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Button Die and Cutter Set
Button Die and Cutter Set
Button Die and Cutter Set
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Button Die Size
Modify Die to Fit Non-Standard Machines
We charge $10.00 to modify dies to fit certain machines. Scroll down to see if your machine is listed in RED, and type the name here:

Inside Opening
Complete standard American half-ball set includes top and bottom dies, cutter, and pusher. Die pieces are nickel-plated tempered steel. Select one of the following:
  • HU (medium duty) for mid-weight fabric, lined lightweight fabric, and very thin leather—recommended for most fabrics.
  • HUX (heavy duty) for heavy upholstery fabric, leather, and thick vinyl—thick leather might be too much even for HUX dies (maybe it's time for a splitting machine?)
#16, #18, and #20 dies are only available as HU, but... you can cheat! Use small diameter 44-wire eyes in your "standard diameter" die if you're using thick or bulky materials with these sizes to produce a HUX-like result.

CHECK THE LIST! Compatible machines are listed below. If your machine is RED, your new die must be modified to fit it —the shank ("stem") must be turned to a smaller diameter. We charge $10.00 for this service:
  • Banner Master
  • Defiance No. 1920
  • Defiance No. 23 Kick Press
  • Dyna Line No. 1920
  • Gameco (Antonio Gaviria y Cia)
  • Handy Jr. No. 1
  • Handy Jr. No. 20
  • #73-Lip Lok
  • #77-Lip Lok
  • Maxant
  • Osborne W-1 (manual)
  • Osborne W-3 (pneumatic)
  • Rowleyoptional "Crimp Button Setter Adapter" from Rowley required
  • Wade W-1

Small Diameter vs. International Standard

Osborne #16, #18, #20, and #22 button dies come out of the factory with inside diameters that are slightly smaller than standard. We modify these sizes in-house to meet international sizing standards.WB Exclusive! Please let us know if you want an unmodified die (#16–22 only).

Enlarge Inside Opening
• Enlarge the opening of your die for $10.00 (#30 and larger only). Many craft applications; essential for thick hair elastics.
• Does not enable die to accommodate bulky materials unless die is HUX.
• Unfortunately, dies turned to fit Rowley machines can NOT be modified further. Their openings can NOT be enlarged.
If you plan to use #36 Raised Rings, your new Osborne #36 die will need to be modified to accommodate the extra depth. This will not affect its function in any way and all other button backs may still be used.

Be prepared to clean your new cutter as the manufacturing process may leave a film of oil. Like any fine sharpened tool, cutters will eventually become dull. We trust our own cutters to Bobby Mac the Knife. Bob McBride is a certified Master Sharpener specifically trained to repair and sharpen round cutters —this is not a job for the guy at your local fabric store! He accepts cutters by mail and will return them in better-than-new condition.

W-1 or W-2 Machine
We also sell 3-piece die sets for Osborne W-2 manual swivel (double action) machines. Please call for information.

Our (Very Basic) Button Machine Tutorial (click on image to advance)
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