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« on: January 24, 2007 04:22:03 PM »

hello everyone! i really want to make those cute coin purses with the snaps and i was wondering if these where the right ones...



has anyone ever used this brand or know of a good snap setter thing? this looks like it has a lot of work (i'm assuming because so many parts!)

thanks for all the help ladies and gents!
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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2007 04:39:55 PM »

I can't recommend any brand of snap setters (although there are some good recommendations floating around Craftster) but I can tell you that almost all of them are extremely complicated.

A snap is made of at least four pieces, which are all the metal pieces you see in that image. There are some setters that just require you to put the pieces in a holder and on the fabric and basically do it for you, but the old fashion ones require you to aim and hit the opposing sides with a hammer and hope they come out right. I only own the latter, so I personally hate snaps, but that is largely because of the tool that I have.

In short: snaps are complicated, but how hard they are for an individual sewer varies with her experience and tools.
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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2007 04:54:31 PM »

I've heard that you can get better-quality snap setting tools at a leather shop, like Tandy Leather, for instance.
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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2007 06:39:03 PM »

I use this and it works really well:

http://www.joann.com/catalog.jhtml?CATID=43076&PRODID=47561


All snaps are going to have 4 pieces like that.  The above very-easy-to-find setter will do all the work for you if you put the pieces on in the right order.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2007 06:45:44 PM »

I use this and it works really well:

http://www.joann.com/catalog.jhtml?CATID=43076&PRODID=47561


All snaps are going to have 4 pieces like that.  The above very-easy-to-find setter will do all the work for you if you put the pieces on in the right order.  Smiley

I  have  that  one a nd  teh  one  you  showed  Roxy.....and  well  I use  velcro!  the  trick is a  steady even  aim a nd well  I  have  niether... so  good  luck  and  use  some  practice  scraps  first... every  materail  will react  diefferently


teh  4  metal things   are   a front and back for  teh  pokey part of the  snap and a front and back  for the  flat  side.......  sorry for my technichal  terms.. LOL
some  people  find  snaps  very  easy.... i  am not  one....    also  use  caution  not to bend  your  parts that  snap together  when  putting them on...  or they  won't  snap  together correctly.    good  luck and  let me know if  you find  a trick to it.
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« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2007 06:53:48 PM »

I definately second the need for the snap pliers.  It is SO much easier than trying to aim with a hammer.  I've done it both ways, and will never go back to hammering.
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« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2007 09:22:39 PM »

http://www.snapsource.com
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« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2007 10:04:58 PM »

I have the same snap fitter as brubendall  and I haven't had a problem yet.  They have easy to follow illustrations and rubber rings to kind of hold the parts for you to set them.  I do suggest not squeezing too hard so you don't squish the parts and to set your snaps on an interfaced piece of material especially if it's a thin cotton.  Hope this helps
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« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2007 01:26:22 PM »

I have the same snap fitter as brubendall  and I haven't had a problem yet.  They have easy to follow illustrations and rubber rings to kind of hold the parts for you to set them.  I do suggest not squeezing too hard so you don't squish the parts and to set your snaps on an interfaced piece of material especially if it's a thin cotton.  Hope this helps

You all have given me the urge to try again.  I did not have a good experience the first time I tried these pliers.
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« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2007 05:06:41 PM »

I guess I'm not a good snap setter myself.  I tried to put some heavy duty snaps on wallets I made from the cute little wallet tutorial on here and went through 3 sets before I could get one to stay.  I have the plier set, which I got a long time ago, and I couldn't get the two pieces to stay together.  Finally got one but I wasn't happy with it.  Think I'm going to resort to another option for a closer or use the magnetic snaps.  I really don't like the look of velcro. 
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« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2007 07:21:50 PM »

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I had the Dritz pliers a long time ago. I made it aspode on the first use. And I was being very gentle. The head pieces flew apart and the handles separated. I'm lucky I didn't lose an eye.

I don't have much problems setting them with a hammer and the tools needed for that. Once you figure it out it's works well. The tools I use I got a long time ago when I was into leather crafting, for me they work great.

The setter in that package looks really flimsy. I wouldn't want to use it. But I tend to make things aspode with a mere touch. ^_^
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« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2007 08:28:35 PM »

As with most of my stuff, I got my mom's snap pliers. Solid metal, except where the snaps go in, and that's this soft plastic. I love it. It doesn't work well with those pearly snaps, but I can still use it.

I love it. Admittedly, took me a few tries (I didn't have instructions for it) to understand exactly how to use it, but once I got it, it worked great. Although once in a while I mess up and miss some of the prongs. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #12 on: July 23, 2007 07:43:24 PM »



SNAP SOURCE SNAPS ROCK!

Just made a crocheted, felted tea cosy, and these long-tine ones actually worked through the thick fabric!  Slicker than slick!

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=139490.msg1934812#msg1934812
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« Reply #13 on: July 23, 2007 10:27:37 PM »

I set my first snaps today -- it wasn't too bad! Not to mention that I did it while holding my one year old and trying to keep the setter out of my 3YO's hands!

The one that I got it by Dritz but it is very like those at the Snap Source. The Joann's near me just had the one that was like it -- the rest were plier like and looked intimidating to me.

I just set the snaps in the order they said and tap tap tapped with a wee hammer I borrowed from my husband. One time I had a piece in upside down and messed it up, but otherwise, it worked well.
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