Sunday, May 15, 2016

DK-93 Manual Snap Press

Back in March I mentioned that I had received the DK-93 Manual Snap Press for Christmas after reading Lena's blog.

Here is it set up on the workbench in the garage ready to be used,


and here are the dies I have acquired to use with it:

From GreenBeans Australia

*  DK-93 Size 20 Die Set, this is for the plastic snaps that GreenBeans Australia supplies.



*  10.5mm Nickel Ring Snap


*  12.0mm Nickel Ring snap



Then I ordered from Minkus Margo the following dies:

*  Hole Punch die mold


*  Jeans Button die


* 9mm Double Cap Rivet and 9.5mm Nipple Rivet


Then last month I got the chance to use my DK-93 press for a special birthday Henley I was making for my BIL.

I wanted to add some snaps to the placket and used the Snap Source Size 16 Smoke Open Prong Ring snap fasteners with the the DK-93 press and the Nickel 10.5mm Ring Snap.

Luckily I had found a great article in Sandra Betzina's Power Sewing ToolBox Volume 1 on page 107 on how to get "Snap Success".  Now this is for the Snap Source snap-setting tool however the same principles apply to my application.

I tried a few test samples first and soon realised that standing on the ground next to the DK-93 press wasn't giving me a snap that that I couldn't get my fingernail underneath.

So I searched the web and found that you need to put your whole weight on the arm of the DK-93 press, so I set up a small step ladder and found this set up gave me the perfect snap.


To mark where I wanted the male snaps to be placed I used a green Frixon pen, and then used a prong to mark the spot.



Then to line up the corresponding side of the snap, I rubbed some chalk on the socket and pressed it down onto the opposite side.


and the finished placket.


Now I need to decide if it will be a pair of jeans or a jeans style skirt next to test out some of the other dies.


5 comments:

Jan Q said...

look really great.
Now I have snap applicator envy

Gail said...

I know where to go if Mick retires!

Andrea F said...

Wow, what a great tool. I know where to go now if I need snaps put on!

Sue said...

Very professional - I am sure you could set up a side line business!

Toni Stuart said...

Excellent feedback on the snap press, having ordered one myself, I will refer back to your blog for information on future purchases.