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Message Board > Patterns and Notions > Snaps! What's your poison? Metal, plastic, sew-in? ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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Date: 10/2/13 8:57 PM

I am making some unpaper towels as Christmas gifts and I want them to snap together in a roll shape. I made my own with metal snaps, which are very sturdy! But they can't be microwaved and get expensive (it takes four packs to do twelve unpaper towels). The plastic I worry about whether it would melt in the microwave or the dryer, and it has a larger initial investment in the plier and dye set...although the pieces themselves are more affordable in large amounts. Does anyone have experience in these? Share with me your thoughts and ideas on this please!! <3

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Date: 10/2/13 9:06 PM

I'd prefer sew-in metal, because they'd last longer, in my humble opinion. Plastic tends to break, because I dry mine 'til they're bone dry, in the interest of sanitation.

I can't imagine why you'd want to microwave, what is to me, essentially, a kitchen towel. I don't think I've ever microwaved a kitchen towel.

(I think my ideas of kitchen towels and other people's ideas are probably very different. My kitchen towels tend to be horrendously stained, and occasionally hole-y )

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Date: 10/2/13 9:07 PM

One word: Snapsource

I found Snapsource.com and like their products much better than standard Dritz snaps. They have a easier, cheaper fastener system, too.

http://www.snapsource.com

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Date: 10/2/13 9:21 PM

I have a Kam snap press, (not pliers) so for me it's plastic. Never put them in the microwave. The plastic snaps are very dryer resistant, I bought the press to make cloth diapers for my grandkids, which were machine dried. Now I use it for clothing, doll clothes and accessories. I love that thing, it's one of my favorite gadgets. I bought mine through Assunta store.snap press

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Subject: Snaps! Whats your poison? Metal, plastic, sew-in? Date: 10/3/13 0:55 AM

Could you button them together? I'm making some aprons with a button on them to attach a matching dish towel with a button hole on the corner of the towel.

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Date: 10/3/13 1:17 AM

You could use sew-in Velcro dots or squares as shown here.

When sewing Velcro bits, I find it useful to put a dab of fabric glue on the back to hold them in place for stitching.

When laundering things with Velcro, it is a good idea to stick matching pieces together because that stuff will glom onto anything at all fuzzy in the washer or dryer. But it will tolerate the heat of a dryer and sensible microwaving (rice bags and sinus masks are designed for microwave heat).

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Date: 10/3/13 1:44 AM

If the plastic snaps are clearish white and small and sew through and real thin, I think they would melt real easy in the dryer, if touched with an iron and in the microwave, as those ones I have seen are pretty thin and soft plastic. They make snap tape sold by the yard or the inch (different colors of twill tape) with matching color molded plastic snaps melted into it already and lots of baby clothes that go in the washer and dryer (but not the microwave normally) have that in them, and they don't seem to melt super easy at all. Then you can just sew the tape on, and not even have to sew the snaps on separate, maybe check out that?
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Subject: Snaps! Whats your poison? Metal, plastic, sew-in? Date: 10/3/13 6:46 AM

Well I am quite curious about putting kitchen towels in the microwave. I dry my dishes and hang it on a hook. I toss in bleach and hot dryer but have no reference for why it would go in a microwave?

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Date: 10/3/13 8:17 AM

I have not put a cloth towel in the microwave, but if I were to eliminate paper towels from my kitchen, I can think of at least one reason why I might.

When I heat items up in the microwave, I like to cover them with a paper towel in case of an explosion or splatter while heating. I hate cleaning up gunk that's flown onto the top of the microwave.

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Date: 10/3/13 10:09 AM

I have made these, too and love them! I used the nylon iron-on snaps, and then sewed them on. Plastic/nylon won't scratch (counters, dishes, or dryer/washer) and can be microwaved.

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