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mamakaty
01-15-2010, 11:31 AM
I'm trying to save up for a snap press, but I'm having a hard time not going ahead and getting pair of pliers instead, since they cost less so I could get one now. LOL. But...I know that the press is more versatile. Sigh...

Thoughts and experiences?

bear7328
01-15-2010, 11:40 AM
I've never used a press, but I am completely happy with my snap pliers. I really don't think there's too much of a difference.

mamakaty
01-15-2010, 12:27 PM
What all have you used the pliers for? Thanks!!

UndrThTblNDrumng
01-15-2010, 12:33 PM
I haven't used either but I can guess that if you're applying snaps production line style, you'd want the press. I'm thinking it would be easier on the hands.

bear7328
01-15-2010, 01:10 PM
I use the pliers for snaps on my diapers, bibs, sleepsacks, tabs to hang up my wetbags, some clothes (I prefer using the metal snaps for clothes). I've also seen a bunch of other uses for household stuff. This is all stuff I make at home for my daughter, so I really do it one project at a time. If I were selling diapers or something like that I might eventually invest in a press.

monkeybunns
01-15-2010, 01:14 PM
I got an AWESOME deal on my polyresin KAM press. I love it so much too! The thing you have to remember with presses though is that you need to do it on a hard sturdy surface-I have to do it on the floor so I can put all my weight in to the press.

merandus
01-15-2010, 01:24 PM
I got an AWESOME deal on my polyresin KAM press. I love it so much too! The thing you have to remember with presses though is that you need to do it on a hard sturdy surface-I have to do it on the floor so I can put all my weight in to the press.

i have a press that i bought second hand. i had bought it with the intention of making diapers, but never used it for that. i use it with every outfit i make, so i dont have to sew button holes!LOL.. i love mine, its easy to use. i believe it came from very baby,but im not sure. if you look around you can most likely get one second hand. mine was 1/4 of the cost of a new one

The Angry Hippie
01-15-2010, 01:43 PM
If you happen to have a drill press u can modify it, http://fruitofthewombdiapers.blogspot.com/2007/10/how-to-modify-drill-press-for-use-as.html

Allyson
01-15-2010, 04:19 PM
I have had a snap press for 5 years and about 6 months ago bought some plyers thinking it would be easier for me since I don't apply lots of snaps....well I HATED the snap pliers they just did not work well for me:wallbash::wallbash: so I sold them and stuck with my press:thumbup:

AshleyLD
01-15-2010, 07:07 PM
I had a press. And bought the pliers and sold the press. The pliers are much easier to use no matter where you are.. the press has to stay where it is. Its heavy.

As long as your only doing a couple snaps and your not a wahm in the diaper business... i thik you will be okay with the pliers! :)

luvkadcl
01-17-2010, 01:51 PM
Thanks for starting this thread. I have been trying to decide what to buy. I really want one but the $$ is also a factor in my decision. Can't wait to hear what everyone says.

Cindy

I'm trying to save up for a snap press, but I'm having a hard time not going ahead and getting pair of pliers instead, since they cost less so I could get one now. LOL. But...I know that the press is more versatile. Sigh...

Thoughts and experiences?

luvkadcl
01-17-2010, 01:51 PM
That is what I hear too.

I haven't used either but I can guess that if you're applying snaps production line style, you'd want the press. I'm thinking it would be easier on the hands.

luvkadcl
01-17-2010, 01:54 PM
I always see such a mix of responses. I still can't decide. Would be nice to be rich and get both, right?

cindy

luvkadcl
01-17-2010, 01:56 PM
Here is a review. I hope it can help us make a decision :)
cindy


http://www.theclothdiaperreport.com/2009/09/kam-snaps-plier-review-giveaway-1014.html

phernies
01-17-2010, 02:15 PM
why don't you start out with a pair of pliers and see how much you use it? If you end up using them a ton and would benefit from a press, then it might be worth the investment. If money is not an issue and you have plenty of working space, go for the press. :)
But, I'm in the same boat...I decided to go for the pliers (just ordered it last night - free shipping on KAMsnaps):thumbsup:. They are a fraction of the cost of the press and it comes as a nice set with 200 snaps and all the tools you need. In order for me to buy the press, I would have to really justify making an investment, which right now, I'm not quite sure how much use I will get out of it. I'm making my sons diapers and bibs, maybe I will use them on some clothes as well.

mamakaty
01-17-2010, 03:01 PM
Thanks again for all of the input. all the reviews I see (not just here) are mixed between the two, lol!! I think I've decided to go with the pliers, and see if they actually get used. It seems like they will work fine for what I want to do, and right now, I just can't justify the investment with the press.

Yes, it would be nice to be able to get both, lol!! :)

mamaslittlemonkeys
01-17-2010, 04:45 PM
I only have the pliers and have ONLY used the metal/pearl snaps from craft stores. I thought the main difference was that a snap press can do the plastic snaps?? I haven't bothered to look much into it bc metal snaps are not exempt in CPSIA and I havent gotten around to making a ton of diapers where I'd need plastic snaps...

I have heard the snap press is awesome tho!!

Ali
01-17-2010, 07:47 PM
I just wanted to add that I was torn too and decided to go for pliers. The savings went toward a serger that i wanted way more. Anyway I really do love the pliers, they are great! I've gotten even snaps so far. I've used them on bibs, to snap my kids gloves together, and to replace the applix on some BGs. I like that I can sit on the couch and use the pliers. with a press you kind of have to be stationary. I say if its just for your own use to go w/ the pliers.

Adviga
01-17-2010, 10:31 PM
Thanks for starting this thread. I have been trying to decide what to buy. I really want one but the $$ is also a factor in my decision. Can't wait to hear what everyone says.

Cindy

Thanks from me, too! I've bee tossing around buying one of these but don't know what to decide on. This thread is a big help for me!

SarahG.
01-18-2010, 11:12 AM
I only have the pliers and have ONLY used the metal/pearl snaps from craft stores. I thought the main difference was that a snap press can do the plastic snaps?? I haven't bothered to look much into it bc metal snaps are not exempt in CPSIA and I havent gotten around to making a ton of diapers where I'd need plastic snaps...

I have heard the snap press is awesome tho!!


The snap pliers that I have are specifically made to apply the resin snaps only. I really like mine - they worked very nicely! :thumbsup:

emsmomma
01-18-2010, 11:15 AM
I got a snap press for Christmas and have used it to convert my diapers from velcro to snaps. I love it! My husband mounted it to a board that is covered in fabric, so I can move it around and use it on the floor or a table without damaging those surfaces.
I keep hunting around looking for things to randomly put snaps on!!

Chey
01-19-2010, 11:59 AM
You probably have your answer already, but if you are just using it for personal then I would just get the pliers, if you want to go into mass production the press is the way to go. BUT, even if you are saving for a press, the pliers are not a bad investment. They are so portable, and I don't know the ages of your kids, but I spend a lot of downtime waiting for my kids while they swim, play soccer, have Taekwon Do, Dance etc... and it's nice to just have a little tote with all the stuff in it and I can just grab some stuff that needs snapping and toss it in and take it with me. I do this for knitting as well. It's fantastic.

mamakaty
01-20-2010, 06:13 PM
You probably have your answer already, but if you are just using it for personal then I would just get the pliers, if you want to go into mass production the press is the way to go. BUT, even if you are saving for a press, the pliers are not a bad investment. They are so portable, and I don't know the ages of your kids, but I spend a lot of downtime waiting for my kids while they swim, play soccer, have Taekwon Do, Dance etc... and it's nice to just have a little tote with all the stuff in it and I can just grab some stuff that needs snapping and toss it in and take it with me. I do this for knitting as well. It's fantastic.

Oh! That's a great idea that I hadn't thought of. I do have a lot of down time waiting at school pick up lines, other activities, etc. :)