Using a snap press to install fashion snaps

I have a sewing confession to make: I hate buttonholes. While my machine has an automatic button hole foot, sometimes things go awry, and picking out those tiny stitches gives me a neck-ache. Which leads me to my new snap obsession! Snaps are quick and easy to install, and lend a professional look to many projects and garments.

In this video, I demonstrate how to install them using my KAM snap press. If you’re looking for a tutorial on how to install these snaps using a hammer, you can find that video HERE.

I used the following tools in this video:

I did NOT have the fashion snap dies, so I made these pieces work, and they worked out quite well. If you have this press, you can also order the fashion dies on the KAM website, but I wanted to make it work with what I had. Regardless of the size of snaps you’re using, this video is a great introduction for how to install fashion snaps with your press.

You can check out my other sewing tutorials HERE, and sign up for email updates here!

Note: This post contains affiliate links. Any purchase you make help me continue to provide content on this blog and share it with the sewing community! Thank you for your support!

Get notified of new posts via email


  1. Sandra on November 3, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Hey Sarah, that snap press is not your average press. I have a very basic one from babyville but I haven’t been able to use it because the plastic snaps dont work. Like you said, it is a little bit of an investment but it does look durable and sturdy. Can you use any kind of snap with it, as long as you have the snap dies ? thanks for the video

    • Sarah on November 3, 2017 at 11:38 am

      It is super sturdy and I think it’s pretty much pro grade. They do run sales from time to time- so Black Friday might be a good opportunity if you’re looking to upgrade. I have found that it works with the size 16 snaps from Joanns/amazon- but all my others I’ve ordered from kam. So I would say probably yes, if they are a standard size snap that’s the same type and size as the dies you have.

Leave a Comment