It seems that for a few weeks running it has been the fellas who have stepped forward to ask the questions for the weekly Q & A, and this week is no exception. So for this Tuesday's post, I'll be anwering these gentlemen's questions on basting and buttons.
First, Aaron asks: "Can you describe 'basting'?"
Jennifer responds: A basting stitch is a long, loose, straight stitch that sewers use to temporarily hold fabrics in place. It's quick and easy to do, but not meant to last.
And then dovetailing off of yesterday's post on The Hallmarks of Quality ,Aaron, Steve and Peter wanted to know what quality buttons are made of, if not plastic.
Jennifer responds: Quality buttons can be made from a number of different materials. One of the very best is horn, from both cow and buffalo. Modern horn button are a dull brown; antique horn buttons have a wider variation of colors and are usually streaked. Another popular material for buttons is mother-of-pearl, prized for its luster. Both of these types of buttons are quite expensive. Two other materials prized for fine buttons, tortoiseshell and ivory, are not generally used any longer, due to laws protecting endangered animals. Buttons made from these materials will most likely be found on vintage clothing and on garments made in countries without these restrictions.
However, the buttons you will most likely encounter are made from a polyester-resin blend. These might be confused with plastic...however they are very durable and through a number of special processes can be made to imitate the look of fancier buttons. Plastic buttons, on the other hand, are cheap and often brittle.
Of course, nearly any material you can think of could be fashioned into a button of some kind. But these are the most common that you will find on pieces of quality.
If you have a question you would like answered in the weekly Q & A, feel free to ask, and I will try to answer. See you next time...same blog time...same blog channel....
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