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How To Set A Snap

How to set a snap

Setting a snap is a very easy process which at first can seem daunting. With a little knowledge and the right tools setting a snap is as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4! First, let’s lay out the groundwork. If you are in the industrial fabric world you probably are going to be using snaps on a variety of fabrics like Recacril, Sunbrella, Top Gun, Weatherwax, Vinyl and many others. So let’s dive in!


A snap consists of 4 separate parts. Cap and Socket are one side. Stud and Eyelet are the other.

There are several ways to set a snap. In this write-up we will cover 2 of the most common ways: Hand Setter and Press-N-Snap.


The hand setter is the least expensive works great on table tops and will last for small projects/repairs. (Requires A hammer)


To set your snap with the hand setter, simply place the cap on the concave side of the anvil. Next place your fabric over the post. Then you will want to place the socket hole right where the post is poking up and give a few good hits with the hammer.

To set the eyelet and stud, simply flip the anvil over, place the eyelet on the flat surface and repeat the last step.


When you are finished you should have something that looks like this. We used some 600 denier polyester and this method worked well for 2-3 layers

The Press-N-Snap tool is a must-have for boat canvas manufacturers, bag makers, or the general handyman.

This easy to use tool is beneficial if you are unable to take your cover off for a repair. This tool works essentially like a vise grip to set a snap instead of using a hammer and hand setter.

To start off it is important to note that the Press-N-Snap tool comes in 4 parts,

Cap/Button Die

Socket Die

Eyelet Die

Stud Die

Cap and Eyelet dies will go in the top half. The socket and stud will go into the bottom.

Place the cap and socket dies in the Press-N-Snap Tool, watch as the actual snap parts lock into the rubber bushing, and as the socket/stud lock into the lower end.

Put your fabric in between and PRESS!

Take out your dies out, replace with Eyelet and Stud, and repeat.

Take your fabric out and you should have a perfectly set snap!

Typically a snap will puncture through most fabric in double layers. In some cases, increasing the layers you are going through will increase the chances of you needing to poke your own hole. With the right tools and a little know-how, you should be able to get anything snapping!


Products Featured


TO-DIE-HAND-DIS (Hand Setter)

TO-PNS (Press-N-Snap comes with snap dies)

F-670-SS Stainless Steel Cap/Button

F-548-SS Stainless Steel Socket

F-550-SS Stainless Steel Stud

F-550A-SS Stainless Steel Eyelet

Posted by Chris Nash in Auto Fabrics, Awning & Tent Fabrics, Canvas Fabrics, Hardware & Accessories, Marine Fabrics, Outdoor/Bag Fabrics, Tarp Fabrics, Upholstery Fabrics, 0 comments
Quality not Quantity: Not All Specialty Fabrics are the Same

Quality not Quantity: Not All Specialty Fabrics are the Same

When it comes to specialty fabrics, it’s important to know that not all textiles are created equally. In fact, specialty fabrics are created for a variety of industries and not everyone uses the same process, materials, or customer service when it comes to supplying textiles.

Using a quality textile that’s produced with care may cost just a little extra, but that fabric will last and save you in the long run; you won’t have to replace so often. For example in an awning fabric, you want to be sure the textile you use in your project is designed to withstand the elements, is UV ray resistant, mold and mildew resistant, and waterproof.  If you choose a fabric that is mass produces and doesn’t have the aforementioned qualities, your project’s textile may not last as long.

Remember fabrics in the marine, upholstery, outdoor, and auto industries are designed with unique properties that make them last within their respective environments. For example, in the marine industry, boats use specialty fabrics for shade covers, boat covers, and upholstery.

Marine fabrics are typically designed to withstand the sun, rain, ocean or fresh water spray, and the wear and tear of watersport activities. Some marine fabrics are UV ray resistant and waterproof but may lack that mildew and mold resistance which is important for boats. That’s why finding a supplier with knowledge of your industry’s needs is essential. After all, you don’t want your project to fall apart or your customer to be upset.

Another important aspect of a quality fabric is the customer service that it is backed by. Some fabrics suppliers may not have the knowledge you need to support your project’s specifications, or they may not be fast in responding to your queries. Whatever the case, it’s important to know that your textile supplier is efficient, responsive, knowledgeable, and willing to help.

Now that you know a little more about specialty fabrics and why using quality textiles matters, let us know how we can help you with your next project by visiting us at or giving us a call at 1-800-444-4701.

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Vinyl Auto Upholstery Fabric: What You Need to Know

Vinyl Auto Upholstery Fabric: What You Need to Know

Vinyl Auto Upholstery Fabric: What You Need to Know

 Cars are made up of a variety of parts, fabrics, and metals. The interior of your car is really a landscape of textiles. In fact, vinyl is a commonly used fabric in auto upholstery and it’s not just the shiny stuff; it’s a versatile material.

Vinyl – which is one of the most produced man-made synthetic fabrics in the world – is actually a type of plastic. Vinyl is used in everything from gloves to clothing, to car coverings and upholstery. This versatile textile is often used in auto upholstery because of its strength, resistance to moisture and humidity, and color variety.

Auto vinyl upholstery like our Arctic line is a tough seating vinyl that is meant for cold weather. This is what makes vinyl such a great fabric to use: it can withstand the cold, heat, and basically weather that would make other textiles crack.

In fact, auto vinyl is meant to be durable and easy to clean. Vinyl can also be combined with other textiles like polyester to create an even stronger fabric. In cars, vinyl is great for upholstery, especially in restoration projects.

Remember, you want auto upholstery vinyl like our Patriot fabric because of the flexibility in colors, its strength because of its polyester backing, and because we offer PERMABLOK, a topcoat proven to protect vinyl from germs, abrasion, and stains.

Vinyl upholstery for cars should be:

  • Strong
  • Offer a Variety of Colors
  • Withstand the Elements
  • Easy to Clean
  • Protected with a Top Coat that Prevents Stains, Germs, Cracking, Abrasion, and Fading

When using vinyl for an auto upholstery project, keep in mind that vinyl is an excellent choice because it offers so much in terms of cost and flexibility. There are a variety of other textiles you can use for your auto project including but not limited to:

  • Leather
  • Tweed
  • Cotton
  • Acrylic
  • Polyester

So why choose vinyl? Since it was first invented in 1920, vinyl textiles have come a long way. These fabrics can now mimic the look and feel of other natural fabrics like leather or cotton. Vinyl is also a low-cost textile which means you can stay in budget and still have a great-looking fabric for your auto upholstery project.

Now that you know a little more about vinyl auto upholstery fabrics, let us know how we can help you with your next project by visiting us at or giving us a call at 1-800-444-4701.

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Specialty Fabrics in Cars: What you Need to Know

Specialty Fabrics in Cars: What you Need to Know

Did you know that your car is made with a variety of specialty fabrics? In fact, vehicles are made up of more than just metal. The interior of your car is a swath of textiles that vary from vinyl, polyester, nylon, acrylic, and leather, to name just a few. The upholstery that makes up the seats of your vehicle are designed specifically for cars.

But what does this all mean anyway? Why should you care? The bottom line is that the longevity of your car’s interior is dependent on the quality of the fabrics they are made from. This means that your car seats and dashboard should be made from specialty textiles designed to withstand sunlight and the constant wear and tear of use by the driver. Fabrics like our Softouch or Upholstery Vinyl are created to do exactly that.

Our Auto Upholstery Textiles feature a variety of types, colors, and sizes for multiple weather settings and environments. Here’s a quick list of some of the things our auto fabrics offer:

  • Cold Weather: Our tough Arctic seating vinyl is designed for the cold weather and features a minus 30-degree cold crack resistance as well as flame resistance. This fabric can be used for motorcycles, snowmobiles, or machinery seats.
  • Auto Covers: Our Softouch fabric is great for covering your car or other auto product. This textile features a non-abrasive surface and a three-year warranty. Our Evolution fabric is also excellent for car covers because it blocks out 99 percent of UV ray light and helps keep your car protected.
  • Seating/Interior: Our Nuance seating vinyl is great for not just car seats but for the interior of a vehicle as well. This product is made of 100 percent polyester and is designed specifically for the automotive industry.

Remember, your auto project requires fabric that is made to last and using textiles that are developed specifically for the automotive industry is one way to ensure that it will. Keep in mind, the fabric you see in a vehicle is not just in the seats or the dashboard, it includes, but is not limited to things like:

  • Seat belts
  • Floor mats
  • Door panels
  • Floor carpet
  • Convertible tops
  • Steering wheel cover
  • Ceiling, Moon, or Sun Roof

As you can see, the interior of a car is made up of multiple fabric parts. This is why it’s important to find the right textile for your next auto project. After all, you don’t want your car’s fabric cracking, fading, or tearing after just a short period of time.

Now that you know a little more about automobile fabrics, let us know how we can help you with your next project by visiting us at or giving us a call at 1-800-444-4701.

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