A few years back when eyelets starting appearing everywhere in scrapbooking I saved my money, clipped a coupon and purchased a Making Memories Tool Kit. Immediately there were problems. First, this tool needed a hard surface, often my craft table would not do and I had to kneel on our cement floor to make it work. It took two hands and the noise was a huge drawback. And although the tiny hammer was so very cute, I looked for something more. I then received the Provo Craft Silent Setter as a gift and I am very happy with it. It solved all of these problems I had with the previous setter and was much more practical and economical.
Why the Silent Setter is different. The first thing I liked about the Silent Setter was it's size. In it's case it measures only 7" tall, 3.5" wide and 2" deep. It is considerably lighter than the Making Memories eyelet system and has a zipper which closes it completely which makes it easy to throw into your cropping bag and go.
Second, it contains all you need within it's small case. The setter, tools, healing mat and it even comes with a small plastic container filled with eyelets. I emptied the eyelets and replaced them with my most frequently used small silver brads. Other crafters may feel they need the other tools which come in the Making Memories set, but I never used them.
Third, it only requires one hand. That means you can use the other hand to steady your paper so no slippage occurs (more about this when I show my featured project.) This tool is completely noise free, which means a lot to this Mommy of two.
And lastly, the price is much more affordable than other eyelet setters on the market.
Used in this layout: Beauty Queen
I absolutely adore my Silent Setter, it is an essential part of my tool collection for many reasons. First, it is silent! WooHoo! I don't have to go outside to punch holes and set eyelets any more after the children have gone to bed! Second, it is much more accurate than my hammer driven setters. Third, How cute and handy is that case?? I love how convenient it is. Every thing is right there, the mat is removable and a very handy size. I recommend standing when you use the silent setter, it gives you the extra force that you need to use the setter efficiently. I find that standing is required when you are punching through multiple sheets of CS or setting ginormous eyelets.
I just received the Silent Setter and am very much enjoying the ability to use eyelets as this is my first setter. I have to agree with most - for the aluminum eyelets the setter is great and for most standard metal eyelets it's a bit more difficult to use but it does eventually do the job.
I've found that too much pushing and twisting for the tougher eyelets can (not horribly but still) stretch or slightly rip the hole made for the eyelet, perhaps it's all in the technique as I'm new to this, but I thought it was worth mentioning...still very happy with my setter!
Edit: Just changed my review from 4 to 5 stars, I use this all the time, and it does get easier to use very quickly!
I love my Silent Setter! I had resisted eyelets for a long time because I didn't want to add embellishments that required a hammer. I had tried the Crop-a-dile (both versions), but I have small hands and found them too cumbersome for me. I found the Silent Setter at a good price and decided to give it a try. I find it very easy to use, and love that I don't have to worry about how far into the page I want my eyelet. I'm now looking for more places to set eyelets. I love that it comes contained in its own storage and takes up little space in my bag. It goes to every crop with me now. I definitely recommend this product!
I love my silent Setter, when ever i leave for a crop with friends or family my silent setter is one tool that i never leave without! A few years ago i didn't even knw what eylets were much less this nifty tool, i was just getting into scrapping and found this item at a local store, the owner of the shop showed me how it worked and from then on i was hooked! I have friends that have the setters with the spring in it and it left dents in her beautiful table, i showed her the silent setter and she loved it too! i hightly recommend this to begginer as well as advanced scrappers, it helps add that somthing extra!
Used in this card: Happy Birthday Mom
I just received this as a gift for Mother's Day. I used a Eyelet setter before but never the silent setter. This setter is noise free and it is so easy to use. Just put a hole in the paper with the tool.. put the eyelet through the hole.. Push and turn, push and turn and your done!! I set 5 eyelets on 1 page in 3 minutes. It's quick, easy, and gets the job done QUIETLY! If you like using eyelets, I definitely suggest you get the Provo Craft Silent setter!
Used in this layout: Little Sweet (Heart)
I live in a apartment and setting eyelets were a problems. So a dear friend pick me up this little tool for a early birthday gift and it works great. I tryed 3 driffrent brand of eyelets and had no problems. I love it and eyelet are onces again one of my fave thing to use on my pages. I did not need to stand or anything ells it is just a all around great tool..
just a side note i have carpal tunnel in both wrist and it dose not hurt to use.
I love this tool! It is so easy to use and easy to store and take with you. I love the fact that it doesn't make any noise so there's no need to worry about waking anybody.
As mentioned in another review, I would recommend to stand while using it.
I have used this with different brands of eyelets and all kinds of different sizes and have had no problems so far. The little mat it comes with is also very handy.
This product is great! You get 3 different sizes instead of two and there's no loud hammer. Sometime the Crop-A-Dile doesn't work as well for me so I tend to use it for my bigger eyelets and this for my smaller eyelets. The setting mat is a nice mat too! I was surprised at how easy it was to set the eyelets by just pushing. And you don't have to push hard either!
This is a great product!
Used in this layout: Laura's Album
I managed a scrapbook store and recommended this to everyone getting started with eyelets. It's so easy to use, everything is self-contained, and it doesn't take up too much room in my carrying bag. But above all, it's quiet.
It's easier for me if I stand when I use it but not everyone seems to need to do that.
I had never used an eyelet setter before because honestly I was afraid of them. I had some friends over and they used another brand and were banging with a hammer and it still scared me to use it ... I had this one tucked away and brought it out and it's so easy to use! I love it! A great buy!!
Oh, it's so great to know that my daughter can be asleep and I don't have to set my eyelets ahead of time anymore because of noise. This is silent and it works for the hard to reach places your regular cropadile can't reach. I reccomend this to all who use lots of eyelets! Great tool!
I have nothing negative to say about the Silent Setter. It's quiet, convienient, and easy to use. So if you enjoy the sound of a banging hammer at 2am then this is definitly not for you. I think this is a fantastic product and i'd reccomend it to anyone :)
Used in this card: Card for teacher
I suppose I tend to lean toward the tried and true but I would rather have this than the C-A-D and the old hammer/setter isn't even in the running. I love this tool and don't want to be without it!!!
You don't have to bang in order to set your eyelets with this setter. You just have to use the little handle and press down. Also, you get a little mat to use for punching holes and setting your eyelets so that you won't make ugly marks on your table.
The different parts are really easy to switch since they're magnetic at the back. You don't have to screw them in place or anything. Just take one out and put in the next one!
If you're not going to use eyelets on everything, this is a good product that isn't too costly, but in the long run, if you use ALOT of eyelets on your crafts you probably will get tired of switching and pushing all the time.
So, if you're addicted to eyelets, I would probably recommend a more expensive tool that is more like a squeeze-handle kind of thing. But if you just want to set some eyelets every now and then, I would totally recommend this tool.
The silent setter is the only setter I've bought up to this point, I absolutely LOVE both the tool and the case it comes in! It is a fantastic alternative to "hammer" driven setters, although, to get your pressure, you do need to push a bit on it [I stand up to get a better angle & it's really not that difficult]. I have noticed that it only does well with softer eyelets, so you need to find brands that it will work well with, but it come with the hardware to set 3 different sizes of eyelets, and it will reach anywhere on your page where [up until recently] the Crop-a-dile would not. Overall, I would definitely recommend this tool, I use it often!
Used in this layout: England Trip - Hadleigh Castle
I like this setter pretty well so far... after having only used it a few times. I like the fact that everything comes together in a convenient case. It seems to cut fairly easily and is indeed a lot quiter than my old hammer method. Plus I can get the eyelets pretty flat without worrying about getting too carried away and smashing them (again, like the old method). The only drawback is that the setter is a little bit harder to use on non-aluminum eyelets. Standing above the gadget and applying lots of pressure does seem to manage it OK however. So overall, I still think I'm pretty happy with it.
Used in this layout: Best Buddies
This is the only setter I've bought up to this point and I LOVE it! I had never used eyelets in my scrapbooking until I bought this setter. It is easy to punch your holes and set your eyelets, although to get your pressure, you do need to push a bit on it (I stand up to get more pressure on it). It does seem to work well with softer eyelets and I have to get my hubby to help set the more stubborn ones. All in all it is a great product and I am glad to have it in my supplies. I love being able to set different sizes of eyelets quickly and quietly.
Used in this layout: First Food
I used to have an old setter set that you had to use a hammer with and it made so much noise, and still didn't set the eyelets very well. The silent setter is a different matter altogether! The top of the setter fits the palm of your hand very well, and does a great job of setting the eyelets. This also works very well for punching a hole in an awkward place that regular hole punches won't fit. I love the little zippered compartment where everything fits so well. Very good product!
Used in this card: Delight In Love - Tag
I use this tool for eyelets anywhere on my page, but I personally like the crop-a-dile better. It is silent when you use it, but just like some of the other reviews say, not all eyelets work with it. Some eyelets are harder to use with this tool. Certain brands of eyelets work better with it. Overall, it's a great tool and it works great -- but I still prefer the Crop-a-dile. =)
this product works really well. It punches and sets without a sound which is really great in a small home like mine.
The only reason i take away a star is that it requires a little more effort than it claims, and i did need to stand up to punch through the paper.
The packaging is attractive and functional. I'm really glad i bought this instead of a regular, noisy setter.
This is the first setter that I have bought. the instructions were very vague but I looked it up online and learned how to use it and after that this product has been very easy to use and it is very quite!!! You do have to apply some pressure to use it! but its very easy to use!
Used in this layout: miles of smiles
I've had this for a few years and I love it. It's a great product and it really is silent. I do most of my scrapping at night when my kids are asleep and my traditional setter was way to loud. This was the perfect solution to my problem.
Used in this layout: Full Circle
I love my silent setter. I have no problems with using other brand eyelets with it. I love the fact that it is silent and I don't wake up the whole house with it. I love it has setting for diffrent size eyelets. Really good product!!
Used in this layout: Beauty
Do not do this to yourself. Just buy a hammer tool or plan ahead and use a cropadile! I have torn many papers and ruined many eyelets using this thing on my layouts. The only eyelets this works with are the ones that come with it. It will just about kill your hands to set any other eyelets. The setter may be silent, but all the grunting you will be doing while trying to use it will cancel the silent feature out!
I didn't find this easy to use. The only eyelets that it set easily were the ones it came with or other "soft" ones that I did not find easily. It was silent but not easy.