Hello sewing friends!
I recently made my young daughter a shirtdress using New Look 6884 in a ‘Cherry Crimson’ Art Gallery Fabrics chambray (see that post HERE). Whilst I’m not averse to sewing sewing buttonholes, I decided instead to use the Prym range of plastic ‘Love’ snaps, which I thought would add a fun and practical touch. I though I’d share a step-by-step tutorial on how I used them : a Snap-Chat, if you will!
Whilst in the demonstration I’m using snaps, the principle is the same for inserting rivets, jean rivets / hardware and eyelets etc., (to see kit examples, I have them in my Amazon Shop ;-)).
How to Use Prym Vario Pliers
Like most things, the Prym Vario Pliers are incredibly simply to use once you know how! This little tutorial is a collaborative effort – I’ll supply the ‘how’ – you get to insert the jokes and euphemisms! Ok?!
You can now get just a set of the pliers with the right heads in a special ‘Love’ kit :
The snaps themselves come in a range of colours and a variety of shapes; I used the red assortment ‘circle’ pack.
I definitely recommend practicing on a scrap piece of fabric first! Preferably the same thickness of fabric you’ll be using in your project.
There’s a ‘female’ and ‘male’ under segment to each snap, which the fabric gets sandwiched between. They look like the pic below when they’re paired with the top shape (the bit with the long prong):
So, firstly, put your attachments into your plier; the top is a clear silicone piece with a small hole running through its centre. The bottom is a white plate that holds the snap head.
Next put one of the top snaps (the one with the prong) onto the white plate…
…and put it through your marked hole (I describe how I lined up and marked the snap holes on the dress itself on the dress blog post HERE).
Then place the ‘female’ part of the snap over the protruding prong (insert your own smutty joke here ;-))
Then the fun bit … SQUEEZE!!! What the plier effectively does is squeeze the two components parts of the snap together, securely sandwiching the fabric between. What it also does, essentially, is squish down and flatten that now defunct extra prong length. The snaps won’t, err, snap closed together without this.
Repeat the whole process for the corresponding underside snap. Remember, if you’ve used the ‘female’ snaps on top, you’ll need the ‘male’ ones underneath. Use your own euphemism here to help you remember!
Really simple huh?! I hope I’ve explained it clearly enough; let me know! (If you’re tempted to have a go, as I say, links for everything can be found here). I now want to add snaps to all the things! If you see me with a pair of pliers in my hand, unless you want to be snapped, probably better to keep your distance for a while!
Until next time, happy sewing – and snapping!
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