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Sewing on a button and a snap with the Husqvarna Viking Designer Ruby 90

by Elaine Theriault

Wow! The week has flown by, and it’s already Friday!

I’ve had so much fun; playing with the different Inspira stabilizers, trying out different fabric types for machine embroidery, and mending that sweater yesterday was brilliant. All of it was super easy using the Husqvarna Viking Designer Ruby 90.

A red and white sewing machine with a red touch screen; Husqvarna Viking Designer Ruby 90

Husqvarna Viking Designer Ruby 90

I’ll admit that I’m a bit of a lazy sewist. I love handwork, but if I can do the task with a sewing machine, I’ll do it. I have a jacket to repair today, and I was going to do it by hand, but that meant finding some hand needles, and well, the Designer Ruby 90 was calling to me. So, I’m repairing the jacket with the sewing machine.

Now the repair is straightforward. A snap used to close the jacket, which I had initially stitched in place by hand, was coming loose, and I figured it was better to fix the snap now before it completely fell off and got lost. You know what they say – a stitch in time saves nine!

It’s so easy to sew buttons on with the sewing machine, but did you know there are several ways to do that? Let’s have a look.

I’ll start with the optional Button Foot with Placement Tool. It easily snaps onto the presser foot ankle.

A presser foot on a sewing machine used to sew on buttons; Husqvarna Viking Designer Ruby 90, Button Foot with Placement Tool

The Button Foot with Placement Tool

What’s nice about the Button Foot is that if I need the button sewn on without a shank, it stays in the position shown above. If my fabric is thick, then I need the button sewn on with a shank. It’s easy to transition between the two settings as there’s a small gray lever on the right-hand side, and by pulling that forward, a plastic ridge appears at the front, and the shank (made of thread) forms over that ridge.

A presser foot on a sewing machine for sewing buttons on; Husqvarna Viking Designer Ruby 90, Button Foot with Placement Tool

The Button Foot set to sew a button with a thread shank

Along the front of the Button Foot, you’ll notice that there’s a slot on either side of the foot. These slots hold the button in place. It can be tricky to get the button into the slots and get the holes lined up with the needle. However, there’s a handy tool that makes this job super simple. The Placement Tool has two prongs that you insert into the holes of the button.

Two prongs of the placement tool inserted into the holes of a white button; Husqvarna Viking Designer Ruby 90, Button Foot with Placement Tool

Use the prongs of the Placement Tool to grab the button.

Then it’s simple to insert the button into the front slots. The way the Placement Tools grabs the button ensures the button’s holes are in line with the needle.

A gray tool used to position a button in the sewing machine presser foot used to sew on buttons; Husqvarna Viking Designer Ruby 90, Button Foot with Placement Tool

Using the Placement Tool to insert the button into the Button Foot

Then you can remove the tool, and you are ready to sew. But wait – the needle isn’t in the correct position in this photo because I did not select the stitch that I’ll use to sew on the button.

A button sitting in the slot of a presser foot used to sew a button with the sewing machine; Husqvarna Viking Designer Ruby 90, Button Foot with Placement Tool

The button sits in the Button Foot, ready to be stitched in place.

It’s so easy; it’s child play! When I turn the Designer Ruby 90 on, the JoyOS Advisor appears on the opening screen. And let’s look in the bottom right-hand corner. What does that say? Sew on button! Wow – how easy is that?

A menu of sewing techniques on a computerized sewing machine; Husqvarna Viking Designer Ruby 90

The JoyOS Advisor

Selecting that icon opens a window with the correct stitch for sewing on the button. A tutorial to explain what supplies are needed and how to sew the stitch also appears. And even better, the Designer Ruby 90 is now ready to sew the button on. All the settings are taken care of by the JoyOS Advisor. I love it!

A tutorial for sewing a button on the screen of a computerized sewing machine; Husqvarna Viking Designer Ruby 90, Button Foot with Placement Tool

The machine settings and a tutorial for sewing on a button appear on the screen.

Now you’ll notice in the tutorial, that the Multipurpose tool is used to hold the button in place. If you need a thin or thick shank, the Multipurpose tool can be used instead of the Button Foot. The Multipurpose foot is part of the accessories for the Designer Ruby 90. Either option will work.

A gray multipurpose tool for a sewing machine; Husqvarna Viking Designer Ruby 90, Button Foot with Placement Tool

The Multipurpose tool

The default width of the stitch for sewing on the button is 3mm. That is pretty much an industry standard, but I still manually test the left and right needle position by manually turning the handwheel. The last thing I want is bits of broken buttons or needles flying around the studio.

A white button in the slot of a sewing machine presser foot used to sew on buttons; Husqvarna Viking Designer Ruby 90, Button Foot with Placement Tool

Manually checking the needle position for sewing the button on

The other thing to note on the tack stitch used to sew on the button is the number of times the needle goes left to right. You’ll see in the settings that the default is 8. That’s probably a couple more than I would do if I were sewing the button by hand. You can increase or decrease that number.

The default settings for sewing buttons on a computerized sewing machine; Husqvarna Viking Designer Ruby 90, Button Foot with Placement Tool

The default width and length of the standard stitch used to sew buttons

Now that everything is ready, let’s see it in action.

Isn’t that just the best? But I want to re-attach a snap, so I’ll use a slightly different technique to fix the jacket.

I’ve removed the Button Foot, and I’m not going to use the Multipurpose Tool. I’m simply going to use the presser foot ankle to hold the snap in place. Only two sides of the snap were loose, so I didn’t need to secure it to the jacket. But if I had to, I could use some tape, which they recommended in the built-in tutorial.

I carefully positioned the snap so the hole would line up with the needle. I manually tested that the needle would go back and forth and not hit the snap.

A sewing machine presser foot ankle secures a snap for tacking in place; Husqvarna Viking Designer Ruby 90, Button Foot with Placement Tool

Use the presser foot ankle to hold the snap in place while it’s tacked in place.

That was too easy. Make sure you clean up the old threads first. And here is the snap, firmly attached on all sides. I really should’ve removed the rest of the hand stitching and secured all four sides of the snap with the Designer Ruby 90. Since each securing stitch took seconds, I might go back and do that.

A snap is stitched in place on a garment with brown and black thread; Husqvarna Viking Designer Ruby 90, Button Foot with Placement Tool

The snap is now securely back in place.

WOW – WOW – WOW – that was so easy! I’m having so much fun creating new things and repairing things with the Husqvarna Viking Designer Ruby 90. It’s an excellent machine that does all kinds of jobs! My week is up, but you can bet that I’m scouring that pile of projects to see what else I can fix or create with this fabulous sewing and embroidery machine.

Be sure to stop by your local Husqvarna Viking sewing machine dealer and ask for an in-person demo. You’ll be impressed.

Thanks for stopping by this week, and until next time,

Have a super day!

Ciao!

This is part 5 of 5 in this series

Go back to part 4: How to fix a hole in a knit sweater with machine embroidery

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