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wontonzero
« on: December 20, 2006 11:31:22 AM »

i've been using grommets (set with a grommet plier) in some of my designs. the back of the grommet splits in about 8 places when the male piece folds over to attach to the female piece. this creates rough edges that end up ripping the fabric eventually. does anyone know if smooth backed grommets exist for personal use? i've searched so much but haven't gotten anywhere. would hand-setting them have a different outcome? any suggestions aside from filling in those rough edges with epoxy?

i should mention that i'm using large grommets (3/8") and the dritz plier tool. the grommets look like these:



perhaps the splitting has to do with the size of the grommet?
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brubendall
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2006 01:04:35 PM »

So which part splits?  Is it the flat piece, or the tall piece that folds over?

I've used large grommets with great results, larger than 3/8.  I used a setting tool (flat part that sits on ground and you place grommet on it, and the long piece that you hold on top then hammer) and a hammer.  This gave great results with no splitting.

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wontonzero
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2006 04:09:37 PM »

the tall part splits as it rolls over the flat part.
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