Various Types of Buttons in Garment

In general, a sewing button is usually a small, round disk used to fasten to a closed or overlapping fabric. Like zippers, buttons are fasteners that combine function and decoration. There is a wide variety of buttons, so the combination of buttons and garments needs to be well thought out according to the style and requirements of the garment. Before that, we need to have a good understanding of the types of buttons.

Different Types of Buttons, Size, and Material .

Various Types of Buttons in Garment –,

Button Model Grades

Classifying buttons according to size is the basic method. For any piece of button, we should first decide on the correct size to match the garment. Here you can learn more about how to calculate button sizes by column number.


Depending on the material used for the button, buttons can be divided into the following types.

Wooden buttons / horn buttons / pearl buttons / shell buttons / resin buttons / metal buttons / imitation leather buttons / plastic buttons / cloth covered buttons /

By buttons material:

Natural category: real shell buckle, coconut buckle, wood buckle, bone buckle (common horn buckle), bamboo buckle, fruit buckle, fruit shell buckle, etc.

Chemical: organic buckle, resin buckle, ceramic (zirconia) buckle, plastic buckle, combination buckle, urea buckle, spray paint buckle, electroplated buckle, mother and child buckle, cloth buckle, Chin buckle, and so on

Other: Chinese knot, four buckles, metal buckle, horn buckle, imitation leather buckle, I-beam buckle, cowboy buckle, magnet buckle, laser letter buckle, vibration buckle, etc.

Matching the different accessories, manufacturing techniques and the end use of the button, the best button for a given garment can stand out. The image of the button is refreshed by the different textures and then the fineness of the garment is enhanced by the decoration of the button.

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Now, let’s focus on the 6 main types of buttons classified by shape.
1. Flat buttons
Flat buttons are made of resin or natural materials and have two or four holes. Because they are flat, the manufacturing process is not that difficult. Flat buttons can be mass produced and can be sewn on a sewing machine. Flat buttons are commonly used on tops, shirts and coats. Flat buttons
2. Shank buttons
A shank button is a button with no holes on the surface. There is a protruding loop or hole in the back that is used to secure the button to the fabric. The protruding ring can be molded directly from the button material, such as glass buttons and resin buttons. In addition, it can be a breakaway piece that is secured in the button unit.
Flat buttons and shank buttons are two types of buttons commonly used in garments. Their differences can be learned more from the difference between flat buttons and shank buttons.
3. Rivet Buttons
Rivet buttons are widely used in jeans. The buttons have two parts and are pressed onto the fabric with a special machine. Some patterns or logos are usually engraved on the surface of the jeans button to show off the personality.
4. Toggle Buttons
Toggle buttons have a distinctive elongated oval shape with a hole in the middle to hold it in place. In addition, they are usually paired with a cord loop to perform their function. Toggle buttons are often chosen for thicker coats, canvas jackets, etc.
5. Decorative buttons
These buttons are not only a fastener, but also a fancy decorative piece. In some cases, they may only provide decorative functions such as lapel buttons, cufflinks with non-functional and brooches. Decorative buttons usually have an irregular shape and can be interspersed in garments.
Decorative buttons
6. Snap buttons

Buttons are divided into four parts from top to bottom, including a cap, a socket, a stud and a post. The surface of the cap and socket can be engraved with decorative designs. Snap buttons are an ideal hidden fastener.

Now, you are able to identify various types of buttons by their different shapes. So, how do you choose clothing buttons?

Buttons for Sewing: Types, Materials, Sizes, and Fashion

Distinguish materials

Button materials are broadly divided into plastic (resin, plastic), metal buttons (copper, iron, alloy), natural (shell, wood, coconut shell, bamboo. Various materials to make buttons, the process is different. Some buttons look the same, even industry people with their eyes may not be able to distinguish, so destroy, scrape the coat to be able to distinguish.

Buttons distinguish between plastic buttons and resin buttons, plastic buttons and resin buttons, plastic (including a variety of plastic) buttons are generally die-cast, so there will be a line on the side of the button, this fit line, some factories may remove the line in the subsequent processing, but its weight will be lighter than resin (of course, some special plastic will be heavy). Resin buttons are mechanically carved and then polished, so the surface is not full mold line, very smooth. But it is fragile, the surface is easy to scratch, put in boiling water will become soft.

How to distinguish between copper buttons and iron buttons? : copper and iron material buttons, this with a magnet to try to know, there is a hard object to scrape the surface plating layer, copper button face in the brass color (gold). Iron buckle is black, which is the color of the raw material.

How to determine to determine the alloy button? : alloy buckle is heavier, is die-cast, all mold lines, generally will do grinding and polishing treatment, may not see, but it is heavy weight, is solid.