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From: Sews4dogs
Date: 04-08-2007, 02:10 AM (1 of 5)
I want to make some cat hammocks, and they call for a grommet to be installed on each corner. I know there's a plier-like tool to put the grommet on, but how would I go about making the hole, and how would I make it the correct size?

User: Sews4dogs
Member since: 10-29-2006
Total posts: 16
From: pucktricks
Date: 04-10-2007, 11:33 AM (2 of 5)
I've bought the pliers and didn't like them, there's a fairly inexpensive grommet installer you can get. It looks kind of like a nut and bolt. It comes with the grommets you need, because you have to have a different one. It costs less than $5 for the whole thing, including about 6 grommets.
But as to how:
1. Figure out where you want to place the grommets.
2. Cut a small hole in the fabric that is slightly smaller than the grommet, this lets it get through.
3. Next put together the grommet, and then put the grommet put together thingy on top (and yes that is a technical term).
4. Get a hammer and pound it together. I'd recommend doing this on a surface you don't mind getting dings on, not the dining room table.

This probably is not the best explanation, but hopefully this gives you a slightly better idea.

User: pucktricks
Member since: 03-31-2004
Total posts: 570
From: Carol in ME
Date: 04-10-2007, 11:25 PM (3 of 5)
You don't want the plier-like thing. No one who has ever owned one has made it work.

Smaller eyelets and grommets quite often come in a package with the widgets to install them. A larger grommet installer can be found in a fabric store that carries hardware for boats and marine supplies. In our neck of the woods, it sells for about $20.
User: Carol in ME
Member since: 01-27-2003
Total posts: 105
From: Debzy
Date: 04-29-2007, 01:56 PM (4 of 5)
I agree with Carol, the plier thingies are useless and hurt your hands!

Instead, give them a good old fashioned whack with a hammer - I use these guys for my corsets:

You get full instructions, but they're really pretty easy.

The only thing I would suggest is to not cut the fabric when making the hole for the grommet, as this will weaken the fabric. Instead, use a tapered awl (like this: - second item down on the page) to push the fibres apart for the grommet.
User: Debzy
Member since: 06-02-2003
Total posts: 71
From: Teri
Date: 05-03-2007, 10:57 AM (5 of 5)
The easiest way to install a grommett (IMHO) is to have a big strong guy do it! While I can use the pliers and the hammer, etc, it's not worth my while when I see the ease and speed at which my honey can set them!

"Where are we going, and why am I in this basket?"
User: Teri
Member since: 09-14-2005
Total posts: 66
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