I am just trying this out for the first time. I was going to try to use something else to pierce the paper to sew, but that was a flop. So, almost a month ago I ordered and received this tool along with the mat, needles and ruler. It is almost you can't do one without the other. Know what I mean?
A small tiny screwdriver is what I tried first, nope didn't work.
Tried to use a different mat, nope that didn't work.
So I broke down and bought this combo, and I LOVE it. Now, my friends are saying, "You are too busy to be "sewing"!" Ha, I did three yesterday in no time.
It took me a minute to figure out exactly how to do it. Went on Youtube, but that wasn't much help.
So, trial and error, and success!
I should have had this tool years ago! I got this almost a month ago and it was on sale, after reading the reviews, I thought I would give it a try, and I am glad I did! I have fake nails and trying to open up a brad is not fun. This makes it simple and relieved to have this tool to do the hard (painful) work. I also got the make your own buttons and this helps with making the holes in the buttons to be a little larger and clean. Watch out for the piercer - it's super sharp! Buy this tool - you wont regret it!
As simple as it seems, you won't believe that you didn't have this tool from the moment you ever started using brads. Finally, my fingernails are saved and I can insert brads so much faster. This is truly a necessary tool you need in your stash. And the price is right for my budget. I hope We R Memory Keepers adds more color choices because I want to buy a couple more -- don't be caught with just one if you use brads a lot. I think there's a purple color somewhere out there with my name on it. Buy this tool.
This is an item that I wish I had thought up! What a great idea. I have very short, brittle nails and every time I try to open a brad I end up with it going under my nails, which if you have ever done that HURTS! I have only tried this twice, but I do love it so far. The only slight drawback is that it seems a little too wide to easily slide between the prongs on the brad - I had to give it a little assist. But, this may just be because I am not used to using it yet. Great product for an awesome price:)