Oliver + S

size 15 snapsetter

size 15 snapsetter
Price: $9.00
Brand: Snap Source
Item: OLV-LCS00023
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The size 15 SnapSetter tool makes the job of applying 3/8" or 10 mm (i.e., size 15) snaps as easy as can be. Line the snap components up within the tool, bang it with a hammer, and you have a perfectly applied snap!


size 15 snapsetter
  • Description

    The size 15 SnapSetter tool is made of three separate pieces and is used for applying 3/8" or 10 mm (size 15) snap closures to sewing projects (like our Lullaby Layette Set pattern) that call for snaps.


  • Average rating: (5 of 5) based on 1 reviews

    Reviewed by on 09/10/2014
    Good scissors are probably the most crucial tool to an enjoyable sewing experience (along with a properly functioning sewing machine, of course!), but no sewing tool has won my love like the SnapSetter. When I initially purchased the Lullaby Layette pattern, I bought a plier tool from my local fabric store to set the snaps on the bodysuit and jacket. It was a horrible experience - no matter how carefully I lined everything up, the pliers always set the snaps crookedly, requiring their removal. To get one properly set snap I went through 3-4 attempts and nearly mangled the outfit I was working on irreparably . I was so frustrated that I returned the plier tool to the store for a refund and was ready to swear off the layette pattern for life. I never wanted to go near another snap again. After getting feedback from some other sewists on how wonderful the SnapSetter is I decided to give it a try. It. Is. Awesome. Every snap was inserted perfectly on the first try, and who doesn't love getting to pound a hammer if they've had a frustrating day? It's so easy to useSince first getting the SnapSetter I've gone on to complete 5 Layette outfits and it is now my absolute favorite Oliver + S pattern. I will probably use snaps in place of buttons on other Oliver + S patterns too. One note: the SnapSetter works best with snaps of the same brand (SnapSource). I tried using the SnapSetter with cheaper snaps I bought from my local store and the results were not as satisfactory as with the SnapSource brand. It's well worth spending the money to get quality snaps that will last the lifetime of the garment.
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  • The SnapSetter tool is made up of three pieces that fit together, and it's the key to attaching snaps easily and smoothly. It's important to get the right size SnapSetter. I like size 15 snaps because they're just the right size for the Lullabye Layette pattern. (We use the size 16 snaps and SnapSetter for our Straight Stitch Society Have It All Wallet because it needs a more substantial snap to look right.)



    There are four parts to each snap. The first part is the part that shows when the snap is snapped. We'll call it the top snap. (The official name is the "capped prong ring," but I think that name makes it easy to confuse it with the fourth part of the snap.) This top snap comes in different colors so you can coordinate it with your fabric, and it also serves the job of holding the second part of the snap in place. The second part is called the socket. It's the part with the hole in it, which is located on the back side of the top snap. The third part is the stud, or the ball that fits into the socket to do the actual snapping. And the fourth part is the pronged open ring, which holds the stud in place on the back side of the snap.


    To start out, we'll use the top snap and the socket and attach them to the top layer of your fabric. First, determine where you want your snap to be located and put a mark on your fabric. Then place the top snap on the base of the Snapsetter, prong-side up.


    Lay the fabric, right side down over the snap's prongs so the mark on your fabric is centered on the middle of the prongs. I like to push the fabric down over the prongs a bit to be sure it stays in place.


    Next, add the middle bar of the SnapSetter. The hole in the middle bar will act as a window so you can see the prongs centered within it.


    Drop the snap socket into the little window of the middle bar. The socket's smooth, raised side should be face down, and the side with seams, which isn't as raised as the opposite side, will be face up (visible within the window).


    Now the only thing left to do is to add the top bar of the SnapSetter and whack it on the raised bump of the SnapSetter a few times with a hammer. It doesn't take much to set the snap, but I think it's a good idea to make sure the snap is really secure.


    And the top half of the snap is finished! Here it is from the front:


    and from the back:


    The second half of the snap is very much the same. Start with the pronged ring in the base of the SnapSetter:


    Then you'll position the fabric's wrong side against the prongs, centering your positioning mark over the prongs. Make sure the right side of the fabric is facing up!


    Position the middle section of the SnapSetter over the fabric so you can see the prongs and fabric centered in the window, just like before. This time you'll place the stud, right side up, inside the window:


    Place the top part of the SnapSetter over the stud.



    And then hit it two or three times with the hammer, as you did before, to attach the two halves. That's it! The snap is ready to use.


    The first few times you use the snap it may be a little tight, but after it's been used a few times it will loosen up.


    As long as you place the right pieces in the right places, the SnapSetter and the hammer do the rest of the work: namely, keeping the pieces in place so they don't slip when you hammer to attach them and preventing the snaps from being crushed by the hammer itself. And if you ever find that the snap hasn't set correctly or you need to move it (it happens sometimes), just use a screwdriver or I've also used a metal letter opener to wedge the two pieces of the snap apart. Discard it and attach a new snap, no worries. One of the great things about a prong snap is that it generally doesn't damage the fabric. Any little holes left from the prongs can be easily removed by working the threads back into place with your fingers or with a fingernail.

    See? Easy, right?