Advantages and problems with multi-size / interchangeable die button makers April 03 2012
Multisize button makers sounds great. A button maker that makes different sized buttons because it has interchangeable dies - sweet idea!
But the reality is not so sweet………..
Problems with multi-size button makers are many. The advantages of multi-size button makers are few, in fact I can’t think of any but if you have bought one and see an advantage let me know. I would love to hear about it.
1) Most multi-size button makers including the badge-a-minit use a plastic base for the dies. This is problematic, as the plastic wears quickly and the button makers no longer line up. This also applies to some of the made in China machines.
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2) Price! The badge-a-minit machine is the same price as 3 standard button makers!!
3) Button parts - Badge-A-Minit takes non-standard button parts up to 300% more expensive than standard button parts.and also certain chinese machines use button sizes with European mm dies. Also non-standard.
4) And for me the biggest point is that button making is labour intensive. One machine with multi dies means only 1 person can work at a time and you have to keep messing with the dies.
Give me 3 different machines any day!