Okay, I was intrigued by the “it’ll save you a fortune in rug repairs, you won’t know how you ever managed without one” line.
So, good old eBay came up with this
and I gave it a go…
It’s really good. Okay, the instructions weren’t quite clear enough for overanalytical little old me, so I went to YouTube and found some great videos of it being used. I’ve already started working on a travel surcingle made out of an old jute roller and an old webbing surcingle, and it’s going to do a great job. No more punching holes in the palm of my hand with the back end of a needle, trying to force it through thick fabric to mend rugs.
The finish you get depends on how fussy/careful you are about placing the stitches ‘just so’… one YouTube vid showed the 2 pieces of fabric being held in a vice, which made things a lot easier, so I’m trying that next!
For less than £13 (including 2 huge strong and apparently un-snappable needles, roll of waxed thread etc) I agree with my friend – this is an indispensable piece of kit for any tackroom.