This section is from the book "Scientific Sewing And Garment Cutting", by Antoinette Van Hoesen Wakeman. Also available from Amazon: Scientific Sewing And Garment Cutting: For Use In Schools And In The Home.
The first of the two buttonhole models of this grade is a strip of felt cloth nine inches long and one inch wide, in which are cut eight buttonholes an inch apart. Let the pupil practice cutting buttonholes in a strip of drafting-paper until she can cut them properly. Then let the teacher cut the first one in the felt strip, and the pupil the others as she is ready to work them, until the eight are cut and worked.
The second buttonhole model is a piece of white nainsook three inches wide and nine inches long. Double and overhand this along the side and the ends. Cut eight buttonholes one inch apart, overcast and work, as in the felt model, with No. 40 thread. Set four hooks and four eyes alternately between these buttonholes, sewing them on with a buttonhole stitch.
Second Model. Buttonhole.
What are the second models? Ans. Buttonhole models.
What is the first? Ans. A strip of felt nine inches long and one inch wide, in which eight buttonholes are cut.
How should these buttonholes be cut? Ans. Very straight.
How should they be worked? Ans. With No. 40 cotton thread which should be looped over the needle from right to left to form a pearl edge.
What is the second buttonhole model? Ans. A piece of nainsook three inches wide and nine inches long.
How is this prepared for buttonholes? Ans. It is folded together, overhanded at the sides and ends, and eight buttonholes are cut one inch apart.
How are these buttonholes worked? Ans. The same as those in the felt model.
How is the nainsook model finished? Ans. By putting on hooks and eyes between the buttonholes, arranging them alternately, and using the buttonhole stitch in sewing them on.