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Instructions for KAM Snap Press

We regret that the factory does not include any written instructions with the press. The following are instructions we created in-house for your reference. 


Please watch or read the instructions in their entirety and practice on scrap fabric before using your press! 

   The instructions apply to both the DK-93 and the DK-98 KAM presses.




Written Instructions

Attaching the Handle:

Insert the base of the handle between the two walls of the top of the press, making sure to align the holes.


Slide the screw through the holes.

Firmly tighten the nut on the end of the screw.


Check the vertical screw that sits right behind the handle (A in picture below). Make sure it is low enough that it doesn't interfere with the handle being pressed down.

If your handle seems to catch on something or still won't go down as far as it should, even after adjusting A as explained above, loosen the screw that goes into the big black bar (C in picture below).

Make sure the handle itself is bolted firmly to the press  (B in picture below).


Using the Press:

Always use the press on a completely even surface, with the entire weight of the press equally supported.

Check the alignment of the top & bottom dies.  When holding the handle down so that the top die sits directly on top of the bottom die, both dies should be perfectly centered with each other. The picture below shows a misalignment. This can be easily corrected by using the largest allen wrench to loosen the 2 screws marked E.  Once both screws have been loosened, you can move the large disc that those screws sit on over to one side until the dies are aligned.  It may require some force, so something like a rubber mallet may be helpful.


Here are the parts for each die piece.
Note: your dies may look different than the ones shown.

This is how each of the snap components are attached to the dies.

Your top dies may come already preloaded with snaps. Please check!

Or, if you have the extended lip dies:


The large cap die sits at the bottom of the press. Just drop it in. No screw necessary.


The socket and stud dies are attached to the top of the press.  Note that the DK-93 model has screw-in shanks, as shown, while the DK-98 has smooth shanks which will require the smallest allen wrench to tighten. If you have the DK-98, do not overtighten the screw.  Just tighten it enough to keep it secure.


We start with the stud die.


Lay the cap upside down, with the prong facing upward, on the cap die.


Attach the stud, with the mouth facing upward, to the stud die.

Your top dies may come already preloaded with snaps. Please check!




Press the prong of the cap through your fabric.  We recommend using at least 2 layers of fabric to help prevent tearing over time. Using an awl to first poke a hole in your fabric may make this easier. 


Press the handle down hard.


We mean HARD.

There should be enough pressure so that the rubber bulges out, as shown on the right in the image below. You may find it easier to place the press on a lower surface, or to stand on a stool so that you have more leverage when pressing down on the handle which results in a harder press.  (Interesting side note: it is actually easier for some people to get a firmer press using pliers than a press.)


When you release the handle, your fabric will be stuck to the top die.


Detach the fabric from the die.


Remove the stud die from the top and replace with the socket die.  Follow the exact same directions to attach the socket.

Note that the prong should be fairly flattened.  If it is not, it will get in the way when you try to close the 2 sides of the snap so that they will not fasten securely.

In the picture below, the prong on the right has not been flattened sufficiently so it sticks up more.  When this happens, the protruding prong will get in the way when you try to close the 2 ends of the snap together, so the snap won't close properly or even at all.

To correct this, simply re-attach the socket or stud to the top die and re-press, this time applying more pressure.  Be sure to place the stud or socket back into the upper die, rather than just laying the cap on top of the bottom die as that may cause off-centering.  If you continue to have this problem, read our Troubleshooting section below.


Removing Snaps

The easiest way to remove plastic snaps from fabric is with our Press Removal Dies or Removal Pliers but click here for several alternative options.


Maintenance & Storage:

You should lubricate the spring and threads that hold the dies periodically with WD40 or other type of machine oil/lubricant.  If you notice some difficulty in attaching the dies to the press or in removing them, please do not continue to force the dies in as they will eventually get stuck.  At the first sign of difficulty, lubricate the dies as well as the hole in the press where the dies go so that the dies slip in and out smoothly.

You may find it easier on your hands to wrap some fabric or padding around the handle for cushioning.  You can also use foam pipe covers available at your local home improvement store.


For easy access to awls and dies, you can use strong magnets to attach them to your press. Or make a simple organizer pad, which will also protect your table and floor.





Having problems with your snaps?  Click here for troubleshooting tips on the most common issues. 

Video Tutorials

We recommend watching the videos in this order.

- Attaching the Handle

- Intro to Resin Plastic Snaps

- Intro to Dies for Plastic Snaps

- How to Attach Plastic Snaps