Canvas Fabrics

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

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Recasense Case Study, M&M Creative Upholstery/Dub Box USA

Based in Oregon, Dub Box USA delivers a unique twist on the towable camper and food trailer scene.

Modeled after the iconic VW camper van, Dub Box USA manufactures uniquely designed towable campers, food and event trailers using lightweight, yet durable, fiberglass shells. All Dub Box products are completely customizable with many being used in commercial applications such as food trucks, retail stands and branded event vehicles.

With uniqueness as a core pillar of the Dub Box

USA appeal, customization is a must, followed closely

by durability and usability, especially for the commercial crowd. Many of the trailer designs incorporate weather curtains and awnings for added comfort and space for users. To accommodate these add-ons, Dub Box USA contracts with Recasens supplier and fabricator, M&M Creative Upholstery as part of its custom manufacturing process.

Providing everything from residential to commercial and marine upholstery, M&M Creative has extensive knowledge in fabrics of all kinds. When first approached for the Dub Box project, RECacril canvases from Recasens immediately came to mind.

“Recasens products are simply the best on the market,” states M&M Spokesperson Maria Musseid. “They’re not only incredibly durable and easy to work with, the range of colors and patterns are both extensive and beautiful.”

M&M Creative uses RECacril for all Dub Box custom awning and weather curtains. Thanks to its unique finish, RECacril has proven itself well suited to vinyl printing, offering commercial Dub Box customers yet another option for customizing their trailers.


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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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