A eyeleting machine is a tool used to attach decorative metal grommets to fabrics and other materials. It can be used to make handbags, clothing and other materials that need to be reinforced. The machine can be operated manually or automatically. It can also be adapted to fit different types of eyelets. Some machines have a hopper, which allows them to be loaded with eyelets while the user operates the machine. Other types of eyeleting machines can be used for different applications, such as the Komax Gamma 333PC.
When eyelets are set by hand, a hole must first be punched in the material that needs to be secured with the grommets. Then the eyelet is inserted through the hole with its flange side facing up. A hammer is then used to tap the end of the eyelet, which causes it to spread out. A washer can then be slid over the eyelet, which adds strength and helps prevent the fabric from tearing. Eyelets can be made from several materials, including brass and nylon. Brass is an alloy of copper and has a strong, durable structure. It is resistant to corrosion and can be formed into a variety of shapes. In addition to being strong and flexible, it is easy to maintain and has a shiny decorative appearance. Eyelets can also be made from nylon, which is a lightweight and strong plastic. Nylon is often used in clothing and other materials that require high strength, as it can be molded to fit the desired shape. It is also available in a wide range of colors, and can be coated with other materials for additional protection and aesthetic appeal.
There are a variety of eyelet machines, from handheld manual ones to pneumatic electric machines that can punch both holes and equip them with eyelets with one stroke. The advantage of these machines is that they are more efficient than hand-operated devices and can be used for large quantities of material. The downside is that they are usually expensive and need to be plugged in for operation.
An alternative to eyeleting machines is a simple pair of pliers, which can be used to apply eyelets by hand. However, it is important to choose the right pliers for the job. A good pair of pliers should have a long handle and be made from quality materials. Also, they should be comfortable to hold and use.
In the 1880s, Lipman’s Patent Improved Eyelet Machine was advertised in several magazines, claiming to be the fastest and easiest way to secure cloth. It used strips of eyelets with 25 eyelets per strip, and cut them as they were removed from the material, just as Hotchkiss strip staplers cut staples off strips of paper. Another similar machine, the Stronghold Self-Feeding Eyeleter, was advertised in 1915.
Nowadays, eyeleting machines can be found at many industrial and commercial locations. They are also being used in the home, as well as for craft projects. The versatility of these devices, along with the option to purchase them in a variety of sizes and shapes, makes them increasingly popular.