« Bear Archery Leather Bear Logo Armguard Noah’s Ark a 1500-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle by Sunsout Inc. » 3 thoughts on “Tandy Leather Factory Lock Stitch Sewing Awl” 31 of 32 people found the following review helpful Works great but instructions lacking, September 9, 2012 By Ron – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This is a good product for the money and I’m glad to have it for repairs around the house. I used it to sew a tarp underneath my car cover to keep the water from ponding on my Miata’s ragtop – works great! Here’s a bit of instruction you may find useful: when you first puncture through whatever it is you’re sewing, grab the loose end and pull it completely through about 8 – 12 inches (or however long you plan your stitching to be); next, puncture through again and grab the loop of thread from the needle, then feed the loose end through the loop and pull tight to lock it down; keep repeating this until you finish the run. Hope this helps. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment (1) Reply 32 of 35 people found the following review helpful Search how to use this first when purchasing it. Other then that something like this is must have., September 11, 2011 By Guy “Gibby” Wolgamott (Bitely, MI) – I broke it the first day I used it. My fault, but the speedy stitch I replaced it with is essentially the same thing. I broke this by snapping the needle off in the awl. Making it useless since I couldn’t get it out. The instructions were useless that came with it, but when I got it work it was wonderful to use. Just be sure to use it properly, search Google for how to use it first & don’t accidentally jam the needle against something. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment (1) Reply 14 of 14 people found the following review helpful Use Slowly, January 25, 2013 By tatersaladgang (USA) – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) Pretty good sewing/stitching awl. I had no problem using existing holes in heavy shoe leather to make repairs. This is a slow tool; patience is required. Comes with a pre-loaded spool of waxed, black thread & one #8 Heavy Needle. Butt cap contains the chuck wrench & room for spare needles. One has to be careful twisting the cap; if not, the wooden threads will break & strip. A bit pricier than the Speedy Stitch, but at the time I ordered, there were no replacement needles for the Speedy Stitch brand. So far this awl has handled pre-punched hole stitching in heavy leather quite well. I rated only 4 stars due to the fact that if Speedy Stitch had replacement needles readily available, I would have purchased that instead. From comparision, the Speedy Stitch is a much more “solid” feeling tool. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply Leave a comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.