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Help! How do you remove snaps?

AmyC | Posted in General Discussion on

I installed a snap incorrectly and have to remove it….can anyone tell me how?





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    paddyscar | | #1

    Sadly, this will leave a hole where each of the little prongs went through your fabric.  Depending on the type of fabric, this may be no problem.

    I've done it from the back side of the fabric by inserting a small screwdriver tip under the metal ring and turning the screwdriver with the same motion as turning a key in a lock.  If you do this small motion several times around the ring, the top and bottom pieces of the snap should disengage.

    If it is a heavier snap that would be on denim, you can try the same technique with a stronger screwdriver and a stronger twist.  Sometimes these can be removed by cutting the connecting shank between the two pieces.  Failing that, a hammer - by that time, you'll feel like using one!

    Good luck


  2. carolfresia | | #2

    Frances has good suggestions, and if you really installed it quite wrong, it's very possible that the little prongs didn't engage quite right to begin with, and the dismantling process could be pretty easy. For your sake, I hope it is. I admit that the times I've put snaps in wrong, I've ended up asking my devoted spouse to take them out. I could forgive him more easily than myself for leaving a big ugly hole behind! But so far, no big ugly holes, thank heaven.


    1. AmyC | | #3

      Thank you both for your help! France's  suggestion worked perfectly.  Carol, I had installed the snap perfectly -- but upside down (or maybe that should be inside out?).   I've taken the old snap out and put the knew one in, and now it looks great again.   


      1. carolfresia | | #4

        Great news! May I ask what kind of snap you're using, for my future reference? I love the Snap Source snaps--they work really well on most fabrics, and don't leave significant damage behind when removed.


        1. AmyC | | #5

          I'm using snapsource snaps.  I just got the snapsetter last week.  It works wonderfully!


          1. CTI | | #6

            Boy am I old and uninformed. I have only used sew-on snaps. This is very good information, thanks Amy!

          2. AmyC | | #7

            I ordered mine through Nancy's Notions, but you can order directly from the company. Here's the link


          3. CTI | | #8

            Thanks so much Amy.

      2. SewTruTerry | | #10

        The technique that Carol described will also work on RTW that has had a snap come "apart" just remove both parts and install another.  You may have to add a bit of stabilizer on the back side but it will extend the life of the garment.

  3. lbbray | | #9

    I noticed your query, but not having used snaps in ages, and never removed one without disaster, I certainly did not add my two cents worth.  But, mysterious ways, last night I was reading an old Threads, and pow, there it was, an article on removing snaps!  If you happen to have issues from three years ago, it is in the May 2000 issue, #88.  It seemed pretty clear to me, but then, I wasn't trying to do it.  Now that I have a granddaughter, and I'll be making those cute jelly bean suits, I'll be using snaps, and heaven knows, probably get to try the process myself.

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      paddyscar | | #11

      I'm a grandmother with things to learn -- what are 'cute jelly bean suits' referred to in lbbray's posting?

      1. lbbray | | #12

        Well, the pattern calls it a romper, but I've just always called them jelly bean suits because little kids in them look like jelly beans.  My daughter had them in all sorts of colors, and with her little round belly and bubble butt, looked just like a yummy jelly bean.  They are the little one-piece things, with casings around the leg holes.  I always made them with out sleeves so I could put all sorts of little shirts under them.  Tights in the winter and bare legs in the summer.  Sort of woven material onesies.  The patterns now are so cute.  The next one will be red with a green color to make Madison look like a strawberry.   Now, next time you see a toddler in a romper, dare you not to think of a jelly bean!

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