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Replacing Rivets on a jean jacket.
« on: October 09, 2019, 09:56:01 AM »
I bought a jean jacket on the cheap.  It fits me perfectly but the rivet quality was super cheap and subsequently 3 have broken off.  It would be nice to match the 3 that broke off but I think that's unrealistic.  I'm okay with replacing every one of them with something better quality. 

My specific question is where to buy good quality jean rivets?   And do you need any specific tools to apply them?  I went to my local tailor and they didn't have any decent rivets, although they may have the tools. 

Links would be ideal.  Thank you ;)

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Re: Replacing Rivets on a jean jacket.
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2019, 12:26:17 PM »
A dry cleaners or alteration shop should be able to put the rivets back on.  It takes a special machine to put them on.  Buy them at a fabric store and drop them off to get them put on.

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Re: Replacing Rivets on a jean jacket.
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2019, 05:04:17 PM »
Alternatively, check your local hardware store, in the fastener section. I know Lowe's carries a variety of rivets (both aluminum and steel). Harbor Freight carries hand riveters that are dirt cheap (though their rivet selection is....not great).

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Re: Replacing Rivets on a jean jacket.
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2019, 06:43:25 PM »
Alternatively, check your local hardware store, in the fastener section. I know Lowe's carries a variety of rivets (both aluminum and steel). Harbor Freight carries hand riveters that are dirt cheap (though their rivet selection is....not great).

Thank you both for your responses.  I ended up buying something off Amazon after visiting multiple stores and the tailor.  Hopefully they are not junk.  They were not cheap but I was less concerned about price than I was saving this jacket I love ;)

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Re: Replacing Rivets on a jean jacket.
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2019, 07:24:27 PM »
Alternatively, check your local hardware store, in the fastener section. I know Lowe's carries a variety of rivets (both aluminum and steel). Harbor Freight carries hand riveters that are dirt cheap (though their rivet selection is....not great).

Thank you both for your responses.  I ended up buying something off Amazon after visiting multiple stores and the tailor.  Hopefully they are not junk.  They were not cheap but I was less concerned about price than I was saving this jacket I love ;)

Alternatively alternatively, you might try checking a hobby/crafting store like Michael's or Hobby Lobby for specialty rivets (maybe in the jewelry section?).

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Re: Replacing Rivets on a jean jacket.
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2019, 05:42:49 PM »


Well, the new rivets arrived and despite costing $2 per button they have been worth every penny.  I just grabbed a hammer and banged on the ones that were missing.  In the picture the new ones are the jean look-a-like buttons.  And they are that quality.  I don't think it looks too bad with the mix of buttons.  I could take the old ones off but for now I'm just going to replace them as they fall off.

Jacket saved!  Thanks for the input MMM Forum!

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Re: Replacing Rivets on a jean jacket.
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2019, 10:33:27 AM »
For future, if you need to pop the rivets or buttons off, just get your needlenose pliers with the wire snippers and put the snippers under the back attachment of the button or rivet and snip right off! It's so easy. I was recently repairing a jean jacket for a friend and could not get the damn button to go on straight for the life of me. I had to cut 3 buttons off before I got one to apply correctly but at least I was able to remove them easily and try again.

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Re: Replacing Rivets on a jean jacket.
« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2019, 10:39:11 AM »
For future, if you need to pop the rivets or buttons off, just get your needlenose pliers with the wire snippers and put the snippers under the back attachment of the button or rivet and snip right off! It's so easy. I was recently repairing a jean jacket for a friend and could not get the damn button to go on straight for the life of me. I had to cut 3 buttons off before I got one to apply correctly but at least I was able to remove them easily and try again.

Thanks, for now I'm just letting nature take it's course if they fall off.