Grommets are everywhere—clothes, sails, banners, shoes, bags, and all manner of craft projects. From the simple one-off application to the project that uses them all, these simple, useful notions are good for so many things.
When you’re ready to install those grommets, you need to have the right tools for the job. If your project only calls for just one, two or a few, a hammer and a grommet setting tool may be all you need. However, for larger projects that call for a large number of them, or heavier duty projects such as tarps, canvas signs, and sails, you need a different type of tool that will help you install them efficiently and precisely the way you need them.
Grommets are installed with a setting die, and a rubber mallet or hammer lined up inside a hole cut in fabric. It works, but there is a margin of error, as well as the risk of hammering your finger instead. Most people use this method for one or a few grommets.
For a more significant number, such as a factory or office supply shop, you need a better and faster way to install them. Having the right tools speeds up that job, and helps you set the grommets into exactly the right spot.
There are several different types of grommet tools, including pliers, heavy-duty hand presses for grommets, eyelets, rivets, and other embellishments, dies for each size of embellishment, or an Eyelet Punch Machine (to install larger grommets in the tops of curtains)
Grommet pliers are similar to other pliers and require applying pressure to ensure that the barrel and washer have meshed completely, and the grommets are installed correctly. These are useful for the home hobbyist and those who only install a grommet occasionally, but you still have to cut the hole in the fabric. That’s fine for a few grommets on a regular piece of fabric or two, and if the fabric is natural weight. But if you’re adding them to canvas, tarp, leather, or other thick fabrics, you need bigger, heavier tools to do the job.
It’s not just installing the grommets—you have to cut holes in the fabric before you start to install the grommets. Fortunately, at Goldstar Tools, we have the tool presses and machines that take care of the entire process in the blink of an eye. Hand grommet presses are heavy enough to stay in place, but also have holes in the sides so that they can be screwed down to a table. These machines are suitable for everyday use when you add grommets frequently.
Electric and pneumatic machines are what you need for your biggest jobs. When you have lots of grommets or other additions into fabric, leather, purses, belts or other projects, our selection of heavy-duty machines can install them quickly and easily at the touch of the foot pedal. You can complete multiple projects in a short time, whenever you want them.
These are the metal bits used in the large grommet presses to insert the barrel into the ring and put them together. Many can also cut the hole in your project at the same time, the exact size you need.
Each grommet requires an identically-sized die for the machine to cut the hole and install it. Our machines and dies will work on the grommets, eyelets, rivets and other embellishments you buy from us as well as from any other manufacturer, as long as you have the correct size die for them.
Do you have a specialty type of eyelet or grommet, such as one with stones? Goldstar Tool can also design and create a bespoke specialty die that fits your press and installs grommets, eyelets, snaps, rivets, and rhinestones perfectly every time. We have over 1,500 types of dies available for our hand grommet presses, and they fit all of the machines we offer.
Tools made for installing grommets and eyelets make the installation faster, and let you add grommets to your projects quicker and more accurately. Home sewers and crafters may find that our pliers suit their needs, but our commercial customers need something more. You wouldn’t want to install hundreds of grommets and eyelets by hand every day!
Anyone who likes the grommet-top curtains will appreciate the ability to make perfect holes for the curtain grommets every time. Our exclusive Adjustable Manual Curtain Eyelet Punch Machine not only cuts the exact hole you need with a simple turn of the handle, but it also installs the curtain grommets perfectly, saving you time and finishing your curtains faster.
We make our tools to be long-lasting, dependable and hard-working for years to come. From the hand press to the electric and pneumatic models, we have the tools to make installation quick and easy. Just put the washer on the bottom die, add the barrel to the top, put your item in place and touch the foot pedal. In a flash, your hole has been expertly cut and the grommet installed. Our machines are adjustable for different types of fabric and have safety features like handguards to protect users.
You may be wondering how to use these tools for yourself. Full instructions are included for each tool and machine we offer, including some with scannable QR codes that give you printable instructions.
The basics are simple: make the hole in your fabric where you need it, either by cutting with scissors or punching it with your press, using the same die you would install. Once the hole is done, put the washer on the bottom and the barrel in the top part of the die. Place your fabric back over the bottom part of the die. For manual machines, pull down the handle. Automatic machines need a tap on the foot pedal.
Many of our bigger electric machines can install the grommet and cut the hole at the same time. Practice with your machine before using it on an actual project. Our machines can install:
Want to see one action before you buy? Our YouTube channel has over 200 videos, including several for grommet presses and tools, as well as our exclusive pearl and stud press. Learn to install a grommet by hand, or watch a demo on several of our grommet tool products for eyelets, snaps, stones and more. We have several how-to videos for our machines that demonstrate how they work and how they can help make grommet installation that much faster. Our tools and machines are the best available, and we want to make sure you’re buying the right one for your needs.
One of the inevitable things about machines is that certain parts wear out, primarily if you use them frequently. Goldstar Tools also offers a wide array of spare parts for heavy-duty grommet presses, so replacement is quick and easy. Our parts selection includes multiple sizes of dies, including custom-made dies. From the belts, foot pedals, and springs to the shank adapter and even filters for pneumatic machines, we’re ready to help get your grommet press or other machines back to working order fast. Call us with the model number and type. We’ll get the part you need and ship it to you quickly.
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