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Date: 8/8/13 6:50 PM

I have a bunch of prong snaps that my husband wants for future shirts. Similar to Theese snaps but the pliers I have for them doesn't work well. what is the best way to put these on without damaging anything?

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Date: 8/8/13 7:27 PM

Probably with something like this,and a hammer and a block of wood, if you really had the pronged snaps you mentioned.



You do have to have the right size in diameter little metal tool to fit the snaps you got though. If you mean without damaging anything in your house, then Formica/stone kitchen counters, tile/wood floors and such are just out, don't do it there at all, and it's instead more a out on the back porch or on a wood tool table in the garage kind of thing.

If you mean by not damaging your fabric and having it turn out right, and getting every prong in there just right and not too loose or so tight it cuts through your fabric instead, or the snaps ever come off later at all, then it is kind of tricky, and you should practice on on same like kind of stabilized and interfaced and folded over fabric scraps first. If you do not have the right or enough interfacing behind it in the shirt fronts, it will either pull away later like in the wash eventual, or you can even cut right though your fabric when doing it. So that is why it's really good to practice first, and not on the real item.

But actually if you buy clothes at the stores, like say Western style shirts with pearlized snaps on them, I find I need to really look at and inspect those pretty good, each and every time too, before paying for the shirt even there also, as those kind of problems with snaps can even be on ready to wear stuff you buy in the stores also, so I just double check them on everything I buy even first.
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Date: 8/8/13 8:27 PM

I used to do those types of snaps with an old wooden spool and a little hammer.

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Date: 8/9/13 11:02 AM

I have a hinged "thingy".
It is plastic and keeps all the parts in place when I hammer, it is by Gripper brand and prym include one in some of its packages.
Both of these work fine, but you still have to be very patient, and be especially gentle, if there are decorations on the snap heads.

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Date: 8/9/13 1:40 PM

My main concern is the fabric. My husband will be putting the snaps on himself. He wants this kam pliers would it work with metal snaps? Although I am putting buttons on the shirt I am making my husband now he wants several more but wants snaps on them. Some will be flannel, denim, and one will be cotton(or poly/cotton blend). all interfaced with fusible interfacing on the cuffs, and front bands. Some will be occasional use (2 blaze orange for hunting season and 1 dressy) but he will wear most of them at work.

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Date: 8/9/13 6:20 PM

No idea about the Kam pliers. Would be nice if they did the job!
I've always used a plastic "thingy" & they are slow as you have to be precise about the alignments. A scrap piece of hardwood placed under the thingy helps keep results more even. Think mine is 6" x 8" or so.

Have put snaps on DH's shirts made of flannel, cotton, poly, blends, & light denim. The thicker the fabric, the harder it can be to get a good grip. I would hesitate to use too thick of a denim or flannel unless the snaps are heavier with longer prongs. No real problems with the snaps coming off or wearing out before the shirts do & DH is hard on his clothes. Usually a person has a few extra pieces after doing a couple shirts anyway. They hold surprisingly well.

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Date: 8/9/13 6:40 PM

Probably not a bad idea to put some extra interfacing under the snap areas of any hunting shirt with those snaps on them. Especially if of kind of loose weave flannel and not shrunk down right tight and thick instead. Even if it did make it a bit more stiff there. And iron on, sounds good to me. As than it would be more "sealed down into the fabric fibers" even. Just since when things start to pull away, later on, on even on store bought shirts like that, it is often a matter of the fabric sort of pulling apart or fraying apart there and then not holding them in anymore.

Also probably has to do with the "snap-ee" too. How well they fare later on. I think if you hold the shirt front and both pieces with thumb and forefinger close to the snap areas with you carefully unsnap them, rather than far away, and not so careful, it does put less pulling forces on the two parts of the snap that are held together with the little metal prongs, and also way less on your fabric there even each time, and the forcefully bent into the other metal pieces even.

I don't know how you could tell if the curved attachment pieces of that particular thing, would be the right diameter and shape for some snaps you already got or not though, from a distance. But since he wants it, and is going to do it and not you, maybe just let him get whatever he wants, and if it does not work good or fit the snaps you have, you can always go back to something you can find local for a few bucks at the fabric store instead or maybe even just a wooden thread spool? But it has to be something that puts pressure on the prongs in the right place, but will not flatten or crush the stuff you don't want to be flattened.

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Date: 8/10/13 0:39 AM

There were several extensive, informative threads about snap setters on these boards. Suggested searches:

snap setter
Vario
Snapsource
gripper snaps

I found a different set of threads by searching with Google. For example:

patternreview snap setter

These are some of the threads I read when trying to come to a decision:

Prym Vario or Snap Source snap setters
Snap Kits

I seriously considered the Prym Vario setter (vendors noted in the threads were Atlanta Thread and Birch Street), especially since I liked some of the fancy snaps offered by Birch Street. It's expensive, and is shaped like pliers--with a "jaw" opening that limits distance from the edge. I ended up getting Snap Source tools and have been very happy with them.

Googling produced at least one result for Kam, but I didn't read the blogpost on it.

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Date: 8/10/13 1:17 AM

I have a Kam snap press, not the pliers. I use it for plastic snaps. It's one of the best tools I ever bought, it makes snap setting so easy. You could probably get your husband to set the snaps with it.
I've only used plastic snaps with it, but you can buy dies for metal snaps and grommets.
kam snap info

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