Sew Awl boot repair
A recent project here was a little Sew Awl boot repair. My boots had the toe area of the sole coming off and in need of repair. A Shoe Goo repair worked temporarily for a week or so but is coming apart. I’ve finally broke out the Sew Awl kit and made a more permanent repair. In retrospect I should have used the glue and made the repair. Next time I will do both.
It doesn’t look like professional work, but my little home repair saved me a trip to the city and dropping them off and waiting a few days for them to get fixed. We shall see how well, and how long, my repair holds up.
Self reliance at home
Being able to repair our own items, such as this boot, is an example of skill set I think is worth having. I’m far from skilled at it, but stuff like this isn’t difficult to learn. The ability to do simple repairs like this makes one self reliant and saves them money.
I’m not one of the doomsday preppers, but far too many people have become dependent on others. Being able to make simple repairs like to is a skill set I want to have. It is also a terrific skill in a society where barter became the normal way of life for acquiring what we need.
Other tools used
The only other tool I used or even really needed was my handy Leatherman Wave. The blade was sharp enough to give me a clean cut on the thread. That clean cut is necessary to allow the needle to be threaded easily. The rounded outside portion of the needle nose pliers helped with pulling the thread when needed. Simply place the point of the pliers into a loop and pull. If you use the inside of the pliers the jaws the sharp jaws will fray the thread and weaken or cause it to break.