How to Apply No-Sew Snaps to Clothing

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    No-sew snaps are sturdy and strong snaps that work effectively as a replacement for buttons in garments. Perhaps buttons are too difficult to manage or you'd rather not struggle to make buttonholes in fabric. Hammer no-sew snaps or set them into the fabric with a purchased tool for simple and effective application in fabric.

    Things You'll Need

    • Fabric
    • Sewing Patterns
    • Tailor's chalk
    • Scissors
    • Hammers
    • Rulers

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    Mark the placement of the snaps on the overlapping piece of fabric. Be sure that the marks are set an appropriate distance from the fabric edge and from one another. Use your sewing pattern instructions as a guide, if applicable.

    Install the ball, or stud, portion of the snap to the overlapping edge first by hammering it into place. Rub tailor's chalk along the ball of the snap and overlap the edges of the garment as if the fabric was snapped closed.

    Firmly press down on the ball, so that a chalk mark is transferred to the underlying layer of fabric. This mark indicates the placement of the socket portion of the snap.

    Center the socket portion of the snap over the chalk mark and install the socket to the garment.

    • Use only one brand of no-sew snaps at a time. The snap parts may look similar, but there is no guarantee that different brand will work together.
    • Choose from a variety of no-sew snaps. Some have colorful and decorative caps or rings that will show on the outside of the garment.
    • Purchase extra snaps and practice applying them to a piece of scrap fabric before you apply snaps to your garment.
    • Make sure you have the appropriate snap-setting tool on hand. Most snap manufacturers offer a setting tool made especially for their snaps. Some snaps are pounded in with a hammer, and others are pressed into place with a tool that resembles a pair of pliers.