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How to Replace a Tack Back Button for Jeans

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  1. How to Replace a Tack Back Button for Jeans, Stud Jean Button: step 1, image 1 of 3 How to Replace a Tack Back Button for Jeans, Stud Jean Button: step 1, image 2 of 3 How to Replace a Tack Back Button for Jeans, Stud Jean Button: step 1, image 3 of 3
    • Grip one side of the button with your hand and use the needle-nose pliers to pull on the other side to separate them.

    • If you have issues separating the two parts with the above technique, carefully wiggle the button out through the frayed stud hole.

    • You may need to cut it loose from attached threads.

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    • Cut about an inch or so of adhesive tape—enough to cover the frayed hole but still big enough to work with easily.

    • The fabric adhesive tape used in this guide is the HeatnBond UltraHold Iron-On Adhesive (7/8 inch x 10 yards). This is similar to hemming tape but they are not the same product.

    • Make sure that the fabric tape you cut is long enough to cover the hole, with extra length so it's easy to manipulate.

    • If the size of the piece of tape you cut is too short, cut a new piece and try again. If the piece you cut is too long, shorten it accordingly.

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    • Place the piece of fabric tape on top of the denim swatch.

    • You could also use a pair of old jeans for this purpose instead of purchasing denim fabric.

    • Using the piece of fabric tape as a guide, cut out a similarly sized piece of fabric from the denim.

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    • Double-check that the sizes of the adhesive tape and denim piece match.

    • Plug in the clothing iron and wait for it to heat up. Set it to medium heat.

    • Do not use the steam function if your iron has that capability. It may make the tape wet and ruin the adhesive.

    • Apply the hot clothing iron to the fabric tape that is covering the frayed section of the jean stud buttonhole.

    • Hold your iron to the tape for approximately 10 seconds. If the tape is not sticking after you apply heat for 10 seconds, repeat this step.

    • Once finished, the tape should lie flat.

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    • Carefully lift the edge of the paper cover (without lifting the adhesive!) and pull the paper slowly away from the tape.

    • Only the clear adhesive tape should be left behind.

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    • Place the jean fabric piece you cut out on top of the adhesive tape.

    • Press down on the fabric and smooth it out over the tape so that no bumps exist and the edges are flat and aligned.

    • Apply the heated clothing iron to that section for approximately 10 seconds.

    • If the jean fabric and the adhesive tape are not sticking together or lying flat along the edges, apply heat for another 10 seconds and repeat as necessary.

    • Turn off and unplug your clothing iron once this step is complete!

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    • Align a screwdriver or another small, pointed object (such as scissors) with the original buttonhole to create a hole for the new button through the patched fabric.

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    • Your new button should have two parts: the button part and the stud part. They are depicted in the first photo - the button part is on the right, and the stud part is on the left.

    • Insert the stud piece from the back side of the new hole (the side that would be touching your skin if you were wearing the jeans).

    • You should be able to see the stud from the other side of the hole.

    • If you cannot fit the stud through, you may need to enlarge the hole.

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    • Insert the button part through the front of the hole.

    • Hold both button pieces together to connect them.

    • Using your screwdriver, screw the stud part into the button part until there is too much resistance to continue turning it.

    • The type of screwdriver you need will depend on the type of button you are working with. The one in this guide is a Phillips.

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    • Test your fix by trying the repaired jeans on. Enjoy the finished product!

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