I don’t get many questions about what type of fabric should be used with the button makers. When I do get this question, I suggest sampling different kinds out when you get your machine. You can spend an extra $80 to modify the machine by sending us a sample of the fabric you want to use. However, this can limit you to only that thickness of fabric. I am honest with my customers when I say that everyone that buys a machine does NOT get it modified and it works.
There are a couple situations you might find when using fabric with buttons.
- A small piece of the fabric may not crimp under the shell. This usually happens when you are using fabric without any embroidery or backing. Solution: Place a piece of mylar under the fabric or iron freezer paper to the back of the fabric. A customer suggested the freezer paper idea to me. Why does this work? A stiff backing does not allow the fabric to move around.
- You can’t really use leather or thick materials without a modification. I’ll have to ask if it’s even possible. Let me know if you are interested in using these types of materials.
There are some really nice fabrics available at local stores. Have fun and think of using the prints alone too. When looking for backgrounds to use with embroidered letters, think of the different color thread you can use.
Here are some of the quilting squares on ebay.