The Speedy Stitcher Sewing Awl is my new favorite tool. I have been using one for quite some time, and have decided to share some interesting things about this useful tool.
The speedy stitcher sewing awl is an American invention that dates back to the beginning of the 1900's. The sewing awl was invented by Francis Steward, who won the patent for it in 1909. He introduced the speedy stitcher to the world and it has been in circulation ever since. It is still used today and remains a family-owned business based in the state of New York.
The sewing awl is used with: sails, canvas, outdoor furniture, sewing bags, thick leather, and shoes. If that is not reason enough to own one, I can tell you it gives you the fulfillment of hand-sewing along with the convenience of an efficient tool.
As it turns out my sewing awl is made by Tandy Leather, another American company based in Texas that has been in business since 1919. Today it is no longer a family business, but a corporation managing 100 stores spread throughout the UK, Spain, and Australia.
The speedy stitcher sewing awl answers my need to work with my hands and allows me to explore different kinds of material for special projects. Plus it fits well in a suitcase, making sewing a traveling hobby as well.
Do you remember the bucket bag or the small backpack? Both projects have given my machine a run for their money. In the small backpack project, I could not add a handle to the bag, the sewing machine was not strong enough, but using the sewing awl I could punch right through the tough layers.
The same bag, I just varied the sizes.
I really do recommend the speedy stitcher, it is both fulfilling and convenient. Not only do I get the satisfaction of handcrafting, but I am able to do things that I couldn't with only the use of a normal machine. Plus it's great for traveling, making sure that I can stay creative on-the-go.
Funny how that is, a small gadget that I actually found in an outdoor market for just two dollars, and all the happiness that has brought me.
If you'd like to try your own Speedy Stitcher, here's a good place to get one: