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Date: 7/16/14 10:28 AM

I found eyelets in an antique brass finish. I can't find any grommets in this finish locally. I want to add "grommets" to a handbag (to attach handle straps) in an antique brass finish...will these eyelets work the same as grommets? They are Dritz Large Eyelets.
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Date: 7/16/14 3:38 PM

Technically, eyelets are supposed to be one piece, and grommets have a backing that smoothly covers the return and adds an extra measure of stability. I think Dritz uses the term interchangeably, however--I have some antique brass (they're sort of dark/bronzey, right?) ones I picked up last year, and they're definitely two-piece.

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Date: 7/16/14 4:46 PM

I think of eyelets as tiny...for laces on a shoe for example. and Grommets big and heavy enough for drapery hooks. I also had this question a few months ago and remember something like this for an explanation

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Date: 7/16/14 5:56 PM

My understanding is that grommets also have a wider flange than an eyelet. That helps them not rip out in corsetry. Tho depending on country/ location the words may be used interchangeably

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Date: 7/16/14 6:00 PM

I ordered a gross of that colour grommet from Richard the Thread & even with international airmail it was worth it

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Date: 7/16/14 8:20 PM

A google search for the eyelets you're referring to say's they're only 1/4", meaning the hole where you would insert the handle is only 1/4". Even though it says large that's more like a shoe lace size eyelet.

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Date: 7/17/14 8:49 AM

Is there a canvas sailboat sail repair shop nearby. They might have them.

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Date: 7/17/14 10:10 AM

The boat shop should have brass grommets for saltwater boating/sailing as well as the less expensive metals.

You will need a cutter and a setter for the size grommet you are going to use.

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Date: 7/17/14 3:11 PM

Thank you Wendy. I will check them out!

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Date: 7/17/14 4:09 PM

Another option is tarp grommets from the hardware store. They're usually only available in shiny brass and stainless, but they come in a couple of sizes (bigger than for corsetry, smaller than drapes) and are nice and sturdy.

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