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    Video: Using a Tailor's Awl to Rip Out Stitches

    I finally got a corner to set my thread injector up again. Here is the vid I promised back before I moved. I hope it helps explain the benefits of a tailor's awl.

    Last edited by Ramblinrev; 05-10-2010 at 13:29.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Ok... now it is live.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

    "Bless you child, when you set out to thread a needle don't hold the thread still and fetch the needle up to it; hold the needle still and poke the thread at it; that's the way a woman most always does, but a man always does t'other way."
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    Huh, never knew there was an actual tailor's awl. That is actually how I usually use my seam ripper. I really like the bunch-and-break method, I'll have to use that

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    How does the non-tapered awl differ from a carpenter's scratching awl or an ice pick?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trooper View Post
    How does the non-tapered awl differ from a carpenter's scratching awl or an ice pick?
    Probably not much different that a scratch awl.. but an ice pick is not as sharp if I remember correctly. It's been a long time since I've seen one. But if they work, they work
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

    "Bless you child, when you set out to thread a needle don't hold the thread still and fetch the needle up to it; hold the needle still and poke the thread at it; that's the way a woman most always does, but a man always does t'other way."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    Probably not much different that a scratch awl.. but an ice pick is not as sharp if I remember correctly. It's been a long time since I've seen one. But if they work, they work
    Good to know. I have some nice scratching awls and plenty of homemade ice picks that were gifted to me.

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    Another fine installment to add to the "We make gear" series! I've poked a few holes in fabric with a seam ripper in the past and it's just as frustrating as making the bad stitch in the first place.

    I don't have an awl, but I have been using the seam ripper in the same manner in which you showed in your video and have been not damaged any projects lately. Thanks for sharing the vid. I always seem to pick up a pointer or two!

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    excellent video as usual. I still dont have a thread injector but watch your videos anyway. As soon as I get a thread injector Ill be rewatching most or all of your videos.
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