What is it? a hand tool that can be used to punch holes, fix snaps and add eyelets
What does it claim? to be the complete home mending solution
Who tested it? Norfolk resident and mother of two Kelly Willette
What Are The Instructions? If you're punching holes in leather or fabrics, you need to remove the black plastic dual head from the lower jaw of the Roto Punch. Also remove the yellow rubber collar from the rotating head on the upper jaw. Now you're ready to rotate the 5-pronged wheel on the upper jaw to align the desired hole punch with the brass plate on the lower jaw. Place whatever you want to punch a hole in between the upper and lower jaws and squeeze the handles together firmly. It's important to note it may be necessary to slightly move the punch back and forth with the handles closed, to ensure a complete circular cut.
If you are planning to create eyelets in fabrics or repairing sneakers, boots or outdoor gear then to get started you first need to create a hole in the fabric. This will be the spot where you want to fasten your eyelet. Next rotate the wheel on the upper jaw of the Roto Punch into a position where the empty peg aligns with the lower jaw. Then attach the yellow rubber collar onto the upper jaw. Next place the dual head back into the hole on the lower jaw. For eyelets you have to align the metal pin on the dual head with the rubber collar on the upper jaw. Insert the eyelet into the hole you made in the fabric. Then place eyelet and fabric over the peg on the dual head with a wide flange on eyelet facing the upper jaw. You may have to lightly press down on the eyelet to pop it onto the peg of the dual head. Now squeeze the handles firmly. The eyelet should now be securely in place on the fabric.
If you want to create snap fasteners you need to rotate the wheel on the upper jaw into a position where the empty peg aligns with the lower jaw. Then place the dual head back into the hole on the lower jaw. Be sure the yellow rubber collar is in place on the upper jaw. There are two head one is a metal pin and one has a yellow rubber collar. For snap fasteners you have to align the yellow rubber ring with the upper yellow collar. It's important to note to create fasteners you will use the yellow rings to hold the fasteners in place on each jaw. The rubber collar helps hold the fasteners. To create a snap ring, place a toothed rind on the lower jaw with the teeth facing up. Place the snap ring in the rubber yellow collar with the unbroken center facing towards the lower jaw. Then place the fabric between the jaws and squeeze the handles. The snap ring should now be installed. To install a snap pin the process is pretty similar. Just place a toothed ring on the lower jaw with the teeth facing up. Then place a snap pin into the upper yellow collar so the pin will face into the upper jaw. Next place the fabric between the jaws and squeeze the handles. The snap pin should now be installed.
Did it work? Our tester only needed to use it to add an extra hole to her belt. But she was very impressed with that feature of Roto Punch. She says normally she would have to take her belt to a cobbler to get an extra hole put in. But with the Roto Punch she was able to do it herself. She did find though that it took a little extra muscle power to squeeze the handles of the Roto Punch together. She says be prepared to use your muscles and sweat a little bit if you're going to use Roto Punch, but it works.
Cost/Availability? You can purchase the Roto Punch for $9.99 at Michaels.
Additional Comments: Do not place your fingers between the jaws of the Roto Punch while you're using it. It's also important to note that the 'toothed ring' is sharp. So use care when handling it. And be sure to Keep the Roto Punch away from children.