Stitching Awl

Example of a metal stitching awl. Example of a metal stitching awl. Sold on E-bay.

A stitching awl, also known as a sewing awl, is a tool consisting of a thin, tapered metal shaft coming to a sharp point, either straight or slightly bent. The shaft is normally fastened to a wooden handle. It has an eye at the sharp pointed end, through which a thread is drawn.

Cobblers (menders of shoes), shoemakers, and other leather workers frequently use stitching awls for structural and decorative stitching. A stitching awl may simply be defined  as the tool used to make a hole in leather.

See also the TRC Needles entries on an awl and a stiletto.


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