How to Use an Awl to Expand your Making Capabilities

awl-and-cardboardI recently bought an Awl from Amazon to use when repairing some loops on a small catamaran’s trampoline (cloth deck).  For those of you that don’t know what an awl is, it’s a device that pushes a needle through heavier material (like canvas or leather) in order to stitch it together.  In other words, although not necessarily manly, this isn’t your mother’s crochet needle either.

As for this “Speedy Stitcher” awl, it also has a device that “automatically” dispenses the thread for you, making things quite a bit easier.  Apparently you’re able to poke the thread in with the awl and pull it out of the same hole, producing a stitch.  If you’ve sewn anything by hand with, say, a “running stitch” or “hemming stitch,” the idea that you can simply poke the thread in and pull it out producing a usable attachment seems ludicrous.

The trick, which will be seen in the video after the “read more” thing, is that the end of the string pushed and pulled by the needle isn’t the only thing going on.  The other end is left loose and is pushed under each stitch when the needle is pulled back out, securing the stitch.  I first tried it out using the cardboard box Amazon sent it in, with good results.

I haven’t tried it yet, but it seems like it will do a great job repairing the broken loops on my boat.  Thinking about other projects I might do with it, the stitch this awl produces might be really ideal for using with an electroluminescent light or a strip of flexible LEDs.  The light strip could be looped underneath each stitch along with the thread itself, making for an easy and strong attachment.  As for what an EL light is, check out my post about this starter kit that Newark gave me to try out.  An awl, or sewing in general, may not be the first thing you think of when building something new, but being able to stitch stuff together can be a useful skill for certain making or modding situations!


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