Dritz(R) Gripper Plier Kit For Assorted Snaps
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- Applies #15, #16, #17, #25, #19 and #34 snaps
- Applies 24-3 and #30-1 snaps and #104 eyelets.
- Includes pliers, rubber adapters for snaps, yelllow adapter for jumbo snaps
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There is a very wide range of button colors available. You can also mount the snaps that don't have a 'button'. All that shows is a little ring of metal and those come in lots of colors also, so you can try to match your fabric and they don't really call attention to themselves, or use a contrasting color and let the ring show. Those are also much flatter than the button front ones.
I've even put a snap on the fly of all my boxer briefs. It looks good and prevents "escapes" and gaping. I remember pajamas when I was a little boy, and the fly front would gape easily. If you have a man or boy in the family do him a favor and add a snap to the fly on his pajamas. You can also just replace a button with a snap. You will still see the button hole stitching above and below the snap front, but if you center it well, the prongs of the snap will hold the buttonhole shut.
Once you use these, you will probably never sew on a snap again. The only reason to sew a snap is if you MUST have it not show.
You can also install small eyelets with these. It's hard to mess up an eyelet, just make a tiny hole first and push the eyelet into the hole, then use the pliers to spread and fold the back edges.
The head swivels so you have either the button snap side or the eyelet post. The front snap pusher is plastic so it doesn't mar the surface of the snap.
When you use them for snaps, there are little rubber rings that holds the snap parts on the pliers.Read more ›
I use the snaps on bracelets made out of recycled bicycle inner tubes and occasionally grommets on aluminum cans for other projects. For the bracelets, I needed to poke the prongs through the rubber first, then close the pliers to set the snap.
For regular sized snaps like the pearl snaps that Dritz makes, you'll want to put a rubber ring on both sides of the snap setter. One side is metal, and the other is plastic. You'll slip a rubber ring on each side, then for the bottom of the snap, put the post part of the snap post down in the plastic side, and the pronged side in the metal side. Then set the snap so the post is facing up on your project. For the socket side, the socket side of the snap goes in the metal part with the ridged lip up and the decorative top of the snap with the prongs goes on the plastic side, face down. Set the snap so the decorative face is on top of your project.
For thicker materials like rubber, you might want to poke the holes for the prongs through first, then close the pliers to set the snap.
To set grommets, you take the rubber rings off,make a small hole where you want the grommet set. turn the plastic plate so the round peg is at the front, then set the grommet face down on that.Align your project with the pliers, close the pliers to set the grommet, remember the plastic side will be the top of the grommet.
I really recommend practicing with a bit of the same material first before you possibly mis-set a snap in something you're working on.
So far, I've used this successfully on rubber, fabric and aluminum.
Problem: regarding pearl drop snaps, the snaps are held in place by a wide rubber ring which creates a little "play" in the position of the front and back of the snaps. When you apply pressure there's no real way to make sure that the "teeth" of the front snaps are being centered correctly to enter the female portion of the back of the snap. As a result, if front and back are not aligned PERFECTLY, you can get a sharp metal tooth (or 2) that stick out of the fabric (+ won't stay on as strongly). This of course is unacceptable and needs to be removed and reapplied. I've done 3 shirts and can't say I've gotten much better at finding the magic sweet spot to avoid this from happening to at least 2-3 snaps for each shirt. It's a slow process too.
However, I've searched the internet and can't find a better applicator. This may be the best thing out there. So I'll keep using this until I get better...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The tool I received doesn't look like the one that is displayed. That's the dritz(R) Gripper Pliers KitPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Cheap made gripper plier...it says for assorted snaps, I bought different kinds of snaps, it never works! Another product sitting in my sewing room...Published 18 months ago by E
I gave it four stars because even though I thought I had the snaps lined up perfectly I wasted a few (after I had practiced as well). Read morePublished on January 18, 2014 by Irene
pliers bend before snap is secured.."Heavy Duty" is the last thing this kit is! Snaps that were put on just weeks ago are all falling off!Published on September 23, 2013 by Book lover
It was very difficult to use these pliers. The alignment was always off, no matter how many times I practiced. The metal snaps size 16 didn't even fit well in the pliers. Read morePublished on August 11, 2013 by Patrice
This is the neatest tool for setting snaps. My shirts have snaps and from tome to time, one will come up missing; I can pull this out and BAM I'm back in business. Read morePublished on May 22, 2013 by HADACOL DADDY
I've been having a few problems getting this tool to work. I'm confused with the snaps sequence and need to figure out how I can distinguish what prongs fit the make and female... Read morePublished on March 31, 2013 by Mame
I want to use it for snap fastener buttons but it is not as easy as it should be. 50% chances are screw up. Alignment is always off. Read morePublished on January 25, 2013 by Amazon Customer
These we so annoying! I read the brief instructions thoroughly, and so did my husband. I tried to do some, and so did he. Read morePublished on December 19, 2011 by lisamai