Of all the fasteners you can use on items made using sewing machines, none is easier to use than a snap. Snaps make great closures to connect straps or for use on bags, shirts, and other garments sewn on Juki sewing machines like the Juki HZL-DX7. They are also very inexpensive and really easy to attach.
The Four Parts of Every Snap
Every complete and functional snap has four parts. On one side of the fabric, there is a snap stud held on by an open ring prong. On the other side of the fabric, there is a socket which is also held on by an open ring prong.
Once the stud and socket are both secured onto the fabric with the open ring prongs, they fit perfectly together and snap tightly closed. The stud and socket are both set into the prongs using either a little snap hammer tool or a pair of snap setting pliers. Sew-in snaps work in the same way except they need to be hand stitched into place.
How To Attach A Snap
One great thing about using snaps is they can be easily attached to all sorts of items without having to use a Juki or any other sewing machine. You do not have to put on a presser foot or adjust the stitches, like when adding buttons, nor must you make a lot of measurements like when stitching on zippers. Simply follow the few simple steps below and voila - snaps!
- Mark Snap Positions - When aligning snaps on your fabric, the socket should be placed so it faces the outside of the item while the stud is positioned to face inside. Lay the studs and sockets down on the fabric side by side and space them the way that you want. Mark the center of each placement to ensure you space evenly between snaps and line the socket and stud up evenly across the two pieces of fabric. For best results, put in your snaps as the last step after you have finished sewing your item on a Juki HZL-DX7.
- Push In the Prongs - The prongs are inserted into the back side of the fabric where the sockets and studs are positioned. For the socket, push the points of the prong through the fabric from the back side of the front-facing fabric. The socket prong will not be visible once the snap is set. To set the stud prong, insert it through the fabric from the front since the stud itself will be positioned on the back side of the fabric. When it is placed like this, only the open ring prong holding in the snap stud will be visible from the outside of the finished item you have sewn using your sewing machine.
- Set the Sockets and Studs - Push the prongs into the fabric one at a time, setting the sockets and studs individually so the prongs do not fall out while you are working. To set both, put a stud or socket on top of the prong with the fabric between them so the prongs fit into the little slots on the underside of the socket and stud. Position the snap hammer over the stud or socket and hammer it down until the prongs are pressed tightly into the slots and the two parts are secured together. If you are using snap pliers, squeeze the two parts together until they are set.
In three simple steps, the garments and other items you make on sewing machines like the Juki HZL-DX7 can be quickly and easily set with as many snaps as you want. Your items will look tidy and professionally made with their convenient snap closures. Snaps are a great addition to many projects that you can sew on Juki sewing machines!