Speedy Stitcher--Not quite useful kit from Sportsman's Guide
That would be the Deluxe Stiticher Kit 0.9 WX2-1079 for about $20 from Sportsman's Guide.
Why? It is for leather, not fabric.
- Mounted thread already is coarse (and tan), not black and fine
- 180yds of extra thread for the "kit" is more of the same
- Two included needles, curved and straight both have three sharp cutting edges. They are for sewing leather, not for fabric, which they will cut up.
- Two spare needles are duplicate , for coarse thread, and again, expressly for leather.
So, nice awl, but I'll be going out for needles and waxed black thread appropriate for fabric.
All that said, the OTHER Speedy Stitchers from SG may come with non-cutting needles. Like the WX2-8409, the one with the bobbin in front, for $9 less. Or the most expensive kit, with multiple bobbins.
Made in the USA...... to go extinct. Is someone at Stewart too stubborn to just label and distinguish the products so the customer knows what is in the box and chooses the right product?
Awl for All C.A. Myers Co.
Turns out there is another US manufacturer of hand sewing awls, buried (here) in the google search results.
Contrary to a belief expressed in another thread, it seems this century-old design, with bobbin up front, is not an earlier Speedy Stitcher, but from another company altogether.
Compare the offerings of thread, needles, and parts with those of Speedy Stitcher, and it isn't close. C.A. Myers wins, easily.
Unfortunately, it is all a blur to and the same to Sportsman's Guide, not the fault of Speedy Stitcher or C.A. Myers.