I’ve just bought this ‘Automatic Awl’ and I’m testing it out making a set of bellows. Until now, I’ve been stitching bellows using saddle stitch, using two needles. This is quite time consuming as I have to mark and make the needle holes in the leather with an awl first, then stitch with the needles. This new tool does both of these jobs in one go.
It took a bit of setting up to use the thickness of thread needed for bellows, and some practice to use it properly, but I’m very happy with it now. It produces excellent results in less time than my old method.
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