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Twinma
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« on: February 15, 2012 07:57:50 AM »

I need an easier way to punch a hole through multiple layers of fabric in order to insert an eyelet. 

I have a leather punch that has multiple sizes but it is technically for leather. 

I make drawstring backpacks and I have 40 bags I need to insert eyelets in and it takes quite a while to do one with the punch then scissors to make a 1/4" eyelet fit.

Does anyone have any tricks?

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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2012 06:37:22 AM »

Use a fat nail and a hammer.
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« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2012 10:01:00 AM »

I think that is a great idea for a smaller eyelet but mine is 1/4".  It is going through four layers of quilting fabric and one piece of extra firm stabilizer.  I have been using a craft knife and scissors but I was hoping there was a trade secret or new tool I could use to help get through these 40 bags a tad quicker.

I was thinking some kind of metal tube with sharp edges that I can hammer down to cut out the circle.  Does this exist?

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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2012 06:48:57 AM »

Well, nails come in all kinds of sizes, but there are leather tools that will punch, there's a hole punch on a wheel that has different sized holes in it, or you can get a hole punch on a stick that you pound.
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« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2012 08:47:38 PM »

If your leather punch won't work, it's probably just dull. I've purchased leather punches from a bunch of different places and all were dull when I got them except for the ones I got from Tandy Leather. I can punch through several layers of canvas with the Tandy punches.
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« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2012 08:27:58 AM »

What about something like this: http://shop.marthastewart.com/Martha-Stewart-Crafts-Screw-Punch/A/B002FW4G9M.htm. I have a smiliar that's Japanese made and it works really well for punching accurate holes.
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