So the issue after my idea of using a woodworker’s vice to set grommets… there is a whole new article on grommets in Issue#125.
In this article she mentions that nothing beats a “setting press” which costs at least $95 !!! Ack! :0
Just to let you know… that with my $25 check I got for the suggestion posted in Issue #125… I bought my own little vice from a hardware store, and had change left over. I tried it on a couple of grommets (which I used for lacing the back of a corset), and it worked great. Just put a couple of plastic baggies over it to protect your project from grease (which the moving parts need to work). 🙂
By the way: The grommet/eyelet pliers sold in sewing stores are a pain in the neck (or more accurately, HAND). I have also noticed that the one I got years ago is off kilter, so it never really meshes to well.