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SPEEDY STITCHER Sewing Awl
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- Made in the USA.
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Speedy Stitcher Sewing Awl Kit 120. Use the Stitcher to sew any heavy material quickly and easily. Excellent for use at home; camp; farm; or on the boat. This package contains one sewing awl (4-1/2-inch by 1- 1/2-inch); one straight needle; one curved needle; 14-yards of waxed polyester thread prewound on bobbin and an instruction sheet. Features a wood handle and metal sewing components. Made in USA.
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I just added the instructions guide sheet to the customer images for a more detailed idea on how this item is actually used... Hope this helps :-)
Attached pictures: 1) a diagram of the parts; 2) a neat description of the product; 3) an example of how to use the product in order to get around some of its flaws (failure of the thread to feed properly through the awl); 4) a competitors product that has a design which would appear to solve many of the flaws in this product.
1) comfortably fits in the palm of the hand
2) firm chuck lock to secure the needle
3) thread post is well designed (allowing the needle to slide freely up to the needle)
3) good overall idea
1) if the "bobin" (string spooler) is filled up too much then the thread will not feed properly, and will bite /sink into the spool of string contained in the bobin. Recommendation: not much can be done about this. This is just a point worth noting as my stitcher was SHIPPED with an overly full bobin.
2) the "tension post" (the silver tack around which the string is supposed to wind when coming out of the spool handle) is weak and bends easily. -- for a premium product this should not be the case. Recommendation: upgrade the tension post.
3) the "end cap" is way too difficult to remove. I had to use pliars, and in the process damaged it (bent the weak metal). Again for a premium product, this should not be the case. Recommendation: a) smooth the metal edge on the end cap so that it is not abrasive b) attach a braided string or threaded metallic wire to the end cap so that it is easier to remove.
4) the hole from which the thread feeds when coming off the bobin gets gouged by the thread. Eventually a cut develops in the wooden handle so that the thread gets caught in it. This is a bad design. The angle of the hole is poorly designed. When the thread feeds from the bottom of the bobin, it creates a very harsh angle from the spool (bobin) to the hole where the thread must exit. Recommendation: This problem can be solved by widening the hole on the inside of the sewing awl handle, and lining it with an epoxy. Personally, after I whittled the hole out (on the inside of the sewing awl) with a knife, that was enough to allow the thread to feed freely.
It was worth the time it took, because I was able to fix the lawn chairs and they are possibly more sturdy now than they were when new. The thread that comes with the sewing awl is heavy duty, waxed thread, and it appears like it will last for the life of the chairs.
This awl comes with 2 needles: a straight one, which I used, and one with a curve. Only one spool of thread is included, but I would suggest ordering a back up spool to have on hand in case you run out in the middle of a project.
The one drawback are the directions that come in the package. They state the steps to using the sewing awl, but there isn't quite enough development of the steps to make the directions completely clear. Youtube was a great help to me.
I started looking at stitching items and stumbled across this. The package arrived quickly, though having no idea how to stitch, watched a quick YouTube video on how to use it. It's easy to use and quick, 10 minutes per side. Gave it a practice shot and by the second try, had an excellent looking stitch job.
3/24/15 Update: The stitches were in an area that required the top to be flexible in order to fold the top (Miata). At first, I had to exert pressure to drop the top. Normally, it falls gently. After raising and lowering the top a few times, it seems like the top stretched to accommodate the stitching. It lowers easily again and the top fits just as snug when up as it did before.