Hobie Cat Forums

It is currently Fri Oct 31, 2014 1:12 pm

All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 4 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 11:54 am 
Offline
Site Rank - Old Salt

Joined: Fri Nov 19, 2004 6:56 am
Posts: 822
Location: Tallahassee, FL
For those of you without a sail loft, a leather or canvas repair facility, or who just prefer to DIY, the Speedy Stitcher Sewing Awl makes a great, inexpensive gift or tool to add to your arsenal.

Image

http://www.speedystitcher.com/main.html

Works great for repairing kayak seat straps, strap hardware, tool pouches, baseball gloves, shoes, backpacks, tents, any kind of heavy canvas or leather goods, as well as Nylon webbing. It has been made by Stewart Manufacturing for nearly 100 years now, and is still available from such suppliers as REI, Cabelas, Eastern Mountain Sports, and Campmor for as little as $6.99. This price from Campmor includes the Speedy Stitcher, a straight needle, a curved needle, and a spool of coarse waxed thread. I have found the fine waxed nylon thread to also be useful, and purchased a spare spool of that, plus some additional needles separately. When I got my kit many years ago from L.L. Bean, it also included a zippered leather carrying pouch (seen below). The carpenter's awl (seen at far right) comes in handy for enlarging the hole the needle is to pass through. I have been known to break a needle or two when trying to force the issue!

Image

My latest project was to repair the carry pouch for my Victorinox Swiss Army lockback. I believe it is called the Adventure model—I like it because it has just the essentials, but no extra junk that I don’t use, and that makes it pretty light weight. I tried to find a new pouch when the original thread deteriorated, but I could not find the correct size, so I decided to just re-sew this one with the fine waxed nylon thread using a lock stitch.

Image

As you can see here, the Speedy Stitcher does a pretty clean job. It does take some practice to get a nice tight knot, but no big ting.

Image

Finally, its nice to be able to support a long-time American manufacturer of a unique, quality product for a reasonable price!

_________________
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 8:48 pm 
Offline
Hobie Approved Guru

Joined: Sat Nov 12, 2005 10:46 pm
Posts: 2416
Location: Escondido
That looks like an excellent tool. I do awl and needle work from time to time and find it pretty time consuming. I've seen these advertised and wondered how well they work.

It looks like this tool would make quick work out of simple repair jobs. Thanks for the great review -- think I'll look around for one! 8)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Speedy Stitcher
PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2007 10:43 am 
Offline
Site Rank - Deck Hand

Joined: Sat Feb 17, 2007 11:17 am
Posts: 11
Location: Camano Island, WA
Thanks for the suggestion on the Speedy Stitcher, Apalach! I just popped over and bought one on eBay for $9.99 (lots of used/vintage ones on auction, but look down in store items). I have a great Sailrite walking-foot sewing machine for heavy work, but have often wanted something for the tool bag; this looks like a very useful gadget.

Cheers!
Steve

_________________
Revo Hull #1902; projects described at microship.com


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 10:41 pm 
Offline
Site Rank - Deck Hand

Joined: Thu Jan 13, 2011 10:40 pm
Posts: 1
Really nice colors... :wink: but where can i get these all... :roll: :roll:

_________________
canvas tote bags


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 4 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Exabot [Bot], Google [Bot] and 4 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group