What is a Gypsy Stud?


Most people are familiar with regular snaps; buttons, sockets and studs, but we get a lot of questions surrounding the gypsy stud. As sort of a hybrid of snaps, it can be less intuitive to figure out how to use this snap, but once you do, we think you’ll find it very handy around your boat.

A standard snap set up features a button riveted to a socket, which snaps into either a screw stud or a stud riveted to fabric with an eyelet. A gypsy stud is often called a “double stud” because it is used to attach two or more fabrics to a single stud.

The gypsy stud is the connector portion with a stud on the top and a rivet on the bottom that can be attached to a socket. So, a button and socket assembly can snap into the top of the gypsy stud, and it’s socket bottom can, in turn, snap on to another stud.

Here’s a diagram that shows how gypsy studs fit in to an application.


These studs are great for spots on enclosures where side curtains join each other and need to share a stud or where the side curtain meets the dodger. They can also be used for adding bug screens to your enclosure curtains without drilling more snaps into your boat, for making an overlapping table skirt, or for adding a removable door panel to a boat cover.

Gypsy studs can be installed with a regular snap fastener installation tool, but you have to be very careful when installing it that you don’t damage the rivet portion of the stud. Easier options for installation are to use the SnapRite® System or the Pres-N-Snap tool. To use the SnapRite System you will have to buy the proprietary SnapRite® Gypsy Studs which have a hole through the center, but then the installation can be done with the basic SnapRite Dies. For installation with the Pres-N-Snap tool, you will need to have the Pres-N-Step Stud to Gypsy Dye.

You can find all of these snap components and installation tools at Sailrite.com.

Do you have a great application for gypsy studs? Share your ideas and experiences with us in the comments.

  1. Ray said:

    How do I repair a screw stud thats stripped out?

    • Nikki said:

      Hi Ray,

      Usually when you have a stripped out screw stud, the hole it was in is now too large to simply install a new screw stud into it. For these instances we recommend using the SnapRite Surface Mount Stud Die to rivet a standard stud to your surface. You can learn more about how this tool works here: http://www.sailrite.com/SnapRite-Surface-Mount-Stud-Die

  2. Sue said:

    When using the Press-n-snap tool, why can’t you just use the socket die on one side and the stud die on the other? If the Gypsy mates with standard studs/sockets, I would think it would fit in the corresponding die. What is different?

    • Nikki said:

      Hi Sue,

      Good question! The Pres-n-Snap tool uses pairs of dies where one side has a post and the other has a hole and that’s how they are inserted onto the tool. Using the socket & the stud dies together on the Pres-n-Snap tool won’t work because both of those dies have holes, so they can’t be installed on the tool at the same time. Additionally, the speciality die has a flat inner surface to support the center of the gypsy stud during installation.

  3. funct said:


    Good information. Thank you for posting this idea on snaps. I will be using my snaps for the canvas jackets that have poorly made, cuff snaps. I am short. First off, a lot of manufacturers do not specify their arm inseam length and sometimes the size Large is not as described in their posts of information when I go online to purchase items.

    So, this is why this information is perfect with that SnapRite system.

    Good on you,


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