How to Apply Heavy Duty Jean Snaps

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Adding a decorative trim like snaps to a denim jacket or jean requires a snap fastener tool or a hammer and spool. According to SnapSource.com, "Snap fasteners date back to as far as the 1800's [sic] when the sew-on snaps were used for costumes and lingerie." The snap ligne, which is a unit of measurement relating to the width or size of the snap, has enamel-coated surfaces, as well as textured surfaces and rims. Marking the precise area for the snap, as well as the width, prevents the fastener tool from punching through the fabric edge or seam, avoiding mishaps or damage to the


denim surface.

Things You'll Need

  • Tailor's chalk
  • Fabric marking pen (optional)
  • Snap fastener tool
  • Fabric awl
  • Cutting board

Attaching the Four-Part Snap

  • Mark the desired area on the jean for the snap with tailor's chalk or fabric marking pen, leaving sufficient space between the fabric's edge and the seam.

  • Pull the snap apart or check your brand's instructions. Certain snap styles are available as a four-part set, referred to as prong-style. This snap style has prongs or teeth and has a post and capped post. The four-part snap attaches to the fabric surface.

  • Place the post over the extended tip on the snap fastener tool. If you are working with a tool resembling pliers, certain models have a sharp extension on the bottom section of the pliers. If your fastener tool applies different snap sizes, rotate the dial to the appropriate snap size section prior to setting the stud or post.

  • Place the pronged disc over the post. The pronged disc generally has a center hole that sits on the post.

  • Set the capped post on the upper section of the fastener tool. Set the pronged disc over the capped post.

  • Clamp the pliers carefully onto the fabric and hold firmly. If you are working with prongs, the teeth will tear through the denim. The top section of the fastener tool locks into the bottom section. Do not release the fastener tool until you hear a click, which indicates the upper and lower sections of the four-part snaps have attached to the fabric surface. Bear in mind, once the snap attaches to the fabric, it is very difficult to remove without damaging the denim textile.

Attaching the Two-Part Snap

  • Repeat section 1, step 1.

  • Pull the snap apart or check your brand's instructions. Certain snap styles are available as a two-part set, referred to as post-style. The two-part set has a stud and socket. This snap type pierces through the fabric.

  • Punch a hole with a fabric awl. Place the fabric on a cutting board to protect the table's surface. The awl has an extremely sharp point, which pierces through fabric, enabling the snap post and fastener tool to punch the diameter of the desired snap size.

  • Place the stud over the extended tip on the snap fastener tool. Remember to rotate the dial to the appropriate snap size section prior to setting the stud.

  • Pierce the bottom extension of the pliers through the opening made in this section, step 3. The stud pokes through the denim.

  • Set the socket on the top section of the fastener tool. If your tool requires the socket on the bottom of the pliers, referred to as the female section, set the stud on the top section of the pliers, referred to as the male section. The stud fits into the socket.

  • Clamp the fastener tool firmly. The top section of the fastener tool locks into the bottom section. Do not release the fastener tool until you hear a click, which indicates the upper and lower sections of the two-part snap has locked onto the fabric surface. Bear in mind, once the snap locks, it is very difficult to remove without damaging the denim textile.

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