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#117952 - 12/29/07 06:02 AM Re: sewing important fro survival? [Re: JCWohlschlag]
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Originally Posted By: JCWohlschlag
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Originally Posted By: JCWohlschlag
Two of the needles (I assume they are needles) on the bottom left look like tiny drill bits.

2 Titanium Drill Bits. They fit the sewing awl, and have come in handy several times. The awl holds them securely.

Hmmmm… :scratching chin: That could come in handy. How easy is it to actually spin the bits in the awl and produce effective drilling?


The drill bits work fine, but require patience, you are push/twist drilling. I've used them in wood, and plastic.
The Otter 1000 is bulky, but the kit works for me, and has for a number of years. I used to use a omni-seal pouch, but am happier with the Otterbox.
BTW, the needles for the homemade sewing awl are from a speedy stitcher, with the thread hole at the pointed end.
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#117960 - 12/29/07 08:11 AM Re: sewing important fro survival? [Re: jenkinma]
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Originally Posted By: jenkinma
In researching for an answer to you, I found a website that sells fabrics and supplies for the DIY'er... but they have a video demonstration of the Speedy Stitcher

http://www.sailrite.com/Awl-Sewing-Kit (you might have to hit the "More Info" button)

Might be a handy website to mark wink


Can't they afford to license their video encoder???
The encoder advertising obscures the exact part that you want to see!!!

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#117982 - 12/29/07 03:03 PM Re: sewing important fro survival? [Re: jamesraykenney]
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A sewing awl is very handy. I have had several over the years. Do not get the type where the thread is exposed. It is usually made with two metal straps down the side, holding the thread. Under severe (clumsy) use, it bends. Get the one with the thread held in the wooden handle. Big difference.

The sewing kit above looks interesting. The needle/drill holder appears to be a small "tap", as in "screw tap" handle. Using a large cotter pin for a handle. Is that correct? How well does this work? It seems like a good idea. How much have you used it?
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#118072 - 12/30/07 01:18 AM Re: sewing important fro survival? [Re: Nomad]
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Originally Posted By: Nomad
The sewing kit above looks interesting. The needle/drill holder appears to be a small "tap", as in "screw tap" handle. Using a large cotter pin for a handle. Is that correct? How well does this work? It seems like a good idea. How much have you used it?


The small sewing awl was made from a well modified aftermarket Dremel tool chuck, with the shaft cut off and the hole enlarged to fit a cotter key. The cotter key can also be used as a "bodkin"*1 to feed cord through the inside of cloth, such as sweat pants cord or cord in my pack.
I've used it for several years now, it works for me. At first I used Allen wrench as the handle, but found a cotter key worked better. It will push a speedy stitcher or sewing machine needle through heavy cloth or a piece of leather (I use a leather glove for this)

*1 bod·kin (bdkn)
n.
A blunt needle for pulling tape or ribbon through a series of loops or a hem.
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#118107 - 12/30/07 03:40 AM Re: sewing important fro survival? [Re: Stu]
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Thanks. I will give that idea a try. Good versatile tool.
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#118288 - 12/31/07 09:04 PM Re: sewing important fro survival? [Re: Nomad]
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when I have to pull the cord thru my sweatpants i usually just use a safty pin, it has manny, many more uses. Also you can put it right back in your kit and use it again! (not saying you cant with the bodkin)
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#118841 - 01/04/08 06:17 PM Re: sewing important fro survival? [Re: climberslacker]
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I just found some kevlar thread over at County Comm

I hope this helps some people, also I just found that you can make a makeshift button out of a coin, just use a 1/16 drill bit!


Edited by climberslacker (01/04/08 06:18 PM)
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#118844 - 01/04/08 06:30 PM Re: sewing important fro survival? [Re: climberslacker]
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Originally Posted By: climberslacker
I just found some kevlar thread over at County Comm


I find the disclaimer at countycomm.com kind of funny!!

A Note From Our Legal Dept: These spools are not sterilized or made for medical use, so we do not recommend it even for Veterinary Sutures. Even though this is Genuine Kevlar®, Please don't try to weave your own body armor.

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#118894 - 01/05/08 12:24 AM Re: sewing important fro survival? [Re: ]
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That's great!!!
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#119250 - 01/07/08 09:56 PM Re: sewing important fro survival? [Re: OldBaldGuy]
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I love their notes from the legal department, always really funny
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