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Immortalchild
« on: October 11, 2004 05:57:05 PM »

Ok, i've got a question that I hope someone can answer: I just bought a grommet plier/puncher and I'm finding that it's INCREDIBLY hard to use (maybe i'm just weak - but it's really hard to punch even one single grommet!). I want to add grommets to a reconstructed t-shirt; I've interfaced it and everything but the grommet still tore through the t-shirt and fell out.  I'm so upset, I spend $15 on this stupid grommet plier that doesn't even work. I'm thinking it's just the quality of the puncher... Does anyone have any tips/tricks for me?

One other question, you know that round cylinder hole-puncher thing that comes with a packet of grommets - how the hell am I supposed to make a hole with that?! I know how to use the tool to set the grommet in, but what about the hole puncher?

Thanks!!!!
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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2004 06:12:30 PM »

Im not sure what kind of grommet plier/puncher you have but i think you are supposed to make the hole first and then put the grommet in and use the grommet puncher to seal it ....
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2004 07:39:32 PM »

With my grommet plier, you put the grommet in the little slot and then you're supposed to punch it through - but it doesn't work! How do I make a hole first??
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« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2004 06:05:03 AM »

I just poke a little hole through the fabric with something sharp ... scissors work well... then put the grommet in and use the puncher
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« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2004 06:53:07 AM »

Scissors do work but if you want it to look more professional or plan to do a lot of eyelets/grommets you may want to use something else.

I've found a hollow punch set (like this one http://www.justoffbase.co.uk/s.nl/c.317638/sc.9/category.889/it.A/id.9419/.f) to be the best tool. Then if you put a little seam sealant (no-fray) on the hole and then put the tall side of the grommet through the hole facing the inside of the garmet, then put the short side on top so that it sort of fits around the tall part, then squash it with your pliers. Voila!

I had this problem with my pliers too. I couldn't get it through. But when I made the holes first and made sure that the grommet was fitted into each other already, it took no pressure at all to get them to close.

Good luck!  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2004 03:01:29 PM »

Sorry, I'm a little dense when it comes to tools/hardware - How are you supposed to make a hole with the hollow punch set?
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« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2004 07:06:23 AM »

Put a piece of wood down on the floor, put your cloth over it (marked as to where you want the hole), then take the hollow edge of the punch and set it firmly down exactly where you want the hole, take a hammer and smack the punch as hard as you can (it's important to hit it hard and not move the punch). Then hit it a few times for good measure, pick up the punch, and hopefully you've got a good hole.

I always have to have my boyfriend punch the holes because I am to nervous and whenever I try to do it I end up moving the punch over (I don't know how I just do...).  Undecided
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