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Title: Buttons
Post by: 65Buick on December 06, 2017, 02:10:00 PM
For buttons used on inside backs, do you need that buttoning tool (vise)?

I saw a video where a lady used a small plastic cup and was able to make her own buttons. Not sure if it would have the strength needed, though.
Title: Re: Buttons
Post by: sofadoc on December 06, 2017, 04:05:03 PM
If you're going to do this work for a living, you might as well suck it up and buy a press and dies. I wouldn't trust any of those artsy-fartsy methods.

Some suppliers will make the buttons for you if you send them the fabric.
Title: Re: Buttons
Post by: 65Buick on December 06, 2017, 05:03:53 PM
That was my thought sofa. My supplier made me a few last time, but by the time I pay for all of them this time, I might as well buy the tool.

I see lots of these for sale used (ebay) but am I better of buying a set with the dies? My current button looks like is says "28" on the back. The outside diameter is 5/8" while the inner base part is 1/2".
Title: Re: Buttons
Post by: SteveA on December 07, 2017, 01:36:16 PM
I agree - buy what you need as necessary - using the tools will sharpen your skills and knowledge.  When I bought the button maker I got three sizes which seem to be fairly common - 22 - 30 - 36

SA
Title: Re: Buttons
Post by: 65Buick on December 07, 2017, 03:22:26 PM
If 30 is a common size, I should probably just get that instead of the 28.
Title: Re: Buttons
Post by: SteveA on December 07, 2017, 03:27:17 PM
Unless you're matching a button size ......... usually when you make buttons for a recovered piece you change all the buttons so the size you have isn't much of an issue as long as it is close to what was there.  The buttons can come with different bottoms - eye or nail
SA
Title: Re: Buttons
Post by: sofadoc on December 07, 2017, 04:25:21 PM
If 30 is a common size, I should probably just get that instead of the 28.
Never even heard of size 28. If you can only afford one size, get 30ís. If you can afford two sizes, get 22ís as well.
Title: Re: Buttons
Post by: 65Buick on December 07, 2017, 05:12:51 PM
Will do. Thank you.

And I thought 28 with strange, kind of small.
Title: Re: Buttons
Post by: MinUph on December 07, 2017, 06:26:47 PM
22s would be smaller than 28s. Ive never heard of 28 either.
22 and 30s were the only two sizes I had for 30 years. Now I have several others but 22 and 30 are the most used by far.
Title: Re: Buttons
Post by: 65Buick on December 07, 2017, 08:34:44 PM
strange. Maybe that's all the factory had at the time. I assure you, it does say 28.
Title: Re: Buttons
Post by: baileyuph on December 07, 2017, 10:16:32 PM
Correct there is a size 28 as well as a size 30 (1/16 in. larger).  They both have their place, but
the 30 is suggested because it will meet most upholsters requirements - that is probably more of
the requirements.

 Now you know, buy the 30 and it probably will meet all or most or more of your requirements.

Doyle
Title: Re: Buttons
Post by: Grebo on December 12, 2017, 09:39:16 AM
I don't use many buttons ( normally) but bought the button press mainly due to not being able to get them made locally.
Which has opened up a few extra jobs simply because I have what other shops don't. Plus I have since added the dies for 3 grommet sizes which I do use a far bit.
It does sit idle most of the time but the convenience is well worth it.