Professional button covering machine for furniture upholstery and auto upholstering.
How to make and install buttons.

Upholstery button machine

Osborne Hand Button Machine --- $142.00


Compare at $175 or more.

This Osborne (or the identical Handy) button maker is the machine most furniture, auto, and marine upholsterers use. Accepts all size Osborne and Handy dies. (We only carry the most used #22 and #30)

Heavy duty iron press. (I used mine for over 20 years-Ken) Can be bolted or screwed to a workbench or 2x6 piece of lumber for portability. We ship 2-3 day Priority Mail.
Dies and molds sold seperately.

See bottom of this page for how to make and install buttons.

button dies

Button Making Accesories

#22 2pc die and cutter set
Pictured on left. Makes 9/16" buttons (about the size of a dime) Cutter cuts one to several round pieces.

1 gross (144) #22 wire eye button molds

#30 2pc die and cutter set
Pictured on right. Makes 3/4" buttons (about the size of a nickel)

1 gross #30 wire eye button molds

14" Button Needle

1/2 lb. Nylon button and tufting twine.

 

Button twineButton molds Wire Eye

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Osborne Hand Button Machine$142.00 Add One to Basket
#22 2pc die and cutter set$52.00 Add One to Basket
1 gross #22 wire eye button molds-rust resistant$11.00 Add One to Basket
#30 2pc die and cutter set$56.00 Add One to Basket
1 gross (makes 144) #30 wire eye button molds-rust resistant$11.00 Add One to Basket
Button twine, 1/2lb. spool$12 Add One to Basket
14" Button Needle$6.00 Add One to Basket

We ship US Postal Service (2-3 days Priority Mail to most US locations,). Air to Canada and Mexico requires 2 boxes (aprox. $84 total) other countries 2 boxes (aprox. $120 total). Our order form may give you higher price but we will refund the difference and ship in flat rate boxes. (for example to Australia our shopping cart may give you $160 or more-we'll refund the difference)

You may also order by phone or mail. Use the BUY BUTTONS then fill out the order form and print out instead of hitting submit button. Send us check, money order or credit card info. Sorry, no C.O.D's


800-635-3493 (we're in and out 7am-5pm Mon.-Fri Pacific)
707-938-0276
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257 Manuella Lane
Sonoma CA 95476

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How To Make Buttons

Courtesy C.S. Osborne & Co.

How to make furniture buttons
This is the Osborne No.1 hand button covering machine. It can be bolted or screwed to a table or heavy board.
button die and cutter set
1. A cutter (usually included in die sets) and wood block  are used to stamp out a round piece of material to the exact size of the die. Several pieces can be cut at the same time by folding over a strip of fabric.
how to make buttons
2. Shell (cap) and material are pushed into top die. Make sure you have the correct side facing into the die. A dowel is used to push the cap and material all the way into the movable die.
press fabric into die
3. The button back ( the piece with the wire eye) is placed in the bottom die.

cut button fabric
4. Top die is placed on top of bottom die. Several pieces can be cut at the same time by folding over a strip of fabric.
pull handle down
5. Machine handle is pulled down, locking shell and button back together.
completed upholstery button
6. Remove completed button.
7. Pull on eye and cap to be sure they will stay together.

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TROUBLESHOOTING BUTTON PROBLEMS

Fabric cut: 1. See that clinching die is smooth and free of nicks and broken edges. Remove nicks with emery cloth. Replace badly broken dies. 2. Use soft shell.

Plastic or vinyl cut: 1. Try above solutions. 2. Reduce friction by lubricating dies with light weight oil or silicone spray. 3. Warm material to create more "give".

Buttons come apart- thin material: 1. Add more pressure to covering machine. 2. Use thin material die. 3. Use two layers of material

Buttons come apart- regular material: 1. Add more pressure to covering machine. 2. Use regular material die. 3. Be sure springs on bottom dies are not packed with lint.

Buttons come apart- heavy material: 1. Add more pressure to covering machine. 2. Use heavy material die. 3. Some materials can be flattened without changing their appearance by pounding with a mallet or hammer.

Material is "bunched up" where shell meets back: 1. Use larger die 2. Some materials can be flattened (reducing bulk) without changing their appearance by pounding with a mallet or hammer. Try this before cutting.



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