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Old 10-23-2009, 02:35 PM   #1
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Exclamation I'm Crop-A-Dile Challenged!

I finally caved and bought a Crop-A-Dile and I seem to be CAD challenged! I lost the paper that said how to use it and now I'm lost. I don't know which settings to use with which eyelets. Some of my eyelets set REALLY nice and others end up looking smashed to death rather than set.

Does anyone have any tutorials or a cheat sheet or anything to help this Crop-A-Dile Challenged Girl out?

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Here are the instructions: http://www.weronthenet.com/pdfs/CropADile.pdf
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I finally caved and bought a Crop-A-Dile and I seem to be CAD challenged! I lost the paper that said how to use it and now I'm lost. I don't know which settings to use with which eyelets. Some of my eyelets set REALLY nice and others end up looking smashed to death rather than set.

Does anyone have any tutorials or a cheat sheet or anything to help this Crop-A-Dile Challenged Girl out?

Thanks so much!

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I see you now have the instructions. Just another tip when using it. You do not have to really squeeze it together super hard. That will mash your eyelets. Practice on scrap paper and with eyelets you don't like until you get the touch down.

Also, I've found that the brand of eyelets makes a difference, too. Some of them seem to be made of thinner metal and squash more easily.
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Thank you Laurie and Bugga! I'll print the instructions and put them with my CAD so I don't lose them this time!

Ok that makes sense that the brand of eyelet matters - what are the better brands out there?
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Thank you Laurie and Bugga! I'll print the instructions and put them with my CAD so I don't lose them this time!

Ok that makes sense that the brand of eyelet matters - what are the better brands out there?
Nikki, I don't know that any brands are "better" necessarily. I use all brands according to where I can find them on sale. MM makes lots of eyelets and they are pretty sturdy. But I have had good luck with the store brand that Hobby Lobby makes, too, and they cost way less than MM.

Like I said, as you get used to using the Cropadile, you will learn the "feel" when you close it and know that the eyelet is set, but not squashed.
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Thanks Bugga! I appreciate it!
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The one thing I discovered when practicing is that using the CAD, you put the eyelet face up on the cardstock, rather than upside down like you do when using a hammer and eyelet setter.

It took me a few practices to discover this! I felt like an idiot when I figured it out!
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I have the big bite and it is a challenge to use. Have the instructions for it just haven't read them.
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LMBO! When all else fails, read the instructions............That's my motto!
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That's too easy until you can't work it <G>
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The one thing I discovered when practicing is that using the CAD, you put the eyelet face up on the cardstock, rather than upside down like you do when using a hammer and eyelet setter.

It took me a few practices to discover this! I felt like an idiot when I figured it out!
Forgive me, but what do you mean by 'face up'? I have had issues with my Big Bite--I do find that some eyelets set easier then others, but since I put them all in the same bin, I have no idea who the maker of which is. I do know that CTMH eyelets set nicely. Just wish they sold bigger sizes!
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LMBO! When all else fails, read the instructions............That's my motto!
And I learned it's easier if you don't throw the instructions away.

Honestly I think sometimes I have too much of my father in me. LOL!!!
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Forgive me, but what do you mean by 'face up'? I have had issues with my Big Bite--I do find that some eyelets set easier then others, but since I put them all in the same bin, I have no idea who the maker of which is. I do know that CTMH eyelets set nicely. Just wish they sold bigger sizes!
The top of the eyelet is the flat part and the bottom of the eyelet is the part that sticks out. So face up would be the flat part up.

I hope. Don't take my word for it. LOL
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The top of the eyelet is the part that will show on your page or card when it is set. So set your eyelets face up or top up.

The biggest thing I've learned with my COD is that there are multiple settings on the bottom part that flip around. You'll have to experiment to find the right one, but then I never move it so it's always on the right one!

Then, there is a little pin that comes down into the middle of the eyelet when you press the handle - position your eyelet, decorative side up, so that the pin comes down in the middle of it!

I hope this helps! I have all my eyelets mixed together, too, so I have no idea who the manufacturer is either, but I haven't had many problems since I figured out how to use it. I'm just real careful the first time I press the handle, and if it doesn't set well enough, I press it again!

I love the COD because you can line up many eyelets or holes all in a row (yes, use the orange sliding piece on the ruler!) and you don't have to wonder if you've got the eyelets or holes straight!
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I see you now have the instructions. Just another tip when using it. You do not have to really squeeze it together super hard. That will mash your eyelets. Practice on scrap paper and with eyelets you don't like until you get the touch down.

Also, I've found that the brand of eyelets makes a difference, too. Some of them seem to be made of thinner metal and squash more easily.
I totally agree with this. When I first got mine I smushed way too many eyelets before I realized I didn't have to squeeze to hard. Once you figure it out though, you will absolutely love it. Good luck!
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The top of the eyelet is the part that will show on your page or card when it is set. So set your eyelets face up or top up.

The biggest thing I've learned with my COD is that there are multiple settings on the bottom part that flip around. You'll have to experiment to find the right one, but then I never move it so it's always on the right one!

Then, there is a little pin that comes down into the middle of the eyelet when you press the handle - position your eyelet, decorative side up, so that the pin comes down in the middle of it!

I hope this helps! I have all my eyelets mixed together, too, so I have no idea who the manufacturer is either, but I haven't had many problems since I figured out how to use it. I'm just real careful the first time I press the handle, and if it doesn't set well enough, I press it again!

I love the COD because you can line up many eyelets or holes all in a row (yes, use the orange sliding piece on the ruler!) and you don't have to wonder if you've got the eyelets or holes straight!
OH!!!! I did not know that. How COOL is that? Thanks for the tip!
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Thanks I"m still fussing with this. Making little recipe books for people for Xmas and I really messed up a couple of eyelets to the max!
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The big bite is harder to use than the cropodile I think. Maybe it's my arihritis that is part of the problem as well as being a klutz!
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