I was totally confused when I first saw these things. I didn’t even know how to insert a snap! We all start somewhere, right? Well, here’s how it’s done:
sew the guide run
First hoop a piece of stabilizer. I like to use cut away because it makes the snap tab nice and sturdy, but tear away works perfectly fine. The first object to sew is the guide run. This is to show you where to place the top piece of vinyl. STOP the machine and remove the hoop after this element.
Next cut a piece of vinyl that is big enough to completely cover the guide run. You should tack it down to keep it from shifting as it sews. Use tape along the edges or my favorite KK100 spray adhesive on the back.
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stitch out the design
STOP the machine after this element and remove the hoop from the machine. Turn the hoop over and place the second piece of vinyl on the back side. Again secure it with the adhesive spray, then put it back in the machine to sew the final bean stitch. This will attach the two layers together. Hope I don’t confuse you by showing 2 different designs – eeek! But the steps are the same….
remove it from the hoop
Now unhoop it and trim closely around the outside of the design being careful not to cut the threads. Some designs have little circles to show where to make the holes to insert the snaps. I use size 20 Kamsnaps that come in a wide variety of colors. I am a huge fan of this tiny hole punch which is perfect for making those holes exactly where I want them, so much easier than poking a hole by hand.
Insert the snaps and lobster clasp or key ring and you’re done!