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Thread: Grommet woes - HELP!

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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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    I had the same problem. I had to remake the band where I was trying to snap the grommets in. It needs to be a light fusible interfacing between the two layers of fabric. After I cut the old band off and replaced it with new fabric and new lightweight fusible interfacing, the grommets went in beautifully. I had to be careful when cutting the hole. It was a very trying experience for me; however, after the handbag was remade, I was so proud of it and I get lots of compliments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsSew66
    I had the same problem. I had to remake the band where I was trying to snap the grommets in. It needs to be a light fusible interfacing between the two layers of fabric. After I cut the old band off and replaced it with new fabric and new lightweight fusible interfacing, the grommets went in beautifully. I had to be careful when cutting the hole. It was a very trying experience for me; however, after the handbag was remade, I was so proud of it and I get lots of compliments.
    Oh, Pat! "TRYING" is not the word for it! But, I will keep on trying... :wink:

    When I finally get this resolved, I will certainly let you all know what I ended up doing! Thanks to everyone for your sweet, caring responses!

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    I had the same problem and ended up doing a zig-zag by machine around the hole (they were smaller holes for cording).The only grommets that I've seen that look neat are the snap together kind that are quite large. They require no tools (saw them in LQS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pattypurple
    I had the same problem and ended up doing a zig-zag by machine around the hole (they were smaller holes for cording).The only grommets that I've seen that look neat are the snap together kind that are quite large. They require no tools (saw them in LQS.

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    Hi, Pat! Yes, these are 1 9/16" inside diameter, plastic, snap-together grommets. The strap of the bag threads though them - so they are large. I think I'll have to continue my quest tomorrow. You know how it is when you get so frustrated, you can't think straight. But it is SO wonderful that so many are right there to try to help - or offer support! Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandybeach
    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.
    I LOVE your bag!!! But you have little grommets... I went to Home Depot's website and they only have small ones. The same with Lowes. The one's I have are 1 9/16" inside diameter.
    I hope - when this thing is finally finished - it comes out as beautiful as yours!

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    Harbor Freight has grommets! I was there a couple of days ago to get some rotary blades and saw them. I believe they carry them for use on tarps but I have used them on the straps on my weaving loom. Good luck.

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    We had this discussion at my local quilt guild. One of the members said she superglued them together.

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    Are you making the Grids & Grommets bag?
    I just made about 10 of them. I had to put Decor Bond on both interiors of the purse band. This helped stabilize it for the grommets. There was another lady in our guild that was working on these purses as well. She even put a little hot glue (or was it super glue?) in between the grommet sides to keep them stuck together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stillwaters
    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:
    I can't thank all of you enough for your caring suggestions for "Grrrrrrrrrommet" problems! I ended up using super glue - I used two pieces of wood and a C-clamp to hold them together until the glue dried! It became quite a project. But THAT was successful, so I forged ahead and made a second bag for my son's girlfriend - 16 grommets in all! CONQUERED, with a little help and encouragement from my friends! Thanks again!!

    For my DD - The pattern is called "Letty's Bag" by Robin Gallagher
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    For DS's girlfriend - "My Favorite Bag" by Kati Cupcake
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    Quote Originally Posted by stillwaters
    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!
    I would bring them back to your LQS - see if they can tell you why they aren't working.
    Good luck

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    WHAT SIZE AND BRAND ARE YOU USING, I USED THE DRITZ PLASTIC ONES WITH TWO LAYERS OF FUSIBLE FLEECE AND FABRIC, THEY WERE HARD TO SNAP BUT THEY NEVER CAME OFF

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    SAW YOUR BAG, ITS THE SAME ONE I MADE, MAYBE YOU JUST DIDN'T USE ENOUGH FORCE BECAUSE I DIDN'T HAVE TO SUPERGLUE MINE

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphyngyrl
    SAW YOUR BAG, ITS THE SAME ONE I MADE, MAYBE YOU JUST DIDN'T USE ENOUGH FORCE BECAUSE I DIDN'T HAVE TO SUPERGLUE MINE
    Hi Dolphyngyrl! You must have SUPER STRENGTH!!! :lol: I tried to press those things together - they'd snap and them POP right off! (sounds like a cereal :roll: ) They were Dritz alright... guess I just need YOU next time! It's really a cute bag, though.

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    Cute bags.

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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
    WOW - that is a great idea - thanks

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