Saturday, September 20, 2008

Tool Tutorial--That's Awl Folks

I just finished this blouse and thought I should do a tutorial on,one of my favorite sewing tools,the awl.
This pattern features loop and button closure.Placing the loop under the presser foot without it slipping from the proper position can be difficult,because you can't always get your fingers in close enough to control the fabric loop.This is one of many cases when an awl is just the tool you need. I have three different kinds. Pictured from left to right,a finger tip awl,a long handle awl and short handle awl.
I like the finger tip awl best.Kinda like Freddy Kruger of "Nightmare On Elm St" or Wolverine from "The Xmen".Sorry my inner child is trying to get out.
For the next pictures I'll use the short handle awl because it's easiest to find in any fabric store,just in case you want to run out and buy one.
Simple use this tool as if it was a long sharp finger.Place the point on to the loop and with slight pressure guide the loop and bottom fabric under the foot as pictured here.

With an awl you can get right under the presser foot without losing control of the loop or the fabric. Please do not sew over the awl.Remove it after the sewing machine needle pierces the loop.
Now your loops are in place.I hope this was helpful to some one.

As I said earlier,I finished this blouse today.I worked on the garment this week and finished all of them. My DD is not feeling well and she is my photographer.I try to get DH to take pictures tomorrow.


Faye Lewis said...


Sherril said...

Lisa, I can't wait to see you wearing your new blouse. It's a nice pattern and very pretty fabric. I like those button loops.

Sherril said...

Um, let me guess. That pretty fabric I was talking about is your ironing board, right? How embarrassing!

Sheila said...

Thanks for your tutorial. I've never heard of that tool and definitely could use one.

Omega said...

Great tutorial, I love using my Awl, it's a great tool.