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Thread: AWL, what do you use it for.

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    I've been sewing for 50+ years and have never used an awl. I keep seeing it in the new notions section of magazines. Do you have one and what do you do with it.

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    If my memory serves me right, an awl was once used to poke holes in leather. In sewing, I suppose you would use it to make a hole for a grommet...I know I've needed something of the sort from time to time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olivia's Grammy
    I've been sewing for 50+ years and have never used an awl. I keep seeing it in the new notions section of magazines. Do you have one and what do you do with it.
    We used to use an awl to poke a hole for grommets, etc. I don't use one any more, but they can be use as an extra "finger" in tight places, where I use a chopstick. I think you see a lot of things advertised like this just to get you to buy. I have so many tools that I have bought and never used.

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    Some people use an awl or stylus to hold fabric as it sews close to the needle. Eleanor Burns uses one frequently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter
    Some people use an awl or stylus to hold fabric as it sews close to the needle. Eleanor Burns uses one frequently.
    That's just how I use mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grann of 6
    Quote Originally Posted by Olivia's Grammy
    I've been sewing for 50+ years and have never used an awl. I keep seeing it in the new notions section of magazines. Do you have one and what do you do with it.
    We used to use an awl to poke a hole for grommets, etc. I don't use one any more, but they can be use as an extra "finger" in tight places, where I use a chopstick. I think you see a lot of things advertised like this just to get you to buy. I have so many tools that I have bought and never used.
    You too, huh

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    I use mine sometimes as a stylus, too, especially if a seam is bulky. Bamboo skewers also work well.

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    I use an awl or stylus to hold the fabric very close to the needle. Mine came as a set with a seam ripper. I also have a "finger stylus" I use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter
    Some people use an awl or stylus to hold fabric as it sews close to the needle. Eleanor Burns uses one frequently.
    That's just how I use mine.
    Me too! I use a clover ball point awl and also use it as my seam ripper. I hate the little pieces of thread when using a regular ripper and find this one as quick and lots less clean up time.....

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    I do a lot of crocheted edges on flour sack dish towels. I use my awl to poke holes around the edges and then crochet in the holes. It works for me.

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    Bamboo skewers are a lot less costly than that AWL you saw in the catalog. You can get them at your grocery store and not have to pay shipping. I like the shorter ones...just cut the long ones to the length you lke. I also color the blunt end with felt pen, just for the fun of it. I use mine to move fabric close to needle where my finger won't fit.

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    I use cuticle sticks. I like them because they have a pointed end and a flat end. Really handy when you need to get close to the needle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peacebypiece
    Bamboo skewers are a lot less costly than that AWL you saw in the catalog. You can get them at your grocery store and not have to pay shipping. I like the shorter ones...just cut the long ones to the length you lke. I also color the blunt end with felt pen, just for the fun of it. I use mine to move fabric close to needle where my finger won't fit.
    This is what I use too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dellareya
    I do a lot of crocheted edges on flour sack dish towels. I use my awl to poke holes around the edges and then crochet in the holes. It works for me.
    That's a good idea for when I crochet around flannel to make baby blankets.

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    Thanks for educating me on the use of an awl.

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    awls are also used in sailmaking

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