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From: pjbobbins
Date: 10-31-2006, 09:19 AM (1 of 6)
I'd like to make some shirts with pearl snaps instead of buttons, but haven't set snaps since my grown up kids were babies. I remember a pliers type tool that seemed to cost a lot for the crummy job it did, does anyone have a favorite tool or method they recommend?

I'm sitting here in a favorite old housecoat with a couple of worn out snaps in strategic locations.........maybe it's time for velcro??????????:mad: :shock:
User: pjbobbins
Member since: 08-15-2006
Total posts: 12
From: MissTaraTara
Date: 11-01-2006, 01:16 AM (2 of 6)
My favorite snap setter is made by SnapSource. The little gadget is easy to use and the snaps stay well attached. I like the large selection of colors available in open ring and capped. They have a pretty nice assortment of sizes too. The tool is not expensive though you will need adapters for some of the optional sizes. Snapsource ( My only tip would be to stabilize the area you plan to attach the snaps as you would for a buttonhole.
User: MissTaraTara
Member since: 01-24-2006
Total posts: 227
From: Seemstame
Date: 12-11-2006, 06:11 PM (3 of 6)
The one who ask and especially the one who answered:smile:

I too have one of those overpriced pieces of non working junk from PD. I just no longer buy any kind of tool with their name on it, too many that didn't work or feel apart.

I am so happy to find a recommended alternative to doing what I've been doing for years which is to just avoid anything requiring snaps:smile: Velcro is OK but I hate all the crap it collects, snaps are just plain cleaner.

This is just in time, one daughter's boy's are all out of diapers and bibs now but my other daughter is just wanting to start a family:smile:
User: Seemstame
Member since: 04-01-2001
Total posts: 16
From: Pudge99
Date: 12-12-2006, 03:38 PM (4 of 6)
Personally I prefer buttons. Snaps are such a pain and Velcro wears out. I did find a plier that worked. I bought it in Germany from Prym. It worked great until I moved back to the States and cannot get the attachments for it and the ones I have don't fit any American snaps. Didn't even consider that when I bought it.
There is always the hammer and wooden thread spool method. Works pretty good most of the time.
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User: Pudge99
Member since: 10-30-2001
Total posts: 1375
From: PaulineG
Date: 12-12-2006, 08:55 PM (5 of 6)
I've got one that is sort of like a flower press - you place snap, fabric, snap topper etc. in the holder in the correct order and put the lid on the holder. Then you give it a tap with a hammer. Seems to work fairly well. Good for venting as well. This is for metal snaps not plastic.

I don't know that my hands would be strong enough for pliers.
User: PaulineG
Member since: 09-08-2006
Total posts: 901
From: karen v
Date: 12-14-2006, 09:44 AM (6 of 6)
I have used the snapsetter from Snap Source since my kids were little. The snaps have stayed on all this time. I found that with a little practice, they are very easy to place. NAYY
Karen V
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User: karen v
Member since: 03-12-2006
Total posts: 31
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