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Subject: Has anyone purchased one of these self fabric button machine? Need advice pls!! Date: 7/13/14 8:00 AM

Hi everyone, I hope I post this in the right forum. I love using self fabric buttons in my project. I am currently using the kits you get at the craft shop for like 6 buttons and a plastic mould, they are a hit and miss. I want to invest in one of those proper button press but I am not too sure if it works very well or is really worth it. Have anyone here purchased one of these and if so, what do you think of them?

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Date: 7/13/14 10:34 AM

I would love to get one sometimes you can't find
A button for what you want it for I'll have look
Into that.
Thank for the link

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Date: 7/13/14 2:02 PM

That's a lot of money for something which may or may not work that much better than the ones found in fabric stores.

Here are some tips I've learned over the years: cut the fabric for the button just a tad larger than the pattern they give; make certain the metal button is centered in the fabric piece which should be even placed on the mold; push in the shank part fully; if you're using sheer fabric, use two layers; and,, if you're using slippery fabric use a second layer of a thin non-slippery fabric.

I usually make two extra buttons at the same time. If you attach them to the seam allowance they will get the same number of washings as the buttons on the right side of the garment. I think I've had only one come apart after years of use and about two which needed replacing, because of wear-through or something similar.

Keep practicing and there will be more successes.

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Date: 7/13/14 4:32 PM

I have not used specifically a button machine like this, but I do have a snap machine that is like this. It sets all kinds of different snaps, you just have to have the correct dies. I love, love, love it and don't know how I ever lived without it, trying to hammer snaps. The die machines are just so much faster than doing them all by hand. I would say that if you cover buttons a lot, it will be a great addition for you. The biggest expense is going to be the machine of course, but also the one-time purchase of each die set, as each die will only make one size og button. If you do mostly the same size then .you are good. You can probably re-order the button pieces in China as well, and this should save you some money If I were you, I would get it. But then I am always a sucker for new toys.

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Date: 7/13/14 8:43 PM

haha...gmagina done!
It is an expensive addition to this always expanding hobby of mine but I literally use self fabric buttons in 95% of my projects, I can't seem to find any buttons that match or I am happy with other than the ones I make. Those little kit you get are flimsy, they start warping after you make like 4 buttons, I purchased a proper mould for $7 but even that still give random result.
I thought maybe with this machine, being made of metal will not warp and give a more professional result, unfortunately there is nothing on youtube to demonstrate and no forum post to discuss. The closest I got to a demo of this is from another eBay user posting photos. But I still would like some first hand experience from a PR member.
I only use size 10, 12 or 15mm mushroom or bread top buttons, the eBay list is for the machine and 3 dies, I reckon it's a little pricey but then I don't have to fiddle with a hammer, a tiny little plastic die and having to pre-sew the fabric to the button. I already purchased a small sample of their buttons ($5 for 200 buttons vs $5 for 6 buttons at the shop) and had a go at making it using my plastic moulds, it turn out better than expected and I did make a whole dress using these buttons with success.

Thanks for the Tip GIbutterfly, I haven't thought about making extras and sewing them to the seam. I will have to do that with my new dress.

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Date: 7/14/14 0:19 AM

This looks cool. I haven't got one but now I want one...I usually ask if they will take a cheaper price - say $90 bucks instead of $102 (I went to the cdn ebay so prices may be different.) It is worth a shot.

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Date: 7/14/14 0:31 AM

You are going to find out the machine is so much faster. And especially seeing you have already tried the buttons and loved them, the machine will just be the ice cream on the cake!!!! Please let us know how you like it.

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Date: 7/14/14 0:59 AM

I didn't know you can bargain on eBay, I am gonna have a stab at it. Thanks NothyLane!

I know Alibaba sell them for $85-90 but I have never used this site before and it doesn't take paypal so I don't really trust it, they want wiring of money or credit card details.

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Date: 7/14/14 3:00 AM

You might also consider checking at your local sewing/fabric center. Mine will do those on order (2 day turnaround) and they cost the same as normal buttons. E.g. the small round ones cost 20 cents, and goes on up from to 40-80 cents for larger flat ones. Considering the cost of those button sets and the time spent making them, it's a total deal.

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Date: 7/14/14 3:47 AM

Making my own buttons give me the same feeling as being able to sew my own clothes. I know sewing will take more time and probably cost more but I like that it's something I've mademy craft stores don't offer this service but 2 days is way too long to wait for buttons when I'm on a roll haha too impatient, need buttons now!And if they don't turn out very nice I can just make another one on the spot.

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