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Thread: Grommet woes - HELP!

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    Junior Member stillwaters's Avatar
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    I need help! I have finished a bag for my DD for Christmas, but the grommets I bought at the LQS don't work! It seems that the double thickness of fabric plus the batting is just too thick. I can (finally) snap the grommet in place, but a second later it POPS off! Are there "thicker" grommets out there somewhere? Should I try gluing them together? (would that even work???) ANY suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all! :roll:

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    There are grommets of all sizes - they are a pain to put in. Good luck. I've got one in a purse I made several years ago; it came off. I have yet to put it back on; it will ride around in the pocket until I'm ready to put it back - if ever. Check out SeattleFabrics.com & see if they have what you need. You can even call them if you like. I've always got good customer service from them. And you might find them locally in your town as well.

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    Thanks, Gina - I'm off to search for Seattle Fabrics right NOW! :arrow:

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    If you have a sign shop in your area they will put in professional ones for about a $1.00 each.

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    You might try tandy leather. The grommets used for leather applications are made for thick things. http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/home/home.aspx

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    I like the professional idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lab fairy
    You might try tandy leather. The grommets used for leather applications are made for thick things. http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/home/home.aspx
    Thank you! Tandy leather grommets are too small :cry:

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobo2000
    If you have a sign shop in your area they will put in professional ones for about a $1.00 each.
    Oh! I like this idea - will now search for Sign shops!
    I found Seattle Fabrics - but it looks like I would need to be making sails for a sailboat... couldn't really find the right size - (I've already cut the holes :( ) On the same Google search page was "Grommet World" - who would have known? - so I'm still searching there, too. But how thick is 3/32 of fabric??? :?
    OY!

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    I bought grommets from the Home Depot. It comes with a cutting tool and a pounding tool. The cutting tool doesn't go through all the layers, so I use a very small scissor and cut the circle. Then I just hammer the grommets together. (Or I ask my 30 year old son to do it for me.) Remember to pound them from the inside, it makes a neater look on the outside of the bag.
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    If you go to a drapery workroom most have professional machines and maybe they can help you...I make drapery and when I make grommet top I take them to the workroom and they install them for me...

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