Industry Standard Size Buttons vs. BAM vs. Foreign Made… what’s the diff?

You have questions and we have answers. One of the most commonly asked questions we get revolves around the different types of button machines and supplies & whether or not they are interchangeable. Basically, you’ll find three kinds of button machines: Industry standard, proprietary and those made outside the USA.

Industry standard button supplies fit 99.9% of all standard-sized button machines. These parts are designed to be used with American made button machines and probably will not fit a foreign made machine and most definitely will not fit a Badge a Minit machine. What does this mean to you if you have an industry standard machine? Well, it means you can purchase supplies from any company that sells industry standard sizes. American Button Machines stocks the widest variety of industry standard button supplies & accessories and we are constantly on the search for new, innovative products.

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Happy National Button Day!

I bet you didn’t realize – in the midst of your Thanksgiving Day preparations and early Christmas shopping – that another important holiday had snuck up on you. But it has.

National Button Day!

Yes, every November 16th is indeed our national day of making, celebrating, and enjoying the wonderful world of buttons.

And of course you just know that we cannot let an important day like this go by without recognizing it, wishing you a happy National Button Day, and providing a few suggestions for how to celebrate.

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We’re Celebrating Build-a-Button’s Birthday With Free Goodies For YOU!

Happy birthday to you!
Happy birthday to you!
Happy birthday dear Build-a-Button,
Happy birthday to you!!!

That’s right, the world’s most spectacular online button design center is turning one year old today. And it’s not doing so quietly.

We’re throwing Build-a-Button a birthday party, with gift bag goodies just for you!



And by gift bag goodies we mean that we are going to place the premium Build-a-Button app into the free button making software category for those who qualify.

To qualify, all you have to do is buy 1,000 button sets of any type! That means pinback buttons, keychains, magnets, mirrors…whatever floats your boat. You can mix and match quantities, and any size will do. As long as the order numbers 1,000 total you will get 30 days of Build-a-Button for free.

Important: Use promotion code “BAB” during checkout, and when your order ships we will include your double secret 30 day password on your invoice. (Promotion ends 10/31/2012; limit one per customer.)

For the uninitiated, that’s a $15.95 value.

And just look at all of the features and capabilities of the Build-a-Button application that you will be able to take advantage of:

  • It takes seconds to load and moves seamlessly.
  • Text-in-a-circle made a easy!
  • Upload multiple images up to 5MB in size.
  • Templates for all popular button sizes.
  • Layers allow for overlaying images and text.
  • The full spectrum of colors!
  • Many pre-set shapes can be added with one click.
  • Paint tool allows you to draw freehand.

We know you can’t possibly be as excited as we are about this Build-a-Button birthday and how far the app has come in its year of existence. But we do hope you’ll be excited about getting to try it out simply by picking up your next order of button supplies.

So get your pinback button sets and meet us over at Build-a-Button so we can start making some buttons!

Brighid Brown – Director of Blogging and All Things Cool at ABM

New Tutorial Video: How To Add Taglines To Your Buttons for Free Advertising

We have spent a lot of time discussing designs for the front of your buttons, but today we are flipping things around.

Did you know that there is an easy way to add free advertising to every single button you create?

It’s true. It is called a “tagline” and it goes on in the small area around the outer back border of your button that is created once you have pressed the graphics down.



This area of the button is the perfect place to add a phone number, website address, email address, or even your slogan or business name.

Our newest video tutorial shows you how to create the design using the Build-a-Button Online Design Center.


Brighid Brown – Director of Blogging and All Things Cool at ABM

New Build-a-Button Tutorial: Layers and Color Picker

We’ve posted a new tutorial to help you better utilize the Build-a-Button Online Design Center!

This tutorial walks you through the layer capabilities of the Build-a-Button Online Design Center, as well as the color picker function that allows you to create a custom color from any pixel on the screen.


To see all of our Build-a-Button tutorials, click here.

Brighid Brown – Director of Blogging and All Things Cool at ABM

More New Improvements to the Build-a-Button Online Design Center™!

It was Ronald Reagan who said, “There are no such things as limits to growth, because there are no limits to the human capacity for intelligence, imagination, and wonder.”

This is exactly how we feel about everything we do at American Button Machines, including and especially the Build-a-Button Online Design Center™. And we most certainly believe that the intelligence, imagination, and wonder of our customers have no limits! (Plus we have the button submissions to prove it!)

That is why, yet again, we have made enhancements to make the greatest online graphics design tool for button makers even better.

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Update: The Best Button Design Software Online Has Been Enhanced

As you are hopefully aware by now, we recently launched the Build-a-Button Online Design Center, which we believe is the best piece of online button making software ever. That was the goal when we set out to design it, and we continue to seek ways to improve it now that is it launched in the free beta testing period.

We are very, very, very appreciative of everyone who has taken the time to use the Build-a-Button application and leave us constructive feedback on what works, what doesn’t, what rocks, and what could be improved. Believe us when we say that we have taken your comments to heart, reading each one carefully, and that is why we want to let you know about the many enhancements – many inspired by you – that have been made to the web’s best button design software in an effort to make the Build-a-Button Online Design Center even better!

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