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  • genni on 07-01-08 09:59 AM

I just bought the Fiskers eyelet setter ($9 at WalMart). I've never worked w. eyelets before. Is this a wise purchase or would I be better off with the other one (something-o-dile), that seems so popular. I never heard of either tool before this site, so I just picked up what I saw at the store today. And, how much is the other tool? Thanks


 
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Some people use that one and like it,I have the MM eyelets setter it is my fave! I wnt the crop a dile but can't afford it right now,so I am sticking with what I got


 
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eyelet article


 
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  • genni on 07-01-08 02:23 PM
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Thanks, great article!


 
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  • Bxr-Linda Said:


Very helpful article but thought I would add that it seems to have been written before the Crop-a-dile Big Bite came out, which has the benefits of the C-a-Dile but can punch in the middle of a layout with a much longer reach than the original.

I have had quite a few eyelet setters ... the old handy setter with a hammer (too loud), the silent setter (a bit hard to use) and both C-a-Diles which I LOVE. Got the Big Bite first and decided it was worth it to get the original too for times I didn't need the longer reach and needed a smaller tool for convenience. I use both pretty often.


 
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The small crop-a-dile is the only one I currently have, and I LOVE it. The Big Bite would be awesome as well--


 
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I noticed with my hammer setter, that the setter got worn and dull quick. so i did purchase the o-dile and i love it and its so simple!


 
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I three different ones and the crop-a-dile is by far the easiest to use.


 
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I own a crop o dile (I won it...wouldn't purchase it). Personally, I still think it is a pain to use and if you don't get the pressure just right you mess up the eyelet still. This can lead to many a frustrated project that are damaged.

I do use mine some, but I know many people that HATE it and would not use it more. I only use mine since it was free and I had quite a few eyelets.

My personal opinion... I HATE EYELETS. Seriously, I don't think they look any better than brads, they are a pain to use, and you have to spend more on a machine to use it. Are you kidding me?

My suggestion generally is to save the 40 bucks from the crop o dile (that is what the big bite costs at least) and use it to go purchase a bunch of CUUUTE brads that are super easy to use.

Really the only thing I use my crop o dile for now is a hole punch. It IS cool that it can cut through such thick material, but that is one expensive hole punch...

I haven't met many scrapbookers that have set more than 40 eyelets EVER which places that tool at one dollar per eyelet setting use. There are much better tools to put that money toward in my opinion.


 
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Ok, just for fun... I went through and added approximately 40 dollars (actually a little less) in brads. So save the tool that just sets the eyelets basically and doesn't even include eyelets (granted you can get it with a coupon and it is less though) and instead you get way more yummy brads.

Maybe it is just me, but I don't use the eyelets anyway... I would totally have traded my crop o dile for like half of these.


 
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  • genni on 07-03-08 05:49 AM
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Thank you for the information. I bought the fiskers, like the ease but it is a little loud. With previous posts raving the Crop-o-dile, I was regretting my purchase of the fiskers. But, I think you have a valid point, if you don't use eyelets that often, then the crop-o-dile is probably not a wise purchase. (I have yet to even use an eyelet, I am just kind of buying everything cool to build my arsenal
yet haven't really tried anything out.)

Next important question....BRADS, help!?


 
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  • genni Said:


Next important question....BRADS, help!?



What do you need help with? Have you used brads?

They are super easy. I actually don't use any tools, but I am wierd like that. I just jab the end of the brad throgh the paper and spread its little thingies. No fuss... However, I know many people use either a hole punch, needle, or paper piercer to add them. Both of those tools are multi use and get a lot of basic ware anyway...and they are pretty cheap. Really they are just to kind of add a hole to plop the brad in if you don't want to stab it in like me.



I didn't see any hole punches in the superstore (they are a standard office supply thing though so if you don't have one...generally you can get a smaller sized one at Joanns or a variety of places for around 2 dollars).

Here are some paper piercers in the superstore though. I have the Making Memories one, but it comes with that huge pack of stuff you don't need here. They should all work about the same...


Edited by riorabbit on 07-03-08 09:31 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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I own a crop o dile (I won it...wouldn't purchase it). Personally, I still think it is a pain to use and if you don't get the pressure just right you mess up the eyelet still. This can lead to many a frustrated project that are damaged.

I do use mine some, but I know many people that HATE it and would not use it more. I only use mine since it was free and I had quite a few eyelets.

My personal opinion... I HATE EYELETS. Seriously, I don't think they look any better than brads, they are a pain to use, and you have to spend more on a machine to use it. Are you kidding me?

My suggestion generally is to save the 40 bucks from the crop o dile (that is what the big bite costs at least) and use it to go purchase a bunch of CUUUTE brads that are super easy to use.

Really the only thing I use my crop o dile for now is a hole punch. It IS cool that it can cut through such thick material, but that is one expensive hole punch...

I haven't met many scrapbookers that have set more than 40 eyelets EVER which places that tool at one dollar per eyelet setting use. There are much better tools to put that money toward in my opinion.




Good points. I have shied away from the "fancy" setting tools too (mostly because I'm cheap, and why buy something to do the same job as a tool I already own?)

I went through a time when I bought TONS of eyelets and used a lot of them. I don't use so many now, but I'm not giving up on them.

My setting tool is the MM anywhere hole punch and universal setter (both bought at 40-50% off), plus a hammer and plastic cutting board from the Dollar Tree. Oh, and a hard case for glasses that I keep the tools in. So, for me, the total cost of my eyelet setting tool 'kit' was probably less than $10.
For the amount of eyelets I have set, and plan to, I can justify this.


 
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  • genni Said:

Next important question....BRADS, help!?



I usually use my X-acto knife to cut a small slit where I want the brad.
Sometimes I use the MM Anywhere Hole Punch if I have lots of layers or something thicker to go through.

Brads are super easy! Have fun.


 
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  • Ellz on 07-03-08 11:34 PM
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I bought those Fiskars eyelet setters once, but they didn't go through the flimsiest of notepaper so I gave them back


 
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  • genni on 07-04-08 04:33 AM
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If I pull back hard enough (that is a skill in itself) then I can get it through the paper. I'm having trouble with it clogging up with paper after each punch!


 
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I do have a crop a dile and love it...I set eyelets often and started with the silent setter and it was just too hard to use, so I used a 40% off coupon and bought my crop a dile for $14, I do admit that is a little pricey, but it definitely makes eyelet setting easy, so I tend to make pages with eyelets more often now, of course I use brads too...it just depends on my mood that day as to what little embellie I am going to use...too many choices!!!!!
I don't know much about the fiskar setter...I do know that the crop a dile does go through thick surfaces, but it does have a limit as to where it can be put on the page unless you get the big bite, which is more money and a lot bigger...just sharing my 2 cents!


 
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I have the Fiskar's one your talking about and it works great for me. Eventually I'll probably get the Crop-o-dile just because it's something new but what you bought works great too ! Enjoy !


 
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When the Fiskar's eyelet setter gets clogged I just take a push pin (the same one I use to poke a whole through the paper before I use my brads) and pick at it and they all fall out. Hope that helps !


Edited by momofaym on 07-05-08 04:46 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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I appreciate your honest opinion RioRabbit. I was thinking about getting an eyelet tool just to do something different with my layouts, but I think I'll just invest in brads instead. They are so pretty - and besides I actually don't even know what to use an eyelet for !


 
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  • genni on 07-08-08 05:55 AM
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The more I use the fiskers the less I like it... simply because the noise...well that, and it gets clogged up after just one use!


 
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glad i read this thread.. riorabbit, i LOVE what you said. i hear a lot of talk about eyelets and such, and i've always wanted to try them, i also can't think of why i'd really want them. i've seen one layout that used eyelets and was really cute, but they just make little whole, and that seems pointless to me. i've glad i'm not the only one!!


 
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I was pretty against eyelets myself. Brads seem more affordable.

But I had some clearance accordion albums I wanted to alter and make them into regular albums. So I carefully cut on the folds, rearranged the pages book-style, then used my on-sale crop-a-dile to punch holes through the chipboard covers and set eyelets. I then bound the books with book rings. The eyelets on the pages act as reinforcements so the cardstock pages don't tear in the book rings.

Also, I'm a teacher and I think I can get a lot of use from the crop-a-dile in my classroom, since it punches through so much.

So yeah, I basically have a $15 hole punch! LOL


 
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I'm surprised that so many people find the Silent Setter difficult to use! I bought mine at Tuesday Morning for less than $5 (best deal EVER!) and love it! I'm looking for reasons to set eyelets now.

I do not have a Crop-a-dile, but I've used both the original and the Big Bite several times and find them cumbersome to use -- especially the Big Bite -- but that may be because I'm short and have small hands. I must admit, though, that I sometimes fantasize about the things I could punch holes in if I had one...
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I had the MM Silent setter as my first eyelet setter, but I didn't care for it as much. I now have the scraparatus, and love it! I think it is the coolest tool. It does small (tiny) dies cuts, whole punch, and set eyelets in any place on the page. Ok, well it is loud, actually scared my bf the first time I used it, but I love it. I do own the crop o dile, but I don't like it very much. The only reason I use it is for thicker materials. HTH!

Oh, and by the way, I love eyelets and brads, and use them both.


 
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I just went out and bought the Provo Craft Silent Setter. I've only used it once but so far, I like it. I wouldn't have straight up bought it without my 25% coupon though. LOL But watch, next week, HL will have a 40% off coupon. Doesn't it always work that way?
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I have the Fiskars one. I like it alright. I don't really use them enough to need the bigger/better one.


 
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The Crop a dile BIG BITE is a must have....I;ve had other eyelet setters and they did not compare in my book. I even had the original Crop a dile and it was ok but lacked the ability to really place the eyelets where you want to.


 
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I bought a scraparatus, but i hated it i could never get it to work.. plus i have the cute shpes what went with it! After giving up i bought a crop-a-dile. I love it so much, It will poke a hole in any thing metal, tin, plastic and even paper!


 
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I love my Big Bite... it's always been very easy to use, I don't have any complaints about it and would definitely recommend it
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Right now I just use the Making Memories eyelet setter and hammer. However, I went to an Archiver's tool workshop this week and got to try out the Cropodile and the Big Bite. They're both so easy to use and so quiet! One of these days I have to get one! (Probably the Big Bite just because it can go further into the paper.)


 
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I use the Making Memories Instant Eyelet Setter and love it.. You can go any where on your paper with it.. I also have the Crop-A-Dile and like it but you can only place the eyelet so far with it.. The 1st time I used it I had no clue what I was doing and placed the wrong size eyelet in it and it is still stuck there, so don't be like me and throw away the Instructions !! LOL I learned a very use tip KEEP the instructions!


 
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I have the original Crop-A-Dile and I really like it. It serves my eyelet and brad addiction well :). I would love the Big Bite but I can't afford it right now. Maybe someday.


 
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I bought the Fiskars eyelet setters at WM for $5 and think it was worth the money just to try eyelets. They work really well, are easy to use, and I like that I can punch holes anywhere in the page. However, I agree with everyone about brads being a much better investment than eyelets! Love my brads!


 
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I have the Karen Foster quick setter. You can also get embossing bits for it also. I love it. I also have the MM took kit.


 
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I also bought the Fiskars 3 pack and have had very little issues with it. I prefer brads over eyelets but I do use eyelets for my tags.
Noise is minimal IMO and while I don't always set the eyelet on the first try, I have accustomed myself to a three-time spring action which almost always sets the eyelet. I can't see spending $45 for an eyelet setter.


 
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I have the Big Bite (only paid $23 for it) and I absolutely love it. And, since the regular Crop-o-dile is $20, I thought for the extra $3, I could go the extra inches.

But, I started out on the MM setter (and still have it) but it irritated my carpal tunnel.


 
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I love the eyelets AND the brads. But I'm really thinking of getting the crop-o-dile. Is it really as bad as you ladies say it is?

I have some pretty ribbons/ strings that I add on my pages through the eyelets, so I've learned to be creative with them...and I make bookmarks with them as well. I just get tired of the hammer.

Isn't there an eyelet tool that looks like a hole-punch?


 
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Um. Help?


 
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  • LittleScrappy_75 Said:
I love the eyelets AND the brads. But I'm really thinking of getting the crop-o-dile. Is it really as bad as you ladies say it is?

I have some pretty ribbons/ strings that I add on my pages through the eyelets, so I've learned to be creative with them...and I make bookmarks with them as well. I just get tired of the hammer.

Isn't there an eyelet tool that looks like a hole-punch?



I like my 'old' hammer, hole punch, and setter.
A friend has the crop-o-dile and loves it. For me, I just think it's too big and expensive.

Yes -there are several different eyelet tools.

Check out this article. It shows some different ones. The silent setter and instant setter ...
http://www.scrapbook.com/articles/tech/67.html


 
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i got my crop-o-dial when HL was having a 50% off sale. It was totally worth it. Really easy to use.


 
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I still love my mm hammer style eyelet tool set. I have to laugh tho.... my dogs don't care about it escept Gadget when he is on the desk(yes I said on the desk) when I am using it... he will come over and bark at it... so he can't be on the desk when I am using my eyelet setter...

When I first bought it mark freaked out when I used it because he didn't know what the nosie was... so I started saying "big noise" before I w=use dit and then after a while they got used to it... I usally use it during the day,..... but there are times I use it in the evenings..... and I actualy had amanda go outside and walk around the trailer to make sure the neighbors couldn't hear it...


 
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  • Bxr-Linda Said:
  • LittleScrappy_75 Said:
I love the eyelets AND the brads. But I'm really thinking of getting the crop-o-dile. Is it really as bad as you ladies say it is?

I have some pretty ribbons/ strings that I add on my pages through the eyelets, so I've learned to be creative with them...and I make bookmarks with them as well. I just get tired of the hammer.

Isn't there an eyelet tool that looks like a hole-punch?



I like my 'old' hammer, hole punch, and setter.
A friend has the crop-o-dile and loves it. For me, I just think it's too big and expensive.

Yes -there are several different eyelet tools.

Check out this article. It shows some different ones. The silent setter and instant setter ...
http://www.scrapbook.com/articles/tech/67.html



Thank you very much!! It helps to see all of them so I can compare. I think I'll end up with the Making Memories eyelet setter.


 
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I have the Fiskars and I love it. It's quick and easy. I got it with a 50% off coupon so it was very inexpensive. I wasn't sure I was going to like using eyelets, so I went the inexpensive route, and am very happy with it. I like small, compact tools, and this is the size of a marker, so it's perfect for me! So far it hasn't clogged or been unable to go through any of the papers I've used,so I'm fine with it.


 
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  • provinca Said:
I have the Fiskars and I love it. It's quick and easy. I got it with a 50% off coupon so it was very inexpensive. I wasn't sure I was going to like using eyelets, so I went the inexpensive route, and am very happy with it. I like small, compact tools, and this is the size of a marker, so it's perfect for me! So far it hasn't clogged or been unable to go through any of the papers I've used,so I'm fine with it.


It doesn't hurt your hands when you use it, does it?


 
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I own a crop-a-dile!!
I absolutly love it! I bought it on ebay and (including shipping) it only cost me $12. There are so many things you can do with eyelets! I love them. I use it on a lot of my pages and its adds such a nice touch. Also (not to step on anyones toes) you can put ribbon through them which you can't do with brads. Some of the brads mentioned are super cute though!


 
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I have a Making Memories eyelet setter on its way. It looks like it won't hurt my hand and I like the different settings on it.
I'm still thinking of getting the crop-o-dile because some of you like it. But I'll see how I like this tool!
Thank you!


i.love.chris- Same here: I ordered a new one off of eBay. I also like the eyelets because you can put ribbons & fibers through them on the pages-which makes for a nice touch! I usually make my own tags, put a quote or poem on the tag and punch an eyelet through it and glue it on the page with the ribbons or fibers! It turns out really nice.


Edited by LittleScrappy_75 on 10-20-08 07:19 AM. Reason for edit: Responded to i.love.chris


 
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I got my Making Memories eyelet setter! I can tell that the person had it for a while, but it hasn't been opened and everything is brand new- like it's supposed to be! I can't wait to use it!



 
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I like my mm eyelet setter tool kit... I love to hammer those holes... hehehehehe... and my dog likes to chase the hammer...


 
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