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ReneeSews
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Date: 11/17/05 5:33 PM

I am looking for input from anyone who has worked with this in sewing and/or using. Any tips/tricks? And which one would you recommend for long term/easy use the plastic or metal snaps? I had asked this in a previous topic but it was buried so I made it its very own.

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Date: 11/18/05 0:41 AM

Renee

I think I would use snaps from Snapsource if you are going to be making lots of clothing for the new grandbabe. My niece (more like a daughter since I raised her) had a baby in March, and when I started to make some things up I was horrifed at the cost of snap tape. At Joann's it was about $6 for a package containing 18" of tape. Then I found out 18" of tape isnt even enough for a medium size outfit.. I have seen rolls of it online, 50yds I think, but it was horribly expensive. Another idea would be to make your own snap tape from twill tape and snaps...someone from PR gave me that suggestion, but I can't remember who to credit it to...

If you do go with the tape I have heard a zipper foot is quite handy.
-- Edited on 11/18/05 1:42 AM --

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Date: 11/18/05 5:15 AM

I have used both Snapsource and plastic snap tape from JoAnn's, but my experience with both notions is somewhat limited. I struggled with Snapsource, but that's because I was using it on multiple layers of corduroy for a girl's jumper. Not recommended!

I liked the snap tape, also... maybe better.

Here's a review of Snap Source snap setter Be sure to read the comments.

Didn't see the snap tape reviewed.

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Date: 11/18/05 7:32 AM

My DM picked me up 5yds of the metal snap tape at JoAnn's for $4.99 @ yard. I have used the hammer type snaps for years, just recently started using the hammer grommet setter also. I have the hand tool also for doing different size snaps/grommets but haven't used it but a couple of times. I had actually forgotten about having that.

Thank you soso for the tip on using a zipper foot attachment, sounds like a smart way to go. I did also check out snapsource to see what they had. Thank you also penelope for the link, looks as if everyone likes that type of setter. Didn't see any complaints.

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Date: 11/18/05 8:54 AM

Thats a great price on the tape Renee...My local Joann's only sells the Dritz stuff in the paackages, I would have been so happy If I had been able to find snap tape by the yard locally. That makes it much more affordable.

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Date: 11/18/05 9:01 AM

I also have used SnapSource and it works great. So - I concur with the rest. I prefer this over snap tape. I bought (through SnapSource) the snaps with the extra long prongs for a snow suit outfit for my littlest granddaughter and had no problems with the snap setter.

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Date: 11/18/05 9:10 AM

Personally, I lean to snap tape over the individual snaps you use a tool to clamp on. I had one nightmare with this and never tried again. Mine was an old version my mother had. I can't speak for what is out there today.

As for plastic vs. metal, I prefer metal. I made one outfit with the plastic snaps. I hit one of the plastic snaps with the hot iron and melted it.

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Date: 11/18/05 1:41 PM

I used the snap tape for my kids when they were wee on their jammies. Using a zipper foot was the only way to get it on easily. I used the plastic one and regret it. Washing all the kids clothes in hot water and then putting them in the dryer caused some of the snaps to warp/melt. Go for the metal!

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Date: 9/29/13 6:59 PM

I personally like the snap tape and think the snaps hold better than the individual ones. Right now I'm trying to figure out what size of snaps are used on onesies. The tape I have found is too small to match up with the snaps already there.

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Date: 9/29/13 7:22 PM

When I sew for babies I use plastic snaps, because many babies get a reaction to metal, (if it touches their skin) leaving marks... Maybe a ph thing :)
-- Edited on 9/29/13 7:23 PM --

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