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Unread 05-04-2006, 06:47 PM   #1
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This is going to seem like a silly question....but I am having trouble figuring out how to set my eyelets!! Can anyone help with this?

I punched a hole in the paper, put the eyelet through and used the setter and a small hammer, but they just -refuse- to set!

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What brand are they? SU's eyelets are very soft and easy to set. Some other brands aren't and you need to hammer *really* hard to set them. I always mangle them!
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They are Making Memories eyelets....I got them at Joanne's by reccomendation from a friend.
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I use these all the time, not quite as easy to set as SU but MUCH less expensive... if you are going to use them a bit i recommend the MM instant setter, makes it a BREEZE! otherwise get a setter that looks sort of like a reverse philips head screwdriver (does that make sense??) and it will split and set the eyelets easily! HTH
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Make sure you are hammering on a solid/hard surface like your kitchen countertop (protect the surface!)
If you're working on a card table or folding table, it doesn't work very well.
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Also make sure you have the right size setter--I was using a setter for 1/4 inch eyelets with my 1/8 inch eyelets and it didn't work well at all!!! LOL! After reading this thread I've decided that I am going to get the MM instant setter...save a lot of hassles
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From experience, I would recommend you go with a different brand than MM. Try SU! or www.eyeletoutlet.com. I think you'll be happier with them.
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Thanks for allt he advice, ya'll! I will go out and find some different eyelets to try today!!!

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There is a great sale at Queen and Co on brads and eyelets. I found it about an hour ago on the Stamping 101 forum. Here's a link: (I hope I did this right)

http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...d.php?t=143520
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Thanks for allt he advice, ya'll! I will go out and find some different eyelets to try today!!!

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Aluminum eyelets are softer and will be easier to set. Personally, I hate the MM eyelets. Too hard. I have the Provo Craft Silent Setter and love it. Works best on aluminum eyelets (SU included) but with a little extra oomph, I was able to set my sisters MM eyelets. Probably because I'm stubborn and was going to MAKE them work!! LOL HTH
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Everybody's right. I've been using MM eyelets and they are harder to set. I recently purchased some Bazzill and they are much easier...softer. But I was having problems setting myself, no matter how hard I pounded they wouldn't flatten. Problem was I didn't have a hard enough surface. I didn't realize it but I was on top of my stamping pad. Once I started hammering on the desk it worked. Of course I had the eyelet pad.
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The MM eyelets were just so pretty! (And not to mention, on clearance at Joannes for .99!!!!!!)) Oh well...back to the drawing board there. I am going to head up to Hobby Lobby after work to fetch something pretty (hopefully) and try and drive my downstairs neighbor insane tonight!!!
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Alright...i finally got my FIRST eyelet to set!!! I tried again with the MM eyelets and I got just a different eyelet setter. So now...I have three eyelet setters...and one that actually works!
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I got a different setter (just the generic MM setter for like $4) and whanged on it with a hammer 10 or so times.
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I was going to mention as I was reading down the posts... that I have the SU eyelet setter and I could never get it to work. I have many of the MM eyelets and never had a problem getting them to set once I got the MM eyelet setter itself, a couple whacks of the hammer is all it takes. I got a Silent Setter and use it now... much quieter. I am glad that you found a setter that works.. my SU one went in the trash, I just couldn't get it to work for me. Pam
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I have been using the SU setter since they came out with it and have no issues. I don't have great luck with the MM eyelets and if I do get them to set they split all over the place. That doesn't happen with my SU ones. So now I'm an SU snob. I love to smack them with a hammer and once you get the hang of it, it only takes a few hits. Then I tap the actual eyelet with the hammer to flatten it. I use a real hammer though not the little craft one. Whatever works for you!
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I am also a believer in the SU eyelets. I had a cardmaking class at my work and think to to save money, I brought the MM eyelets. We had such a hard time trying to set them. One of the ladies, who is usually very timid was so frustrated, took a regually carpenters hammer and "whacked it so hard, that the eyet setter went though the cardstock, the protective mat and left a HUGE dent on our expensive conference room table! NO MORE PENNY PINCHING FOR ME!
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I have a small wooden cutting board in my scrap room. It's vey handy for setting eyelets so I don't do damage to my desk or table and I only have to hit the eyelet one time.

I have the MM metal box set of eyelet setters (includes the hammer, three hole puches, the flower backing, two needles, a pair of tweezer looking things). I've never needed anything else.
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Bought 3 sets before I found the right one for me. Fiskars eyelet setter.
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I used MM eyelets for years and just recently bought some SU!. I find that when I set the SU! the front of the eyelet flattens out...I think they're too soft! I think I'll stick with the MM eyelets.
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Yeah...I'm ok with the MM eyelets once I got them figured out and got the right setter. That and they are all on clearance at Michaels craft store for $1-$2 per container...can't beat that!!!!
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