Awls is a simple hand tool, a handle with a thin tapered metal shaft, with one end that comes to a sharp stiletto point. An awl is a tool which makes holes for setting eyelets, rivets or snap fasteners, or existing holes enlarged. It can be used on a variety of materials including heavy materials, such as leather or canvas.
Awls can be used as an “extra finger” with a sewing machine. The point can be used to guide trimmings when sewing on fabric. It helps to guide lace or ric-rac along cushion covers or crazy patchwork and decorative trimmings beading. Guiding flat ribbon or feed binding through when bag-making or turning applique and as an aid for pressing sharp seams.
Pym Awl with point protector with wooden bulb handle is a quality sewing accessory that is used to punch holes up to 4 mm wide through various fabrics and materials.
Hemline which is more lightweight as it has a plastic handle so ideal for more delicate fabrics.