down.
HOW TO MAKE THREAD LOOPS AS BUTTONHOLES
Finish the edge where the loops will be sewn by sewing the facing or binding. Mark the top and bottom of each loop. Thread a handsewing needle with single thread. Bring the thread through the fold or seam line at the top loop marking. Insert the needle through the bottom loop marking, leaving a loop that will fit over the button.
Make two or three more looped stitches using the tip of the needle to pull out the threads. Make sure they’re all the same length.
Work blanket stitches (page link) over the looped strands from the top to the bottom until the strands are completely covered.
Secure the thread on the inside of the garment. Press loops flat.
HOW TO MAKE THREAD LOOPS AT THE WAISTLINE FOR HOLDING BELTS
Determine the waistline position and decide whether you want hanging loops (both ends secured in the same place) or loops that start and stop at different points on the side seam. Insert the needle through the side seam at the top loop marking. If you are making the hanging loop, insert the needle about ¼” (6mm) below the first marking. If you are making flat loops, insert the needle through the bottom loop marking. Leave enough space to fit the belt through the loop. Follow the steps above for making the thread loop.
Source : The Sewtionary An A to Z Guide to 101 Sewing Techniques + Definitions
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