Tiny Attacher long reach stapling

I was chatting with some of the gals on the Studio Calico message board recently about the fabulous Tiny Attacher by Tim Holtz.  A few mentioned that they wished it had a longer reach.  I shared that I use it opened up for areas that are beyond its reach.  I tried to explain how to do it, but it is really just easier to show so I snapped a few quick images.

tammytutterow long reach stapling tutorial

Swing the bottom handle to the left just like you would to open the stapler to fill it.

tammytutterow long reach stapling tutorial

Swing the black arm with the flattening plate down and to the right.

tammytutterow long reach stapling tutorial

Return the first handle back in place.

tammytutterow long reach stapling tutorial

Place the item to be stapled on a foam or soft surface.  Because the Tiny Attacher won’t set flat, you may need to work at the edge of your table as shown.

tammytutterow long reach stapling tutorial

tammytutterow long reach stapling tutorial

Press the top of the Tiny Attacher to eject the staple into your project.

tammytutterow long reach stapling tutorial

Flip the project over and flatten the staple prongs.

tammytutterow long reach stapling tutorial

When flattened, the staple will look just like it would if it had been flattened in the Tiny Attacher.

Easy peasy!

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Update 9/9/10

During a discussion online about this post at Two Peas, a fellow Pea pointed out that with my photos above, it didn’t really demonstrate that you could reach any farther than if the stapler were closed.  I took a couple of quick photos to demonstrate it better and am adding them here as well.

tammytutterow long reach stapling tutorial

This photo demonstrates stapling at a slight angle.

tammytutterow long reach stapling tutorial

This photo illustrates letting your paper or project hang off of the edge of your table.  (The tiny staple is hard to see on this pattern.  I added a circle to show where it is.)

Hopefully this helps!

Comments

  1. says

    I LOVE my tiny attacher even more now!! Thank you so much for sharing this! See how being on the DT for Tim is turning you into a genius too???!!!

  2. says

    Thank you so much for sharing!! I was just wondering about this this very weekend (if it was possible) but decided that, since it was naptime/mom’s crafty time, I didnt have too much experimental time and just went another route!! Awesome – thank you!!

  3. says

    Thank you for posting this!!! I have tried a few times to open my TA, to reach further, and when I met with resistance, I immediately stopped – didn’t want to break my TA. You’ve made my day with this! :-)

  4. says

    hello Tammy,
    thanks for sharing this tip !! You’re clever : that’s why Tim choose you for his design team too : cause you can and dear to think outside the box !
    greetings from Belgium
    Inge

  5. arlene says

    an eraser is a great small surface to staple into – I’ve been doing it with regular staplers for years to reach those hard to reach places.