March 9th, 2007 : Handy Junior Button Machine
Dan Dosemagen set me up with this button maker. He's a good friend of mine and is a top-notch trimmer ... I've helped him out with his web site -- DansUpholsteryAutoTrim.com -- and he helps me out with my interior-making education. This button maker is a blast to use!
My first sewing project, using my new Tacsew sewing machine, was with some cheapo vinyl that I had purchased to practice with. I made a padded cover for a stool and did button tufting, using the button maker.
To install the buttons, I drilled holes through the stool seat, attached strings to the ends of the buttons and passed the strings through the vinyl, the foam and the seat. Then, pressing the buttons down and into the foam, I tied the strings to some spare button-backs (underneath the seat) using a Figure 8 Knot:
Here's How To Tie A Figure 8 Knot Step-By-Step - Click Here
How To Work The Button Maker:
The machine comes with dies for making buttons. You can buy the machine Here ... and you can buy the dies Here.
Notice how the top-die has a lid that moves up and down.
1. Hold the top-die in your left hand, upside down, and don't block the lid from being able to move.
2. Place the material into the top-die (bottom-side facing you) and place the button-top over the material (bottom-side facing you).
3. Place the dowel push rod into the button-top and press the button-top and material into the shaft of the top-die -- here's where the lid moves -- press all the way down until the lid bottoms out.
4. Next, put the button-bottom in the bottom-die.
5. Place the two dies together in the machine and gently close 'em up until the dies bottom out -- watch the spring -- you only need to close the dies up; a lot of pressure is *not* needed.
6. The lid on the top-die will remain raised a bit (an eighth-inch) ... when you remove the top-die, the button will be stuck in it. Tap the lid down and the button will pop out.
Note: This is a lot more fun than making donuts!