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Troublesome Sewing Terms Untangled: Getting over Grommets

The third post in my Troublesome Sewing Terms Untangled blog series. I’ve already looked at basting and stay-stitching, so join me expressing my confusion over grommets!

This word is a bit of a quick one! It isn’t a stitch type, but it’s something that wrinkled my nose in confusion when I first came across it!

So, what on earth is a Grommet?!

Grommet: Ring made of metal, rubber or plastic that is inserted into fabric to reinforce a hole. Often used to stabilise holes for lacing or decoration. Smaller ones also called eyelets.

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Why use Grommets?:
Grommets are good for reinforcing the inside edge of your fabric inside the hole, keeping it from fraying or the lace/threading material from tearing through the fabric. They also make your holes look a lot nicer and more professional!

Where / When?:
Grommets are often used in holes that will be threaded with something, to protect the inside edge of the fabric. You’ll see grommets in things that use laces, such as shoes and corsets, as well as in curtains to thread the curtain pole to hang the fabric.

Grommet collage

They’re also used as a decoration! Researching grommets had me stumbling upon this cushion, now I have to try to make something like this!

How to install:
I’ve not inserted a grommet before myself, though I have seen easy-to-use kits for sale which seem pretty simple to follow! If you’re looking for online help on how to fit yourself a grommet I’d recommend this video or this one, both of which are good and easy to follow!

I hope everyone is now much more familiar with grommets and when to try your hand at using them! Also because it’s all I can think about during this post, here’s another, cuter form of Grommet.

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(I know, he’s really Gromit.)

Happy Sewing!

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HAVE YOU BEEN BAFFLED BY A SEWING WORD LATELY? LET ME KNOW SO I CAN COVER IT IN ANOTHER INSTALLMENT OF THIS BLOG SERIES!
(Image credits; Gromit, Grommets, Corset, Curtain, Shoes)
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