After reading the car cover zipper thread, when
one of my tote bag's straps broke, I remembered
I have a sew awl ("Awl for All" by brand).
I think I have it threaded. Not sure about the
"needle groove" bit.
I cannot figure out how to do the stitching,
and this is very irksome.
Thanks to anyone who reads this.
I believe you poke the "needle" of the awl through the hole, and with
your under hand, hole a loop of the thread forward of the next hole,
the pull the awl out leaveing the thread loop behind, and poke the awl
through the next hole and the loop of thread.
Hold the next loop of thread only over the following hole, withdraw the
awl (which then pulls the previous loop tight), and insert it in the
This sounds like it might be easier if you hold the awl underneath and
poke it UP through the holes. but actually you will have to work out
whatever works best for you.
Hope this helps, Kitty
I haven't used mine in years but as I recall, you start by unwinding
enough thread for the *underside* of the seam you need to sew,
leaving it threaded through the needle eye. Punch the needle through
the fabric where the seam is to begin and pull all this thread to the
underside. Now pull the needle back out just barely, move to
where the next stitch will be, punch the needle through, thread the
end of your underside thread through the loop at the end of the needle,
pull the needle out, tighten the threads so they interlock in the fabric.
Repeat this process along the seam. If you run out of underside thread
just cut the needle thread, tie the ends and begin again where you left off.
Hope this is clearer than mud.
Jean D Mahavier did kindly advise:
right, I got that far.
this is where I get lost, maybe another needle?
Thanks to both of you. last time I got this bag repaired
by Mr. Shoe Repair Man, I had to explain where to but the
little reinforcing tabs on the end of the straps. ???
Doing this myself would save $ even if one got a new
Little tabs diagram
--- end of strap
tabs to stitch over strap ends, you have all seen these.
proportions aren't quite right.
Jean is correct. After you thread the needle so that the thread coming
from the spool on the awl fits in the groove in the needle you unwind
enough thread on the bottom to finish the job. Then for the first
stich, you poke the needlethrough the fabric, and pull the unwound
thread through the hole. To make the first stich you poke the needle
where you want it to be all the way through, then pull it out slightly.
When you do that a loop of thread will appear on the side opposite the
groove in the needle. You then thread the loose end through the loop
and pull all the back side tread through it. Now pull the needle out,
and you will have created a lock stich. Continue as needed.
I sew leather regularly and find I can usually do it faster and better
with either a two needle or a single needle saddle stich. However if
you must sew through multiple layers of shifting material the awl
sticher is a good choice, as it only has to penetrate the material
once, as opposed to saddle stiching which requires penetratin the