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problem setting snaps

CarolW | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Having a problem setting snaps in denim.  Got Dritz heavy duty snap fasteners 981 and the setting tool 981T.  Tried to follow the directions, luckily  first doing the test on the fabric plus interfacing.  Followed the instructions as exactly as I could and got the snap stuck in the setting tool!  Still haven’t been able to extricate it.  Not sure what I did wrong, but I guess this is the end of my snap setting.  Any suggestions?


  1. woodruff | | #1

    Setting snaps can be enormously frustrating, even if you've been doing it a long time.  I've had the best success with Prym (hard to find in this country) and especially the Snap Source:


    Practice (i.e. wasting a couple of snap sets) is invaluable, and even now, I always try out one set on swatches in the proper thickness of my newest fabric before gettting to the real thing.  Sigh.

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      CarolW | | #2

      Thanks for your reply and the URL for the snapsource.  May try some different snaps!

  2. mas064 | | #3

    Dritz 981 heavy duty snap fasteners

    You're not doing anything wrong - Prym/Dritz is.  I use a lot of  these snaps for light-medium fabric outdoor items because they do not require punching a hole in the fabric which can weaken or damage it (like Dot snaps do altho' they are much tighter and heavier duty).

    Early this year Prym/Dritz released a batch of the 981 snaps with slightly oversized pronged buttons that jam in many of the existing 981T anvils & are almost impossible to remove.  However, you can pry them out with an Xacto knife & #11 blade but will snap the tip off the blade & the prongs or blade will probably puncture your finger in the process (I have the scars to prove it)!

    To fix the problem, Prim/Dritz then switched to larger diameter 981T anvils - but they are thinner & look like something out of the chinese stone age & are so rough they can damage the finish on the buttons. (You know, the chinese are perfectly capable & willing to provide any level of quality control desired, you just have to specify & insist on it, constantly monitor it, and be willing to pay a fair price for it - Prym/Dritz please take notice!)

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