Snap fasteners, also known as press studs or poppers, are an essential component of various products such as clothing, bags, and accessories. These small and practical fasteners consist of two interlocking discs, the male and female side, which snap together when pressed. But how do you measure snap fasteners? In this article, we'll answer this question in detail.
1. Understanding Snap Fastener Sizes
The first step in measuring snap fasteners is to understand their sizes. Snap fasteners are available in various sizes depending on their intended use. The most common snap fastener sizes include 7mm, 9mm, 10mm, 12.5mm, 15mm, 19mm, and 25mm. These sizes refer to the diameter of the snap fastener when it is closed.
2. Measuring Snap Fastener Components
Snap fasteners come in two parts: the cap and the socket/stud. To measure the snap fastener components, you will need to measure the diameter of each part. The cap is the part of the snap fastener that sits on the surface of the fabric, while the socket/stud is the part that attaches to the fabric beneath.
To measure the cap, place the snap fastener cap facing down on a flat surface. Then, use a ruler to measure the distance across the widest point of the cap. This measurement will give you the diameter of the cap.
To measure the socket/stud, place the snap fastener stud facing up on a flat surface. Then, use a ruler to measure the distance across the widest point of the stud. This measurement will give you the diameter of the stud.
3. Measuring Snap Fastener Setting Tools
In addition to the snap fastener components, you will also need to measure the snap fastener setting tools. These tools are used to install the snap fasteners on the fabric. The most common snap fastener setting tools include pliers, a press machine, or a hand-held punch tool.
To measure pliers, place them on a flat surface and measure the distance between the handles. This measurement will give you the length of the pliers.
To measure a press machine, measure the width and height of the machine. This measurement will give you the dimensions of the press machine.
To measure a hand-held punch tool, measure the length and width of the tool. This measurement will give you the dimensions of the punch tool.
4. Measuring Snap Fastener Placement
Snap fasteners should be placed at regular intervals along the edge of the fabric to ensure that the fasteners hold securely. The spacing between the snap fasteners will depend on the size of the garment or accessory you are making. A general rule of thumb is to place snap fasteners every 2-4 inches.
To measure snap fastener placement, mark the spot where the snap fastener will be placed with a pencil or fabric marker. Then, measure the distance between each snap fastener mark, ensuring that the spacing is uniform.
5. Choosing the Right Snap Fastener
Measuring snap fasteners is critical to ensure that you select the right size and type for your project. Choosing a snap fastener that is too small or too large will result in the snap fastener not holding securely or damaging the fabric.
Consider the thickness of the fabric when selecting snap fasteners. If the fabric is thick, selecting a longer snap fastener with a larger cap and stud may be necessary to ensure that the fastener holds securely.
In conclusion, measuring snap fasteners is a vital step in ensuring that your project is successful. Understanding the snap fastener size, components, setting tools, placement, and selecting the right snap fastener will ensure that your snap fasteners hold securely and look professional. By following these simple steps, you can confidently use snap fasteners in your next clothing or accessory project..