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Metal verses Plastic
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Date: 7/29/12 11:29 PM

Hello all
Another question pertaining to my dog belly bands.

Most people use velcor closures for belly bands but I would rather use snaps if possible.
I have some metal snaps and a manual tool to attach but not sure I want metal or not.
When I bought the pul they had a bunch of plastic snaps and a plier type tool to apply them with . They were the kind used for diapers.

So I am wondering if theres any pros and cons to metal verses plastic.

Also as I posted earlier it will have to go through a layer of cotton, pul and flannel. ( my insert pocket doesn't have to go that far up so it should just be those 3 things to go through).
So would the plastic ones even work for this purpose?

Thanks in advance for the info ,help and suggestions.
Really Appreciate it.
renee

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Date: 7/30/12 1:17 AM

I would be concerned that the metal snap may get hot if your dog suns for hours like mine does. Seems like snaps in general would be uncomfortable to lay on. Again my dog sleeps in all sorts of configurations so there isn't a good spot. The other issue with snaps are that they aren't adjustable. Unless your fabric will have elastic or some stretch seems like it would be difficult to get it exactly right.

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Date: 7/30/12 5:47 PM

I'd stay with velcro for a few reasons:
1- if you hand sew on the snaps, you're going through a LOT of layers. That doesn't sound pleasant for hand sewing.
2- you can use a wide velcro to ensure a sizable contact area so it less likely to be pulled open by an active dog.
3- if your dog is growing (either because he/she is young or underweight), a really wide velcro will be adjustable to grow with him/her. When we adopted from the shelter our avatar dog, he was seriously underweight and was poorly house trained. The bellyband we got for him had a large piece of velcro that worked as he got better about going out and gained weight.

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Date: 7/31/12 0:16 AM

I've done alot of pug clothes and velcro has always been the best choice for closures. Things need to be comfortable and snug around those bellies. Good luck with your project.

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Date: 7/31/12 11:25 PM

I have a plastic snap setter, the one with the huge lever, not the pliers. I originally bought it for cloth diapers. Well the grandkids are potty trained and I still use it. I put the snaps on wallets and purses and baby bibs. I use it on knit cardigans. It is so easy to use compared to metal snaps. I made my dog a coat out of felted wool and used the snaps to close it. You can add extra studs so the garment is adjustable, that's how it's done on cloth diapers.
The 2 main drawbacks of metal snaps is that they tend to rust and the prongs aren't very long for thick layers. Plastic snaps have standard and extra long prongs. google 'Asunta Store' that's where I buy most of mine.
If you decide to use velcro, use a higher quality such as touch tape or aplix. It's sold at several online stores that specialize in diaper fabrics.

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