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Delicious Fashion Shows and More!

This is a snippet of work from Delicious Corsets over the years. 

Applique work and special projects for customers…
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Artist Carrie Ann Baade
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The Pontani Sisters and other performers…
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Fashion Shows
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Diabolique Ball Philadelphia 2014.
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Prom Corsets
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~Thanks For Checking these out, Amy Delicious
(Still on the hunt for more photos on this computer…)

 

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Bridal Creations from Delicious

Delicious Corsets bridal designs using supplies from CorsetMaking.com

These are some photos from over the years of some lovely brides who chose Delicious and allowed us to take part in their big day! Thank you, we love helping to make your wedding gown just as you imagine it!

Red silk corset with matching bustled silk skirt and a white tulle petticoat. Thanks Eva!
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Lisa, this combination of silk, lace overlay, lace drape and armlettes, and georgette skirt is stunning, having fun with the photos too!
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This whole wedding party was grey and white. We made the grey pinstripe corset, the matching shorts with white silk welt pockets, and their twin boys also got the grey and white pinstriped shorts. Liz and Shannon, we’re honored to be part of your big day!

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Some non traditional wedding attire. 
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Beautiful Lauren in a silk corset with ruched tulle at the bust and a super full princess skirt. The bust line and hem were adorned with Swarovski Crystals.
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Another non-traditional bride. I just loved making this bias cut blue and brown plaid skirt! And the bride was stunning! Mamie, thanks for putting a new twist on bridal!
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The lovely Betsey in our Corseted wedding gown. Complete corset underneath with the gown attached at the top leaving an open V in the back to expose the corset and lacing. A healthy dose of pink tulle at the hem compliments the pink corset! As you can see, great for dancing.
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Becky was nearly drowning in this tulle underskirt. Her red brocade asymmetrical over skirt and corset are totally unique. I love the combination of colors and textures. What a beautiful day! (I wish I had a photo of me drowning in the tulle at my Juki.)
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Shannah’s Alice in Wonderland wedding was spectacular! Her black and white corset had exposed bone casings and lace trim. Her tulle underskirt is layers of black, white, and more black in graduating widths. The brocade bustled overskirt took over 16 yards of brocade, and the longest pattern pieces I’ve ever drafted!
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We also make corsets as foundations for gowns bought at bridal boutiques.
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This corset gown was made from the same material you use at the bottom of Footy Pajamas, little rubber bumps and all! It looked like a point d’esprit. Daffodil tulle and lacing to go with the fresh Daffodils. Thanks Erin!
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Wow, Jenni, Kat, Rebecca, all beautiful!
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Although red is not your traditional wedding gown color, we seem to make quiet a few red corsets and gowns. As you can see with Mae, it is stunning and dramatic!
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I love when a bride wants to incorporate bright colors, the orange bias trim and lacing were made from a piece of fabric the bride had found and loved. There are pale lavender silk flowers nestled into the bustled silk skirt. And you have to love a bride with a sense of humor! (And her sister as well!) Fabulous smile Michelle!
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This was a collaboration with an artistic bride, Shelita. We gave her the silks and she pieced all the different colors together making her own unique fabric. We then used her hand made fabric to cut out her corset. Totally one of a kind, and she was glowing!
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This is while in progress, as you can see by my pins. I’m still looking for a photo of the entire ensemble, I can assure you, it was stunning! 
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Sara was another bride in red, these were from such a long time ago that some of these pics had to be scanned from Polaroids.
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Please excuse the mannequin, the bride was unavailable for photos!
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~Amy Delicious

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D-Ring With Clip

You can attach this D-Ring with the attached Nickel Clip onto any existing corset, bag, purse, backpack, pair of Jeans, or belt. Anything, really. With a Rivet or a Chicago Screw.

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I used this D-Ring with the attached Nickel Clip on a purse recently. I always like having a D-Ring on the exterior of my bags so I can easily attach my keys. I know exactly where they are and they are really easy to grab when getting into my car or house in the evenings. No fumbling around in the interior of my purse. I attached it with a 7mm domed rivet.
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To set the rivet you do need the Rivet Setter, but once you have the setter and rivets, you’ll use them again and again. Attaching this took only a couple seconds. Much easier than sewing through a leather purse with leather lining to sew a D-Ring to the purse.

You just make a small hole with a Revolving Leather Punch or an Awl, the center post of the rivet is very narrow, so you don’t need much of a hole to press it through. Insert the post from the wrong side and place the cap on top snugly. You’ll feel it pop on. Set the post on a sturdy table, place the Rivet Setter onto the dome and hit the Setter with a Rubber Mallet a couple times. Easy Peasy! You may want to do a test on a similar weight of fabric first, if the fabric or leather is too lightweight, just cut a small circle of heavier weight leather for a reinforcer and put the rivet through both.

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Plus, you can set the rivets anywhere! I added three to the same purse’s strap for a bit of extra decoration.

You can also insert a Chicago Screw into the D-Ring with the attached Nickel Clip if you need to go through a hard surface or very thick leather. Plus, the Chicago Screws can be removed. This is the 1/4″ Nickel Chicago Screw fitting easily through the hole in the Clasp.

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~Happy Adorning, Amy Delicious

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Setting Grommets: Grommet Setting Machine

If you have many Grommets to set, the best way to set 2 part Grommets & Washers is to use the Grommet Setting Machine.

~Test setting a grommet on scrap fabric first. Make sure it is similar in weight to the garment you will be setting the grommets into. Test the cutting die and setting grommets, so you are familiar with doing it before putting a hole into your garment.

Mark the locations: Mark the location of the grommets onto the face or the lining with a chalk pencil. If you make a mistake the chalk pencil is easily removed. Remember to leave an equal amount of space at top and bottom, and to space your grommets evenly.
For the size 00, I like to space the grommets 3/4″ apart. For the size 0, I would space the grommets 1″ apart. Make sure both sides of the garment mirror each other.

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Cut holes: Die sets with cutting die: The Grommet Setting Hand Machine comes with a dense white plastic disk or puck. This disk is used for the cutting die. Place the disk on the base of the machine, screw the cutting die onto the top spring arm and pull the handle down to cut the holes for the grommets. Cut all of your holes, then change the dies to set the grommets. The cutting die cuts all the way through your layers easily, you can cut all of your holes in no time at all.

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If the die set you purchase doesn’t come with a cutting die you’ll need to cut the holes with either an awl, fabric punch, or a revolving punch to make the hole for the grommet.

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Attach the Dies: The bottom die has a spike of sorts that stands up. It gets placed into the hole on the base and tightened with a hex key/allen wrench. The top die gets screwed onto the top of the setter attached to the spring arm. The photo below shows the dies in the Grommet Setting Machine. There is a washer on the bottom die.

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Set the Grommets: Place the washer over the spike, the die on the base has a convex indentation that the washer will fit into. Next place the garment over the spike right side up, then the grommet. Pull down on the handle and the top die will crimp the grommet in place in a second.

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You may need to adjust the height of the top die up or down to make sure that the grommet is crimped enough for the thickness of the fabric or leather you are using. Test a scrap piece of fabric that is a similar weight to what you are setting the grommets into.

Setting Size 0 or Size 00 the pieces will all look the same as pictured above. For the Size 5 and Size 12 the dies and cutter look far larger! The process is still the same, though.

~Happy Grommeting, Amy Delicious

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Grommet Setting Hand Machine

The Grommet Setting Hand Machine may be a costly investment, but it is a professional tool that will help save time. It is also a very versatile machine.

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The disk that is shown in the photo is only used for covering buttons, remove it to use other dies. It also comes with a hardened white plastic disk for use with the grommet setting dies that come with a cutting or punch die. You will need a hex key or allen wrench to attach the various dies available. 

You can use the Grommet Setting Hand Machine for setting many sizes of grommets. You can buy the snap setting dies in different sizes, rivet setting dies, and the dies for covering buttons.

You will need to mount it to a table, we use a small butcher block table with shelves underneath to keep dies and supplies. It comes with an allen wrench to change the dies and other than that it’s just pull and set.

Setting Grommets: There are many different size grommet dies available. We stock sizes 00, 0, 5, and 12. Size 00 are the smallest, and Size 12 are very large. For corset making Size 00 or 0 work best. Once you have the dies, the grommets come in a variety of different finishes. Click this link for directions.

Setting Snaps: There are different dies available, Sizes 20 and 24 among others. Once you have the dies, the snaps come in a variety of different finishes. Click this link for directions.

Setting Rivets: Fits Jiffy Rivets, double and single caps, baby, small, and medium sizes. Also works with tubular rivets.

Covering Buttons: There are different sizes of Button Covering Dies, we sell the Size 22. If you are covering many buttons, this setter will save time and give you a professional looking button time and time again.

~Happy Corseting, Amy Delicious

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Cutting Continuous White Steel Boning

When you buy a continuous roll of boning you have the freedom to cut your pieces of boning to exactly the right length, as opposed to just rounding to the nearest half inch. You can work on your project according to your own time frame, you don’t have to know ahead of time exactly what sizes you will be using. If you make alterations in your patterns, you can cut the boning to the right size as you need it. You can also use smaller or longer pieces than are available pre-cut and tipped.

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Cutting white steel boning: The best cutter for white steel are these snips. We are happy to finally offer them for sale. They have a longer blade than the cutters for the spiral steel, and they have 4 pivot points, increasing the torque, and the ease of cutting steel boning. They also have a safety latch to keep the tidy and closed while you have them tucked away in your tool bin.

Mark your length with a marker and cut straight across, then snip the two corners off. Use a metal file to smooth the sharper cut ends. *If you don’t file the edges you will increase your risk of the sharpened steel weakening your casings and fabrics.

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You can apply nail polish to the cut ends if the garment won’t be washed or dry cleaned.
To avoid rusting and  for a permanent coating use Bone tipping fluid. Dip the ends, allow to dry, then add a second coat. (I set the boning onto a small mason jar so they don’t stick to the table while drying.)

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~Happy Corseting, Amy Delicious

If you don’t have enough hand strength to squeeze the snips, simply put the back edge of the bottom handle firmly on your table, then press the top handle down to make the cut. Hold the boning firmly in your other hand so that it stays stable and cuts cleanly.

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Setting a 4-Part Snap

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Snaps have 4 parts. The first piece is the Post that is flat with a narrow tube sticking up. This will be the back on the wrong side of the fabric or garment. The Stud attaches to the Post. The Cap is the decorative visible portion of the snap and it attaches to the Socket.

There are a few different types of snap setters: Snap Setting Pliers, a Snap Setter Kit that requires a Rubber Mallet, a three piece Die Set* for a Hand Press (for Size 20 snaps) and a four piece Die Set for a Hand Press (for Size 24 snaps.)  The Hand Press method is the one we use, so that’s the one I have instructions for below.

When using The Hand Press with a four piece Die Set these are the pieces:
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To Set the Cap and Socket in the Hand Press:
The Base Die for the Cap is placed in the bottom hole of the Hand Press and tightened with the allen wrench. The Top Die for the Socket is screwed onto the top portion of the Hand Press, you may need to adjust how low or high you screw it on, depending on the thickness of the fabric or leather you are using. Always do a test snap first.   

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You need to make a small hole in the fabric/leather with an Awl or a Leather Punch to insert the snap.
I love the Leather Punch, I set it at ‘3’ and it cuts a perfect hole for the size 24 Snaps. I always put a scrap piece of leather down under the fabrics I intend to cut through, it cuts a much cleaner hole.

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Place the Cap through the hole in your garment from the right side and flip it over onto the Cap Die, then place the Socket on top. Bring the arm of the press down making sure that the Socket Die lines up with the center of the Cap so that it crimps evenly. 

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To set the Post and Stud using the Hand Press: 
The Base Die for the Post is placed in the bottom hole in the Hand Press and tightened with the allen wrench. The Top Die for the Stud is screwed onto the top portion of the Hand Press, again,you may need to adjust how low or high you screw it on, depending on the thickness of the fabric or leather you are using. It’s always good to do a test first.

You need to make a small hole in the fabric/leather with an awl to insert the Post.

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Place the Post through the fabric or leather hole you made and then put it onto the Post Die,  place the Stud down next. Bring the arm of the press down making sure that the Stud Die lines up with the center of the Post so that it crimps evenly.

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Tips: Set all of the one side first, meaning, once you have the dies set to set the caps, set all of the caps you intend to set. Do a test first, then set them all. When you change the dies, do another test and make sure the test snaps -snap together and apart correctly. Then set all of the opposite sides.
~Make sure the crimp is tight enough, if not it will stand up too high and not allow the snap to close. Don’t over crimp or you can damage the Stud, Socket, or Cap. 
~Snaps are tight at first, they take a few snappings-un-snappings to start off.
~Reinforce your fabric before setting snaps!  Use a circle or square of fusible interfacing on each of the fabrics at the location of the snap. Put an extra piece of thicker fabric, felt, or leather in-between to stabilize the snap.
*To use the Three Piece Die Set for the Hand Press, the same Base is used for the Post and the Cap.

~Happy Snapping, Amy Delicious

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Cutting Continuous Spiral Steel Boning

When you buy a continuous roll of boning you have the freedom to cut your pieces of boning to exactly the right length, as opposed to just rounding to the nearest half inch.You can work on your project according to your own time frame, you don’t have to know ahead of time exactly what sizes you will be using. If you make alterations in your patterns, you can cut the boning to the right size as you need it. You can also use smaller or longer pieces than are available pre-cut and tipped.

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Cutting spiral steel boning:
You will need a to use a specialty boning cutter. The blade is short, so it applies enough torque to go through the multiple steel strands in the spiral. There is a safety clasp to keep your cutters tidy in your tool bin.

Use a marker to write directly on the spiral steel boning, or wrap a piece of scotch or masking tape around the boning and mark the length. The blade for the cutters is short, so you may need to cut it from both directions to get all the way through at the right length. Once you have cut the boning you will need to apply boning tips or dip the cut edges in Plasti-Dip. *If you don’t tip the edges you will increase your risk of the sharp steel weakening your casings and fabrics. The ends could push through the fabric and be dangerous.

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There is a complete tutorial here on tipping your newly cut boning.

~Happy Corseting, Amy Delicious

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Zipper too Long? How to Shorten a Zipper.

Zippers are only available in certain lengths and tape colors, which may stifle your designs. Some fabric stores will cut your zipper down to size for you, if you know exactly how long you want it while at the store. You can find most colors of zippers in 22″ lengths, but not-say-10.5″. If the zipper you have is too long, shortening a metal tooth zipper is actually easy, all you need is an Awl and a set of medium sized needle nosed pliers. You can purchase zipper pliers here if you are shortening quite a few zippers.
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Measure how long you want the zipper to be. Mark the length with pins or with a chalk pencil on the wrong side of the zipper tape.
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You will need to remove the Top Stops and replace them so that your Zipper Pull doesn’t slide off the Tape.

To Remove the Top Stops: Remove a few of the teeth starting at the top stop so you can cut the tape without damaging your scissors. Use medium sized needle nosed pliers or Zipper Pliers. Hold the tape firmly, grab one tooth tightly with the pliers and yank. Off it will come.

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Removing the Top Stops is the most difficult part, but still fairly easy. Cut the tape off as much as possible on the top and bottom, hold the remaining tape with pliers and insert an awl into the curved part of the stop. Once it’s secure, push the awl in farther to pry the ends apart. The tape should come out as it opens. You’ll need the stop to be open far enough to go back onto the tape again. Remove both Stops.

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Replacing the Top Stop: Use medium sized needle nosed pliers or Zipper Pliers. Hold the tape firmly, grab one tooth tightly with the pliers and yank. Off it will come. Remove enough teeth so that you have about 3/4″ of ‘naked’ tape without teeth.

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Cut the excess tape off.  Put your top stop close to the top tooth and crimp tightly with your pliers. Repeat on the other side. You can use glue, fray check, or melt the cut ends of the tape to stop them from fraying. Ta-da! Now you can have perfectly sized zippers to use in anything!

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~Happy Zipping, Amy Delicious

Tip: Don’t throw the extra zipper tape away, use it as a piping in seams for a decorative look!

Save the teeth for the Zipper Tooth Fairy! Maybe you’ll get a nickel.

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Grommets! What Should I Use?

Grommets and Washers are similar to eyelets used for reinforcing an eyehole in fabric. Grommets are metal tubes with a flare on one side. The Washer is the flare without the tube, or washer. When put through an eyehole in fabric, the tube of the grommet gets pressed with a die and rolls around the washer. They are much sturdier and offer a cleaner finish than one piece eyelets. You may need to reinforce your fabric if it is lightweight so that the grommet doesn’t pull through the hole.

We offer different tools at different price ranges for setting grommets. Which you choose has to do with how many grommets you plan to set. If you are making one costume with lacing down the back, one of the cheapest options will most likely work for you. If you are making multiple pieces, or you know you’ll find more uses for the tool down the road you’ll want something more industrial, quicker, and versatile.

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*Set it Yourself: Mallet and Die
–  This kit comes with four dozen grommets. That is enough to test a couple, then put grommets into a garment or two. It is available in Size 00 and Size 0, which are larger. You can order more grommets by the dozen or gross in a variety of colors for future projects. The kit includes a cutting die, cutting board, and the two part die/base to set the grommet. You’ll need a Rubber Mallet to use this kit. It is not recommended to use a hammer, you may damage the die.

After you’ve marked the location of your grommets, you place your garment over the cutting board and center the cutting die over your marking. (On a sturdy table or the floor) Hit the cutting die with a rubber mallet to cut a circular hole in your fabric or leather. Then place the base on a solid surface, and place the grommet onto the die. Place your garment onto the grommet with the right side facing down. Place the washer over the grommet onto the lining side of your garment and put the die into the tube. Hit the die with a rubber mallet until it has crimped fully and is tight. If you live in an apartment with downstairs neighbors, don’t plan on doing this at midnight.

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* Pliers – The Grommet Setting Pliers come with a gross of grommets, thats 144 to you and me. The kit has the pliers and a cutter. It is available for Size 00 grommets only. You can order more grommets in different colors by the dozen or gross. You will use the cutter to cut nice clean round holes for your grommets with either your own brute strength and twist back and forth or with a hammer onto a cutting board. It depends on what type of fabric or leather you are using. The pliers are fairly self explanatory, you put the grommet on one side, the fabric with the pre cut hole goes over the tube in the grommet with the face facing the grommet. The washer goes on next to the lining side, then you use both hands to squeeze the pliers closed, crimping the tube of the grommet onto the washer nice and snug. The pliers are quieter, for sure. They are more suited for lighter weight fabrics. If you have thicker fabrics or leathers you may want to go with the hammer and die technique so that you can get enough pressure to crimp the grommet.

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* Hand Setter – The table mounted hand setting machine is perfect if you have many grommets to set. It comes without dies. You can purchase the dies to set Size 0 Grommets, Size 00 Grommets, Size 5 Grommets, Size 12 Grommets (Giants!), Rivets, Covered Buttons, and Snaps. Dies can be found below the product here. You need screw it to a sturdy table.

For setting grommets, you will need to use an awl, cutter, or the cutting die to make the hole for the grommet. The bottom die has a spike of sorts that stands up, you place the washer over the spike, garment over the spike right side up, then the grommet. Pull down on the handle and it will crimp the grommet in place in a second. You may need to adjust the height of the top die up or down to make sure that the grommet is crimped enough for the thickness of the fabric or leather you are using.

~Happy Corseting, Amy Delicious

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