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A lot easier to use than most eyelet installation methods
on July 7, 2013
So, I do a fair amount of costuming and corseting. Because of this, I have used numerous installation methods: Dritz eyelet pliers, numerous specialized eyelet setters (with a mallet), even industrial hand presses (when I've been fortunate enough to be at a workshop that has one).
Because I am generally using eyelets for thicker materials (or multiple layers of it) I needed something that would install sturdy eyelets, wouldn't make a ton of noise in doing so, or cause too much pain to my hands. I also needed something with the strength to deal with hard brass, and double sided eyelets, as the latter are essential for better longevity in a costume.
Hammering die setters can be loud, especially in an apartment, and tend to be very brand-specific forcing you into only buying one brand of eyelet for it to work. Hand Presses are phenomenal, but also phenomenally expensive. And most eyelet pliers require an insane amount of grip strength and yet often install misaligned eyelets due to poor plate-to-plate contact.
I found these to be a great solution for me. The compound action means I don't have to strain my hand much to squeeze, and the alignment has always come out perfect. It works very nicely even with my hard brass grommets with washers. I highly recommend them for anyone who wants a consistent eyelet installation without the expense of a press.