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Press studs are particularly popular as fasteners because of their reliability. They can be used instead of conventional buttons. They have been used to fasten clothing for more than 100 years. They are characterised by their simplicity of use, robustness and durability.

In the meantime, there are various models and designs of snap fasteners offered by different manufacturers. In the following article, we compare different models and present criteria that you can use to make an informed decision about the right snap fastener. In addition, you will learn how to best apply snap fasteners and how to remove them.




Summary

  • Press studs offer an alternative to conventional buttons for closing garments. They come in various designs, which differ mainly in their fastening and closure system.
  • The snap fasteners are mainly made of metal or plastic. Metal has the advantage of being robust and durable. Plastic snap fasteners are often chosen because of the variety of designs offered.
  • The snap fasteners are offered in sets. Often a set contains different sizes and designs of the respective model, which are reflected in the price.

The Best Push Button: Our Choices

Buying and evaluation criteria for snap fasteners

To find the right snap fastener, you should consider certain buying and evaluation criteria when making your selection. In the following section, we have identified five key criteria to help you compare press studs. As a result, you can make the right purchase decision.

The criteria you can use to compare snap fasteners include:

Material

There are several factors to consider when choosing a material. First of all, you have to decide whether you prefer a push button made of metal or plastic.

If you choose a metal button, it is either made of steel or brass. One advantage of the metal button is that it is more robust and can be subjected to greater stress. It is either sewn on or riveted. A frequently used model of a metal press stud is the jersey press stud.

If you choose a snap fastener made of plastic, you have the advantage that they are available in many different colours and designs. Plastic snap fasteners are used especially for baby clothes, pillows and light jackets.

Size

Snap fasteners come in all kinds of different sizes, which are determined by the diameter. The size is given in millimetres. The most common sizes range from 3 mm to 40 mm. However, some suppliers also offer different sizes.

Colour

Once you have decided on a plastic snap fastener, you can choose from many different colours. There is also a wide range of press studs with different motifs.

With metal press studs, on the other hand, the choice of colours is usually limited. The choice of the right colour depends on your personal taste, you have to make it individually.

Type of fastening

An important criterion when choosing a snap fastener is the type of fastening. This divides the snap fasteners into two groups. On the one hand, there are press studs that are sewn on with needle and thread, no other tools are needed.

On the other hand, there are press studs that are riveted. To attach these press studs, you need suitable tools, such as press stud pliers or a hammer. Often the snap fastener is sold in a package with the necessary tools and instructions from the manufacturer.

Type of fastener

Press studs also differ according to their fastening system. This determines the force required to open or close the button. Examples of push-button systems are the S-spring push-button, the serrated ring push-button and the ring-spring push-button.

The ring-spring push-button, for example, is characterised by a spring in the form of a ring. A lot of force is needed to open it. The serrated ring push button, on the other hand, has a lip-shaped spring system. This allows it to be opened and closed with less force.

Guide: Frequently asked questions on the subject of pushbuttons answered in detail

In the following, we will go into more detail on questions that are asked particularly frequently on the subject of pushbuttons.

How do you attach a snap fastener?

In order to explain how to attach a snap fastener, it is first necessary to determine which model it is. You can use a snap that is sewn on. However, there are also models that have to be riveted. Plastic snap fasteners are usually sewn on, while metal snap fasteners are partly sewn on and partly riveted. A very popular model is the jersey snap. This is fastened by means of a crown.

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Some press studs are fastened by sewing them on. In addition to a needle, the appropriate thread is needed for this. (Image source: Fleur/ Unsplash)

If the model is a push button for sewing on, it consists of a spring part with a recess and a ball part with an elevation. The latter is inserted into the counterpart. The two parts usually have four holes on the sides and one in the middle. The middle hole is used to fix the exact position of the push button. The outer holes, on the other hand, are used for final fixing.

If you use a jersey press stud or want to rivet a press stud, you will need additional tools. This is often provided in combination with the press studs and instructions. The tool can be either a pair of snap pliers, a hammer or a snap press. The exact riveting of the press studs depends on the exact press stud system and varies.

How do you remove a press stud?

Removal depends on how the press stud was attached. If the press stud was sewn on, or if it is a jersey press stud, it can be removed without loss. Other press studs that have been riveted, on the other hand, can usually not be removed without loss. The reason for this is that the fabric is damaged during removal.

With a sewn-on press stud, it is possible to unravel the thread you have used. This is done in the same way as with a conventional button. It is important that you work carefully and do not accidentally cut into the fabric.

If a jersey press-stud has been attached, a suitable tool can be helpful. Using a pointed object such as a small flat-blade screwdriver, you can carefully bend the crown open and remove the press-stud. Be careful not to twist the crown too much and damage the fabric.

Other riveted press studs without a crown are more difficult to remove. You can try to remove the press stud with pliers. In many cases it is not easy and will damage the fabric. You should therefore consider whether it is worth trying.

How much does a snap cost?

Snap fasteners are usually sold in sets of about 100 to 200 snap fasteners. These sets often contain different sizes and colours. The included snap fasteners differ in particular in the material they are made of.

In addition, the sets sometimes also contain tools and instructions that are needed to attach the press studs. This varies from supplier to supplier. The exact content or variations that the sets contain are reflected in the prices.

Price range Products available
3 - 10€ Snap sets of up to 100 snaps, primarily jersey snaps
10 - 20€ Snap sets of up to 200 snaps, various models, all designs with matching tools
20+ € Snap sets of up to 200 snaps, all designs with high-quality tools, brass snaps

In the table you can see that the prices for snap fasteners vary. You should therefore find out how many snap fasteners are included in the set, whether the necessary tools and instructions are included and what material and therefore what quality the snap fasteners are made of.

Conclusion

Press studs are an alternative fastening method to the conventional button. Due to the large number of different models, the right snap fastener can be found for the respective textile article. In addition to design, size and material, snap fasteners also differ in the various fastening and closure methods.

You have to take these types into account in order to fasten a press stud successfully. In addition, you must use the appropriate tool. The different types of fastening also play a decisive role in the removal of the snap fastener. They cannot always be removed successfully and without loss.

Besides their usefulness for fastening, press studs are also a detail that can be used to embellish garments or other pieces of fabric. They are considered a popular accessory. Since snap fasteners are available in different designs and colours, they can be individually adapted to one's own taste and embellish the respective textile item.

(Cover photo: Jazmin Quaynor/ Unsplash)

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