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Old 02-15-2013, 10:00 PM   #1
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Update in post 19: help! Kam snaps not snapping

I have had a Kam snaps plier and snaps for a year... I've used it sporadically because it is always problematic. I never get a snap pair that actually snaps easily with the "pop" ...

so how do I get snaps that arent working off, and how do I get replacement snaps to actually work??

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Re: Kam snaps not snapping

I have to trim the post on mine before I attach them with the pliers or they don't snap tight. to removed messed up ones I use an x-acto knife and start in the middle and cut out toward the edge where the post was squished with the pliers then pop the two pieces apart with a screwdriver.
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Are you using the correct size die?
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I have a press, so my answer may not be relevant, but here's what I've got. When I first started, I wasn't pressing my snaps hard enough. It wasn't getting the posts smashed enough. Since I figured that out, I haven't had a problem.
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Re: Kam snaps not snapping

How many layers of fabric are you using? If you don't have the right amount you won't get them to pop. Do you have long prong snaps or regular?
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Re: Kam snaps not snapping

I agree 100% with Mama*Kim. If they aren't pressed hard enough they wont snap tight. You don't need to take them off, just re-press them. Snap pliers are REALLY hard to get enough force to snap hard enough.
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Re: Kam snaps not snapping

ITA with everything said, and even though you haven't used it much the rubber stoppers need to be replaced every so often. Could you try that? It also may have the wrong size stopper on it.
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Re: Kam snaps not snapping

you need to press them SUPER hard to get them on correctly. Just put your pliers back on and press SUPER SUPER SUPER hard.

I found that out with my press. I needed to press them super hard to make the crisp snap sound when they snapped together
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Re: Kam snaps not snapping

Agreed with above. Whenever my snaps stop making the "snap" sound, I just repress and they seem to work better.
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Re: Kam snaps not snapping

they are regular pringed snaps and they are only on 2 layers of fabric, I have long prong snaps when I'm doing something thicker, and actually have more success with those.

I am using the right size die

I close the pliers so tightly that they literally can't close anymore!! I don't know how I could possibly smush them anymore if I were anyone other than the incredible hulk

I have TRIED re-squishig the current problem twice, with zero success.... grrr
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