I was having a horrible time setting my eyelets with this tool, they were smashing and ruining the paint no matter how hard or soft I squeezed, when I decided to look online to see if there was info regarding the crop-a-diles and proper use. I found a video online and sure enough I was using it wrong! Here is my advice to those of you having issues. Go to youtube.com and type in crop a dile, then watch the video. You first have to hole punch, then set the crop-a-dile to the correct settings on the squares on the top and bottom, look on your instructions for proper setttings. Hope this helps.
I thought I could get away from hammering eyelets by buying this tool. But I couldn't. It is horrible. It mangles every eyelet I try. No matter what setting or base/top combo I use. No matter how slowly or softly I try to squeeze it. It doesn't just mangle the back either. The front gets all bent out of shape too. Also, if the eyelet is painted, it shatters all the paint on the eyelet. Crackles it right off the eyelet. The only thing I like is that the hole punch part has a depth setting. I have a hole puncher, it just doesn't have a depth setting. I have gone back to hammering. The hammer tool actually splits the back of the eyelet, allowing it to spread evenly. And it doesn't mess up the painted finish of the eyelet.
I was a little afraid of this tool because it looks so different from anything I had used before. I had watched a video about it before purchasing it and it looked easy, but when it came I wasn't sure I would know how to use it. I tried it out on a piece of scrap chipboard. It cut through like butter. Then I read the eyelet directions on the card that came with it and tried out the eyelet punch. It was so easy. I wish I had bought this tool years ago.
I have several eyelet setters--even the instant-type, all of them either cause hand pain/fatigue or make loud noises. I absolutely love this setter, my hands don't hurt, I can set eyelets, snaps etc. quielty and I can use it on so many materials. Yes, I did have to experiment to find the best combinations of settings so I didn't break the eyelets, but after that it was a breeze. This is by far my favorite tool in my toolbox!
I just tried this out with some of the 3/16" eyelets that came with it. Worked very well and quiet too. The only problem is that you can't reach the center of your page, hence the Big Bite, which I am not crazy about. For adding an eyelet to a tag or corner of a page, this is great. Haven't tried the snaps yet but I hope they work just as well! Buy it on sale now!
(this reviw is for the "BIG-bite", but works with this as well) ...well....like many of you on here...my eyelets kept smashing/splitting on the back side! looked horrible..... SO....I looked on the "scrapbooking forums" and found this little tip!... QUOTE "When I first got the Crop-a-dile, I still had trouble with some eyelets splitting on the back. The "trick" someone mentioned was to use the C and the 4 sides of those little "thingies" because the flat surface of the 4 is less apt to split the eyelet. WOW....worked so well! no more ugly splitting!!!! yeah
I heard that this is very good for punching not for eyelet setting, but I decided to try it anyway because i have 50% discount coupon.. Well, it is really good for punching, but when it comes to eyelet setting. I am very disappointed. 3/16" eyelets are ok (not as beautifully set as we do classic way). 1/8" eyelets are smashed. I did read direction carefully and checked out whether I used correct top and base. but results are all the same.
I love this tool. I purchased this and have used it for over a year now. I ordered the container for it separately and highly recommend getting the container for it.