Not all of us live close to leather service centers, cobblers, or supply shops that sell specialized tools. Luckily, you have Internet access and our comprehensive guide on how to punch a hole in a belt without a leather punch!
If your favorite old leather belt no longer fits you the way it used to, you can puncture a hole as neat as the ones made by the manufacturer with a drill or nail. So, gather your tools and follow the guide below!
Table of Contents
3 Effective Methods to Punch a Hole in a Belt Without a Rotary Punch
Items to Avoid When Punching Holes Into Leather Belts
Now that you know how to make a hole in a belt without tools for leather, keep in mind that there are things that you cannot use as substitutes for the items listed above.
While you can punch holes in leather with a knife, it will take longer for you to actually produce a hole. Plus, it’ll be harder to control the hole’s dimension when punctured with a knife. If anything, the new addition may look rugged.
Punching holes in belts with scissors can be dangerous because you will have to hold one of the blades, exposing your palm or fingers to its sharp side. And similar to puncturing with knives, it’s rather challenging to control the size and shape of the new hole.
Screws will not produce a hole by cutting a round hole but insert themselves into the leather because of its threads. Even if you attempt to remove the screw, it will ruin and tear up the fabric.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much do cobblers charge when adding a hole into a leather belt?
In most leather repair services, the cost to punch a hole in a belt is more or less $1. Also, some leather brands offer to do it for free, provided that you bought your belt from them, so be sure to check their websites.
Should I buy a leather hole punch?
You should; a specialized tool will make it much easier to poke a hole in a leather belt without ruining the delicate material. Therefore, I wouldn’t hole punch without a hole puncher if I could help it.
Also, a leather hole punch is pretty cheap – it only costs $2o or less. Most products you come across will average around $8 to $10.
Learning how to punch a hole in a belt without a leather punch is fairly simple as long as you have the right tools.
To be clear, experts still recommend using a rotary punch designed for leather fabrics because they make perfect holes faster. That said, drilling, puncturing the belt with a heated nail, or striking the awl with a mallet can produce the same effect!
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