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Differences and similarities between grommets and eyelets

Differences and similarities between grommets and eyelets
24 Jul 2023

Grommets and eyelets are two fundamental elements in the shoe industry, sewing, and manufacturing of textile products, but they often generate confusion due to their similarities. In this article, we will explore the differences to help you better understand their use and application.

Grommets and eyelets are reinforcing elements that are used to insert into various materials, such as tarps, fabrics, leather, etc., and allow the passage of fastening elements, such as ropes, wires, or rods. Although sometimes used interchangeably, there are some differences between the two types of pieces that are worth knowing. In this article, we explain the main differences between grommets and eyelets and how to choose the most suitable for each case.


What are grommets?

Grommets are circular pieces composed of two parts: a washer and a cap. The washer is placed on the back of the material and the cap on the front, so that when pressed, a hole reinforced by the metal is created. Grommets are mainly used on thick and resilient materials, such as tarps, awnings, curtains, or tents.


What are eyelets?

Eyelets are pieces similar to grommets, but smaller and simpler. Eyelets only have one part: the cap. The cap is inserted into the hole previously made in the material and is folded on the back to fix it. Eyelets are also usually made of metal, but there is a greater variety of colors and shapes. Eyelets are mainly used in thin and flexible materials, such as leather, textile, or paper.


How to choose between grommets and eyelets?

The choice between grommets and eyelets will depend on the type of material, the use to be given, and the result to be obtained. Some general recommendations are:

  • If the material is thick and sturdy, like a tarp or an awning, it is better to use grommets, as they offer more security and durability.
  • If you are looking for a more discreet and harmonious finish, like in a bag or a curtain, you can opt for plastic eyelets, as they blend in with the material and do not hide the image.
  • If the material is thin and flexible, like leather or textile, it is better to use eyelets, as they are easier to install and do not deform the material.
  • If you are looking for a more visible and striking finish, like in a sign or a banner, you can opt for metal grommets, as they contrast with the material and highlight the hole.

In summary, although grommets and eyelets share the purpose of reinforcing and beautifying holes in fabrics, they differ in their structure, installation method, appearance, and strength.

What types of grommets and eyelets are available in today's market? All available information here

In today's market, there is a wide variety of grommets and eyelets available to meet the needs and preferences of designers and manufacturers. In fact, each type has unique features and designs that make them suitable for different applications.

Among the various types of grommets, we find:

  • Metal grommets: They are manufactured in various metals, such as brass, stainless steel, aluminum ...
  • Plastic grommets: A cheaper and lighter alternative to metal grommets. In addition, plastic grommets are more sustainable than metal ones, as they can be easily recycled and do not generate toxic waste.


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