Buttons - threaded or not?

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Posted 2/2/2013 by MomToE&E in General Scrappin'
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PeaNut 18,232
July 2001
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Posted: 2/2/2013 8:35:25 AM
Do you thread the buttons that you put on your layouts?

I use to ALWAYS thread them - HAD to thread them actually! It was some weird OCD thing like I was convinced they would fall off if I didn't thread them (even though they were threaded then glued down!! ).

I seemed to have worked through my "issues" though - I rarely thread them now and happily just glue away - and since I just added a circle of about 30 small buttons to a layout, I'm thinking it's a good thing I'm over it!

How about you?


PeaNut 116,261
November 2003
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Posted: 2/2/2013 8:45:30 AM
I almost never thread buttons on my layouts.

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PeaNut 263,696
June 2006
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Posted: 2/2/2013 8:52:15 AM
If I am going to use a button it always get threaded. For me it looks unfinished if it is not threaded.

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PeaNut 286,156
December 2006
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Loc: TN

Posted: 2/2/2013 8:59:37 AM
I always thread them, but would probably reconsider if I was putting 30 on a page! lol


PeaNut 147,333
May 2004
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Posted: 2/2/2013 9:00:40 AM
Sometimes I thread them or use a glue dot it just depends if I have a color close to the button.

Duchess of Stuff

PeaNut 449,226
December 2009
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Posted: 2/2/2013 9:03:36 AM
Always thread them and usually sew them right to the page. I figure out where I want the button, use a large needle to poke the holes through the paper and "GO"


PeaNut 14,286
April 2001
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Posted: 2/2/2013 9:06:02 AM
No, I never thread them. I don't know why I don't like them that way, but it's just not me.

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PeaNut 171,168
October 2004
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Posted: 2/2/2013 9:09:21 AM
I always thread mine.
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PeaNut 561,756
July 2012
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Posted: 2/2/2013 9:29:36 AM
I like the look of both. I guess it depends on how I feel that day!


PeaNut 428,650
July 2009
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Loc: Columbus, Ohio

Posted: 2/2/2013 9:31:03 AM
I almost always thread mine. I use embroidery floss or twine. I think one of the reasons I like buttons is the texture it adds when you thread them.


PeaNut 226,382
October 2005
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Loc: New England

Posted: 2/2/2013 9:36:31 AM
I thread mine most of the time.

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PeaNut 110,614
October 2003
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Posted: 2/2/2013 9:40:52 AM
I rarely thread my buttons, but will if it makes a difference to the layout. Sometimes it just needs that thread. I just don't usually go to the extra effort if it doesn't make a difference.


PeaNut 9,556
January 2001
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Posted: 2/2/2013 9:49:57 AM
I do a little bit of both, though I mostly thread them.


PeaNut 530,045
November 2011
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Loc: Ohio

Posted: 2/2/2013 9:56:30 AM
I almost always thread mine. There are times I will attempt to put them straight on the layout & then just decide they look too bare or unfinished. I typically use twine, tied on top(typically without a bow but sometimes I will tie a bow too). The last layout I did, I wasn't going to thread but ended up using black embroidery floss & sewing them to the page because in my eyes they looked to bare plain.


PeaNut 501,296
March 2011
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Loc: Minnesota

Posted: 2/2/2013 10:11:44 AM
I never thread mine! I love the look, but I don't do it. Just takes more time...

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PeaNut 413,587
February 2009
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Loc: Western NY

Posted: 2/2/2013 10:30:31 AM
I prefer them threaded....just personal opinion.

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PeaNut 70,644
February 2003
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Loc: Southern California

Posted: 2/2/2013 11:01:07 AM
I don't usually thread them, but I have a few recently. Threading the small ones is really too much work, but it does look nice with the larger ones, i will admit.

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PeaNut 395,153
October 2008
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Posted: 2/2/2013 11:04:56 AM
I don't usually thread them, I like them without that added bit of texture. I just glue and go.


PeaNut 553,290
May 2012
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Posted: 2/2/2013 11:29:50 AM
Sometimes I thread them and sometimes I dont. It all depends on the LO and my mood.


PeaNut 281,136
October 2006
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Posted: 2/2/2013 11:47:18 AM
Never - that feels too much like work.
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PeaNut 193,655
February 2005
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Loc: Alabama

Posted: 2/2/2013 12:27:20 PM
The last button I used, I threaded with Bakers Twine... I tend to find them "unfinished" if I don't thread them... of course, I love other peoples LOs with unthreaded buttons, just not my own

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PeaNut 12,636
March 2001
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Posted: 2/2/2013 12:31:27 PM
Sometimes I do, but most the time I don't.

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PeaNut 477,798
August 2010
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Posted: 2/2/2013 12:38:06 PM
I very rarely thread them, just for the sake of time, but I love the look! Especially the baker's twine with a bow type of threading.

Sugar Snap Pea

PeaNut 257,999
April 2006
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Posted: 2/2/2013 12:49:26 PM
I prefer the look of them threaded but I am usually too lazy!


PeaNut 319,638
May 2007
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Posted: 2/2/2013 12:57:06 PM
Not threaded here. Sometimes ill put bakers taken the ought them and tie a bow tho.
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PeaNut 31,845
March 2002
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Loc: Poconos PA

Posted: 2/2/2013 1:22:19 PM
Depends on what I'm doing. If its all distressed and grungy, buttons can be unthreaded. If its a nicer, more modern layout I thread.
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PeaNut 335,340
September 2007
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Posted: 2/2/2013 2:48:44 PM
I do both - and sometimes I cheat and use a souffle pen

Lilith Eeckels

PeaNut 198,152
March 2005
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Posted: 2/2/2013 3:12:53 PM
I usually don't just because I'm too lazy. I do try to thread them more because I love the way it looks.


PeaNut 294,784
February 2007
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Posted: 2/2/2013 3:34:43 PM
I sometimes do and sometime do not. I think it depends on how many I used and what mood I'm in.
I'm glad to know I'm not the only moody scrapper!


PeaNut 10,888
February 2001
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Loc: Adelaide, Australia

Posted: 2/2/2013 5:47:51 PM
Depends on the layout and the look I am after .. Sometimes threaded sometimes not.
I thread with embroidery floss or waxed thread or twine. Then I glue it down using helmar 450 glue.
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PeaNut 473,951
July 2010
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Posted: 2/2/2013 7:10:24 PM
It depends upon my mood and my time. I don't have to have them threaded. I am just as happy with naked buttons!


PeaNut 211,961
June 2005
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Loc: Santa Cruz, CA

Posted: 2/2/2013 7:13:30 PM
It is very difficult for me to put a naked button on a page. I almost always put a thread (fiber of some kind), or a rhinestone, or another button, or SOMETHING on a button before attaching.

Then again, if I was putting 30 buttons...I'll bet I would get over my OCD also!

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PeaNut 154,126
June 2004
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Loc: Arkansas

Posted: 2/2/2013 7:35:32 PM
I never thread mine.


PeaNut 149,537
May 2004
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Posted: 2/2/2013 9:14:03 PM
I have to thread my buttons to make them look 'finished'. I've tried putting them on as-is but it just looks wrong to me.


PeaNut 63,141
January 2003
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Posted: 2/2/2013 9:27:56 PM
It depends. Sometimes they need it. Sometimes they don't. LOL

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PeaNut 80,424
April 2003
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Loc: Southern California

Posted: 2/2/2013 9:48:35 PM
I find it too time-consuming, and sometimes the threads can look messy.

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PeaNut 395,153
October 2008
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Posted: 2/2/2013 9:58:56 PM

I do both - and sometimes I cheat and use a souffle pen

Oooo, I have souffle pens! I'll have to try this.


PeaNut 567,835
September 2012
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Loc: Dallas, TX

Posted: 2/2/2013 10:24:49 PM
I've never actually threaded a scrappy button before...but it's definitely not something I'm opposed to. I might actually try it later this week if I'm not too tired to scrap!


PeaNut 12,690
March 2001
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Posted: 2/2/2013 10:43:01 PM
I'm never happy with the result unless I thread them, so I do. Too many years sewing for me!


PeaNut 268,680
July 2006
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Loc: Wisconsin

Posted: 2/2/2013 10:59:49 PM
I probably only thread mine 20-30% of the time. It used to be less, but I discovered baker's twine and like that look.


PeaNut 503,375
March 2011
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Posted: 2/2/2013 10:59:56 PM
Usually unthreaded. I'm sitting on the lazy bench.

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PeaNut 274,243
August 2006
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Loc: Northeast

Posted: 2/2/2013 11:00:19 PM
I thread them more than not. I also see them more than not...
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PeaNut 88,350
May 2003
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Loc: Tucson AZ

Posted: 2/2/2013 11:00:46 PM
90% of the time threaded...

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PeaNut 163,613
August 2004
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Loc: *Sunny Southern California*

Posted: 2/2/2013 11:07:55 PM
Always threaded
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PeaNut 532,851
December 2011
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Loc: az

Posted: 2/2/2013 11:16:16 PM

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PeaNut 54,155
October 2002
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Posted: 2/3/2013 12:02:55 AM
Both. I just glued three of them to a page today. I tried threading them and didn't like how it looked with my page. Sometimes it DOES look good, but with today's page it didn't.

I have a friend who ALWAYS finishes them off with thread. She considers it unfinished to not do so. To each his own!


PeaNut 565,904
September 2012
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Posted: 2/3/2013 6:18:46 AM
I will thread if I'm only doing one button, but more than that and I say forget it, too much work!


PeaNut 18,232
July 2001
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Loc: Ohio

Posted: 2/3/2013 12:53:44 PM
Yes .. no .. yes ... no ..
I do ... I don't ... I do .... I don't
Sometimes ......

Cracks me up! Looks like we are about equally divided on this issue !


PeaNut 273,602
August 2006
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Loc: Phoenix, AZ area

Posted: 2/3/2013 2:25:41 PM
most of the time, I do thread buttons when I use them, even if I glue them down to the layout or card. Since buttons have holes, I think they just looked 'unfinished' without thread in.


PeaNut 450,134
January 2010
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Loc: Atlanta, Georgia

Posted: 2/3/2013 2:38:38 PM

On my layouts the buttons "are" always threaded. For me it looks unfinished otherwise.
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