How To Set A Snap
How to set a snap
Setting a snap is a very easy process which at first can seem daunting. With a little knowledge and the right tools setting a snap is as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4! First, let’s lay out the groundwork. If you are in the industrial fabric world you probably are going to be using snaps on a variety of fabrics like Recacril, Sunbrella, Top Gun, Weatherwax, Vinyl and many others. So let’s dive in!
A snap consists of 4 separate parts. Cap and Socket are one side. Stud and Eyelet are the other.
There are several ways to set a snap. In this write-up we will cover 2 of the most common ways: Hand Setter and Press-N-Snap.
The hand setter is the least expensive works great on table tops and will last for small projects/repairs. (Requires A hammer)
To set your snap with the hand setter, simply place the cap on the concave side of the anvil. Next place your fabric over the post. Then you will want to place the socket hole right where the post is poking up and give a few good hits with the hammer.
To set the eyelet and stud, simply flip the anvil over, place the eyelet on the flat surface and repeat the last step.
When you are finished you should have something that looks like this. We used some 600 denier polyester and this method worked well for 2-3 layers
The Press-N-Snap tool is a must-have for boat canvas manufacturers, bag makers, or the general handyman.
This easy to use tool is beneficial if you are unable to take your cover off for a repair. This tool works essentially like a vise grip to set a snap instead of using a hammer and hand setter.
To start off it is important to note that the Press-N-Snap tool comes in 4 parts,
Cap and Eyelet dies will go in the top half. The socket and stud will go into the bottom.
Place the cap and socket dies in the Press-N-Snap Tool, watch as the actual snap parts lock into the rubber bushing, and as the socket/stud lock into the lower end.
Put your fabric in between and PRESS!
Take out your dies out, replace with Eyelet and Stud, and repeat.
Take your fabric out and you should have a perfectly set snap!
Typically a snap will puncture through most fabric in double layers. In some cases, increasing the layers you are going through will increase the chances of you needing to poke your own hole. With the right tools and a little know-how, you should be able to get anything snapping!
TO-DIE-HAND-DIS (Hand Setter)
TO-PNS (Press-N-Snap comes with snap dies)
F-670-SS Stainless Steel Cap/Button
F-548-SS Stainless Steel Socket
F-550-SS Stainless Steel Stud
F-550A-SS Stainless Steel Eyelet
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