August 16, 2015 at 8:15 am #19973
This post is related to First Sergeant’s excellent Thread
Housewife (AKA Sewing Kit).
Having the ability to repair clothing in the field is a valuable skill, equally important is being able to repair Web Gear and Boots!
A Sewing Awl is a must have item for the Rationalist.
Speedy Stitcher Sewing Awl Kit is the perfect tool for canvas or leather repairs. Manually produce lock stitches just like a sewing machine! Comes with easy to follow instructions. The Speedy Stitcher Sewing Awl is a great tool for sewing or repairing outdoor or camping equipment, saddles and harnesses, athletic equipment, sails and mooring covers, auto tops and upholstery, and general household repairs. Made in the USA.
Speedy Stitcher Sewing Awl Kit Includes:
#8 straight needle
#8 curved needle
Bobbin of coarse thread
30-yard skein of coarse waxed thread
Easy to follow instructions
The Speedy Stitcher Sewing Awl is great for sewing when a sewing machine is not available or not feasible. This video shows using the Sewing Awl with the waxed twine included with the kit and a #8 straight needle.
Like anything the more you practice the better the results, although even a first time user can make functional repairs.August 16, 2015 at 9:25 am #19978
Just to clarify I am not suggesting you carry this on you.
I would have two, one at my base camp, and one cached.
Check gear regularly for integrity and do preventative maintenance as required.August 16, 2015 at 11:10 am #19979DiznNCParticipant
The speedy stitcher does kick ass. I have repaired web gear with it.
With a little fiddling, you can also set it up with a smaller needle (#21) and smaller thread (Nylon #69) and use it on clothing as well.
CTT 1505, NODF 1505, CP 1503, LN 1, RC II, RiflemanAugust 17, 2015 at 12:13 am #20023First SergeantModerator
G.W.N.S, we keep one of those around to repair horse tack, didn’t even think about adding to the other post as I was thinking specifically about clothing. Good post.
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Klagt Nicht, KämpftApril 10, 2016 at 4:49 pm #26074
A friendly reminder of support gear that is a must have item.
Warranties will be worthless post-event!
The ability to maintain what you have will be priceless.April 12, 2016 at 5:58 am #26147rampantraptorParticipant
I just started getting into sewing myself to fix buttons and whatnot, I totally didn’t know this existed, thanks for the pro tip, neato. :D
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Jîn, Jiyan, AzadîJune 28, 2016 at 12:14 pm #28290MaxKeymaster
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Thanks for the videos. I have one of these that belonged to my father-in-law, but no instructions on use. Now I can go to town with this thing.
MikeJune 28, 2016 at 1:20 pm #28291SeanTModerator
I have one of these too, great tool. Practice before you need it. I sewed a caving harness once with it. handy-dandySeptember 21, 2016 at 2:11 pm #33231
With recent talk of sewing and gear modification, thought this worth a reminder.September 21, 2016 at 3:26 pm #33233wesmcParticipant
Great Idea! I’m getting a couple of these.
I’m getting one of these old, teadle-powered Singers, too. A friend tells me they go for pretty cheap.
C2G Feb 2015, CTT March 2016, CQB June 2018September 21, 2016 at 3:28 pm #33234AnonymousInactive
Ive been using a embroidering needle over an awl for years. Its just easier for me and i can use it with the guts from 550 cord, jute cord of make my own from scrap fabric.. I can use it on leather, canvas and some nylon.. Ive made endless projects with these needle and it stows well inside my normal rucksack sewing kit..
An old time Alaskan taught me to use these needles over an awl.. for me it just works better and faster.
BergmannSeptember 21, 2016 at 3:38 pm #33238tangoParticipant
Best place to get one is at Harbor Freight for like $7. Would recommend spending some time sharpening the needles though. Very common complaint is that they are too dull upon purchase.
Weak Men can't be virtuous. - JBPApril 8, 2018 at 6:51 pm #57579
A lot of new members since this was posted.
Repair of your own gear maybe priceless at some point.April 8, 2018 at 7:39 pm #57580RoadkillParticipant
Agree with Tango. Maybe get professional needles from Tandy Leather. Even with them I sharpen them on a whet, or diamond hone. Needle and razor sharp.
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