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Need some help finding the right hardware? We’ve compiled a list of resources in April Discoveries for denim sewists in the US and abroad!
This month we will take an in-depth look at how to apply professional denim hardware. These techniques are perfect for Leonora or any other garment made with denim fabric. In this article, I will walk you through installing jean buttons, heavy-duty snaps, and rivets.
NOTE: Practice installing the following hardware on a scrap piece of fabric before moving to your final garment.
Jean buttons come in two different styles—tack buttons or screw buttons. These buttons are specifically used for denim garments, because they provide the necessary durability and strength for a denim waistband. Tack buttons have posts that look similar to nails and are secured with a hammer. Screw buttons have screw posts and tend to be easier to install. Always avoid using plastic hardware for denim. Metal fasteners will last longer and look more professional.
Mark the position of the button on the right side of your garment. Use an awl to punch a hole through the fabric.
On the wrong side of the garment, insert the tack through the hole created with the awl.
On the right side of the garment, insert the button front post into the tack.
On a flat wooden surface, place the jeans button with the button front facing down. Hammer the tack until the button is securely attached.
Heavy-duty snaps come in two different styles: post-style and prong-style. With post-style snaps, the post is inserted through a hole in the fabric, while prong-style snaps feature teeth that secure the snap in place. For heavyweight fabrics, post-style snaps will yield better results than prong-style snaps.
This technique requires three tools: a metal cup used to hold the unit in place during installation, a metal anvil used to drive the two components together, and a rubber mallet used to deliver the necessary force. The metal cup and anvil can be purchased as a set and are unique to the snap’s size.
On the left placket (right on menswear), mark the snap placement on the right side of your garment. At the marking, use an awl to punch a hole through the fabric.
Place the capped post right side down in the metal cup. Lay the outer garment right side down, and insert the shaft of the capped post through the punched hole.
Align the socket with the shaft of the capped post, with the indented side facing up.
Cover the socket with the socket anvil and use the mallet to secure the snap.
Next, secure the stud and post of the snap. Start by marking the placement of the snap on the right side of your garment. At the marking, use an awl to punch a hole through the fabric.
On the right placket (left on menswear), insert the shaft of the post through the punched hole from the wrong side of the garment.
Align the stud with the shaft of the post, with the indented side facing down.
Flip the metal cup around to expose the inverted cup. Place the post right side down in the metal cup.
Cover the stud with the stud anvil, and use a mallet to hammer the components together.
Rivets are used to reinforce points of strain on a garment. Traditionally, rivets are installed on the corners of pockets in denim clothing, but you are welcome to place rivets wherever you would like. I like to add a rivet at the bottom of my belt loops to ensure that they don’t rip over time.
Mark the placement of the rivet on the right side of your garment. At the marking, use an awl to punch a hole through the fabric.
From the wrong side of the garment, insert the rivet post into the punched hole.
From the wrong side of the garment, insert the rivet post into the rivet cap.
Lay the rivet on the anvil, with the right side of the garment facing down. Permanently set the rivet by hammering the rivet cap in place a few times, using a regular hammer. Be wary of hammering too much—this can cause your rivet to become dented.
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