Snaps are not one-size-fits-all. If your snaps are too long for your fabric, they won't close properly. If they're too short, they'll fall off. For this reason, it's important to choose the proper size / length for your material.
Which size works best for you will depend on a number of variables, such as the fabric you are using, its density and compression levels, how hard you are able to press, and your own personal preference. For these reasons, we are unable to provide specific size recommendations for every scenario.
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The 3 most commonly used sizes, in the order of popularity, are:
Size 20 (12.4mm or 1/2" cap diameter)
Size 16 (10.7mm or 7/16" cap diameter)
Size 14 (9.7mm or 3/8" cap diameter)
Size 22 (14.1mm or 9/16" cap diameter, 7.0mm prong)
Size 24 (14.8mm or 9/16" cap diameter, 7.5mm prong)
I used to lug a large press my husband had into the house to install my rivets in my purse handles and most of the time they didn't line up and I would have to redo them - IF I could find the hole I made with an awl again. With this press, I bought the hole cutter and I have enjoyed the process of making purses so much more! It may seem heavy but it is around 1/4th of the weight of the press I was using. So far after making many purses, I haven't had any of the rivets that were misaligned! I really love this press! So easy to use - make a hole with the cutter (yes, it cuts very cleanly) and change to the rivet installer and you are done before you know it!
bought big table model press, and lots of parts, sorta expensive, I'm not a company, just like to make things. When I got my order they included some of the cute snaps with pictures on them...now I have to get more snaps with lots of pictures on them, Is that a way to sell more? It is working. But the press is so easy for me to use, doesn't hurt my hand like the hand held press. So I'll be ordering more stuff, please have more sales. Judith.