Install eyelets without tools: on fabrics, awnings, at home
Loops are used in the production of clothing, footwear, haberdashery products, in printing. They are used for decoration belts, bags, making parachutes, all kinds of awnings, tents, attaching advertising banners, stitching papers, scrapbooking, etc. Classic eyelets consist of two parts. the actual eyelets itself with a rim and a ring to secure it to the back side of the material
This type of fittings is made of plastic, wood or metal (brass, aluminum, steel), having a form of rivets of different diameters with holes in the center. Products differ in external and internal diameter, height. The shape of their inner part may be very different from the outer configuration.
The eyelets can be different colors, decorated with stones, imitate different materials. When mounting the eyelet, its shaped sleeve is inserted into the pre-punched hole on one side, and a washer is put on the other side. The design is fixed by rolling out the first element.
The products come in different colors, shapes and materials
The undoubted advantage of eyelets. increased life of the product in which they are inserted, due to the strong fixation of the hole, no fraying, sagging material, crumbling edges of fabric, leather, paper, etc.
At home amateurs manage to mount the product with an ordinary hammer and pliers, which often leads to irreparable deformation of the element, professionals use special tongs to install the buttons and eyelets.
Rivets are sometimes mounted with almost no special equipment, tools. For the work you need:
- a special punch, a sharpened iron tube, very sharp scissors; the punch can be made from a tube of suitable diameter
- a flattening tool to flatten the ring or a ball from a bearing;
- metal anvil;
- cushioning board, bar.
As an anvil will suit a vise, screwed to the edge of the table
- the edge of the fabric is folded in half, secured with tape, duct tape;
- A piece of wood is placed under the future location of the rivet;
- with the help of a puncher make holes, located at an equal distance from each other, the nearest edge of the fabric;
- both elements of the ring are connected on both sides of the blade, with the anvil placed on the bottom and the flattener on top; It is important to set the flattener strictly perpendicular!
- then a hammer is struck on the flare tool;
- Alternatively, you can use a metal ball and beat on it so that the rivet flattens out;
- For the strength of attachment, you need to additionally hit the sleeve itself;
- The process is repeated as many times as the number of rivets to be installed.
As you can see in the photo, it is possible to install eyelets without any special tools
There is a simpler way to install the rivets. with a pair of pliers. Physical effort here requires more, and without the proper skills there is a risk to hopelessly ruin the product, so pre-work out on a redundant piece of textile.
Tools for sewing eyelets
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Where to use eyelets
Eyelets are needed to make an even hole in any material and to protect the edges of the cut from rubbing. In 1901 the accessory was invented for fixing ship sails, over time, eyelets began to be used in sewing clothes, belts, curtains, as well as to assemble documents or other papers in a folder on the rings.
Small eyelets are installed on almost all models of sports shoes, such as sneakers. Laces are passed through the metal rings. Thanks to this hardware, the thing will last longer, the cord will not fray, and the material from which the shoes are made will not deform.
What is needed for self-installation
To set up your own tent in a hike or just outside the house need the following elements:
- The tent itself
- If you have round eyelets, use string or cords
- Clamp if your tent has oval mounts
- Straps (may be needed to secure the staple to the oval eyelet)
- “Roof” or awning for the tent
- Stakes for the tent
First, you need to choose places for the pegs and hammer or dig them into the ground (not completely). Then install the poles to support the tent (2 pieces), then it is worth to decide whether additional pegs are needed to those already installed. If yes. install a few more stakes. Then the tent itself is set, and a string or rope is slipped through the eyelets.
The strength depends on the material from which the eyelets are made.
At the very end is placed a canopy. the roof, and a temporary shelter from the weather is ready. This is how to install the awning, supported by the sticks. But if support sticks are not in the set, you can put a rope through the top loops of the tarpaulin and tie the ends on the two trees (the tarpaulin must be between them).
For such a dense and heavy material like tarpaulin we recommend to use metal eyelets which allow to prolong life span of the whole product.
Self installation of eyelets
It is not very difficult to install eyelets by yourself according to the above instruction. The main thing is not to miss any point because of absent-mindedness or carelessness, otherwise the idea will not work: the curtain and eyelets will not be connected and it will look ugly because all wrinkled and instead of even fabric can get strange hole something hanging unequally on the ledge and can fall to the floor at any most inappropriate moment.
It is important to have an even number of eyelets, so that the edges of the curtain look in one direction.
Preparing eyelets and fabric
Usually, eyelets in stores are sold almost ready-made, the main task of the buyer is to evaluate the product and understand whether the fasteners are strong enough to support the curtain fabric and not let it fall off the ledge. For reliability, it is worth choosing exactly metal eyelets and do not forget about the density of the fabric (the heavier the curtain, the larger in diameter should be the ring attachment), plastic options are better to set aside, because very often they are quite fragile and insufficient to hold the fabric. The curtains themselves for eyelets should be ironed, so that the folds do not interfere with the installation.
Plastic and wood are usually used as a decorative component for window textiles.
Tools for installation
To properly install the fasteners, you will need very few devices: the luvers themselves (metal rings), a hammer and a pre-arranged, well ironed cloth.
To do this job, you will need some material and a few tools.
Do not take a hammer too big in relation to the diameter of the eyelets: it should cover the eyelet when hitting, and at the same time not go too far beyond the ring, so as not to beat out the fabric instead of metal.
Once the curtain is finished sewing, you can move on to installing the riveted hardware.
Step by step instruction installation
How to install the eyelets correctly, step by step instructions:
- Iron the fabric of the future curtains
- Mark on it the places where the fasteners will be located
- Place a board under the fabric to make it more comfortable and less dangerous for furniture like the desk on which the curtain lies
- Punch holes in the curtain with a hole punch
- Insert the ring and hit it with a hammer
Make the hole carefully, avoiding the possibility of damaging the surface of the fabric in the next place. Thus, thanks to this simple instructions can be quite easy to establish eyelets for curtains and decorate your home with new curtains, hanging in a room on a beautiful ledge.
Installation with specialized tools
Eyelets can be installed by yourself if you have special tools. Metal fittings are harder to fix, the force of your hands is not enough to the eyelets snapped. Much depends on the width of the ring.
For heavy and thick fabrics, use a ring with a thicker foot. In this case, the pressure on the eyelets must be very high.
Installing eyelets with clips
There is a type of metal eyelets with clips that can be installed by hand using a small hammer. The disadvantage of such rings is the presence of the front and back side. They are usually installed on bags and shoes.
- Press the ring to the material so that an indentation is left.
- Focusing on the extruded lines cut a hole.
- Place a part of the eyelets with clips under the material.
- Place a notched ring on top.
- Bend the clips with a hammer.
Then you need to remove the protruding threads and fibers of the material.
Use the eyebolt pliers to install the eyelets
Hardware stores sell eyelet crimping pliers. The tool resembles a pair of pliers. Removable nozzles of different sizes are sold. They are called piercers and dies.
How to install eyelets with pliers:
- Fix the fabric with a louver tape.
- Hook the nozzle with the pliers and make the hole.
- Insert the part of the ring with the foot underneath.
- Close the top half of the ring.
- In pincers to install the nozzle for closing the ring.
- Place the eyelets between the interlocking parts of the pliers and press them together slowly.
Note that such eyelets also have a front and back side. It is important to position them correctly in relation to the sides of the material.
You can install the eyelets yourself using a special press. This tool has a lever and a pressure plane. It is used for eyelets with short and long legs. The kit sells punches and dies for rings of different diameters.
- Fasten the material with adhesive tape or fold it in half.
- Find a puncher of the right size, and make a hole.
- Put a part of the ring with a foot under the material.
- Place a washer on top.
- Put the desired die in the press and press smoothly on the lever.
It is important to make sure that the washer did not slip and did not move, otherwise the eyelets will be installed crooked. Have to remove it and put a new one.
Eyelets: history of appearance
The probable time of the eyelets appearance is still unknown. It is known that it happened a long time ago, probably in the times of Ancient Greece. Scientists know neither the language in which this word appears nor the inventor of this device. The appearance of eyelets is related to the application of wind force and the term itself denotes a hole in the sail for the passage of fixing threads. In ancient times, this is how the rigging of a ship was formed. Nowadays the term has broadened its meaning. Now it is a variant of strengthening the edges of the holes, which are less strong than the rope passing through them.
Luvers are often used as a decorative device, rather than a means to strengthen the material. As an example, linings in leather products, Fiberboard, Foamboard. A modern eyelet is a mechanism made of a washer and a shaped sleeve. The material used is mostly metal or plastic.
The procedure for setting the fittings by hand:
The uncomplicated procedure results in a reliable, aesthetically pleasing, and sturdy finish to the holes, protecting them from tearing and sprawling.