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Prym Vario Pliers

Ploshkin

Prym Vario Pliers
« on: September 16, 2018, 18:18:49 PM »
I've finally faced snaps again.

I bought the Prym Vario Plus assortment kit after a recommendation on here.  It can be got for under £30. The pliers come with 3 different types of snaps and eyelets plus the different tools to fit into the pliers.  It took me a while to realise that the appropriate bits were next to each lot of snaps in the box.  The pictorial instruction leaflets just fried my brain but I found the Prym video on You tube - without that I wouldn't have known about the plastic tool for removing the attachments from the pliers.

Anyway, they work brilliantly and have banished my fear of snaps - I'll be snap happy from now on.  The bit for making holes works really well and cuts a neat hole with a defined click.  I put snaps on rubbery waterproof trousers but tried the hole tool on some bits of other fabric.  It even cut a nice hole on a fleecy knit fabric.

Money well spent I would say.
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Kenora

Re: Prym Vario Pliers
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2018, 19:20:19 PM »
I have the Dritz pliers which are OK, although you need a good, strong grip to squeeze the snaps enough to work. The only problem I've had was self-inflicted. I used the snaps on a pair of rompers for a baby with a disability, and found that they were too strong to open and close easily. The rompers were made of soft cotton, and the plackets reinforced, but it took almost super-human strength to open the snaps so I cut them all off (no mean feat in itself) and used sew-on poppers instead. I later found out that if I'd used a size smaller snaps, they are supposed to open more easily, although I've yet to buy any and try them out to verify this. :S
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Gernella

Re: Prym Vario Pliers
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2018, 10:42:37 AM »
I'm also a newbie to these.  They've worked fine (as long as I have the right bits in).  Only problem I did have is that they only work when you don't have to cover much fabric.  The last ones I did I had to clip the fabric together so they would reach where I wanted.  Otherwise you have to use the round tool.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Prym-troqueladora/dp/B00VI8W70O/ref=sr_1_11?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1539164228&sr=1-11&keywords=prym+snap+tool

First time I used them I did get nervous, you've made a HOLE, the relief is wonderful when you've done the first one and the hole has gone.

eclectic

Re: Prym Vario Pliers
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2018, 10:51:32 AM »
Hi Gernella, thanks for posting this I have been thinking about these and wondering how well they would work on Lycra … did you try any lycra when you tested?
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Gernella

Re: Prym Vario Pliers
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2018, 15:34:30 PM »
No I've never used on Lycre, presumably you use the light weight snaps.  I nearly boobed on the  first jacket I added snaps to.  I was that busy looking at videos on how you did it that when I came to buying the  snaps I got the wrong  ones, they were heavy duty ones, more suitable for bags.  The fabric I had was not really suitable where there was no interfacing.  I finished up having to do some restoration on the back of one snap (out of sight).  The good thing was they were only on as a feature and unlikely to be used.  Won't make that mistake again.

eclectic

Re: Prym Vario Pliers
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2018, 17:29:21 PM »
Ok thanks, I will bear that in mind :)
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