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Topic: grommets-split back destroying fabric. i need advice!  (Read 1283 times)
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« on: December 20, 2006 11:52:00 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?

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« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2006 11:55:54 AM »

Corset makers generally use smooth backed grommets, and are my personal favorite because they don't split unless installed wrong.


That's corsetmaking.com, and they've got excellent service for grommets and the like.

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« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2006 12:24:52 PM »

thanks for the link Lady V

i suppose 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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« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2006 03:04:10 PM »

If you are going to do a lot of grommets, it would probably be worth it to go to a leather shop and get a better quality grommet setting tool. I've also heard the Vario Plus plier kit is good.

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« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2006 01:07:39 AM »

I've posted responses referencing the Vario Plus Pliers for snaps, grommets and eyelets.  I absolutely love this tool and it is well worth the investment if you plan on doing several projects.

Here is a link to one of the threads followed by sources for the plier kit.



If the backs of them are splitting my first response is either you have inferior parts or you are applying too much pressure.  Its also extremely important to use either an interfacing or some sort of backing/stabilizer when ever you use eyelets or grommets.

If you have any questions about the Vario Plus Kit feel free to either send me a private message or ask here.

I wouldnt give up my pliers for anything and I seriously doubt anyone could ever convince me there is a better product out there.

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« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2006 01:28:35 AM »

I have the Dritz pliers too -_-

They SUCK.


I'd invest in a good one, if i knew where to find a decent one.
« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2006 09:31:21 AM »

has anyone else had this "splitting" problem before? it happens on all the grommets i set. they stay in really well but the splitting is horrible.

the pliers seem to work fine except for the splitting. i thought at first this was just how the grommets worked but now i think i might be the only one having this problem...

i'm going to set a few tonight as testers to see if maybe it's an issue with pressure. thanks for the tips SH!
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