The Perfect Fit Button is designed to change the fit of waistlines that fasten with a button. By installing the Perfect Button alongside the original button, you can extend the waistband or make it smaller. You can also use a Perfect Fit Button to replace a lost button. One part of the Perfect Fit Button has a sharp post to stick through the fabric of the pants or skirt; then a cap snaps onto the post to keep the button in place. Since the post is very sharp, it's recommended that you attach the button when you're not wearing the pants. The $10 Perfect fit Button kit comes with eight metal buttons in four colors: black, brown, tan and silver.
Reviewers agree that the Perfect Fit Button really does work, making it easy to adjust a waistband so pants are comfortable to wear. Most reviewers say the buttons are easy to put on and remove, but several say they had to use pliers to get them off. The instructions recommend removing the button before washing or dry cleaning, which is an inconvenience.
Reviews also note that it can look odd to have two buttons on one item of clothing. In most cases, you'll want to cover the buttons with a belt or a shirt. Overall, however, the reviews are quite positive.
We found the most thorough tests of the Perfect Fit Button kit at TV station KPLC (Lake Charles, La.), where Jeff Jumper tests it on a variety of fabrics, attempting to make a waist size smaller as well as larger. At another station, WGRZ (Buffalo, N.Y.), the tester tries it on a pair of jeans, evaluating the whole process, including the removal of the button. Tests at a third station, WVEC (Norfolk, Va.), only demonstrate how to attach the button and evaluate comfort.
We found mostly positive owner-written reviews at Amazon.com and Walgreens.com, as well as a very detailed and enthusiastic review at Hubpages.com.
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1. KPLC (Lake Charles, La.)
In this video review, reporter Jeff Jumper tries Perfect Buttons on pants made of different fabrics, finding that it's easy to put on and remove, though it does leave a pinhole. He finds that it works just as well at extending the waist as it does making it smaller. The cap doesn't press against his abdomen, so the pants stay comfortable, he says.
Review: Does It Work? Perfect Fit Button, Jeff Jumper
2. WGRZ (Buffalo, N.Y.)
In this brief video review, a tester named Barb gives the Perfect Fit Button a thumbs-up after trying it with a pair of jeans. She says it's as easy to remove the button as it is to put it on, and reports that it's comfortable. The review notes that this would be helpful for growing children as well as for adults gaining or losing weight. (Note: The manufacturer says the product is not designed for clothing for kids under 10 years of age.)
Review: Product Test: Perfect Fit Button, Mary Friona, April 12, 2010
3. WVEC (Norfolk, Va.)
This video test shows the tester adding a Perfect Fit Button to a pair of black pants, but not taking it off. The tester is enthusiastic, saying it "works great" and that she'd purchase this herself.
Review: Does It Work? Perfect Fit Button, Sandra Parker, Feb. 3, 2010
The dozen owners who review the Perfect Fit Button here are enthusiastic, reporting that it works well either to tighten or loosen pants. Users disagree about how easy it is to remove the buttons before laundering pants.
Review: Perfect Fit Button Deluxe (Set of 8), Contributors to Amazon.com
Only a couple of users review the Perfect Fit Button here; both say they work well. However, one user says it took pliers to get the button off.
Review: TeleBrands Perfect Fit Buttons 8's - As Seen on TV, Contributors to Walgreens.com
This long, enthusiastic review is written by an anonymous man who says his hobby is buying and reviewing As Seen On TV products. He says his weight fluctuates a lot, and that the Perfect Fit Buttons enable him to wear all the different sized pants in his wardrobe. Half a dozen or so readers weigh in with mixed opinions about how easy or hard it is to apply and remove the buttons.
Review: Perfect Fit Button Review, "Seen On TV", Feb. 2010
The sole complaint on this site is in regards to ordering the Perfect Fit Button by phone. The user says the automated system kept offering one upgrade after another until he finally gave up.
Review: Perfect Fit Button Complaints, Contributors to ComplaintsBoard.com, March 3, 2010