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Old 03-24-2011, 10:22
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I'll work on the photos...

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Default Re: Want to buy a button cover machine-What to look for?

I'm also curious about how different the buttons for a machine are from the regular button covers you get at JoAnn's.
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Old 03-25-2011, 01:02
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I'm also curious about how different the buttons for a machine are from the regular button covers you get at JoAnn's.
Kim, I'll drop a sample in the mail of the button closest to the Dritz button, so you can compare.
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I'll work on the photos
Sorry to be a pest, but just wondering if you have had a chance to take a photo of the graphical buttons?

Thanks so much!
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Dede,

I got the samples today. I gave them a quick look over but haven't had a chance to play with them yet. I hope to get in my office tomorrow. My plan is to invest in the machine with the profit from my craft shows this season. So far I have about $5 to put towards it!
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Old 03-26-2011, 09:32
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Sorry to be a pest, but just wondering if you have had a chance to take a photo of the graphical buttons?
You're definitely not a pest! It just took me a while to figure out how to print some test images (graciously provided by creativ and Amanda357).

Button is 1 1/8" (since that's what I grabbed). I used whatever paper is in the town library printer. Edges aren't as smooth as a true graphic button, but it's pretty close.

So... button machines:
1. Make cover buttons
2. Set grommets (#00 - #15)
3. Set metal snaps (#20 and #24)
4. Set ventilators
5. Make graphic buttons?? Seriously, what do you think? Is it good enough?
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5. Make graphic buttons?? Seriously, what do you think? Is it good enough?[/INDENT]
Wow!! This is MUCH better than I expected. You are right the only thing different is that the edges aren't 100% as clean, but pretty darn close. Is there anything covering the paper? It looks almost like there is plastic over it, but I'm sure that isn't the case.

So now I just have to go check my funds .

Thanks for posting.

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Old 03-31-2011, 11:44
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Thanks! I used two layers of Therm O Web (Heat n' Bond) Gloss Vinyl:



It's actually meant for fabric, but worked just fine on paper. The directions say to iron it, but DON'T. It's low-tack and very easy to apply -- if you make a mistake, just move it. I used a flat shell (button front) that I don't currently stock, but I will if people like it!

Time for a tutorial...
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