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Speedy Stitcher

The Speedy Stitcher

Back in 1991 I needed to ad some lash points to a backpack I was using. In my local outdoor shop (the Kittery Trading Post) I found the tabs I needed, but there was no apparent way

to attach them to the pack. I asked the sales guy and he said that they needed to be sewn on and sold me one of these: a Model 200 Speedy Stitcher sewing awl kit. The package still has the $8.95 price tag on it, and I can’t think of a better $8.95 that I ever spent. 22 years later I still have this tool and I still use it. Just this Spring I had a new wedge pouch for my chainsaw wedges arrive, only to have the cheap Chinese stitching fall apart in less than a week of use. Basically, the loop that was bar tacked to form a place for the belt to slide through ripped out. But 10 minutes with the Speedy Stitcher and I was back in business, even in heavy nylon fabric.
This tool has been around since 1909 according to the company website and was made in my home state of Massachusetts until the year 2000 when the company moved production to New York State. Wait, what?! Not China? Nope … this thing has been made in America for more than 104 years and apparently is still selling well.

The company has a website where you can find links to videos and other information at: http://www.speedystitcher.com/main.html. If you are the kind of person that repairs things rather than just chucking it and buying new, then this deserves to be in your toolbox. There are very few tools that have lasted me for over 20 years. That should tell you something about this one.

For what it’s worth, the last points I added to my pack, sewing through the plastic flanges, stayed in place for more than 16 weeks of backcountry hiking in Wyoming, and were still on the pack when I sold it on EBay ten years later. They hadn’t loosened at all.

You need to get yourself one of these.

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  1. Chris
    August 28th, 2014 at 15:08 | #1

    And their web site is responsive! That earns them extra points.

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