Tips & Techniques > Applying Snaps with the Snap Source Snap Setter Tool
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|Applying Snaps with the Snap Source Snap Setter Tool
The Snap Source Snap Setter (snapsource.com) is pictured here:
The snap setter bars unstacked and sitting next to the packaging (this setter is for size 16, the most common size snap)
This photo shows the 3 parts of the setter stacked: the bottom bar has the post which fits through the middle bar and the top bar (the one with the logo). So these 3 parts will be stacked with fabric and the snap parts in a specific order to affix the snap to the fabric.
the 3 bars of the setter, stacked
The tool is used to hold snaps in place while they are applied to fabric.
A snap consists of these 4 parts:
four parts of a snap
From left to right are the snap top, socket, stud, and open prong ring. (Note that at the left I have shown 2 identical snap tops--one right side up and one right side down.)
These 4 elements of the snap are paired into two groups: the snap top and socket are pressed together with the fabric in between them AND the stud and open prong ring are also pressed together with the fabric caught between them.
This photo shows the pairing (without the fabric):
which snap parts go together
So, what you need to attach a snap using the SnapSetter system is the 3-part tool (purple in first photo) and the 4 sections of a snap.
This is how you attach the snap top and its socket:
Place the snap top with the prongs facing up in the base of the setter. The base of the setter has the post sticking up (left hand side in photo).snap top with prongs up
NOTE: This is what the instructions say to do, but what you will probably do is first work the prongs through the fabric at the point the snap is to be attached. Make sure there is no twisting in the fabric. Then place the fabric with the snap top's prongs into the shallow well in the bottom bar.
fabric and snap top positioned in bottom bar
Next, align the rectangular hole of the middle bar with the post and let it fall into position. You will see the snap prongs in the hole of the middle bar as shown in this picture.
Now drop the socket into position. I think this is the trickiest part because you have to look very closely at the socket to determine which way to place it. There are six little slits in a rim that need to face up. Look closely! This part is tricky! socket in place with slits on rim facing up
Place the top bar with the logo over the post and the snap.
top part in place (logo is on the top part)
At this point you can give a couple of tops with a hammer. You don't have to slam down the hammer, just a couple of firm taps.
This photo shows two snaps which have been attached, a front view and a back view. Note that I still need to attach the bottom, or receiving portion, of the snap (the stud and open prong ring).
two top snaps attached (top half only)
To attach the stud and open prong ring, the steps above will be repeated, this time with the open prong ring placed through the fabric and into the base of the setter (the one with the post on it). Here is the prongs of the open prong ring sticking through the fabric.
Next, place the middle bar onto the post and drop the stud into the well on top of the prongs. The rounded stud part will face up.
This step is pictured here.
Now position the top bar (with the logo) and tap with a hammer to affix the stud and open prong ring.
You now have both parts of the snap.
Here two snaps are shown attached to my project:
snaps on tab
There is a clip at snapsource.com with Nancy Zieman demonstrating the use of the Snap Source Snap Setter.
I am not affiliated with Snap Source in any other way than I am a happy customer.
What supposedly makes these snaps better than others are their long prongs.
I have attached about 9 snaps now and am just beginning to get to the point it seems more natural and there isn't as much head scratching going on.
I do recommend this tool. I had considered an actual snap press but they are large and heavy and costly. So far the Snap Source Snap Setter has been perfect for my very light use.
Although I bought all sizes, I think the size 16 is the most common size.
Maybe you would like to leave a message with your preferred way of attaching snaps. I would like to hear about it.
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