Measurement of Button Ligne or Liner in Garment Industry

Last Updated on 20/03/2021

Measurement of Button Ligne or Liner in Garment Industry

Sohel Hossain
B.Sc. in Textile Engineering
The People’s University of Bangladesh


What is Button?
Button is a small disk or knob sewn on to a garment, either to fasten it by being pushed through a slit made for the purpose, or for decoration. In clothing and fashion design, a button is a small disc, typically round, object usually attached to an article of clothing in order to secure an opening, or for ornamentation. Functional buttons work by slipping the button through a fabric or thread loop, or by sliding the button through a reinforced slit called a buttonhole. In this article I will try to explain measurement technique of button ligne or liner.

Types of Button: 

  1. Pearl button
  2. Horn button: It is also polyester button
  3. Chalk
  4. Logo
  5. Polyester
  6. Imitation leather
  7. Polyester imitation button:
  8. Nylon button
  9. Alloy button
  10. Brass fashion button
  11. Jeans button
  12. Snap button: 2 ports & 4 ports
  13. Press button
  14. ABS button
  15. Polymat button
  16. Cord button
  17. Handicraft button
  18. Fabric Covered button
  19. Coconut button
  20. Wooden button
  21. Real Shell button
  22. Rhine stone button

Measurement of Button Liner or Ligne:
Measurement of button size is really confusing. Is it measured in Millimeters? Inches? Ligne? I will clarify in this article. In garment industry, production merchandiser has to know clearly about button liner calculation process for smooth bulk production. It is very important to know measurement of a button for using button in a garment. If you are not a professional person in garment industry then you will feel a great problem when you select a button for use your required garment.

Button sizes are recognized worldwide with “L” or “ligne” which is a French term to measure length. A ligne measurement starts at 1 and is abbreviated to 1L. ligne is a linear unit (1/40 inch) used to measure diameter of buttons. The L is measured in 0.025 millimeters or 0.635 inches. The L is measured across the diameter of the button using the widest portion.

To give you an idea of what a ligne means in terms of button size, 40 ligne (40L) is the same as 1 inch. Or 25mm. And 1 ligne (1L) is equivalent to 0.635mm. For clear conception you can see below button measurement index.

Measure Button Liner or Ligne

Button Liner = Diameter of required Button in mm ÷ 1.6

40 Line = 1 inch = 2.54 cm = 25.4 mm

1 Line = 0.635 MM

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