I have been working on the same project! I play round the clock with five other girls-who all live in different neighborhoods, and own different game versions...somehow I am the only one who bought the generic mats (that work with any game system) so I have to cart two of them everywhere.
Not that I'm complaining if it means I play more DDR!
Anyway, back on task. I'm making a messenger bag out of canvas. Thick thick strap, and lined with...honestly I don't know what this is-it's very felty. In place of a pattern or tute, I just folded my mats twice (hotdog, then hamburger) and cut my fabric around that shape.
Oh I completely agree that I am currently using a child's plaything. And it does pretty well for that. But button making has become too addictive for me so....the Badge-A-Minit.
I looked at the Tecre machine. I'm sure it's well worth the money, but my pockets are one slash away from "E" and I couldn't handle waiting. I ordered the handheld model-with lots of supplies-and then discovered I have a use for it already!
(The use?) Our close friend is in jail (don't feel bad, he had it coming. He thinks he and his motorcycle are invinsible)...But no one wants their buddy to rot in a cell (with a convicted murderer as a cellmate no less!!) so my fiance and some others have begun the "Free Will Adams" campaign. My job is to make the buttons and t-shirts that will be given as incentives to donate towards the lawyer fund.
I have no patience. I ordered a Badge A Minit from BuyButtonParts.com, as well as a bunch of refills. $100 total purchase...I'm having a moment of buyer's remorse, but I'm sure when it arrives in 2-3 days that feeling will end!
I can't believe some one other than me (over the age of seven) owns this thing!
My toy store, Kaybee Toys, actually sold refills for a short while, but no longer.
I have never been particularly happy with the machine's results. It comes with clips as opposed to pins-which is somewhat inconvenient. If you put the wrong backing on, and try to undo the mistake, the metal back comes apart and your design is now trash. It generally cuts off half of my hard work-no matter how hard I try to center it.
I have not found anything else that is compatible with my machine, and I have been searching the internet for a decent replacement all morning. Have you found yours yet?