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Old 03-18-2011, 11:43
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Default Want to buy a button cover machine-What to look for?

I think it is time to invest in a button maker. I need it for fabric covered buttons not the graphic buttons. Is there a machine that will do several sizes or do I have to buy a separate machine for each? I use #30 and #36 the most. Also do any of the suppliers have the buttons that have been tested for lead?
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Old 03-18-2011, 12:42
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I just happen to be in the cover button machine business. You need one machine, and whatever size dies you want. My factories are in the process of issuing certificates -- shouldn't be a problem.

I've been experimenting with using the machine to make badge-style buttons (with paper and plastic), as well.

I am happy to offer any help I can, whether you buy from me or not. I can evaluate used equipment, suggest button-making tips, and help with maintenance. Send me your address, and I'll send some samples of whatever you like. Please note that our pathetic website is waaaaaay overdue for an overhaul, and we have a lot that isn't on it. I'm a lousy webmaster.
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I was just gonna tell her to ask Dede!



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I just happen to be in the cover button machine business. You need one machine, and whatever size dies you want. My factories are in the process of issuing certificates -- shouldn't be a problem.

I've been experimenting with using the machine to make badge-style buttons (with paper and plastic), as well.

I am happy to offer any help I can, whether you buy from me or not. I can evaluate used equipment, suggest button-making tips, and help with maintenance. Send me your address, and I'll send some samples of whatever you like. Please note that our pathetic website is waaaaaay overdue for an overhaul, and we have a lot that isn't on it. I'm a lousy webmaster.
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Old 03-18-2011, 01:40
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i was just gonna tell her to ask dede!
Thanks, Mika!
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Old 03-18-2011, 09:17
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Default Re: Want to buy a button cover machine-What to look for?

I think I have looked at your site before. One thing I don't understand is why the difference in the base hole diameter. Does that matter for just covering buttons with fabric?
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Old 03-19-2011, 12:01
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One thing I don't understand is why the difference in the base hole diameter. Does that matter for just covering buttons with fabric?
If you mean the hole in the middle of the die...

That's just a service we offer. The standard inside diameter isn't wide enough for thick hair elastics (like Goody Ouchless). If you want to make button pony-o's with that kind of elastic, you need a die with a wider inside diameter. It does not affect the operation of the die, and if you never plan to make them, it's totally unnecessary.

Oh... and we figured out a much easier way of making pony-o's than is shown in the tutorial. It involves flat backs and zip ties...

If you mean the hole in the bottom of the machine, into which the die fits...

Different brand dies have different sized "stems" (or "posts") that drop into the machine base. If you already own a machine and just want some new dies, we'll make sure the dies fit your machine (the stem/post matches up with the base hole) -- just let us know what machine you have.
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Old 03-19-2011, 12:49
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Kim, sent you a PM...
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Old 03-19-2011, 09:06
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Thanks for the info Dede! I wouldn't need to do the ponytails. I don't use the covered buttons for that and probably never will.
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Default Re: Want to buy a button cover machine-What to look for?

I have the day off, so I thought I would read some posts and learn something new. I didn't even know there was such a thing as a "button machine". Looked at covered buttons on Etsy, and thought they were all made with the Dritz manual kit.
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Old 03-20-2011, 03:47
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I didn't even know there was such a thing as a "button machine".
Dritz originally developed their kits so housewives could make covered buttons at home, instead of sending them away to be made. Cover button machines have been around since the mid-1800's!
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