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.
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!